Based on an international bestselling novel, the newest film from acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair (The Namesake) features an all-star cast, including Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Om Puri, Martin Donovan and Riz Ahmed. It's a crackling thriller involving a young Pakistani man in New York City. He's a Princeton graduate working on Wall Street. Suddenly he finds himself embroiled in a conflict when he's profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated. He is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. This is sure to be one of the most talked about films of the year. (Mira Nair; India/USA; 2013; 130 min)
Last summer, we looked at how several filmmakers chose to portray art via profiles of the artists themselves. This month, we look at the work of one filmmaker, Ben Hernstrom. Ben frequently works with local and visiting artists to create innovative documentaries. He will present several of his recent works. Free
Friday, May 24
6:30p Food & Social
New B & W Restoration
A high point of British comedies from the famous Ealing Studios – it’s the film that made Sir Alec Guinness an international star. When a humble inventor wants to develop a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, he meets resistance from his textile mill bosses. This satirical look at businessmen who’d rather maintain the status quo is still timely – more than 60 years later. (Alexander Mackendrick; UK; 1951; 85 min)
This poignant, auto-biographical film debut from Francois Truffaut - one of the architects of the French New Wave - follows an adolescent boy who's neglected by his parents, as he skips school, sneaks into movies, runs away from home, and before long finds himself embroiled in a life of petty crime. With subtitles. (Francois Truffaut; France; 1959; 99 min)
The local dollar theaters may be extinct, but our new monthly series of essential cinema might just fill the void. All seats $2 -- and our popcorn is affordable too!
New 35mm print!
One of the most visually arresting films of all time, full of colorful experiments, dazzling collage effects and surrealist antics, Daisies is also considered one of the great works of feminist cinema. It follows the misadventures of two bored and brash young women, as they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing - food, clothes, men, war - is taken seriously. Aesthetically and politically radical in its day, the film was banned by the Communists upon release for its celebration of anarchy. With subtitles. (Vera Chytilová; Czechoslovakia; 1966; 76 min)
From sheltered “daughters of the church” once swathed in medieval dress, to activists on the front lines of social justice, this stirring documentary tells the story of the Catholic Church’s brave heros -- the nuns of the 1960s. Inspired by the reforms of the second Vatican Council in 1962 and the great social movements of the 20th century, they fought for justice across the United States. In recent years the sisters have become more visible in their aid to the poor and the disenfranchised, but increasingly find themselves on a collision course with the conservative elements in their own church. (Mary Fishman; USA; 2012; 87 min)
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From the acclaimed director of “The Squid and the Whale” comes this effervescent, sophisticated comedy about a young woman taking the first shaky, post-Ivy League steps in what will become her real life. Greta Gerwig – who also co-wrote the witty, articulate script – shines here, leaving her Mumblecore identity far behind. Frances arrives in New York determined to become a post-modern dancer despite the fact that she keeps falling over her feet or putting one of them in her mouth. The movie is lightning-in-a-bottle–deft, and has charmed audiences at Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals. (Noah Baumbach; USA; 2012; 86 min)
In 2006, an Iceland-based website called WikiLeaks.org was launched. As run by Australian Internet activist Julian Assange, the site regularly published top-secret documents and covert information, often regarding governments and their respective military operations. Oscar winner Alex Gibney – who's exposed institutions like Congress, the Army, and Enron – now tells the gripping story of what happens when a small group of people decide to break open the intelligence vaults. He unearths a tangled web of questionable ethics, idealism, stunning hypocrisy, and courage. This timely and eye-opening film joins the global debate over access to information and proves the power of individuals to shape our world. (Alex Gibney; USA; 2013; 130 min)