Now Playing

Today - Thursday May 7, 2015

6:00pm

The Future of Film Showcase

2015, Canada, 0 MINS, PG

The Future of Film Showcase is an independent film festival designed to showcase, support and highlight independent Toronto, and overall Canadian filmmakers and their films. They hope people will be inspired and enlightened by the pieces they see. The festival began from a conversation had by founders Eric Bizzarri and Shant Joshi a year and a half ago. They wanted to give independent filmmakers, like themselves, the opportunity to share their imagination with spectators and to celebrate film, not compete against each other.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door 30 minutes before showtime or online at https://www.universe.com/events/future-of-film-showcase-tickets-toronto-H8S3Y

6PM-9PM

9:30pm

What We Do In The Shadows

2015, New Zealand, USA, 86 MINS, 14A

Dir: Taika Waititi, Jermaine Clement
Starring: Taika Waititi, Jermaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzales-Macuer

This mockumentary follows the exploits of a group of vampires from very different eras, who happen to be flat mates.  This fresh and hilarious movie plays as a terrific showcase for the actors (many of whom will be familiar to Flight of the Conchords fans), as they go through the motions of living a fairly mundane eternity living secretly among humans.  The humour in WWDITS is quick, dry and sometimes grotesque.  Complimented by effectively cheesy old fashioned special effects this is that unique parody that manages to celebrate a genre humourously without making fun of it.



Friday May 8, 2015

7:00pm

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

2015, UK, 122 MINS, PG

Dir: John Madden
Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith

If the first “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was all about seeking rest and relaxation half a world away in India, then its relatively hectic successor finds the entire ensemble hustling jobs in Jaipur: Douglas (Nighy) gives tours of sites about which he knows precious little; Madge (Celia Imrie) and Norman (Ronald Pickup) tend bar at the expats’ club; Evelyn (Dench) hunts for exotic fabrics; and Muriel (Maggie Smith) co-manages the establishment, which has been such a success that its ambitious — and newly engaged — owner, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), is looking to expand.

All this busyness is good for business, though it makes for a rather high-stress retirement, as no one seems to be taking advantage of the fact they made the move to escape the grind. Though his original hotel is still something of a shambles, Sonny has ambitions to buy a neighboring property and fix it up, too, but for that he’ll need the financial backing of Evergreen, a U.S.-based retirement company managed by a visionary investor (David Strathairn).

Peter Debruge, Variety



9:30pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

Saturday May 9, 2015

2:00pm

The Wizard of Oz

1939, USA, 101 MINS, G

Dir: Victor Fleming
Starring: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Frank Morgen, Bert Lahr

In this charming film based on the popular L.Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.  –Dale Roloff



4:00pm

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

2015, UK, 122 MINS, PG

Dir: John Madden
Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith

If the first “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was all about seeking rest and relaxation half a world away in India, then its relatively hectic successor finds the entire ensemble hustling jobs in Jaipur: Douglas (Nighy) gives tours of sites about which he knows precious little; Madge (Celia Imrie) and Norman (Ronald Pickup) tend bar at the expats’ club; Evelyn (Dench) hunts for exotic fabrics; and Muriel (Maggie Smith) co-manages the establishment, which has been such a success that its ambitious — and newly engaged — owner, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), is looking to expand.

All this busyness is good for business, though it makes for a rather high-stress retirement, as no one seems to be taking advantage of the fact they made the move to escape the grind. Though his original hotel is still something of a shambles, Sonny has ambitions to buy a neighboring property and fix it up, too, but for that he’ll need the financial backing of Evergreen, a U.S.-based retirement company managed by a visionary investor (David Strathairn).

Peter Debruge, Variety



7:00pm

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

2015, UK, 122 MINS, PG

Dir: John Madden
Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith

If the first “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was all about seeking rest and relaxation half a world away in India, then its relatively hectic successor finds the entire ensemble hustling jobs in Jaipur: Douglas (Nighy) gives tours of sites about which he knows precious little; Madge (Celia Imrie) and Norman (Ronald Pickup) tend bar at the expats’ club; Evelyn (Dench) hunts for exotic fabrics; and Muriel (Maggie Smith) co-manages the establishment, which has been such a success that its ambitious — and newly engaged — owner, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), is looking to expand.

All this busyness is good for business, though it makes for a rather high-stress retirement, as no one seems to be taking advantage of the fact they made the move to escape the grind. Though his original hotel is still something of a shambles, Sonny has ambitions to buy a neighboring property and fix it up, too, but for that he’ll need the financial backing of Evergreen, a U.S.-based retirement company managed by a visionary investor (David Strathairn).

Peter Debruge, Variety



9:30pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

Sunday May 10, 2015

2:00pm

The Wizard of Oz

1939, USA, 101 MINS, G

Dir: Victor Fleming
Starring: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Frank Morgen, Bert Lahr

In this charming film based on the popular L.Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.  –Dale Roloff



4:15pm

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

2015, UK, 122 MINS, PG

Dir: John Madden
Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith

If the first “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was all about seeking rest and relaxation half a world away in India, then its relatively hectic successor finds the entire ensemble hustling jobs in Jaipur: Douglas (Nighy) gives tours of sites about which he knows precious little; Madge (Celia Imrie) and Norman (Ronald Pickup) tend bar at the expats’ club; Evelyn (Dench) hunts for exotic fabrics; and Muriel (Maggie Smith) co-manages the establishment, which has been such a success that its ambitious — and newly engaged — owner, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), is looking to expand.

All this busyness is good for business, though it makes for a rather high-stress retirement, as no one seems to be taking advantage of the fact they made the move to escape the grind. Though his original hotel is still something of a shambles, Sonny has ambitions to buy a neighboring property and fix it up, too, but for that he’ll need the financial backing of Evergreen, a U.S.-based retirement company managed by a visionary investor (David Strathairn).

Peter Debruge, Variety



7:00pm

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

2015, UK, 122 MINS, PG

Dir: John Madden
Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith

If the first “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was all about seeking rest and relaxation half a world away in India, then its relatively hectic successor finds the entire ensemble hustling jobs in Jaipur: Douglas (Nighy) gives tours of sites about which he knows precious little; Madge (Celia Imrie) and Norman (Ronald Pickup) tend bar at the expats’ club; Evelyn (Dench) hunts for exotic fabrics; and Muriel (Maggie Smith) co-manages the establishment, which has been such a success that its ambitious — and newly engaged — owner, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), is looking to expand.

All this busyness is good for business, though it makes for a rather high-stress retirement, as no one seems to be taking advantage of the fact they made the move to escape the grind. Though his original hotel is still something of a shambles, Sonny has ambitions to buy a neighboring property and fix it up, too, but for that he’ll need the financial backing of Evergreen, a U.S.-based retirement company managed by a visionary investor (David Strathairn).

