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His Girl Friday

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

35mm print

“Most of what Robert Altman has done with overlapping dialogue was done first by Howard Hawks in this 1940 comedy, without the benefit of Dolby stereo. It isn’t a matter of speed but of placement—the dialogue almost seems to have levels in space. Hawks’s great insight—taking the Hecht-MacArthur Front Page and making the Hildy Johnson character a woman—has been justly celebrated; it deepens the comedy in remarkable ways. Cary Grant’s performance is truly virtuoso—stunning technique applied to the most challenging material. With Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy, a genius in his way too.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

The Major and the Minor

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

35mm print

“Wilder’s first film as director begins brilliantly with Rogers as a New York career woman disillusioned to find her house calls offering scalp massage constantly subject to male misinterpretation – in particular from a lecherous Benchley pursuing ‘a little drinkypoo, biteypoo, rhumbapoo’ – who masquerades as a pigtailed l2-year-old innocent in order to avoid paying full adult fare on the train home to Iowa. Very funny stuff as she meets Milland’s protective major, and finds ambiguous refuge in his sleeping compartment… she is forced to accompany him to the military academy where he instructs, and becomes mascot to a horde of hopefully lecherous cadets. Pretty irresistible… with Rogers doing a beautiful job of dovetailing sexual provocation and demure innocence.” – Time Out (London)

Futuro Beach

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

In Aïnouz’s (Madame Satã, Love for Sale) richly textured tale, two German swimmers get caught in an undertow in Brazil; Donato, a young lifeguard, manages to save only one, Konrad. Haunted, the men discover an intense physical attraction that becomes a deeper emotional bond, and Donato decides to leave everything to follow Konrad back to Berlin.

Maps to the Stars

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

A mysterious young woman (Mia Wasikowska) arrives in sunny Hollywood, taking a job assisting a narcissitic, embittered actress (Julianne Moore) and striking up a relationship with a wannabe-screenwriter-cum-chauffeur (Robert Pattinson). Meanwhile, a famed self-help guru (John Cusack) grapples with his distressed wife (Olivia Williams), his recently-rehabbed child-star son and a bevy of secrets. These desperate lives collide in Cronenberg’s chilling, darkly hilarious satire of a family—and an entertainment industry—on the verge of self-destruction. Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival

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Wild Canaries

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

In this sprightly Brooklyn murder mystery, an elderly neighbor’s sudden death rattles fiancés Barri and Noah (real-life partners Sophia Takal and writer-director Levine). Smelling foul play, Barri turns amateur sleuth, enlisting their roommate (Alia Shawkat) to crack the case—and soon everyone from the neighbor’s son (Kevin Corrigan) to their landlord (Jason Ritter) looks like a suspect. Official selection: SXSW, BAMcinemaFest

Sundance Film Festival Animated Shorts

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

On the eve of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, catch up with these eight acclaimed animated shorts from previous festival editions. A rambunctious ride from some of the world’s most creative animators, the program ranges from handmade drawing and painting to puppetry, to tell innovative, entertaining tales of love, art, bubbles, nudism, the creation of the universe and what it all means to you.

Match

Friday, December 12th, 2014

A young couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) come to New York to interview former dancer Tobi (Patrick Stewart) about the 1960s dance scene. Now a reclusive instructor, Tobi eventually warms to the two strangers, regaling them with wild anecdotes from his past. But when their questions become personal, the couple’s true motive begins to emerge. Based on the Tony-nominated play, MATCH is a tale of three people forced to confront questions of responsibility, artistic commitment and love. Official selection: Tribeca Film Festival

Vessel

Friday, December 12th, 2014

VESSEL is the real-life story of a woman who transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement. Moved by the plight of desperate women in countries with restrictive reproductive rights, Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts founded Women on Waves, which uses laws governing international waters to bring much-needed abortion and contraceptive services to those with no other recourse. Despite a quagmire of legal, religious, political and logistical obstacles, Gomperts and her impassioned team persevere, coming up with creative solutions that enable them to educate and empower women around the world to take charge of their own bodies.

Audience Award, SXSW

Official selection: DOC NYC

 

The Search for General Tso

Friday, December 12th, 2014

A witty, insightful look at the origins and enduring popularity of Chinese-American food, Ian Cheney’s (The City Dark, King Corn) new documentary investigates what may be America’s most popular takeout meal. Just who was General Tso? And why do nearly fifty thousand restaurants serve deep-fried chicken bearing his name? Journeying from big-city Chinatowns and small communities across the US to China itself, the film uncovers a story of immigration, adaptation and the American imagination. Official selection: Tribeca Film Festival, AFI Docs

Appropriate Behavior

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Acceptance seems to elude Shirin (writer-director Akhavan, newly cast in Girls) from all sides. Her perfect Persian family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex, Maxine, can’t understand why she won’t tell them. Even her six-year-old film students are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. When her brother announces his engagement to a parentally approved prize Iranian catch, Shirin embarks on her own private rebellion in a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher how things went so wrong.



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