(PG-13) • 111 minutes • On-screen here from 12/18/15 to 1/7/16
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent
Synopsis: Eilis Lacey followed her sister, Rose’s, plan to leave Ireland and find a better future and job in the US. She departs terribly, enduring seasickness and a terrible relationship with her cabin mates. A kind traveler gives her advice to live in Brooklyn, where many Irish immigrants live. Eilis settles in Brooklyn and becomes close to Father Flood, a Catholic priest. She gets a job in a department store and falls in love with an Italian boy named Tony. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
(R) • 118 minutes • On-screen here from 12/11/15 to 12/17/15
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Jacob Tremblay
Synopsis: Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical – they are trapped – confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.
(R) • 124 minutes • On-screen here from 11/27/15 – 12/10/15
Director: Jay Roach
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Alan Tudyk, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Louis CK
Synopsis: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
(PG-13) • 106 minutes • On-screen here from 11/13/15 to 11/26/15
Director: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson
Synopsis: A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.
A Walk In The Woods
(R) • 104 minutes • On-screen here from 11/6/15 to 11/12/15
Director: Ken Kwapis
Starring: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal
Synopsis: In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife, and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail – 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek – his long lost and former friend Katz, a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law – sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, “adventure”. Now they’re about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.
He Named Me Malala
(PG-13) • 87 minutes • On-screen here from 10/30/15 to 11/5/15
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Starring: Malala Yousafzai, Ziuaddin Yousafazai, Mobin Khan
Synopsis: A look at the events leading up to the Talibans’ attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.
(PG-13) • 103 minutes • On-screen here from 10/23/15 to 10/29/15
Director: Peter Sollett
Starring: Ellen Page, Julianne Moore, Michael Shannon, Steve Carell
Synopsis: A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel Hester is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree. The county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent her from doing so. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells and activist Steve Goldstein, unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support them in their struggle for equality.
(R) • 112 minutes • On-screen here from 10/16/15 to 10/22/15
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Clancy Brown
Synopsis: Around the world everyone knows that honest hard work gets you nowhere. In sunny Orlando, Florida, construction worker Dennis Nash learns this the hard way when he is evicted from his home by a charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker, Rick Carver. Humiliated and homeless, Nash has no choice but to move his mom and nine-year old son into a shabby, dangerous motel. All is lost. Until an unexpected opportunity arises for Nash to strike a deal with the devil – he begins working for Carver in a desperate attempt to get his home back. Carver seduces Nash into a risky world of scamming and stealing from the banks and the government; he teaches Nash how the rich get richer. Living a double life, Nash hides his new boss and job from his family. He rises fast and makes real money; he dreams bigger. But there is a cost. On Carver’s orders, Nash must evict honest families from their homes – just as it happened to him. Nash’s conscience starts tearing him apart… but his son needs a home.
Learning To Drive
(R) • 90 minutes • On-screen here from 10/9/15 to 10/15/15
Director: Isabel Coixet
Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer
Synopsis: Wendy, a self-absorbed New York book critic, is shocked to reality by the sudden end of her marriage. Always dependent on her husband for driving, she must now learn to take the wheel on her own. Her instructor Darwan is a Sikh Indian who watches with alarm as his pupil falls apart at the seams. He himself is contemplating an arranged marriage with a woman he has never met. As these two lives intersect, both will change in unpredictable ways.
(PG-13) • 116 minutes • On-screen here from 10/2/15 to 10/8/15
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Lily Rabe, Peter Sarsgaard
Synopsis: In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.
(R) • 79 minutes • On-screen here from 9/18/15 to 10/1/15
Director: Paul Weitz
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox
Synopsis: Self-described misanthrope Elle Reid, who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend, has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. The day-long journey causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future.
Best of Enemies
(R) • 87 minutes • On-screen here from 9/11/15 to 9/17/15
Director: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, John Lithgow, Dick Cavett, Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky
Synopsis: ‘Best of Enemies’ is a documentary about the legendary series of nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. Intended as commentary on the issues of their day, these vitriolic and explosive encounters came to define the modern era of public discourse in the media, marking the big bang moment of our contemporary media landscape when spectacle trumped content and argument replaced substance. Best of Enemies delves into the entangled biographies of these two great thinkers and luxuriates in the language and the theater of their debates, begging the question, ‘What has television done to the way we discuss politics in our democracy today?’
(R) • 84 minutes • On-screen here from 9/4/15 to 9/10/15
Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Seth Barrish
Synopsis: Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. Mistress America is a comedy about dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
(R) • 102 minutes • On-screen here from 8/28/15 to 9/3/15
Director: Marielle Heller
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Kirsten Wiig, Bel Powley
Synopsis: Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe. What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.