Peter Debruge, Variety



9:20pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

Monday May 11, 2015

7:00pm

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

2015, UK, 122 MINS, PG

Dir: John Madden
Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith

If the first “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was all about seeking rest and relaxation half a world away in India, then its relatively hectic successor finds the entire ensemble hustling jobs in Jaipur: Douglas (Nighy) gives tours of sites about which he knows precious little; Madge (Celia Imrie) and Norman (Ronald Pickup) tend bar at the expats’ club; Evelyn (Dench) hunts for exotic fabrics; and Muriel (Maggie Smith) co-manages the establishment, which has been such a success that its ambitious — and newly engaged — owner, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), is looking to expand.

All this busyness is good for business, though it makes for a rather high-stress retirement, as no one seems to be taking advantage of the fact they made the move to escape the grind. Though his original hotel is still something of a shambles, Sonny has ambitions to buy a neighboring property and fix it up, too, but for that he’ll need the financial backing of Evergreen, a U.S.-based retirement company managed by a visionary investor (David Strathairn).

Peter Debruge, Variety



9:20pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

Tuesday May 12, 2015

7:00pm

Clouds of Sils Maria

2015, Germany/France/Swiss, 123 MINS, 14A

Dir: Oliver Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche

Legendary film actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) struggles to stay relevant by agreeing to star in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. But instead of playing the key role of a young woman who compels her boss to suicide, she agrees to take on the less flattering part of the employer, while current it girl Jo-Anne Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz) lands the lead. 

Maria heads to the sweeping getaway of the Swiss alps with her trusty assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse the part. Buried in glasses and tattoos, Stewart fully inhabits her role as a credible young woman riddled with self-doubt that nicely complements the fears of aging that plague her employer. 

In the far more literal plot of "Sils Maria," the fictional material allows Maria to explore her fears and regrets through the same creative outlet that put her on the map. Unfolding against a landscape of rolling hills and billowing clouds, it's an expressive backdrop for what's essentially a performance-driven look at the apprehensiveness surrounding all walks of life.

Eric Kohn, IndieWire



9:30pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

Wednesday May 13, 2015

7:00pm

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

2015, UK, 122 MINS, PG

Dir: John Madden
Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith

If the first “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was all about seeking rest and relaxation half a world away in India, then its relatively hectic successor finds the entire ensemble hustling jobs in Jaipur: Douglas (Nighy) gives tours of sites about which he knows precious little; Madge (Celia Imrie) and Norman (Ronald Pickup) tend bar at the expats’ club; Evelyn (Dench) hunts for exotic fabrics; and Muriel (Maggie Smith) co-manages the establishment, which has been such a success that its ambitious — and newly engaged — owner, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), is looking to expand.

All this busyness is good for business, though it makes for a rather high-stress retirement, as no one seems to be taking advantage of the fact they made the move to escape the grind. Though his original hotel is still something of a shambles, Sonny has ambitions to buy a neighboring property and fix it up, too, but for that he’ll need the financial backing of Evergreen, a U.S.-based retirement company managed by a visionary investor (David Strathairn).

Peter Debruge, Variety



9:30pm

Clouds of Sils Maria

2015, Germany/France/Swiss, 123 MINS, 14A

Dir: Oliver Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche

Legendary film actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) struggles to stay relevant by agreeing to star in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. But instead of playing the key role of a young woman who compels her boss to suicide, she agrees to take on the less flattering part of the employer, while current it girl Jo-Anne Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz) lands the lead. 

Maria heads to the sweeping getaway of the Swiss alps with her trusty assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse the part. Buried in glasses and tattoos, Stewart fully inhabits her role as a credible young woman riddled with self-doubt that nicely complements the fears of aging that plague her employer. 

In the far more literal plot of "Sils Maria," the fictional material allows Maria to explore her fears and regrets through the same creative outlet that put her on the map. Unfolding against a landscape of rolling hills and billowing clouds, it's an expressive backdrop for what's essentially a performance-driven look at the apprehensiveness surrounding all walks of life.

Eric Kohn, IndieWire



Thursday May 14, 2015

7:00pm

Clouds of Sils Maria

2015, Germany/France/Swiss, 123 MINS, 14A

Dir: Oliver Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche

Legendary film actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) struggles to stay relevant by agreeing to star in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. But instead of playing the key role of a young woman who compels her boss to suicide, she agrees to take on the less flattering part of the employer, while current it girl Jo-Anne Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz) lands the lead. 

Maria heads to the sweeping getaway of the Swiss alps with her trusty assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse the part. Buried in glasses and tattoos, Stewart fully inhabits her role as a credible young woman riddled with self-doubt that nicely complements the fears of aging that plague her employer. 

In the far more literal plot of "Sils Maria," the fictional material allows Maria to explore her fears and regrets through the same creative outlet that put her on the map. Unfolding against a landscape of rolling hills and billowing clouds, it's an expressive backdrop for what's essentially a performance-driven look at the apprehensiveness surrounding all walks of life.

Eric Kohn, IndieWire



9:30pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

Friday May 15, 2015

7:00pm

Woman in Gold

2015, UK/USA, 110 MINS, PG

Dir: Simon Curtis
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren

Woman in Gold is the extraordinary story of a Gustav Klimt painting. We open with a brief scene of Klimt, played with a guffaw-inducing, Rasputin-like beard by the German actor Moritz Bleibtreu, as he puts the finishing touches to his 1907 masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Confiscated by the Nazis from the Bloch-Bauer mansion in Vienna, this glittering work came to be installed in Austria’s Belvedere Gallery after the war, where it could easily have hung as a permanent national treasure.

That, though, would have been reckoning without the passion and persistence of Maria Altmann, Adele’s niece, who waited until her eighties to chase down the inheritance she argued was rightfully hers.

In the role of this elegant, haunted Jewish émigrée, Helen Mirren carries the film with her customarily unflappable star power: she serves up strudel, glowers at the Austrian art authorities, and approximates a Mitteleuropean accent softened by Maria’s years of living in America.

 

Tim Robey, The Telegraph



9:20pm

It Follows

2015, USA, 100 MINS, 14A

Dir: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Maika Monroe

Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell (his sophomore effort after 2010’s “The Myth of the American Sleepover”), “It Follows” is set among a group of young friends who have graduated high school, go to local colleges, but still live at home; we hear about parents and other adults, but we never see them. (The message is clear: You’re on your own, kids.) Jay (Maika Monroe), a tall blonde with sleepy eyes and a sharp wit, has sex with new beau Hugh (Jake Weary) in the back of his car only to be informed that he has infected her not with a disease but a demon: a sort of walking succubus that only she can see and that won’t stop following her until it kills her — or until she passes it along to another.  Ty Burr - Boston Globe

Saturday May 16, 2015

2:00pm

Divergent: Insurgent

2015, USA, 119 MINS, PG

Dir: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley

We are back in post-apocalyptic Chicago, where society is divided into factions depending on people’s aptitude: Abnegation for the selfless, Dauntless for the brave, Amity for the peaceful, Candour for the honest, and Erudite for the intelligent. Tris was originally from Abnegation, which partly accounts for her persistent honesty and conscience-pangs, but she is suppressed because she is a “divergent” – an unclassifiable free spirit. Her battle continues, but complicated by treachery from those she thought she could trust most. The movie comes alive when Kate Winslet appears, playing chilling Erudite leader Jeanine, a futurist Roman matron of tyranny. Her controlled calm is so similar to Tris’s that you might suspect some sort of intergenerational Darth Vader-ism.

