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Cinema Archives - 2014



Venus in Fur

August 8 - August 20, 2014

  • Palme d'Or Nominee — Cannes Film Festival
  • Best Director — César Awards

"There’s a masterfully light touch at work, both from the director and his two wonderful actors. They make this chamber piece lip-smacking entertainment, giving the dense text the semblance of more intellectual heft or sexual transgression than it ultimately contains." —The Hollywood Reporter

"As the actors move fluidly between various states, shedding one skin while assuming another, Polanski makes this subversive parlour game matter." —Time Out London

Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) complains that no actress he’s seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic - and, it turns out, erotic - energy. At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared - or so it seems. When Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character’s name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively, learned her lines by heart and even bought her own props. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended “audition” builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely.(C) IFC

1hr 36min | French | NR

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Featuring: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric


Snowpiercer

August 1 - August 14, 2014

"In the thick of summer, while Hollywood is busy cranking out cookie-cutter superhero movies and giant robot sequels, along comes 'Snowpiercer' to show everyone how it's done." —Miami Herald

"'Snowpiercer' sucks you into its strange, brave new world so completely, it leaves you with the all-too-rare sensation that you've just witnessed something you've never seen before...and need to see again." —Entertainment Weekly

"This is exactly the sort of ambitious, audacious, and uncompromising filmmaking that deserves to be seen." —NPR

In this sci-fi epic from director Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Mother), a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet. The final survivors board the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster. (c) TWC-Radius

2 hr 6 min | English | R

Directed by: Joon-ho Bong

Featuring: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer


Yves Saint Laurent

July 25 - August 7, 2014

In January 1958, Yves Saint Laurent (Pierre Niney) - aged merely 21 - was unexpectedly called upon to oversee the legendary Paris fashion house established by recently deceased Christian Dior. All eyes turned to this very young assistant as he presented his first collection for Dior and instantly ascended to the heights of haute couture’s elite class. During Saint Laurent’s breathtaking and groundbreaking show, he met with another fate in being introduced to Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne), patron of the arts, future love of his life and lifelong business partner. Three years later, the two founded the Yves Saint Laurent Company, which would rapidly become one of the biggest luxury powerhouses on the planet. Directed by Jalil Lespert with a screenplay by Lespert and Marrie-Pierre Huster, Yves Saint Laurent is at once a captivating story about the making of an icon and a testament to the power of enduring love. (C) Weinstein

1hr 46min | French | R

Directed by: Jalil Lespert


Manon Lescaut

July 24 - July 27, 2014

This early Puccini masterpiece makes a welcome return to Covent Garden after an absence of over 20 years, in a new production by Jonathan Kent under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her character. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. This is a much anticipated new production, and Kent’s vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city will surely resonate with today’s audience.

Ticket Cost: $20 which includes a bag of popcorn.


Life Itself

July 19 - July 31, 2014

"Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world’s most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory "Life Itself" is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived — right up to the very last moment." —Chicago Sun-Times

"James cuts — as in all of his best work — straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other, largely in Ebert’s own words." —Variety

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert - a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. (C) Magnolia

1hr 55min | English | NR

Directed by: Steve James

Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Roger Ebert, Werner Herzog


The Immigrant

July 11 - July 23, 2014

  • Nominated for Palme d'Or — Cannes Film Festival

"In its stripped-down realism and blistering fixation on its main character's grappling with life and mortality, the film is kin to Roberto Rossellini's collaborations with Ingrid Bergman." —The Slant

"It's Cotillard, recalling icons of the silent screen, whose face reflects the bruised heart of 'The Immigrant', a timeless film from a director whose work rewards the closest attention." —Rolling Stone Magazine

"This rich, beautifully rendered film boasts an arrestingly soulful performance from Marion Cotillard." —Variety

In James Gray’s The Immigrant, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda (Angela Sarafyan) is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Orlando (Jeremy Renner) - a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno’s cousin - restores her self-belief and hopes for a brighter future, becoming her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself. (c) Weinstein Co

2hrs | English | R

Directed by: James Gray

Featuring: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner


La Traviata

June 29 - June 29, 2014

"A triumph of operatic spectacle" —London Evening Standard

The Royal Opera House presents Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love, vividly staged in Richard Eyre’s production.

