|From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy also stars Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby). Official Web Site|
|In January 1958, Yves Saint Laurent (Pierre Niney)—aged merely 21—was unexpectedly called upon to oversee the legendary Paris fashion house established by recently deceased Christian Dior. All eyes turned to this very young assistant as he presented his first collection for Dior and instantly ascended to the heights of haute couture’s elite class. During Saint Laurent’s breathtaking and groundbreaking show, he met with another fate in being introduced to Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne), patron of the arts, future love of his life and lifelong business partner. Three years later, the two founded the Yves Saint Laurent Company, which would rapidly become one of the biggest luxury powerhouses on the planet. Directed by Jalil Lespert with a screenplay by Lespert and Marrie-Pierre Huster, Yves Saint Laurent is at once a captivating story about the making of an icon and a testament to the power of enduring love. Official Web Site|
A decade ago, apes and men separated on a bridge, to take two different paths. The apes followed theirs to freedom, but the path men took led to disease and war. Now in the moments before dawn, the two paths are destined to collide once again. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis, The Lord of the Rings films) is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. Also starring Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Judy Greer. Directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield). Official Web Site
Curt Holman's Creative Loafing review...
Writer/director Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut, which swept the 2013 German Film Academy Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko (Tom Schilling, Generation War), a charming 27-year-old slacker guy going nowhere fast. During a single fateful day in Berlin Niko drifts aimlessly through a series of amusing encounters with oddball characters. His girlfriend rebuffs him, his father—finally discovering that Niko dropped out of law school two years ago—cuts off his allowance, and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his "emotional imbalance." Niko runs into a former classmate (Katharina Schüttler) who insists she bears no hard feelings for his grade-school taunts when he called her "Roly Poly Julia," although it becomes increasingly apparent that she has unfinished business with him. Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin, which has seldom looked more mysterious and romantic, and to the Generation Y experience. Also known as Oh Boy. Winner of the European Film Award for European Discovery of the Year. Official Web Site
Filmmaker Jan Ole Gerster on the remarkable city that is Berlin
Steve Warren's InsiteAtlanta.com review...
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert—a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, the film explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. Official Web Site
Director Steve James on Roger Ebert's unquenchable passion for life itself
Roger Moore's Movie Nation review...
|In this hilarious road movie, Tammy (Melissa McCarthy of The Heat, Identity Thief and Bridesmaids) is having a bad day. She's totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It's time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she's broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearls (Susan Sarandon), is her only option—with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shotgun, it may be just what Tammy needs. Also starring Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates. Official Web Site|
The epic sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again.... and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith.) Official Web Site
Chris Nashawaty's Entertainment Weekly review...
|All's fair in love and war, especially when the battles are dangerously delicious and terribly tantalizing! In the new comedy Le Chef, fate brings two chefs together and helps them along a journey through the intoxicating world of French haute-cuisine. Self-taught, aspiring chef Jacky (Michaël Youn) has the talent—but not the luck. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is in danger of losing his reputation—along with his beloved restaurant. A legend in his own time, Lagarde is in serious conflict with Stanislas Matter (Julien Boisselier), the new CEO of the group that owns his restaurant. Matter is plotting to destroy Lagarde’s reputation so that he’ll have grounds to fire him and move the restaurant away from classic French cuisine towards trendy molecular gastronomy. Desperate to cling to his status as a Three Star chef (a rarity in the world of fine dining), Lagarde teams up wsith Jacky and together they try to find the balance between tradition and trend, as well as between family life and food obsession. Written and directed by Daniel Cohen. Official Web Site|
Based on the bestselling novel by John le Carré and directed by Anton Corbijn (The American), this modern-day thriller begins when a mysterious man on the run (Grigoriy Dobrygin) arrives in Hamburg, Germany's Islamic community desperate for help. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue are a banker (Willem Dafoe) and a young lawyer (Rachel McAdams) determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks. In an adrenaline-laced and heart-rending escalation of tension and collision, it's not long before he becomes everyone's most wanted man. A cerebral tale of intrigue in the vein of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Most Wanted Man is also deeply human, touching themes in love, rivalry and politics we live with every day. Official Web Site