4:00pm

Woman in Gold

2015, UK/USA, 110 MINS, PG

Dir: Simon Curtis
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren

Woman in Gold is the extraordinary story of a Gustav Klimt painting. We open with a brief scene of Klimt, played with a guffaw-inducing, Rasputin-like beard by the German actor Moritz Bleibtreu, as he puts the finishing touches to his 1907 masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Confiscated by the Nazis from the Bloch-Bauer mansion in Vienna, this glittering work came to be installed in Austria’s Belvedere Gallery after the war, where it could easily have hung as a permanent national treasure.

That, though, would have been reckoning without the passion and persistence of Maria Altmann, Adele’s niece, who waited until her eighties to chase down the inheritance she argued was rightfully hers.

In the role of this elegant, haunted Jewish émigrée, Helen Mirren carries the film with her customarily unflappable star power: she serves up strudel, glowers at the Austrian art authorities, and approximates a Mitteleuropean accent softened by Maria’s years of living in America.

 

Tim Robey, The Telegraph



7:00pm

Woman in Gold

2015, UK/USA, 110 MINS, PG

Dir: Simon Curtis
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren

Woman in Gold is the extraordinary story of a Gustav Klimt painting. We open with a brief scene of Klimt, played with a guffaw-inducing, Rasputin-like beard by the German actor Moritz Bleibtreu, as he puts the finishing touches to his 1907 masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Confiscated by the Nazis from the Bloch-Bauer mansion in Vienna, this glittering work came to be installed in Austria’s Belvedere Gallery after the war, where it could easily have hung as a permanent national treasure.

That, though, would have been reckoning without the passion and persistence of Maria Altmann, Adele’s niece, who waited until her eighties to chase down the inheritance she argued was rightfully hers.

In the role of this elegant, haunted Jewish émigrée, Helen Mirren carries the film with her customarily unflappable star power: she serves up strudel, glowers at the Austrian art authorities, and approximates a Mitteleuropean accent softened by Maria’s years of living in America.

 

Tim Robey, The Telegraph



9:20pm

It Follows

2015, USA, 100 MINS, 14A

Dir: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Maika Monroe

Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell (his sophomore effort after 2010’s “The Myth of the American Sleepover”), “It Follows” is set among a group of young friends who have graduated high school, go to local colleges, but still live at home; we hear about parents and other adults, but we never see them. (The message is clear: You’re on your own, kids.) Jay (Maika Monroe), a tall blonde with sleepy eyes and a sharp wit, has sex with new beau Hugh (Jake Weary) in the back of his car only to be informed that he has infected her not with a disease but a demon: a sort of walking succubus that only she can see and that won’t stop following her until it kills her — or until she passes it along to another.  Ty Burr - Boston Globe

Sunday May 17, 2015

2:00pm

Divergent: Insurgent

2015, USA, 119 MINS, PG

Dir: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley

We are back in post-apocalyptic Chicago, where society is divided into factions depending on people’s aptitude: Abnegation for the selfless, Dauntless for the brave, Amity for the peaceful, Candour for the honest, and Erudite for the intelligent. Tris was originally from Abnegation, which partly accounts for her persistent honesty and conscience-pangs, but she is suppressed because she is a “divergent” – an unclassifiable free spirit. Her battle continues, but complicated by treachery from those she thought she could trust most. The movie comes alive when Kate Winslet appears, playing chilling Erudite leader Jeanine, a futurist Roman matron of tyranny. Her controlled calm is so similar to Tris’s that you might suspect some sort of intergenerational Darth Vader-ism.

4:00pm

Woman in Gold

2015, UK/USA, 110 MINS, PG

Dir: Simon Curtis
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren

Woman in Gold is the extraordinary story of a Gustav Klimt painting. We open with a brief scene of Klimt, played with a guffaw-inducing, Rasputin-like beard by the German actor Moritz Bleibtreu, as he puts the finishing touches to his 1907 masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Confiscated by the Nazis from the Bloch-Bauer mansion in Vienna, this glittering work came to be installed in Austria’s Belvedere Gallery after the war, where it could easily have hung as a permanent national treasure.

That, though, would have been reckoning without the passion and persistence of Maria Altmann, Adele’s niece, who waited until her eighties to chase down the inheritance she argued was rightfully hers.

In the role of this elegant, haunted Jewish émigrée, Helen Mirren carries the film with her customarily unflappable star power: she serves up strudel, glowers at the Austrian art authorities, and approximates a Mitteleuropean accent softened by Maria’s years of living in America.

 

Tim Robey, The Telegraph



7:00pm

Woman in Gold

2015, UK/USA, 110 MINS, PG

Dir: Simon Curtis
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren

Woman in Gold is the extraordinary story of a Gustav Klimt painting. We open with a brief scene of Klimt, played with a guffaw-inducing, Rasputin-like beard by the German actor Moritz Bleibtreu, as he puts the finishing touches to his 1907 masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Confiscated by the Nazis from the Bloch-Bauer mansion in Vienna, this glittering work came to be installed in Austria’s Belvedere Gallery after the war, where it could easily have hung as a permanent national treasure.

That, though, would have been reckoning without the passion and persistence of Maria Altmann, Adele’s niece, who waited until her eighties to chase down the inheritance she argued was rightfully hers.

In the role of this elegant, haunted Jewish émigrée, Helen Mirren carries the film with her customarily unflappable star power: she serves up strudel, glowers at the Austrian art authorities, and approximates a Mitteleuropean accent softened by Maria’s years of living in America.

 

Tim Robey, The Telegraph



9:20pm

It Follows

2015, USA, 100 MINS, 14A

Dir: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Maika Monroe

Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell (his sophomore effort after 2010’s “The Myth of the American Sleepover”), “It Follows” is set among a group of young friends who have graduated high school, go to local colleges, but still live at home; we hear about parents and other adults, but we never see them. (The message is clear: You’re on your own, kids.) Jay (Maika Monroe), a tall blonde with sleepy eyes and a sharp wit, has sex with new beau Hugh (Jake Weary) in the back of his car only to be informed that he has infected her not with a disease but a demon: a sort of walking succubus that only she can see and that won’t stop following her until it kills her — or until she passes it along to another.  Ty Burr - Boston Globe

Monday May 18, 2015

2:00pm

Divergent: Insurgent

2015, USA, 119 MINS, PG

Dir: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley

We are back in post-apocalyptic Chicago, where society is divided into factions depending on people’s aptitude: Abnegation for the selfless, Dauntless for the brave, Amity for the peaceful, Candour for the honest, and Erudite for the intelligent. Tris was originally from Abnegation, which partly accounts for her persistent honesty and conscience-pangs, but she is suppressed because she is a “divergent” – an unclassifiable free spirit. Her battle continues, but complicated by treachery from those she thought she could trust most. The movie comes alive when Kate Winslet appears, playing chilling Erudite leader Jeanine, a futurist Roman matron of tyranny. Her controlled calm is so similar to Tris’s that you might suspect some sort of intergenerational Darth Vader-ism.