3 hrs, 10 min

Directed by: Richard Eyre

Featuring: Renee Fleming, Joseph Calleja, Thomas Hampson


Ida

June 27 - July 13, 2014

  • Best Film — London Film Festival
  • International Critics' Award — Toronto International Film Festival
  • Grand Prix Award — Warsaw International Film Festival

"Spare, haunting, uncompromising, 'Ida' is a film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful." —Los Angeles Times

"There is an implicit argument here between faith and materialism, one that is resolved with wit, conviction and generosity of spirit. Mr. Pawlikowski has made one of the finest European films (and one of most insightful films about Europe, past and present) in recent memory." —New York Times

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism. In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.

Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski


Young and Beautiful

June 20 - July 3, 2014

  • Nominated for the Palme d'Or — Cannes Film Festival

'A fascinating contemplation of adolescent sexuality that will be a star-making platform for its young lead, Marine Vacth." —The Hollywood Reporter

"At times a rich, intimate observation of emerging sexuality, the movie also maintains a quiet, observational rhythm that peaks around wintertime when things grow dark for the character and then more or less watches her grow up." —indieWIRE

Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In the House, 8 Women) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Marine Vacth) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for sleazy hotel room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes, while Ozon slyly refrains from offering easy answers. As the enigmatic Isabelle, Marine Vacth is magnetic, delivering a star-making breakout performance in this sleek and sexy coming-of-age drama. (C) IFC Films

1hr 35min | French, German | NR

Directed by: François Ozon


Night Moves

June 13 - June 26, 2014

"Precisely the sort of intelligent, measured thriller Reichardt's admirers would expect from her brand of patient realist filmmaking." —Variety

"Eisenberg does an enormous amount with what he has, proving to be sinister and vulnerable virtually within the same breath, and expertly putting across the torment he’s going through." —The Playlist



NIGHT MOVES, the fifth feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam-the very source and symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise. Harmon is a former Marine, radicalized by tours of duty overseas. His life in the military is behind him, but at heart he remains the same reckless alpha male he always was, eager for adventure, excited by the prospect of mayhem and destruction. Dena is a high society dropout, sickened by the consumer economy into which she was born. She’s moved west and cut ties with her family, edging ever deeper into radical politics. And Josh, their leader, is a self-made militant, devoted to the protection of the Earth by any means necessary. A son of the middle class who works on an organic farm, he’s an intensely private person by nature and may have the deepest convictions of them all. Night Moves is a tale of suspense and a meditation on the consequences of political extremism. When do legitimate convictions truly demand illegal behaviors? What happens to a person’s idealism when they find their back against the wall? (c) Cinedigm

1hr 52min | English | R

Directed by: Kelly Reichardt

Featuring: Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Alia Shawkat, Peter Sarsgaard


Palo Alto

June 6 - June 19, 2014

"The best feature film directed by someone named Coppola in a number of years." —The Hollywood Reporter

"'Palo Alto' captures the lush, bruised vibe of growing up in a place that only looks like Paradise... almost eerily good at defining the great divide between the way teenagers experience the world and the way their parents do." —The Boston Globe



Based on Palo Alto Stories, the short story collections by James Franco. Shy, sensitive April is the class virgin, a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single dad coach, Mr. B. Teddy is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI - secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection - Fred seduces Emily, a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred’s escalating recklessness spirals into chaos. (C) Tribeca

Directed by: Gia Coppola

Featuring: James Franco, Emma Roberts, Val Kilmer, Chris Messina


Fed Up

May 31 - June 12, 2014

  • Grand Jury Prize Nominee — Sundance Film Festival

"Soechtig puts mainstream clout to work to deliver a hard-hitting message. Her mix of archival material, punchy graphics and concise talking-head commentary traces a troubling modern history." —Los Angeles Times

