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BEGIN AGAIN

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BEGIN AGAIN

Comedy/Drama/Music – 2014 – USA – 104  Minutes – The Weinstein Company – Rated R

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The latest film from writer-director John Carney (ONCE), BEGIN AGAIN is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. 

Written & Directed by John Carney

Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Mos Def, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener

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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Comedy/Drama – 2014 – USA – 100 Minutes – Fox Searchlight – Rated R

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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

Directed by Wes Anderson

Starring Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, F Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Mathieu Amalric, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Tony Revolori, Johnny Depp, Angela Lansbury, Léa Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson

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OBVIOUS CHILD

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OBVIOUS CHILD

Comedy/Romance – 2014 – US – 83 Minutes – A24 Films – R

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For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy, and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own. It’s allowing herself to accept the support and love of others. And be truly vulnerable. Never failing to find the comedy and humanity in each awkward situation she encounters, Donna finds out along the way what it means to be as brave in life as she is on stage. Anchored by a breakout performance from Jenny Slate, OBVIOUS CHILD is a winning discovery, packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant human honesty. Writer/Director Gillian Robespierre handles the topic of Donna’s unwanted pregnancy with a refreshing matter-of-factness rarely seen onscreen. And with Donna, Slate and Robespierre have crafted a character for the ages – a female audiences will recognize, cheer for, and love.

Written & Directed by Gillian Robespierre

Starring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gabby Hoffmann, David Cross, Richard Kind

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OBVIOUS CHILD

 

 
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SNOWPIERCER

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SNOWPIERCER

Action/Drama/Sci-Fi – 2013 – USA – 126 Minutes – Radius-TWC – Rated R

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The surviving members of humanity struggle to survive amidst a world covered in ice on a supertrain where the poor and the rich are constantly at odds in the English-language debut of filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host). Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton star.

Directed by Joon-ho Bong

Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt

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CITIZEN KOCH

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CITIZEN KOCH

Documentary/Drama – 2013 – USA – 90 Minutes – Unrated 

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Our film CITIZEN KOCH tells a story about how the money of the few drowns out the voices of the many. Set against the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Citizens United and the rise of the Tea Party and Occupy movements, the film explores the consequences for democracy when private interests determine who is elected to deliver public good. Public television had commissioned our film last spring, but fearing that our film would displease one of its large contributors, public television abruptly backed out on our deal. Investigative journalist Jane Mayer exposes the self-censorship process in herNew Yorker article “A Word from Our Sponsor: Public television’s attempts to placate David Koch.” The carefully documented piece reveals how the role of billionaire industrialist and conservative activist David Koch as a trustee of and donor to PBS flagship stations WNET and WGBH compromised the independence and integrity of public broadcasting. It also tells the story of how we, as a result, lost our own public television commission for CITIZEN KOCH. Public television viewers also lost out by being denied an opportunity to participate in a discussion of the issues our film raises. After much thought, we decided to go public with our experience hoping that, like the film itself, it will spark conversation about how power wielded by high-dollar political donors like Charles and David Koch distorts the public dialogue. With the possibility looming that the Kochs’ may purchase the Tribune Company of newspapers, this conversation takes on vital relevance to the public. Documentary filmmaking is the nexus of art and journalism, and we hope that Mayer’s exposé informs honest conversations within and outside public television and the independent filmmaking community about the role and importance of public financing for public arts institutions and that it also encourages people to take a stand against censorship in any form. - Carl Deal & Tia Lessin

 Directed by Carl Deal, Tia Lessin
NOW PLAYING – ENDS THURSDAY, JULY 31
CITIZEN KOCH
 
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THIRD PERSON

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THIRD PERSON

Drama/Romance – 2014 – US – 137 Minutes – Sony Pictures Classics – Rated R

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Three interlocking love stories involving three couples in three cities: Rome, Paris, and New York.

Written & Directed by Paul Haggis

Starring Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Kim Basinger, Maria Bello

NOW PLAYING – ENDS THURSDAY, JULY 31

THIRD PERSON

 

 
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KING KONG (1933) FREE SCREENING IN KESEY SQUARE

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KING KONG (1933)

Adventure/Fantasy/Horror – 1933 – USA – 100 Minutes – RKO Pictures – Unrated

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“How would you like to star opposite the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood?” Enticed by these words, brunette leading lady Fay Wray dyed her hair blonde and accepted the role of Ann Darrow in King Kong — and stayed with the project even after learning that her “leading man” was a 50-foot ape. The film introduces us to flamboyant, foolhardy documentary filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), who sails off to parts unknown to film his latest epic with leading lady Darrow in tow.Disembarking at Skull Island, they stumble on a ceremony in which the native dancers circle around a terrified-looking young girl, chanting, “Kong! Kong!” The chief (Noble Johnson) and witch doctor (Steve Clemente) spot Denham and company and order them to leave. But upon seeing Ann, the chief offers to buy the “golden woman” to serve as the “bride of Kong.” Denham refuses, and he and the others beat a hasty retreat to their ship. Late that night, a party of native warriors sneak on board the ship and kidnap Ann. They strap her to a huge sacrificial altar just outside the gate, then summon Kong, who winds up saving Ann instead of devouring her. Kong is eventually taken back to New York, where he breaks loose on the night of his Broadway premiere, thinking that his beloved Ann is being hurt by the reporters’ flash bulbs. Now at large in New York, Kong searches high and low for Ann (in another long-censored scene, he plucks a woman from her high-rise apartment, then drops her to her death when he realizes she isn’t the girl he’s looking for). After proving his devotion by wrecking an elevated train, Kong winds up at the top of the Empire State Building, facing off against a fleet of World War I fighter planes.

Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack ,Merian C. Cooper

Starring Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

PLAYING WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 AT 8:30 PM IN KESEY SQUARE

FREE SCREENING!

KING KONG

 

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