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THE TRIP TO ITALY

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THE TRIP TO ITALY

Comedy/Drama – 2014 – UK – 108 Minutes – IFC Films – Unrated

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Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon – or semifictionalized versions thereof – on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels. Winterbottom trains his camera to capture the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed while keeping the film centered on the crackling chemistry between the two leads. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity.

Directed by Michael Winterbottom

Starring Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

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ALIVE INSIDE: A STORY OF MUSIC AND MEMORY

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ALIVE INSIDE

Documentary/News – 2014 – USA –73 Minutes – BOND/360 – Unrated

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Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”). An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. 

Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett

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“Its power is indisputable…Joyous and unexpectedly uplifting” -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“One of the most important documentaries of the year” – Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist

“Absolutely joyous” -Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

A small but vibrant miracle.” – David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Exceptional” -Madison Bloom, Film-Forward

“An inspiration and a revelation” -Curtis Ellis, Huffington Post

“It’s as transformative as the music itself.” -Sam Fragoso, RogerEbert.com

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THE ZERO THEOREM

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THE ZERO THEOREM

Drama/Fantasy/Sci-Fi – 2014 – USA – 107 Minutes – Voltage Pictures – Rated R

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The latest movie from visionary director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus). The Zero Theorem stars two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the lack thereof – once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), Management’s wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Joby (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), it’s only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he’s able to understand his own reason for being.

Directed by Terry Gilliam

Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, Mélanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, Lucas Hedges, David Thewlis

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BOYHOOD

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BOYHOOD

Drama – 2014 – USA – 166 Minutes – IFC Films – Rated R

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Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. 

Written & Directed by Richard Linklater

Starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette

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