"'Fed Up' has a fire in its belly to change things. Naïve? Maybe. So what. I say, Godspeed. Here is something rare at the multiplex: a movie that matters." —Rolling Stone

"Toggling between profiles of kids struggling with their weight and a wider look at the evolution of processed foods. 'Fed Up' presents a watertight case that there's something deeply wrong with the way we eat." —New York Post

For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong. Fed Up is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth) and director Stephanie Soechtig, Fed Up will change the way you eat forever. The film opens in theaters across the country on May 9th. (C) Official Site

1hr 32min | English | PG

Tickets and showtimes will be available soon!

Directed by: Stephanie Soechtig


Le Week-End

May 23 - June 5, 2014

  • Best Actress — British Independent Film Awards
  • Best Actor — San Sebastián International Film Festival

"In the capable hands of these fine filmmakers and actors, even its most bitter observations about life and aging are nearly always reliably balanced by moments of warmth, understanding and out-and-out screwball humor." —Washington Post

"This film doesn't feel obliged to pick a winner or lob easy answers; it aims to observe, with humor and humanity, with penetration and without oversimplifying." —San Francisco Chronicle

In Mr. Michell’s magically buoyant and bittersweet film, Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play a long-married couple who revisit Paris for a long weekend for the first time since their honeymoon, in hopes of rekindling their relationship-or, perhaps, to bring it to an end. Diffident, wistful Nick (Broadbent) and demanding, take-charge Meg (Duncan) careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock and grapple with love, loss, regret and, disappointment, in their own very English way. When Meg and Nick run into their insufferably successful old friend Morgan, an American academic superstar with a fancy Parisian address played with pure delight by Jeff Goldblum, their squabbles rise to a register that’s both emotionally rich and very funny. (c) Music Box

1hr 33min | English | R

Directed by: Roger Michell

Featuring: Jeff Goldblum


Locke

May 16 - May 29, 2014

"Tom Hardy as you've never seen him before. It defies our notion of what's 'cinematic'!" —Variety

"It's a powerhouse of claustrophobic suspense and fierce emotion, mostly because Tom Hardy, best known as Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises,' is a blazing wonder as Locke." —Rolling Stone

"Tom Hardy, the actor who plays him, is by turns spellbinding, seductive, heartbreaking, explosive and flat-out thrilling. At a time when the studios are spending vast sums of money on a bigger-is-better aesthetic, here's a chamber piece with the impact of high drama." —Wall Street Journal

Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight (EASTERN PROMISES, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, LOCKE is a thrillingly unique cinematic experience of a man fighting to salvage all that is important to him.(C) a24

1hr 25min | English | R

Directed by: Steven Knight

Featuring: Tom Hardy


Finding Vivian Maier

May 9 - May 22, 2014

  • Grand Jury Prize — Miami Film Festival
  • John Schlesinger Award — Palm Springs International Film Festival

"More connect-the-dots detective thriller than traditional doc, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel's revelatory riddle of a film unmasks a brilliant photographer who hid in plain sight for decades." —Entertainment Weekly

"It’s a big puzzle that the filmmakers piece together in an intriguing and engrossing way." —Chicago Sun-Times

"[An] initially playful, ultimately haunting documentary." —Variety

Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. (c) IFC

1hr 23min | USA | NR

Directed by: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel


Ernest & Celestine

May 2 - May 14, 2014

  • Best Animated Feature — Oscar Nominee
  • SACD Prize — Cannes Film Festival
  • Best Animated Film — César Awards
  • Best Animation — Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer - and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters - a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart glow. Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes. (c) GKids

1 hr. 20 min | PG | English

Featuring: Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Mackenzie Foy


Nymphomaniac: Volume II

April 25 - May 1, 2014

"Newcomer [Stacy] Martin and old-hand [Charlotte] Gainsbourg anchor these two films with performances you can't take your eyes off. They're the calm eyes of Von Trier's storm." —Time Out

Picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood from NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. © Magnolia

Directed by: Lars Von Trier

Featuring: Charlotte Gainesbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Stacy Martin


Nymphomaniac: Volume I

April 18 - April 24, 2014

  • Best Actress — Bodil Awards, Denmark

"Racy subject aside, the film provides a good-humored yet serious-minded look at sexual self-liberation, thick with references to art, music, religion and literature." —Variety

"Uma Thurman is sensational, stealing the movie in a moment that cuts to the core of Von Trier's mixed feelings about female power." —Rolling Stone

The story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by newcomer Stacy Martin). © Magnolia

Directed by: Lars Von Trier

Featuring: Charlotte Gainesbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Stacy Martin


Under the Skin

April 18 - May 1, 2014

  • Nominee - Best Director, Best Actress, Best Technical Achievement — British Independent Film Awards
  • Nominee - Best Film — London Film Festival
  • Nominee - Golden Lion — Venice Film Festival

"Extraordinary sci-fi thriller, at once haunting, hypnotic and deeply disturbing, thanks to stunning cinematography, a chilling soundtrack and an instantly iconic performance from Scarlett Johansson that is nothing less than astonishing." —ViewLondon

"Johansson is phenomenal in every sense of the word. She joins Glazer in creating a brave experiment in cinema that richly rewards the demands it makes. The result is an amazement, a film of beauty and shocking gravity." —Rolling Stone

A voluptuous woman (Scarlett Johansson) of unknown origin combs the highway in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair.

108 min. | UK | R

How DP Daniel Landin Captured Scarlett Johansson’s Alien Nature in ‘Under The Skin’—Indiewire

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer

Featuring: Scarlett Johansson


Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

April 11 - April 17, 2014

"Cheers to a movie as gloriously entertaining and bluntly honest as the lady herself. Everybody rise." —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whetherdominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist. (c) IFC

1 hr. 20 min. | Documentary | NR

Featuring: Elaine Stritch, Nathan Lane, James Gandolfini, Tina Fey & Alec Baldwin


Enemy

March 28 - April 6, 2014

  • Grand Prize of European Fantasy — Catalonian International Film Festival
  • Best Director, Cinematography & Editing — Genie Awards

“A metaphysical thriller that stays one step ahead of its audience.” —Screen Daily

Academy Award Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with his Prisoners director, Academy Award Nominee Denis Villeneuve, in this sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller that breathes new life into the doppleganger tradition. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend, Mary (Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, provoking empathy as well as disapproval while embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange - and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image. ENEMY, adapted from Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s 2004 novel The Double, is about the power of the subconscious. In the end, only one man can survive. (c) A24 Films

90 min | Canada | R

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Featuring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini


Royal Opera House: Don Giovanni

March 27 - March 30, 2014

Mozart’s sublime tragic comedy offers boundless scope for directors, and Kasper Holten has chosen it to follow his directorial debut of Eugene Onegin. He wants to shift the emphasis from Don Giovanni’s sex life into a darker place, showing Giovanni’s womanizing as an attempt to stave off his own mortality. Each woman he seduces represents a life he could have had. Though it is a dark piece, Holten intends to handle it with a light touch and he is working with a superb cast – Mariusz Kwiecien, one of the world’s leading Don Giovannis, Alex Esposito, a fresh, vigorous Leporello and acclaimed French soprano Véronique Gens.