4:00pm

Woman in Gold

2015, UK/USA, 110 MINS, PG

Dir: Simon Curtis
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren

Woman in Gold is the extraordinary story of a Gustav Klimt painting. We open with a brief scene of Klimt, played with a guffaw-inducing, Rasputin-like beard by the German actor Moritz Bleibtreu, as he puts the finishing touches to his 1907 masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Confiscated by the Nazis from the Bloch-Bauer mansion in Vienna, this glittering work came to be installed in Austria’s Belvedere Gallery after the war, where it could easily have hung as a permanent national treasure.

That, though, would have been reckoning without the passion and persistence of Maria Altmann, Adele’s niece, who waited until her eighties to chase down the inheritance she argued was rightfully hers.

In the role of this elegant, haunted Jewish émigrée, Helen Mirren carries the film with her customarily unflappable star power: she serves up strudel, glowers at the Austrian art authorities, and approximates a Mitteleuropean accent softened by Maria’s years of living in America.

 

Tim Robey, The Telegraph



7:00pm

Woman in Gold

2015, UK/USA, 110 MINS, PG

Dir: Simon Curtis
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren

Woman in Gold is the extraordinary story of a Gustav Klimt painting. We open with a brief scene of Klimt, played with a guffaw-inducing, Rasputin-like beard by the German actor Moritz Bleibtreu, as he puts the finishing touches to his 1907 masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Confiscated by the Nazis from the Bloch-Bauer mansion in Vienna, this glittering work came to be installed in Austria’s Belvedere Gallery after the war, where it could easily have hung as a permanent national treasure.

That, though, would have been reckoning without the passion and persistence of Maria Altmann, Adele’s niece, who waited until her eighties to chase down the inheritance she argued was rightfully hers.

In the role of this elegant, haunted Jewish émigrée, Helen Mirren carries the film with her customarily unflappable star power: she serves up strudel, glowers at the Austrian art authorities, and approximates a Mitteleuropean accent softened by Maria’s years of living in America.

 

Tim Robey, The Telegraph



9:20pm

It Follows

2015, USA, 100 MINS, 14A

Dir: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Maika Monroe

Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell (his sophomore effort after 2010’s “The Myth of the American Sleepover”), “It Follows” is set among a group of young friends who have graduated high school, go to local colleges, but still live at home; we hear about parents and other adults, but we never see them. (The message is clear: You’re on your own, kids.) Jay (Maika Monroe), a tall blonde with sleepy eyes and a sharp wit, has sex with new beau Hugh (Jake Weary) in the back of his car only to be informed that he has infected her not with a disease but a demon: a sort of walking succubus that only she can see and that won’t stop following her until it kills her — or until she passes it along to another.  Ty Burr - Boston Globe

Tuesday May 19, 2015

7:00pm

Clouds of Sils Maria

2015, Germany/France/Swiss, 123 MINS, 14A

Dir: Oliver Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche

Legendary film actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) struggles to stay relevant by agreeing to star in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. But instead of playing the key role of a young woman who compels her boss to suicide, she agrees to take on the less flattering part of the employer, while current it girl Jo-Anne Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz) lands the lead. 

Maria heads to the sweeping getaway of the Swiss alps with her trusty assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse the part. Buried in glasses and tattoos, Stewart fully inhabits her role as a credible young woman riddled with self-doubt that nicely complements the fears of aging that plague her employer. 

In the far more literal plot of "Sils Maria," the fictional material allows Maria to explore her fears and regrets through the same creative outlet that put her on the map. Unfolding against a landscape of rolling hills and billowing clouds, it's an expressive backdrop for what's essentially a performance-driven look at the apprehensiveness surrounding all walks of life.

Eric Kohn, IndieWire



9:30pm

It Follows

2015, USA, 100 MINS, 14A

Dir: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Maika Monroe

Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell (his sophomore effort after 2010’s “The Myth of the American Sleepover”), “It Follows” is set among a group of young friends who have graduated high school, go to local colleges, but still live at home; we hear about parents and other adults, but we never see them. (The message is clear: You’re on your own, kids.) Jay (Maika Monroe), a tall blonde with sleepy eyes and a sharp wit, has sex with new beau Hugh (Jake Weary) in the back of his car only to be informed that he has infected her not with a disease but a demon: a sort of walking succubus that only she can see and that won’t stop following her until it kills her — or until she passes it along to another.  Ty Burr - Boston Globe

Wednesday May 20, 2015

7:00pm

Woman in Gold

2015, UK/USA, 110 MINS, PG

Dir: Simon Curtis
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren

Woman in Gold is the extraordinary story of a Gustav Klimt painting. We open with a brief scene of Klimt, played with a guffaw-inducing, Rasputin-like beard by the German actor Moritz Bleibtreu, as he puts the finishing touches to his 1907 masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Confiscated by the Nazis from the Bloch-Bauer mansion in Vienna, this glittering work came to be installed in Austria’s Belvedere Gallery after the war, where it could easily have hung as a permanent national treasure.

That, though, would have been reckoning without the passion and persistence of Maria Altmann, Adele’s niece, who waited until her eighties to chase down the inheritance she argued was rightfully hers.

In the role of this elegant, haunted Jewish émigrée, Helen Mirren carries the film with her customarily unflappable star power: she serves up strudel, glowers at the Austrian art authorities, and approximates a Mitteleuropean accent softened by Maria’s years of living in America.

 

Tim Robey, The Telegraph



9:20pm

Clouds of Sils Maria

2015, Germany/France/Swiss, 123 MINS, 14A

Dir: Oliver Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche

Legendary film actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) struggles to stay relevant by agreeing to star in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. But instead of playing the key role of a young woman who compels her boss to suicide, she agrees to take on the less flattering part of the employer, while current it girl Jo-Anne Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz) lands the lead. 

Maria heads to the sweeping getaway of the Swiss alps with her trusty assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse the part. Buried in glasses and tattoos, Stewart fully inhabits her role as a credible young woman riddled with self-doubt that nicely complements the fears of aging that plague her employer. 

In the far more literal plot of "Sils Maria," the fictional material allows Maria to explore her fears and regrets through the same creative outlet that put her on the map. Unfolding against a landscape of rolling hills and billowing clouds, it's an expressive backdrop for what's essentially a performance-driven look at the apprehensiveness surrounding all walks of life.

