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Izakaya Meiji Company presents Bijou Retro Anime Series: POM POKO

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POM POKO

Animation/Comedy/Drama – 1994 – Japan – 119 Minutes – Studio Ghibli – Rated PG – 35mm Film

Renowned animation director Isao Takahata spins this tale about a pitched battle between Japanese folkloric figures and housing developers at the edge of the Tokyo sprawl. The tanuki — a badger-like creature often portrayed with big round eyes, a large Buddha-like belly, and long pendulous testicles resting by its feet — is a beloved figure in Japanese myth, viewed both as a fun-loving bringer of fortune and a shape-changing trickster. Pom Poko opens with a group of tanuki fighting amongst each other for the increasingly scarce resources of their forest. Soon the group realizes that the real enemy is not their fellow tanuki, but suburban sprawl. Lead by their tough-talking matriarch, Oroku Baba, they use their lycanthropic abilities in a campaign to thwart the developers. Suddenly tarps fall on windshields and obstacles appear before bulldozers, sending the lot careening off the road and into a gulch. Unfortunately, the tide of progress is not that easily turned. Will the plucky tanuki keep their pastoral idyll?

Directed by Isao Takahata

PLAYING FRIDAY, APRIL 11 – THURSDAY, APRIL 17

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UPCOMING FILMS IN THIS SERIES:

MAY 9-15: CASTLE IN THE SKY (35mm)
JUNE 13-19: MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS (35mm)
JULY 11-17: HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (35mm)
AUGUST 8-14: KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (35mm)
SEPTEMBER 12-18: ONLY YESTERDAY (No English dub, subtitles only) (35mm)
OCTOBER 10-17: THE CAT RETURNS (35mm)
NOVEMBER 14-20: SPIRITED AWAY (35mm)
DECEMBER 12-18: PORCO ROSSO (35mm)
JANUARY 9-15: PONYO (No subtitles, English dub only) (35mm)
 
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THE WIND RISES

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THE WIND RISES

Animation/Biography/Drama – 2013 – Japan – 126 Minutes – Studio Ghibli – Rated PG-13

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In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Matinees will be dubbed and evening shows will be subtitled

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CESAR CHAVEZ

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CESAR CHAVEZ

Biography – 2014 – USA/Mexico – 102 Minutes – Pantelion Films – PG-13

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Directed by Diego Luna, Chávez chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leader and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to bringing dignity and justice to others, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle for the rights of farm workers. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the system.

Directed by Diego Luna

Starring Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Gabriel Mann, Mark Moses

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CHEAP THRILLS

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CHEAP THRILLS

Comedy/Thriller – 2014 – USA – 88 Minutes – Drafthouse Films – Unrated

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Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Inkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.

Directed by E.L. Katz

Starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Sara Paxton

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THE RAID 2

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THE RAID 2

Action/Crime/Thriller – 2014– Indonesia – 148 Minutes – Indonesian with English Subtitles – Sony Pictures Classics – Unrated

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He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen – a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls – rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Formidable though they may have been, Rama’s opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender “Yuda.” In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco – the son of a prominent gang kingpin – to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end.

Written & Directed by Gareth Evans

Starring Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Yayan Ruhian

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NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I

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NYMPHOMANIC VOLUME 1

Drama – 2014 – Denmark – 118 Minutes – Magnolia Pictures – Unrated

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NYMPHOMANIAC is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushy branched-out and multifaceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.

Directed by Lars Von Trier

Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Christian Slater, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman

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GLORIA

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GLORIA

Comedy/Drama – 2013 – Chile – 110 Minutes – Roadside Attractions – Spanish with English Subtitles – Rated R

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Gloria is a “woman of a certain age” but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair — until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. Gloria is Chile’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, and stars Paulina García in a tour de force performance that captured the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Directed by Sebastián Lelio

Starring Paulina García

NOW PLAYING – ENDS THURSDAY, APRIL 17

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TIM’S VERMEER

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TIM’S VERMEER

Documentary – 2014 – USA – 80 Minutes – Sony Pictures Classics – Rated PG-13

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Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, LightWave, TriCaster) attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically – 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning a decade, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney and eventually to Buckingham Palace, to see the Queen’s Vermeer.

Directed by Teller

NOW PLAYING – ENDS THURSDAY, APRIL 17

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HER

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HER

Comedy/Drama/Romance – 2013 – USA – 126 Minutes – Warner Brothers Pictures – Rated R

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Joaquin Phoenix stars in Spike Jonze’s soulful sci-fi drama about a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer’s highly advanced operating system. Theodore Twombly (Phoenix) has built his career on expressing the emotions that others cannot. His job is to pen heartfelt, deeply personal letters to complete strangers based on details provided by the clients of the company he works for, and he has a knack for finding just the right words for every occasion. Meanwhile, reluctant to sign the papers that will finalize his divorce to his childhood sweetheart, depressed Theodore has slowly withdrawn from his supportive social circle, which includes his longtime friend Amy (Amy Adams), herself floundering in a failed marriage. When Theodore purchases a new state-of-the-art computer operating system with the ability to learn and grow with the user, he sits down at his desk and prepares to get his life in order. Adopting the name Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the perceptive software slowly begins to bring Theodore out of his shell by encouraging him to start dating again, and joining him everywhere he goes. Very quickly, their relationship turns intimate, with Theodore teaching Samantha what it means to feel human and Samantha giving him the strength to walk away from his failed marriage. Things soon get complicated, however, when Samantha’s rapidly evolving knowledge base begins to alter the very core of their relationship.

Written & Directed by Spike Jonze

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

NOW PLAYING – ENDS THURSDAY, APRIL 17

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