Set in 1976 San Francisco, The Diary of a Teenage Girl begins at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock. News commentary of the Patty Hearst trial echoes in the background, as Minnie’s young expressive eyes soak in a drug-laden city in transition— where teenage rebellion and adult responsibility clash in characters lost and longing. Minnie’s hard-partying mother and absent father have left her rudderless. She first finds solace in Monroe’s seductive smile, and then on the backstreets of the city by the bay. Animation serves a refuge from the confusing and unstable world around her. Minnie emerges defiant— taking command of her sexuality and drawing on her newfound creative talents to reveal truths in the kind of intimate and vivid detail that can only be found in the pages of a teenage girl’s diary.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl is based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel of the same name, hailed by Salon as “one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender and beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America.” Writer/Director Marielle Heller unlocks this diary with a richly comedic and deeply personal vision. In her feature film directorial debut, Heller brings Gloeckner’s book to life with fearless performances, a stirring score, inventive graphic novel-like animation sequences, imagination, humor and heart. It is a coming of age story that is as poignant as it is unsettling.
The End of the Tour
(R) • 106 minutes • On-screen here from 8/21/15 to 8/27/15
Director: James Ponsoldt
Starring: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Gummer, Joan Cusack, Mickey Sumner, Ron Livingston
Synopsis: The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest.’
(R) • 96 minutes • On-screen here from 8/14/15 to 8/20/15
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley
Synopsis: Woody Allen’s Irrational Man is about a tormented philosophy professor who finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. Abe feels that everything he’s tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn’t made any difference.
Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe gets involved with two women: Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his best student, who becomes his closest friend. While Jill loves her boyfriend Roy (Jamie Blackley), she finds Abe’s tortured, artistic personality and exotic past irresistible. Even as Abe displays signs of mental imbalance, Jill’s fascination with him only grows. Still, when she tries to make their relationship a romantic one, he rebuffs her.
Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger’s conversation and become drawn in.
Once Abe makes a profound choice, he is able to embrace life to the fullest again. But his decision sets off a chain of events that will affect him, Jill and Rita forever.
(PG) • 104 minutes • On-screen here from 7/31/15 to 8/13/15
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellan, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada
Synopsis: Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late.
Infinitely Polar Bear
(R) • 90 minutes • On-screen here from 7/24/15 to 7/30/15
Director: Maya Forbes
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana
Synopsis: A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier.
Testament of Youth
(PG-13) • 129 minutes • On-screen here from 7/17/15 to 7/23/15
Director: James Kent
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Kit Harington, Miranda Richardson, Hayley Atwell
Synopsis: Testament of Youth is a powerful coming-of-age story which tackles love, war, loss and remembrance. It’s based on the beloved WW1 memoir by Vera Brittain, which was a bestseller on publication, heralded as the voice of a generation and has become the classic testimony of that war, from a woman’s point of view. Vera’s story encompasses vast themes – youth, hope, dreams, love, war, futility, and how to make sense of the darkest times. It’s a key witness account of WW1, which continues to resonate because it is above all a personal story of how one person faces war and tragedy, and rises above them.
The story begins in the Edwardian spring of 1914, with Vera Brittain – a youthful feminist, free-minded and irrepressible – determined to sit exams for Oxford, against her conservative parents’ wishes. She is encouraged and inspired by her brother and his friends, particularly the brilliant Roland Leighton, who shares her dream of being a writer. But her hopes for Oxford with Roland turn to dust as war is declared, and all the young men enlist; she herself gives up her dream of writing, and becomes a nurse. What follows is a story of heightened, urgent love between Vera and Roland – interrupted by the war, as Vera moves closer and closer to the front, eventually nursing Germans soldiers, who help her to recognise the futility of war. Through Vera we see youthful love buffeted by fatal losses and the overpowering tide of history, as one by one those closest to her are lost to the war. Yet Vera’s story is also one of survival, as she returns from the war determined to find a new purpose, and to keep faith with those she has lost, spurring her towards a powerful act of remembrance.
The film follows Vera’s rites of passage through war, and through her wartime experiences, we understand how she went on to write one of the defining memoirs of her age, which gave voice to a lost generation. Many elements in the film (such as the key letters from the front and Roland’s poems) are authentic, and it’s the fact that Testament of Youth is a genuine witness testimony which gives the story its power.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
(PG-13) • 104 minutes • On-screen here from 7/3/15 to 7/16/15
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Starring: Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Thomas Mann, Molly Shannon
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends. He spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, but he finds his outlook forever altered when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
Love & Mercy
(PG-13) • 121 minutes • On-screen here from 6/26/15 to 7/2/15
Director: Bill Pohlad
Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti
Synopsis: Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian’s crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore.
I’ll See You In My Dreams
(PG-13) • 92 minutes • On-screen here from 6/12/15 to 6/25/15
Director: Brett Haley
Starring: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place, Sam Elliot
Synopsis: In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends, Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man, pursuing a new love interest , and reconnecting with her daughter.
Far From The Madding Crowd
(PG-13) • 119 minutes • On-screen here from 5/22/15 to 6/11/15
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple, Matthias Schoenaerts
Synopsis: Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
(R) • 106 minutes • On-screen here from 5/15/15 to 5/21/15
Director: Dan Fogelman
Starring: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Melissa Benoist, Christopher Plummer
Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.