Eric Kohn, IndieWire



Thursday May 21, 2015

7:00pm

Clouds of Sils Maria

2015, Germany/France/Swiss, 123 MINS, 14A

Dir: Oliver Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche

Legendary film actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) struggles to stay relevant by agreeing to star in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. But instead of playing the key role of a young woman who compels her boss to suicide, she agrees to take on the less flattering part of the employer, while current it girl Jo-Anne Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz) lands the lead. 

Maria heads to the sweeping getaway of the Swiss alps with her trusty assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse the part. Buried in glasses and tattoos, Stewart fully inhabits her role as a credible young woman riddled with self-doubt that nicely complements the fears of aging that plague her employer. 

In the far more literal plot of "Sils Maria," the fictional material allows Maria to explore her fears and regrets through the same creative outlet that put her on the map. Unfolding against a landscape of rolling hills and billowing clouds, it's an expressive backdrop for what's essentially a performance-driven look at the apprehensiveness surrounding all walks of life.

Eric Kohn, IndieWire



9:30pm

Woman in Gold

2015, UK/USA, 110 MINS, PG

Dir: Simon Curtis
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren

Woman in Gold is the extraordinary story of a Gustav Klimt painting. We open with a brief scene of Klimt, played with a guffaw-inducing, Rasputin-like beard by the German actor Moritz Bleibtreu, as he puts the finishing touches to his 1907 masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Confiscated by the Nazis from the Bloch-Bauer mansion in Vienna, this glittering work came to be installed in Austria’s Belvedere Gallery after the war, where it could easily have hung as a permanent national treasure.

That, though, would have been reckoning without the passion and persistence of Maria Altmann, Adele’s niece, who waited until her eighties to chase down the inheritance she argued was rightfully hers.

In the role of this elegant, haunted Jewish émigrée, Helen Mirren carries the film with her customarily unflappable star power: she serves up strudel, glowers at the Austrian art authorities, and approximates a Mitteleuropean accent softened by Maria’s years of living in America.

 

Tim Robey, The Telegraph



Friday May 22, 2015

7:00pm

Ghostbusters

1984, USA, 115 MINS, PG

Dir: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver

Three eccentric scientists put their hi-tech gadgetry and knowledge of the paranormal to money-making use by setting up in business as freelance ghost catchers. A musician calls them in to investigate when she sees strange creatures in her kitchen, only to end up possessed. As the spook-hunting team deal with an attempt to shut their operation down, they discover an evil demonic entity is being summoned into existence and it falls to them to stop this creature from destroying the world.- John Ferguson

9:15pm

Raiders of the Lost Ark

1981, USA, 115 MINS, PG

Dir: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, John Rhy-Davies

The time is 1936, and Jones, a professor of archaeology, is hunting for the Ark of the Covenant, the chest containing the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments, the most sacred object of the ancient Israelites. In the movie, Indy tells us the Ark possesses tremendous supernatural powers, carrying with it "the wrath of God," thus making it a subject of interest to Adolph Hitler.  Despite the fast pace, the movie is never frenetic or tiring, just pure, unadulterated fun throughout. Classic stuff. - John Puccio

Saturday May 23, 2015

2:00pm

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

1982, USA, 120 MINS, PG

Dir: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace-Stone, Drew Barrymore

An alien botanist is left behind on an expedition to Earth, and befriends alienated middle child Elliott (Henry Thomas), who christens him ET. Elliott and ET form a close bond, and the benevolent little brown creature manages to bring together a family. With E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Spielberg triumphantly succeeds in bringing the magical to the everyday. Film 4



4:20pm

Ghostbusters

1984, USA, 115 MINS, PG

Dir: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Sigourney Weaver

Three eccentric scientists put their hi-tech gadgetry and knowledge of the paranormal to money-making use by setting up in business as freelance ghost catchers. A musician calls them in to investigate when she sees strange creatures in her kitchen, only to end up possessed. As the spook-hunting team deal with an attempt to shut their operation down, they discover an evil demonic entity is being summoned into existence and it falls to them to stop this creature from destroying the world.- John Ferguson

7:00pm

Back to the Future

1985, USA, 116 MINS, PG

Dir: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Crispin Glover, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

In 1985, Marty McFly (Fox) is an average high school teenager with a pretty girlfriend and a lousy home life. His father, George (Crispin Glover), is a spineless toady who can't so "no" to his overbearing boss, Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson), and his mother, Lorraine (Lea Thompson), is a nagger.When Marty inadvertently ends up in the driver's seat of Doc Brown's time machine, he is sent back 30 years to 1955 where he encounters younger versions of Biff, Doc Brown and his family.

9:15pm

Blade Runner: The Final Cut

1982, USA, 117 MINS, 14A

Dir: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

''Blade Runner'' begins with a stunning shot of this futuristic city, accompanied by the rumbling of Vangelis's eerie, highly effective score. It proceeds to tell the story of Rick Deckard and his battle with the replicants, a story based on Philip K. Dick's novel ''Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'' In brief: replicants are manmade creatures that possess all human attributes except feelings. They have been built to serve as slaves in Earth colonies that are Off World, i.e., elsewhere. Whenever the replicants rebel, the job of eliminating them is given to a special, skilled hunter. This expert is called a blade runner.

Rick Deckard is the best of the blade runners, now retired. He is as hard-boiled as any film noir detective, with much the same world view. So when he is told, at the beginning of ''Blade Runner,'' that an especially dangerous group of replicants is on the loose, and is offered the job of hunting them, he can't say no. Even in the murkiest reaches of science-fiction lore, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

''Blade Runner,''  follows Deckard's love affair with a beautiful replicant named Rachael, who is special assistant to the high-level industrialist who created her. It also follows Deckard's tracking down of the runaways, most notably their white-haired, demoniclooking leader, Batty (Rutger Hauer). 



Sunday May 24, 2015

2:00pm

Labyrinth

1986, 101 MINS, PG

Dir: Jim Henson
Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly and Toby Froud

Journey into the fantastical world of Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and a cast of incredible creatures created by Jim Henson and produced by the Master of Myth, George Lucas! Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah, a teenager with an active imagination, summons the Goblins from her favorite book, Labyrinth, to take her baby stepbrother away. When little Toby actually disappears, Sarah must follow him into the world of the fairy tale to rescue him from the wicked Goblin King (Bowie)! Guarding his castle is The Labyrinth itself, a twisted maze of deception, populated with outrageous characters and unknown dangers. To get through it in time to save Toby, Sarah will have to outwit the King by befriending the very Goblins who protect him, in hopes that their loyalty isn't just another illusion in a place where nothing is as it seems! "I couldn't wish for a movie with more imagination or fun!" says critic Leonard Maltin.

4:10pm

Back to the Future

1985, USA, 116 MINS, PG

Dir: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Crispin Glover, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

In 1985, Marty McFly (Fox) is an average high school teenager with a pretty girlfriend and a lousy home life. His father, George (Crispin Glover), is a spineless toady who can't so "no" to his overbearing boss, Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson), and his mother, Lorraine (Lea Thompson), is a nagger.When Marty inadvertently ends up in the driver's seat of Doc Brown's time machine, he is sent back 30 years to 1955 where he encounters younger versions of Biff, Doc Brown and his family.

