"Do not leave the film until the last credit rolls by." - David Hoekstra, Chicago Tribune
"Only the genre's most studious followers will be able to watch Muscle Shoals without being regularly astonished: Even if it sometimes gets lost in its byways, Greg "Freddy" Camalier's documentary tells an extraordinary story." - Mark Jenkins, NPR
Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, AL is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative music in American history.
Directed by Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
(English, 111 minutes)
Monday 12/02: 7:05 PM
Tuesday 12/03: 7:05 PM
Wednesday 12/04: 7:05 PM
Thursday 12/05: 7:05 PM
NEW SHOW TIMES ADDED:
Friday 12/06: 7:45 PM
Saturday 12/07: 3:15 PM, 7:45 PM
Sunday 12/08: 3:15 PM, 7:45 PM
Monday 12/09: 7:45 PM
Tuesday 12/10: 7:45 PM
Wednesday 12/11: 7:45 PM
Thursday 12/12: 7:45 PM
"This well-crafted picture is a lovely work of true art, enhanced by terrific animated sequences illustrating Jerry Lee's love of drawing cartoons and Frank's ability to concoct tales of the brothers as heroic figures." - Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times
Based on the popular novel by Willy Vlautin, The Motel Life is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier. Frank (Emile Hirsch) and Jerry Lee Flannigan (Stephen Dorff) work odd jobs, drink hard, and drift from motel to motel.
Directed by Alan Polsky
(English, 85 minutes)
Monday 12/02: 5:15 PM
Tuesday 12/03: 5:15 PM
Wednesday 12/04: 5:15 PM
Thursday 12/05: 5:15 PM
"This Belgian drama is the real deal, an alternately wrenching and ecstatic viewing experience, adapted from a play by lead actor Johan Heldenbergh." - Sara Steward, New York Post
Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage.
Directed by Felix Van Groeningen
(English, 111 minutes)
Friday 12/06: 5:30 PM
Saturday 12/07: 1 PM, 5:30 PM
Sunday 12/08: 1 PM, 5:30 PM
Monday 12/09: 5:30 PM
Tuesday 12/10: 5:30 PM
Wednesday 12/11: 5:30 PM
Thursday 12/12: 5:30 PM
"As Adenike, Gurira is wonderful: Her face is equally radiant whether she's channeling anguish or joy, and she captures the ways in which this woman, so old-country dutiful, also longs to join the modern world." - Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
In a flurry of dazzling colors, textiles, music, and dance, Brooklyn restaurant owner Ayodele and his bride Adenike (The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira) are married and ceremoniously blessed with traditional Nigerian prayers of fertility. Adenike struggles to conceive a child, and with mounting pressure from her oppressive mother-in-law, she must take drastic measures to save her marriage. With sumptuous, spellbinding cinematography from DP Bradford Young (Pariah, Middle of Nowhere), Andrew Dosunmu's (Restless City) exquisite sophomore feature is an enlightening look at immigrant life, capturing the vibrant culture of Crown Heights' Yoruba community.
Directed by Andrew Dosunmu
(English and Yoruba, 99 minutes)
"The film ends on up notes, but its strength is that it's not really a feel-good movie, instead shining a light on both how far we have come in terms of race in America and how very far we still have to go." - Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families as they navigate the ups and downs of educating their sons.
Directed by Joe Brewster
(English, 90 minutes)
Saturday, 12/14: 2 PM
Sunday, 12/15: 2 PM
"Bastards is a thriller truly etched in darkness, pools of black broken mostly by the stricken yet soldiering faces of her main characters, like ships in a sea of stormy nights." - Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
Bastards follows Marco Silvestri, a captain on a container-ship who is called urgently back to Paris by his desperate sister Sandra. Sandra's husband has committed suicide, the family business has gone under, her daughter has gone adrift, and she holds powerful businessman Edouard Laporte reresponsible. Determined to exact a terrible revenge for the violence done to his family, Marco moves into the building where Laporte's mistress Raphaelle lives; but he can't avoid Sandra's secret manipulations or the fact that he is falling in love with Raphaelle.
Directed by Claire Denis
(French with English Subtitles, 83 min)
Wednesday 12/25: CLOSED
"Here is a children's film made for the world we should live in, rather than the one we occupy." - Roger Ebert
This superbly animated children's tale is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan's most beloved animators. The story follows Satsuke and Mei, two young girls who find that their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called Totoros. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As their girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. Like most films released by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, this family-oriented feature has a powerful ecological theme. The English-language version of this film wasn't dubbed until many years later, explaining the presence of actors such as Dakota Fanning in the cast.
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(English Subtitles, 87 min)
Wednesday 12/25: CLOSED
From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art.
Directed by Michel Gondry
(English, 88 min)
"With the help of Hamilton, Ross and Olmos, sublime actors who radiate grit and grace, Sayles has made Go for Sisters a movie that stays inside your head long after you see it."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Fontayne is enlisted by Bernice- her estranged old friend and current parole officer - along with a disgraced cop to search for Bernice's son, who went missing on the Mexican border.
Directed by John Sayles
(English, 123 min)
"The movie expands in its frame, surpassing simple comprehension and continuing to grow in your mind — and perhaps to blow it — long after it's over."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
Employing elaborate camera movements, a dense soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, Faust conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend. Faust, played by Johannes Zeiler, is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment but he becomes obsessed with the lovely Magarethe (Isolda Dychauk) and eventually sells his soul to the Devil (Anton Adasinsky) also known as the Moneylender, so that he may possess her. Comic, cosmic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes abound as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey that ends in Hell itself.
Directed by Alexander Sokurov
(English, 140 min)
Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks
Mighty Times: The Children's March
A Place at the Table
Bloods and Crips: Made in America
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