Director Anton Corbijn on adapting John le Carré’s book for the screen
|The latest film by master director Roman Polanski (Carnage, The Pianist, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby) is an acting tour de force by Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner, who previously co-starred in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Based on the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's sexually provocative novella, Venus in Fur is an enthralling battle of wills. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of unsuccessfully auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) is about to leave when actress Vanda (Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic—and, it turns out, erotic—energy, demanding an audition. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared—or so it seems. But when Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely. Official Web Site|
|This romantic opera, an early masterpiece by Puccini, makes a welcome return to Covent Garden after an absence of over 20 years, in a new production by Jonathan Kent under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her character. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. This is a much anticipated new production, and Kent's vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city will surely resonate with today's audience. Official Web Site|
|An over-the-hill band of outlaws out for one last big score in the dying Old West tangle with railroad mercenaries and Mexican brigands in director Sam Peckinpah's harshly violent and poetic Western. In 1994 the film was restored to a complete, pristine condition unseen since its July 1969 theatrical debut—returning 15 minutes of footage hacked from the original release version—all to renewed blood-and-thunder effect. The cast is to-a-man brilliant: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez, Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones.|
Tue, Jul 22: George Roy Hill’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
Tue, Jul 29: Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden.
Tue, Aug 5: Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven (1992), starring Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman.
No Screenings 8/12, 8/19, 8/26, 9/2 or 9/9
Tue, Sep 16: This Is Spinal Tap (1984), directed by Rob Reiner.
Tue, Sep 23: Ran (1985), directed by Akira Kurosawa. 35mm print!
Tue, Sep 30: Jules and Jim (1962), directed by François Truffaut.
Tue, Oct 7: M (1931), directed by Fritz Lang.
Tue, Oct 14: Toyko Story (1953), directed by Yasujirô Ozu.
Tue, Oct 21: Lord of the Flies (1963), directed by Peter Brook.
Tue, Oct 28: Elevator to the Gallows (1958), directed by Louis Malle. 35mm print!
Tue, Nov 4: I Vitelloni (1953), directed by Federico Fellini. 35mm print!
Tue, Nov 11: Contempt (1963), directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
|Chadwick Boseman (42) stars as James Brown in Get on Up, a biographical drama from director Tate Taylor (director/co-writer of the Academy Award-nominated blockbuster The Help). Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film is a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Also starring Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter and Jill Scott. Official Web Site|
|Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood by writer/director Richard Linklater (director and co-writer of Before Midnight) is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's "Yellow" to Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue." Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. Official Web Site|
|A budding novelist named Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), her film director husband Jeff (writer/director Joe Swanberg) and their two-year-old son live a peaceful existence in Chicago. But when Jeff's irresponsible younger sister, Jenny (Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air), comes to live with them after a breakup, things start to change. Jenny begins a rocky relationship with a baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Mark Webber), and she and a friend, Carson (Lena Dunham, "Girls"), instigate an evolution in Kelly's life, as her career and her relationship with her husband begin to grow in new directions. But are they welcome ones? In Happy Christmas, filmmaker Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) explores both sibling relationships and the choices women face in young families. Using his unique improvisational technique, Swanberg creates a dramatic experience that results in a natural, relatable peek into his characters' lives, filled with an engaging warmth and the actors' own natural sense of humor. Official Web Site|
|Unforgiven is a beautifully made, modern classic that "summarizes everything I feel about the Western," director/star Clint Eastwood told the Los Angeles Times. Eastwood and Morgan Freeman play retired outlaws who pick up their guns one last time to collect a bounty put on the head of a violent outlaw and killer-for-hire (Richard Harris). And Gene Hackman is a lawman of sly charm... and chilling brutality. Unforgiven rode off with four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Hackman) and Editing (Joel Cox).|