7:00pm

Raiders of the Lost Ark

1981, USA, 115 MINS, PG

Dir: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, John Rhy-Davies

The time is 1936, and Jones, a professor of archaeology, is hunting for the Ark of the Covenant, the chest containing the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments, the most sacred object of the ancient Israelites. In the movie, Indy tells us the Ark possesses tremendous supernatural powers, carrying with it "the wrath of God," thus making it a subject of interest to Adolph Hitler.  Despite the fast pace, the movie is never frenetic or tiring, just pure, unadulterated fun throughout. Classic stuff. - John Puccio

9:20pm

Labyrinth

1986, 101 MINS, PG

Dir: Jim Henson
Starring: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly and Toby Froud

Journey into the fantastical world of Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and a cast of incredible creatures created by Jim Henson and produced by the Master of Myth, George Lucas! Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah, a teenager with an active imagination, summons the Goblins from her favorite book, Labyrinth, to take her baby stepbrother away. When little Toby actually disappears, Sarah must follow him into the world of the fairy tale to rescue him from the wicked Goblin King (Bowie)! Guarding his castle is The Labyrinth itself, a twisted maze of deception, populated with outrageous characters and unknown dangers. To get through it in time to save Toby, Sarah will have to outwit the King by befriending the very Goblins who protect him, in hopes that their loyalty isn't just another illusion in a place where nothing is as it seems! "I couldn't wish for a movie with more imagination or fun!" says critic Leonard Maltin.

Monday May 25, 2015

7:00pm

The Breakfast Club

1985, USA, 97 MINS, 14A

Dir: John Hughes
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy

Set in suburban Chicago, the film features five high school students from different social backgrounds who must spend a Saturday sitting in the school library as punishment for various infractions.  THE BREAKFAST CLUB, paradoxically, is one of the few teen-oriented films that truly addresses the troubles of its characters. 

9:10pm

Pretty In Pink

1986, USA, 96 MINS, 14A

Dir: John Hughes
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton

Caught in the middle of all this seismic activity is Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald), a resourceful free spirit who's attending a snobby suburban school. With her mom gone and her dad (Harry Dean Stanton) out of work, she toils in a local record store, nurses her bedraggled Pop out of bed in the morning and creates her own billowy wardrobe out of threads that look like they were strung as curtains in the local thrift store.

Andie is blessed with a pair of goofy pals--Duckie (Jon Cryer), a baby-faced hipster, and Iona (Annie Potts), an older, record-store compatriot who serves as a surrogate, New-Wave Mom. Duckie is clearly devoted to Andie, but her real crush is Blane McDonough (Andrew McCarthy). A shy, doe-eyed preppie (or to use the movie's parlance, a Richie ) , he's trapped in an almost cruelly insular world. Compared to his upper-crust buddies--who go trap shooting, cruise around in BMWs and prepare for the USC frat-blast Hall of Fame--Andie might as well be from Mars.

The two occupy such parallel universes that when Blane visits Andie in the funky section of the schoolyard, you get the feeling that he's leaped over the Berlin Wall. Can love bloom for this '80s version of Romeo and Juliet, separated not by parents but by peer pressure? It's a deceptively simple notion, even for a teen fable.

Patrick Goldstein-LA Times



Tuesday May 26, 2015

7:00pm

Brazil

1985, UK, 130 MINS, 14A

Dir: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jonathan Pryce

Just as George Orwell's 1984 is an alternate vision of the past, present and future, so "Brazil" is a variation of Orwell's novel. The movie happens in a time and place that seem vaguely like our own, but with different graphics, hardware and politics. Society is controlled by a monolithic organization, and citizens lead a life of paranoia and control. Though police are likely to come crashing through the ceiling and start bashing dissenters. Life is mean and grim.

The hero of "Brazil" is Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), a meek, desperate little man who works at a computer terminal all day. But then he gets involved in an intrigue that involves the girl of his dreams, the chief executive of the state and a shadowy band of dissenters. Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com



9:30pm

Repo Man

1984, USA, 92 MINS, R

Dir: Alex Cox
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton

"Repo Man" is one of those movies that slips through the cracks and gives us all a little weirdo fun. It is the first movie I know about that combines (1) punk teenagers, (2) automobile repossessors, and (3) aliens from outer space. This is the kind of movie that baffles Hollywood, because it isn't made from any known formula and doesn't follow the rules. The movie begins with a mad scientist careening down a New Mexico road in his Chevy Malibu. He is stopped by a cop, who finds some really strange things happening in the car's trunk. Then the action moves to Los Angeles, where a punk kid (Emilio Estevez) is passing the time by going to dances and banging his head against other kids' heads, to demonstrate his affection.

The kid runs into a guy named Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), who is an auto repossessor. Bud tricks the kid into driving a repo car for him, and before long the kid is a full-time auto repossessor, learning the ropes. Meanwhile (and here I will be careful to respect some surprises in the story), the government is looking for that Chevy Malibu, because it is connected to the possibility that alien beings have visited the Earth. Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com



Wednesday May 27, 2015

7:00pm

Friday the 13th

1980, USA, 95 MINS, R

Dir: Sean S. Cunningham
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King

Entrepreneur Steve Christie (Peter Brouwer) re-opens Camp Crystal Lake after many years during which it has been cursed by murders and bad luck. The young and nubile counselors all begin to die extremely bloody deaths at the hands of an unseen killer during a rainstorm which isolates the camp.

9:10pm

A Nightmare on Elm Street

1984, USA, 91 MINS, R

Dir: Wes Craven
Starring: Johnny Depp, Heather Langenkamp

A Nightmare on Elm Street is about Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp), a typical teenager with the usual teenage problems - divorced parents, gossipy friends, and a boyfriend who wants a little more than she's willing to offer. Nancy lives in an average house in an average middle America town. Her father, Donald (John Saxon), is a police lieutenant, patrolling the streets and keeping the community safe from all sorts of unsavory things. However, the biggest danger to his friends and family is about to emerge from somewhere he never could have expected: his daughter's subconscious.

ReelViews, James Berardinelli



Thursday May 28, 2015

7:00pm

Blade Runner: The Final Cut

1982, USA, 117 MINS, 14A

Dir: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

''Blade Runner'' begins with a stunning shot of this futuristic city, accompanied by the rumbling of Vangelis's eerie, highly effective score. It proceeds to tell the story of Rick Deckard and his battle with the replicants, a story based on Philip K. Dick's novel ''Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'' In brief: replicants are manmade creatures that possess all human attributes except feelings. They have been built to serve as slaves in Earth colonies that are Off World, i.e., elsewhere. Whenever the replicants rebel, the job of eliminating them is given to a special, skilled hunter. This expert is called a blade runner.

