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Flash Gordon

Monday, July 27th, 2015

DCP projection

“Forget the hi-tech droidery of the current strain of sci-fi, Flash Gordon time warps us thirty years back into the baroque world of wedding-cake sky castles, crystal swords, hawk-men, and chaps who have just twelve hours to save the world, armed only with a lantern jaw and a clean pairof tights. The narrative is a little plodding, but adult punters will soon slip back into areverie for the lost visions of Saturday morning cinema, and their kids can get off on the extraordinary undercurrent of febrile sexuality. Acting honours go to von Sydow as Ming the Merciless and Mariangela Melato as his dark-eyed henchperson. Flash himself is as thick as a brick, but will no doubt appeal to gentlemen who prefer blonds.”

Masters of the Universe

Monday, July 27th, 2015

35mm print

“Dolph Lundgren’s He-Man is an impressive physical specimen, the ultimate warrior epitomizing all that is good and defending the honor of inhabitants of the planet Eternia. On the dark side is the hideously made up Frank Langella, as Skeletor. He has captured the Sorceress of Greyskull Castle (Christina Pickles), locking her in a tubular energy field and absorbing her power, which evidently comes from Eternia’s moonbeams.

“Turns out the battle to control the future of universal power takes place at a used music store in a small town in California. He-Man and his allies are searching for a cosmic key that will unlock the Sorceress from her nasty gravity field. Key is discovered by Julie Winston (Courteney Cox, she of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark video fame) and her musician boyfriend, Kevin (Robert Duncan McNeil).” – Variety

Supergirl

Monday, July 27th, 2015

35mm print

“Most delightful of the Super-series for its good-natured disregard of narrative considerations. How does Kara transform into Supergirl? Where did her costume come from? What are the Omega Hedron and the Burundi Wand? You won’t ask because you won’t care, and the Salkinds knew that before they started – just as they knew that Szwarc was TV-fast and presumably TV-cheap, that teeny girls would want to be Helen Slater and teeny boys would stick around hoping the Phantom Zone vortex would waft her skirt up. The Midwest landscape is patently Pinewood, the swirly paint effects sub-AIP and the sinister magician (and high school maths teacher!) is Peter Cook. Dunaway and O’Toole, resplendent in floppy knitwear, give more than the film demands.” – Time Out (London)

7 Chinese Brothers

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Jason Schwartzman plays an unqualified, unemployable, inebriated prankster who lands part-time work at an undiscriminating Quick-Lube. His attractive boss somewhat makes up for hostile co-workers and unsatisfied customers, but can he keep it together long enough to win the girl, provide for man’s best friend (his dog Arrow) and make his grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) proud? Official selection: SXSW Film Festival

 

Queen of Earth

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

After a string of traumas, Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) retreats to a bucolic lakeside cabin with best friend Virginia (Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice) for some rest and relaxation. But as festering anxieties come bubbling to the surface, boundaries between past and present—and sanity and madness—begin to collapse, and Catherine veers perilously closer to the edge. Shot on gorgeously ragged 16mm, Perry’s (Listen Up Philip) latest updates ’70s psychological horror with a very modern intensity. With Patrick Fugit. Official selection: Berlin Film Festival; Centerpiece: BAMcinemaFest

Digging for Fire

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Three years after the birth of their son, married couple Tim (Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt) still find themselves with doubts about their future. While house-sitting for one of Lee’s wealthy yoga clients, they discover something suspicious in the yard. And although Lee wants to keep her plans for a much-needed weekend away on her own, Tim becomes fixated on digging deeper. With Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.

 

The Mend

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Loose cannon Mat (Josh Lucas) shows up unannounced at his brother’s Harlem apartment and quickly upends his sibling’s stable existence. Bolstered by a cacophonous modern classical score, a supporting turn by Frances Ha’s Mickey Sumner and an anarchic go-for-broke energy, this wildly ambitious, hilariously bilious comedy of brotherly hate marks debut director Magary as a major new talent. Official selection: SXSW, BAMcinemaFest

Jenny’s Wedding

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Jenny Farrell (Katherine Heigl) is getting married. But how will her straight-laced family react when they find out that the woman they thought was their daughter’s roommate is actually her fiancée? As the old-fashioned Farrells attempt to come to terms with the prospect of a surprise daughter-in-law, they face a difficult choice: either adapt with the times or risk being left behind. Alexis Bledel and Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson co-star in this wise, warm, and witty comedy.

SundanceNow Doc Club presents: Joyce at 34

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Thu Jul 23 at 5:00pm — Q&A with director Joyce Chopra, moderated by DOC NYC’s Raphaela Neihausen! Digital projection

Joyce Chopra – director of Sundance Award-winning film SMOOTH TALK – filmed JOYCE AT 34 at a pivotal time during the feminist movement when women were creating new opportunities to be both professionals and parents, and men were expected to take a greater role in parenting. Over 40 years later, the pressures to balance work and family remain as strong as ever. The film has a long history as a conversation starter, but for years it has fallen out of general circulation, unavailable on home video or digital platforms, until now. Presented by SundanceNow Doc Club.

This event is free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP. Click here to RSVP

Slow Learners

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Painfully square friends and co-workers Jeff (Adam Pally) and Anne (Sarah Burns) hatch a plan to become—over the course of a sex-and-alcohol-fueled summer—the cool, confident people they aspire to be. An exhilarating adventure of self-discovery soon goes off the rails as they lose their identities, their dignity, and quite possibly each other. With SNL’s Bobby Moynihan and Cecily Strong.

 

 



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