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RUDDERLESS

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RUDDERLESS

Comedy/Drama/Music – 2014 – USA – 105 Minutes – Samuel Goldwyn – Rated R

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In William H. Macy’s moving directorial debut Rudderless, Billy Crudup plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, his own child’s musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he’d been absent from his son’s life. Communing with his deceased son’s dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar. When Quentin, a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives. Crudup, who gives a searing performance, leads an exemplary cast that includes Anton Yelchin as Quentin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne and Felicity Huffman. WithRudderless, William H. Macy has gifted us with a poignant and inspirational musical drama about the power of love, forgiveness and redemption.

Directed by William H. Macy

Starring Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, William H. Macy

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KILL THE MESSENGER

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KILL THE MESSENGER

Biography/Crime/Drama – 2014 – USA –  112 Minutes – Focus Features – Rated R

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Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life. 

Directed by Michael Cuesta

Starring Jeremy Renner, Barry Pepper, Rosemarie DeWitt, Paz Vega

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LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

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LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

Documentary/History/War – 2014 – USA – 98 Minutes – American Experience/PBS Films – Unrated

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During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempted to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confronted a moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens or risk being charged with treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they could. With time running out and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes emerged as Americans and South Vietnamese took matters into their own hands.

Directed by Rory Kennedy

“Rory Kennedy’s essential film is history as it ought to be revisited, reinvestigated, renewed as documentary.” – New City
“A gripping suspense story and a profound moral drama” – Chicago Reader
 “In every way, this is an enthralling but heartbreaking story, beautifully done.” – The Austin Chronicle

“Deftly woven…a concise and gripping film” — The New York Times

“A documentary triumph”— Newsday

“Vital, illuminating, terrifying…”— Village Voice

“Astounding in its immediacy.”  —Variety

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MY OLD LADY

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MY OLD LADY

Comedy/Drama – 2014 – USA/France – 107 Minutes – Cohen Media Group – Rated PG-13

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Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager – an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale – and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, can by contract collect monthly payments from Mathias until her death.

Written & Directed by Israel Horovitz

Starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristen Scott Thomas

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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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ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)

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ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)

Drama/Horror/Mystery – 1968 – USA – 136 Minutes – Paramount Pictures – Rated R

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In Roman Polanski’s first American film, adapted from Ira Levin’s horror bestseller, a young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband, Guy (John Cassavetes), move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and only elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon) soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building; despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, Guy starts spending time with the Castevets. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Minnie starts showing up with homemade chocolate mousse for Rosemary. When Rosemary becomes pregnant after a mousse-provoked nightmare of being raped by a beast, the Castevets take a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castevets’ circle is not what it seems. The diabolical truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth, and the baby is taken away from her. Polanski’s camerawork and Richard Sylbert’s production design transform the realistic setting (shot on-location in Manhattan’s Dakota apartment building) into a sinister projection of Rosemary’s fears, chillingly locating supernatural horror in the familiar by leaving the most grotesque frights to the viewer’s imagination. This apocalyptic yet darkly comic paranoia about the hallowed institution of childbirth touched a nerve with late-’60s audiences feeling uneasy about traditional norms. Produced by B-horror maestro William Castle, Rosemary’s Baby became a critically praised hit, winning Gordon an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Inspiring a wave of satanic horror from The Exorcist (1973) to The Omen (1976), Rosemary’s Baby helped usher in the genre’s modern era by combining a supernatural story with Alfred Hitchcock’s propensity for finding normality horrific.

Directed by Roman Polanski

Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Sidney Blackmer, Ruth Gordon

PLAYING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26

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THE HOUR BEFORE MORNING

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THE HOUR BEFORE MORNING

Sci-Fi  – 2014 – USA – 76 Minutes – Unrated

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In an oppressive future, three prisoners find consolation in each other as they wait for execution. Two are political prisoners; one is a murderer at the mercy of his rage. Can they help him make peace with himself before they all die?

Directed by Jake Macklem

Written by Arwen Spicer

Starring Joel Albrecht, Gregory Stanley Black, Trisha Luna, Jay Hash, Maggie Evans

PLAYING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26

 
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THE EXORCIST (1973)

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THE EXORCIST (1973)

Horror  – 1973 – USA – 122 Minutes – Warner Bros. Pictures – Rated R

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Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When Regan gets completely out of hand, Chris calls in young priest Father Karras (Jason Miller), who becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist: namely, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow). His foe proves to be no run-of-the-mill demon, and both the priest and the girl suffer numerous horrors during their struggles.

Directed by William Friedkin

Starring Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Linda Blair, Jason Miller

PLAYING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30

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