Rick Deckard is the best of the blade runners, now retired. He is as hard-boiled as any film noir detective, with much the same world view. So when he is told, at the beginning of ''Blade Runner,'' that an especially dangerous group of replicants is on the loose, and is offered the job of hunting them, he can't say no. Even in the murkiest reaches of science-fiction lore, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

''Blade Runner,''  follows Deckard's love affair with a beautiful replicant named Rachael, who is special assistant to the high-level industrialist who created her. It also follows Deckard's tracking down of the runaways, most notably their white-haired, demoniclooking leader, Batty (Rutger Hauer). 



9:15pm

The Thing

1982, USA, 110 MINS, 18A

Dir: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David

An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. Only the dog survives the crash but the scientists soon wish they hadn't taken it in as a parasitic alien has infiltrated that arctic research centre in John Carpenter's 1982 body horror classic. -Adam Smith

Friday May 29, 2015

7:00pm

Age of Adaline

2015, USA, 113 MINS, PG

Dir: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Blake Lively

Blake Lively plays the title character, a woman who meets and loses her husband during the construction of the Golden Gate bridge, then miraculously survives a car wreck and emerges as an ageless being whose looks are frozen at age 28. She can be killed, but she will never die of natural causes or succumb to the usual ravages of time, which gives her relationship with her daughter (played as an older woman by Ellen Burstyn) a fairy tale or horror movie aspect. (It's sort of a vampire film minus the bloodsucking.) Adaline spends the rest of her life running from entanglements of every kind. Whenever anyone gets hip to the fact that she never ages and wonders if there's something odd about that, she slips away in the night and starts over as someone else. 

9:30pm

While We're Young

2015, USA, 97 MINS, 14A

Dir: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is Josh Srebnick, a once-promising documentary film-maker who quotes Godard (“fiction is about me, documentary is about you”) and cites Pennebaker, Wiseman and the Maysles as his glib guiding lights. Josh has been working on his current film (“it’s really about America”) for a decade, and now has a six-and-a-half-hour cut witheringly described by his feted documentarist father-in-law Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin) as “seven hours too long”. Josh says he’s on the brink of completion, but he can’t finish anything, a truth of which his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), is increasingly aware. Childless and becalmed, the couple have become what Woody Allen would call “a dead shark”.

Then an apparently chance meeting with free-spirited young couple Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) seems to revivify Josh and Cornelia’s lives, reminding them of the idealistic, carefree souls they once were. Next thing you know, Josh (whom Jamie toe-curlingly dubs “Yosh” or “Joshie”) is wearing hats and riding bicycles, while Cornelia is going to hip-hop dance classes and enjoying drug-addled snogs at goofy ayahuasca gatherings.



Saturday May 30, 2015

2:00pm

Home

2015, USA, 94 MINS, G

Dir: Tim Johnson
Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna

Home tells the story of Oh (Jim Parsons) and Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci (Rihanna) – an absentminded extra terrestrial and a determined human girl, respectively – who are forced to strike a reluctant friendship. On the run from their longtime enemy, the Gorg, Oh and his fellow aliens, the Boov, take refuge on Earth. Under the assumption that they are helping “primitive” earthlings, instead of outright stealing the planet, the Boov move into cities around the world – and relocate humanity to a massive suburban settlement in Australia.

However, during the relocation Tip is separated from her mother (Jennifer Lopez) and Oh becomes a Boov fugitive (after accidentally sending a locater signal to the Gorg fleet). Following a chance encounter, and despite some initial mistrust, the pair join forces to locate Tip’s mother and prevent the Gorg from reaching Earth – all while avoiding detection by the Boov and their leader Captain Smek (Steve Martin).



Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant

4:00pm

While We're Young

2015, USA, 97 MINS, 14A

Dir: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is Josh Srebnick, a once-promising documentary film-maker who quotes Godard (“fiction is about me, documentary is about you”) and cites Pennebaker, Wiseman and the Maysles as his glib guiding lights. Josh has been working on his current film (“it’s really about America”) for a decade, and now has a six-and-a-half-hour cut witheringly described by his feted documentarist father-in-law Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin) as “seven hours too long”. Josh says he’s on the brink of completion, but he can’t finish anything, a truth of which his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), is increasingly aware. Childless and becalmed, the couple have become what Woody Allen would call “a dead shark”.

Then an apparently chance meeting with free-spirited young couple Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) seems to revivify Josh and Cornelia’s lives, reminding them of the idealistic, carefree souls they once were. Next thing you know, Josh (whom Jamie toe-curlingly dubs “Yosh” or “Joshie”) is wearing hats and riding bicycles, while Cornelia is going to hip-hop dance classes and enjoying drug-addled snogs at goofy ayahuasca gatherings.



7:00pm

Age of Adaline

2015, USA, 113 MINS, PG

Dir: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Blake Lively

Blake Lively plays the title character, a woman who meets and loses her husband during the construction of the Golden Gate bridge, then miraculously survives a car wreck and emerges as an ageless being whose looks are frozen at age 28. She can be killed, but she will never die of natural causes or succumb to the usual ravages of time, which gives her relationship with her daughter (played as an older woman by Ellen Burstyn) a fairy tale or horror movie aspect. (It's sort of a vampire film minus the bloodsucking.) Adaline spends the rest of her life running from entanglements of every kind. Whenever anyone gets hip to the fact that she never ages and wonders if there's something odd about that, she slips away in the night and starts over as someone else. 

9:30pm

While We're Young

2015, USA, 97 MINS, 14A

Dir: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is Josh Srebnick, a once-promising documentary film-maker who quotes Godard (“fiction is about me, documentary is about you”) and cites Pennebaker, Wiseman and the Maysles as his glib guiding lights. Josh has been working on his current film (“it’s really about America”) for a decade, and now has a six-and-a-half-hour cut witheringly described by his feted documentarist father-in-law Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin) as “seven hours too long”. Josh says he’s on the brink of completion, but he can’t finish anything, a truth of which his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), is increasingly aware. Childless and becalmed, the couple have become what Woody Allen would call “a dead shark”.

Then an apparently chance meeting with free-spirited young couple Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) seems to revivify Josh and Cornelia’s lives, reminding them of the idealistic, carefree souls they once were. Next thing you know, Josh (whom Jamie toe-curlingly dubs “Yosh” or “Joshie”) is wearing hats and riding bicycles, while Cornelia is going to hip-hop dance classes and enjoying drug-addled snogs at goofy ayahuasca gatherings.



Sunday May 31, 2015

2:00pm

Home

2015, USA, 94 MINS, G

Dir: Tim Johnson
Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna

Home tells the story of Oh (Jim Parsons) and Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci (Rihanna) – an absentminded extra terrestrial and a determined human girl, respectively – who are forced to strike a reluctant friendship. On the run from their longtime enemy, the Gorg, Oh and his fellow aliens, the Boov, take refuge on Earth. Under the assumption that they are helping “primitive” earthlings, instead of outright stealing the planet, the Boov move into cities around the world – and relocate humanity to a massive suburban settlement in Australia.

