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Our Fall Schedule – September-November 2014

 

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LIFE ITSELF (USA 2014; R)
Tuesday September 23, Thursday September 25, Saturday September 27 @ 7:30PM; Sunday September 28 @ 1, 3:20PM.
Direction: Steve James
Roger Ebert’s life story becomes a must-see experience for everybody who truly loves the movies. Touching, funny and even buoyant despite the circumstances of Ebert’s last illness during its production, it’s a marvelous celebration of his passion for all films, from Faster Pussycat Kill Kill! to Cries and Whispers. “A work of deftness and delicacy, by turns a film about illness and death, about writing, about cinema and, finally, and very movingly a film about love”- NY Times. “A uniquely powerful motion picture, the kind of open and honest portrayal I can’t ever recall having seen about a celebrity… stands not only as a moving piece of documentary cinema but an epitaph”- ReelViews. 120 minutes.

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CITIZEN KOCH (USA 2014; NR)
Tuesday September 30, Thursday October 2, Saturday October 4 @ 7:30PM; Sunday October 5 @ 1, 2:50PM.
Direction: Carl Deal & Tia Lessin
The bloated influence of the Koch family in this era of wide-open campaign donations shows the dangerous abuses of wealth that have unbalanced our democratic system. Directors Deal and Lessin (Trouble the Water) examine the blunt end of the money sledgehammer and its impact on average Americans in this disturbing documentary. “If you have a shred of idealism left, it’s hard to watch… without a mounting sense of despair and outrage over the influence that money has come to wield over modern elections”- Washington Post. “[focuses] not just on recent developments in American politics, but also on the bedrock of what has made this country such an enduringly great, astoundingly troubled experiment: one person, one vote”- The A.V. Club. 90 minutes.
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WE ARE THE BEST! (Denmark/Sweden 2014; NR)
Tuesday October 7, Thursday October 9, Saturday October 11 @ 7:30PM; Sunday October 12 @ 1, 3:05PM
Direction and screenplay: Lukas Moodysson
A trio of adolescent schoolgirls in 1982 Stockholm are defiantly determined to give the world what it really needs – a great punk band starring themselves! – despite the fact that only one of them knows what a chord is, or has ever even picked up an instrument for that matter. “No film I’ve seen this year has provided the sheer moviegoing pleasure of We Are the Best“- NY Post. “One of the funniest and happiest movies I’ve ever seen about early adolescent girls and their wayward, fitful joyousness”- Christian Science Monitor. “Funny, passionate, full of compassion for its just-pubescent protagonists… a total charmer”- Philadelphia Inquirer. 102 minutes. Subtitles.
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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in Camogli, Italy
THE TRIP TO ITALY (UK 2014; NR)
Tuesday October 14, Thursday October 16, Saturday October 18 @ 7:30PM; Sunday October 19 @ 1, 3:15PM.
Direction and screenplay: Michael Winterbottom
Fresh from The Trip, bantering Brits Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon undertake another culinary odyssey, this time venturing far abroad to the rugged beauties of the Italian peninsula where they indulge in some truly exquisite-looking dinners and retrace the footsteps of Byron and Shelley; though Byron and Shelley never swapped snide career insults, impersonated Al Pacino, or riffed on scenes from The Godfather before oblivious Italian waitstaff. “Brydon and Coogan’s discourse over breakfast, lunch and dinner is captured with a casualness that makes the eavesdropping delicious”- LA Times. “As funny as the first go-round, more beautiful to look at, and better conceived” Hollywood Reporter. 108 minutes.
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TUESDAY OCTOBER 21-SUNDAY OCTOBER 26 – CINEMA 320 TAKES A ONE-WEEK BREAK. CARVE THOSE JACK-O-LANTERNS!

 

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GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA (USA 2014; NR)
Tuesday October 28, Thursday October 30, Saturday November 2 @ 7:30PM; Sunday November 3 @ 1, 2:45PM
Direction: Nicholas D. Wrathall
A valedictory star turn by one of the wittiest and most provocative literary men America has ever produced, this devilishly watchable biography of Vidal plays against a backdrop of some of the most turbulent and controversial events in American history. You may be gored, but you will never be bored. “Heavily seasoned with epigrams worthy of Oscar Wilde, this entertaining documentary portrays Vidal as a pessimistic political prophet with streaks of paranoia and misanthropy, but a truth teller nonetheless”- NY Times. “Ever mindful of the line he straddled between thinker and flamethrower, [the movie] is nevertheless a lovingly packaged greatest hits from a legendary rebel of letters”- LA Times. . 83 minutes.
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VIOLETTE (France 2014; NR)
Tuesday November 4, Thursday November 6, Saturday November 8 @7:30PM; Sunday November 9 @1, 3:40PM.
Direction: Martin Provost; screenplay: Marc Abdelnour, Martin Provost & Rene de Ceccatty
French author Violette Leduc was a pioneer in the literary exploration of female sexuality, but paid the price of all pioneers in censure, miscomprehension and rejection, while still earning praise from the likes of Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, with whom she had a barbed thirty year rivalry/friendship. Emmanuelle Devos delivers a very strong performance as a creative artist fighting hard to overcome feelings of worthlessness to make her destined mark in the world. “Devos plays Leduc as a powder keg of a woman who used her loneliness and insecurity as the explosive fuel for her work”- Entertainment Weekly. “Provost’s film, like its heroine, is full of active, sparking nerves”- Village Voice. “Handsome, intelligently absorbing and stirring”- NY Times. 139 min. NR. Subtitles.
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A PICTURE OF YOU (USA 2014; NR)
Tuesday November 11, Thursday November 13, Saturday November 15 @ 7:30PM; Sunday November 16 @1, 2:45PM.
Direction: J. P. Chan; screenplay: J. P. Chan & Jo Mei
An estranged adult brother and sister arrive at their late mother’s house to clean out her effects, helped by two friends. What starts as a touchy exploration of family tensions is gradually leavened, as the four characters interact, by sly humor; then it suddenly metamorphoses into blatant and very funny comedy when a bizarre discovery forces the siblings to view their mother in a new light. “Chan and his likably low-key cast navigate hairpin turns from drama to comedy to outright farce with an impressive sense of proportion”- LA Times. “Balances humor and sentiment with an instinctive hand, skillfully unearthing honest, unexpected laughs amid intense grief”- Village Voice. “Delivers both dramatically and comedically”- Hollywood Reporter. 82 min.
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STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS (USA 2014; NR)
Tuesday November 18, Friday November 21, Saturday November 22 @ 7:30PM; Sunday November 23 @ 1, 3PM. NOTE: No Thursday show this week. Friday substitutes.
Direction: Sam Fleischner; screenplay: Micah Bloomberg
Ricky, a 13-year-old Brooklyn schoolboy with midrange autism, becomes separated from his sister and is irresistably entranced by images on the New York subway system. As his absence lengthens from hours into days, his mother launches an increasinly anxious search. Meanwhile Hurricane Sandy approaches. “A small miracle of a film, captures the grass-roots swirl of New York City with an extraordinary sensory attuning to urban life”- NY Times. “Consistently fascinating and suspenseful”- Variety. “Fleischner gets his uncanny effects simply by showing what this city looks like to a child who has a different filter”- NY Post. 102 min. English and subtitles.
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••••• MONDAY NOVEMBER 24 – CINEMA 320 GIVES THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND BIDS YOU ADIEU ‘TIL SPRING!

TICKETS: $6.00 adults, $4.00 seniors, $3.00 Clark students (with ID)

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