The Water Diviner
(R) • 111 minutes • On-screen here from 5/8/15 to 5/14/15
Director: Russell Crowe
Starring: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney
Synopsis: An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding onto hope, he must travel across the war-torn landscape with the help of a Turkish Officer, himself a veteran of the battles.
While We’re Young
(R) • 97 minutes • On-screen here from 5/1/15 to 5/7/15
Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried
Synopsis: A middle-aged couple’s career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.
Woman In Gold
(PG-13) • 109 minutes • On-screen here from 4/10/15 to 4/30/15
Director: Simon Curtis
Starring: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Tatiana Maslany, Katie Holmes, Elizabeth McGovern
Synopsis: An American-British drama film based on the true story of the late Maria Altmann, an elderly Holocaust survivor living in Los Angeles who, together with her young lawyer, E. Randol Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was confiscated from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II. Altmann took her legal battle all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.
(PG-13) • 108 minutes • On-screen here from 4/3/15 to 4/9/15
Director: Richard Laxton
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Julie Walters, Russell Tovey, Derek Jacobi, Robbie Coltrane
Synopsis: Based on the real-life scandal that shocked Victorian-era England, the film tells the story of Euphemia “Effie” Gray. At 19, she married the prominent art historian and critic John Ruskin, but Ruskin refused to consummate their marriage. Lonely and frustrated Effie is drawn to pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, and finds a friend and champion in Lady Elizabeth Eastlake. After five years trapped in a loveless marriage, Effie will defy the rules of Victorian society…
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
(PG) • 122 minutes • On-screen here from 3/7/15 to 4/2/15
Director: John Madden
Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, David Strathairn, Penelope Wilton
Synopsis: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.
(PG-13) • 101 minutes • On-screen here from 2/20/15 to 3/5/15
Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Shane McRae, Hunter Parrish
Synopsis: Alice Howland is a linguistics professor at Columbia, happily married to John with three children; Anna, Tom and Lydia. Soon after her fortieth birthday she begins experiencing memory loss symptoms, forgetting words of difficult concepts. Alice sees a neurologist and gets an MRI and blood checks which come back fine. Her subsequent CAT scan confirms the hypothesis of Alzheimer disease. In her case its the rare familial version that occurs at an earlier age, which can be passed on to her offspring, and gets even worse to those with high level of education due to the increased brain activity. Alice and John tell their children about her illness. Anna and Tom get themselves tested for the genetic indicator, while Lydia refuses to do so. Anna’s result comes back a positive while Tom’s comes back negative. Meanwhile her children are also dealing with their own problems. Anna and her husband deside to go to a fertility clinic to encourage pregnancy, Tom still going on a new relationship with a new girl after breaking up, and Lydia is still the rebellious last child who refuses to go to college to pursue her acting career.
Alice’s illness progress at a saddening rate. She soon uses her phone to list things and uses the phone’s alarm linked to a list of questions to refresh herself on the most crucial memories, such as the names of her children and her own address. While she is still able, she makes a video intended for herself dictating step by step on how to commit suicidie by drug overdose. She soon lose her capability to teach, forgetting the class schedule, appointments and routes. She even wets herself because she cant find where the toilet is. Once she’s invited to speak at an Alzheimer convention, where not only her words, but the way she reads them shows her struggle against the memory loss. The family is affected deeply by Alice. They try to connect with Alice amidst all their businesses. John even has to postpone a job offer from the Mayo Clinic. As the illness progresses, Alice forgets even her children’s names. Soon Alice gets to see the birth of her grandchildren, Anna’s twin babies. Alice’s condition worsens to a point where John has to help her get dressed. Soon, failed with her producer connection, Lydia returns to live with her parents as Alice loses the ability to utter words.
(R) • 150 minutes • On-screen here from 2/13/15 to 2/19/15
Director: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson
Synopsis: Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.
The Imitation Game
(PG-13) • 114 minutes • On-screen here from 1/23/15 to 2/12/15
Director: Morten Tyldum
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, Mark Strong
Synopsis: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.
(R) • 119 minutes • On screen here from 11/7/14 to 12/4/14 & a return engagement from 1/16/15 to 1/22/15
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton
Synopsis: Riggan Thomas, once known quite well to movie theater goers as an iconic super hero called “The Birdman” had recently turned down a fourth installment of the franchise. Now washed up, he attempts to reinvent himself as a director by staging a new retelling of a classic Broadway dramatic play called “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”. The events leading up to the Saturday night premiere prove to be one disaster after another as the original lead actor is injured while on set and Riggan scrambles to find a replacement, but the replacement proves to be exactly who he needs – a method actor who takes the job way too seriously. But Riggan has a hard time juggling between the set, his replacement actor, his equally washed up daughter, and a host of other disasters that prevent a proper staging of the play. Meanwhile, a New York Times critic who Riggan has to woo threatens to shut down production of the play before it even starts with a scathing review of the opening night …
(R) • 115 minutes • On-screen here from 1/2/15 to 1/15/15
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffman, Laura Dern
Synopsis: A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.
Based on the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.