However, during the relocation Tip is separated from her mother (Jennifer Lopez) and Oh becomes a Boov fugitive (after accidentally sending a locater signal to the Gorg fleet). Following a chance encounter, and despite some initial mistrust, the pair join forces to locate Tip’s mother and prevent the Gorg from reaching Earth – all while avoiding detection by the Boov and their leader Captain Smek (Steve Martin).



Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant

4:00pm

While We're Young

2015, USA, 97 MINS, 14A

Dir: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is Josh Srebnick, a once-promising documentary film-maker who quotes Godard (“fiction is about me, documentary is about you”) and cites Pennebaker, Wiseman and the Maysles as his glib guiding lights. Josh has been working on his current film (“it’s really about America”) for a decade, and now has a six-and-a-half-hour cut witheringly described by his feted documentarist father-in-law Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin) as “seven hours too long”. Josh says he’s on the brink of completion, but he can’t finish anything, a truth of which his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), is increasingly aware. Childless and becalmed, the couple have become what Woody Allen would call “a dead shark”.

Then an apparently chance meeting with free-spirited young couple Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) seems to revivify Josh and Cornelia’s lives, reminding them of the idealistic, carefree souls they once were. Next thing you know, Josh (whom Jamie toe-curlingly dubs “Yosh” or “Joshie”) is wearing hats and riding bicycles, while Cornelia is going to hip-hop dance classes and enjoying drug-addled snogs at goofy ayahuasca gatherings.



7:00pm

Age of Adaline

2015, USA, 113 MINS, PG

Dir: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Blake Lively

Blake Lively plays the title character, a woman who meets and loses her husband during the construction of the Golden Gate bridge, then miraculously survives a car wreck and emerges as an ageless being whose looks are frozen at age 28. She can be killed, but she will never die of natural causes or succumb to the usual ravages of time, which gives her relationship with her daughter (played as an older woman by Ellen Burstyn) a fairy tale or horror movie aspect. (It's sort of a vampire film minus the bloodsucking.) Adaline spends the rest of her life running from entanglements of every kind. Whenever anyone gets hip to the fact that she never ages and wonders if there's something odd about that, she slips away in the night and starts over as someone else. 

9:20pm

While We're Young

2015, USA, 97 MINS, 14A

Dir: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is Josh Srebnick, a once-promising documentary film-maker who quotes Godard (“fiction is about me, documentary is about you”) and cites Pennebaker, Wiseman and the Maysles as his glib guiding lights. Josh has been working on his current film (“it’s really about America”) for a decade, and now has a six-and-a-half-hour cut witheringly described by his feted documentarist father-in-law Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin) as “seven hours too long”. Josh says he’s on the brink of completion, but he can’t finish anything, a truth of which his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), is increasingly aware. Childless and becalmed, the couple have become what Woody Allen would call “a dead shark”.

Then an apparently chance meeting with free-spirited young couple Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) seems to revivify Josh and Cornelia’s lives, reminding them of the idealistic, carefree souls they once were. Next thing you know, Josh (whom Jamie toe-curlingly dubs “Yosh” or “Joshie”) is wearing hats and riding bicycles, while Cornelia is going to hip-hop dance classes and enjoying drug-addled snogs at goofy ayahuasca gatherings.



Monday June 1, 2015

7:00pm

Age of Adaline

2015, USA, 113 MINS, PG

Dir: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Blake Lively

Blake Lively plays the title character, a woman who meets and loses her husband during the construction of the Golden Gate bridge, then miraculously survives a car wreck and emerges as an ageless being whose looks are frozen at age 28. She can be killed, but she will never die of natural causes or succumb to the usual ravages of time, which gives her relationship with her daughter (played as an older woman by Ellen Burstyn) a fairy tale or horror movie aspect. (It's sort of a vampire film minus the bloodsucking.) Adaline spends the rest of her life running from entanglements of every kind. Whenever anyone gets hip to the fact that she never ages and wonders if there's something odd about that, she slips away in the night and starts over as someone else. 

9:20pm

While We're Young

2015, USA, 97 MINS, 14A

Dir: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is Josh Srebnick, a once-promising documentary film-maker who quotes Godard (“fiction is about me, documentary is about you”) and cites Pennebaker, Wiseman and the Maysles as his glib guiding lights. Josh has been working on his current film (“it’s really about America”) for a decade, and now has a six-and-a-half-hour cut witheringly described by his feted documentarist father-in-law Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin) as “seven hours too long”. Josh says he’s on the brink of completion, but he can’t finish anything, a truth of which his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), is increasingly aware. Childless and becalmed, the couple have become what Woody Allen would call “a dead shark”.

Then an apparently chance meeting with free-spirited young couple Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) seems to revivify Josh and Cornelia’s lives, reminding them of the idealistic, carefree souls they once were. Next thing you know, Josh (whom Jamie toe-curlingly dubs “Yosh” or “Joshie”) is wearing hats and riding bicycles, while Cornelia is going to hip-hop dance classes and enjoying drug-addled snogs at goofy ayahuasca gatherings.



Tuesday June 2, 2015

7:00pm

While We're Young

2015, USA, 97 MINS, 14A

Dir: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller is Josh Srebnick, a once-promising documentary film-maker who quotes Godard (“fiction is about me, documentary is about you”) and cites Pennebaker, Wiseman and the Maysles as his glib guiding lights. Josh has been working on his current film (“it’s really about America”) for a decade, and now has a six-and-a-half-hour cut witheringly described by his feted documentarist father-in-law Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin) as “seven hours too long”. Josh says he’s on the brink of completion, but he can’t finish anything, a truth of which his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), is increasingly aware. Childless and becalmed, the couple have become what Woody Allen would call “a dead shark”.

Then an apparently chance meeting with free-spirited young couple Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) seems to revivify Josh and Cornelia’s lives, reminding them of the idealistic, carefree souls they once were. Next thing you know, Josh (whom Jamie toe-curlingly dubs “Yosh” or “Joshie”) is wearing hats and riding bicycles, while Cornelia is going to hip-hop dance classes and enjoying drug-addled snogs at goofy ayahuasca gatherings.



9:00pm

Age of Adaline

2015, USA, 113 MINS, PG

Dir: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Blake Lively

Blake Lively plays the title character, a woman who meets and loses her husband during the construction of the Golden Gate bridge, then miraculously survives a car wreck and emerges as an ageless being whose looks are frozen at age 28. She can be killed, but she will never die of natural causes or succumb to the usual ravages of time, which gives her relationship with her daughter (played as an older woman by Ellen Burstyn) a fairy tale or horror movie aspect. (It's sort of a vampire film minus the bloodsucking.) Adaline spends the rest of her life running from entanglements of every kind. Whenever anyone gets hip to the fact that she never ages and wonders if there's something odd about that, she slips away in the night and starts over as someone else. 

May 2015

S M T W T F S
26 27 28 29 30 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6

Download May's Schedule