The Great Beauty Posted on 03/05/14
It is only through experiencing the highest of highs that one can understand the lowest of lows. In The Great Beauty, an aging journalist who has helped lead Rome’s nightlife scene for decades confronts some unexpected relics from his past that put his entire lifestyle into question. This Italian-language film explores the haggard, inconsistent splashes of beauty in life—as well as its wretched squalor and miserable humanity.
For years, Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) has relied on his wit and his reputation from the wild success of his one and only novel to pla ...Read More
Blue Is the Warmest Color Posted on 02/27/14
The process of discovering oneself can be the most difficult experience one ever encounters – but it can also be the most rewarding. Blue Is the Warmest Color tells the story of a young woman’s struggle to assert herself and find her identity in the face of social scrutiny. Adapted from the graphic novel by Julie Maroh, this award-winning French-language film explores the nature of love and loss, relationships and self.
Adele (Adele Exarchopoulis) is a high school student struggling to fit in and understand her sexuality. She dates boys, hoping to join in her classm ...Read More
The Act of Killing Posted on 02/20/14
“War crimes are defined by the winners.” The Act of Killing asks former Indonesian death squad leaders, celebrated as heroes in their country, to recreate their real-life killings in various Hollywood cinematic styles. The final products—and the process to get there—will astound you.
Anwar was one of the top leaders of the 1965 Indonesian death squad responsible for the deaths of over a half a million people; he personally killed over 1,000 alone. The current regime in Indonesia grew out of Anwar’s efforts, and today he is revered as a founding father ...Read More
The Selfish Giant Posted on 02/14/14
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. When your back is against the wall, sometimes you must take drastic steps to survive. The Selfish Giant tells the story of a pair of impoverished British youths who were expelled from school and forced to find a way to make money so that their families could eat.
Arbor (Conner Chapman) is a 13-year old firecracker, bullied at school but hyperactive and incredibly fierce. When he and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas) are expelled, the pair turn to “collecting” (i.e. stealing) metal to sell to a local dealer so tha ...Read More
Philomena Posted on 02/05/14
A mother’s love will always prevail. In Philomena, a woman who bore a child out of wedlock in a conservative Irish-Catholic convent was forced to give up the baby. Now, 50 years later, she is searching for her long-lost son.
Journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) is out of work and in need of a story, so in desperation he turns to a lead he found on a human interest piece about an old woman looking for her long-lost son. Reluctantly at first (thinking human interest pieces beneath a political reporter of his stature), he agrees to meet with the mother, Philomena Lee (Jud ...Read More