The Great Beauty

March 14 - March 23, 2014

  • Best Foreign Language Film — Oscar
  • Best Foreign Language Film — Golden Globe
  • Best Foreign Language Film — BAFTA

"The Great Beauty is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic." —LA Times

"A densely packed, often astonishing cinematic feast that honors Rome in all its splendor and superficiality." —Variety

"The year’s grandest, most exhilarating foreign film." —Time

Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past theextravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (c) Janus

2 hr. 22 min. | Italian | NR

Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino

Featuring: Toni Servillo


La Bohème

February 20 - February 22, 2014

Teeming with period detail, John Copley’s definitive production of this much-loved opera is traditional opera at its best. From a shabby garret to the bustling Café Momus to a snowy courtyard at dawn, this minutely observed panorama of 1830s Parisian life, beautifully designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman, conjures emotions and atmosphere ranging from joy to tragedy, in large-scale crowd scenes and intimate tableaux.

Puccini no doubt drew on his own student escapades – which anticipated his later reputation as a legendary bon viveur – for the robust humour of the comic scenes. And in his depiction of the tender and ultimately tragic love between Mimì (Maija Kovalevska, Carmen in 3D, 2010) and Rodolfo (Rolando Villazón, Rodolfo in Robert Dornhelm’s film version of the opera, the title role in The Royal Opera’s Don Carlo), Puccini achieved an immediacy, warmth and humanity that have rarely been equalled.
Running Time: 2 hr | 42 min


Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentaries B

February 1 - February 12, 2014

             
See also: Documentaries A

Hippodrome Cinema presents the Oscar Nominated Shorts 2014. The shorts will feature live action, animation and documentary (divided into two-parts, Part A and Part B). Experience the most creative shorts of the year that come from across the globe before this year’s Academy Awards!



CaveDigger (Jeffrey Karoff, USA/English) New Mexico environmental sculptor Ra Paulette carves elaborately designed and painstakingly executed sandstone caves, driven by an artistic vision that often brings him into conflict with his patrons.

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (Edgar Barens, USA/English) In a maximum security prison, the terminally ill Jack Hall faces his final days with the assistance of hospice care provided by workers drawn from the prison population.

Run Time: 87 min


Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentaries A

February 1 - February 12, 2014

             
See also: Documentaries B

Hippodrome Cinema presents the Oscar Nominated Shorts 2014. The shorts will feature live action, animation and documentary (divided into two-parts, Part A and Part B). Experience the most creative shorts of the year that come from across the globe before this year’s Academy Awards!



The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed, Canada/USA/UK - English) At 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world’s oldest pianist…and its oldest Holocaust survivor. At the heart of her remarkable story of courage and endurance is her passion for music.

Karama Has No Walls (Sara Ishaq, UAE/UK/Yemen – Arabic) When protesters in Yemen added their voices to those of other nations during the Arab Spring, the government responded with an attack that left 53 people dead and inspired widespread sympathy throughout the country.

Facing Fear (Jason Cohen, USA/English) As a gay 13-year-old, Matthew Boger endured a savage beating at the hands of a group of neo-Nazis. Twenty-five years later, he meets one of them again by chance.

Run Time: 97 min


Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action

January 31 - February 16, 2014

             
See also: Animation

Hippodrome Cinema presents the Oscar Nominated Shorts 2014. The shorts will feature live action, animation and documentary (divided into two-parts, Part A and Part B). Experience the most creative shorts of the year that come from across the globe before this year’s Academy Awards!



Helium (Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson, Denmark/Danish) A dying boy finds comfort in the tales of a magical land called HELIUM, told to him by the hospital janitor.

The Voorman Problem (Mark Gill and Baldwin Li, UK/English) A psychiatrist is called to a prison to examine an inmate named Voorman, who is convinced he is a god. Starring Martin Freeman.

Avant Que De Tout Perdre / Just Before Losing Everything (Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras, France/French) Miriam has left her abusive husband and taken refuge with her children in the local supermarket where she works.

Aquel No Era Yo / That wasn’t Me (Esteban Crespo, Spain/Spanish) Paula, a Spanish aid worker, has an encounter with an African child soldier named Kaney.

Do I Have to Take Care of Everything (Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari, Finland/Finnish) Sini tries frantically to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children are interfering with her efforts.

Run Time: 108 min

 


Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation

January 31 - February 16, 2014

             
See also: Live Action

Hippodrome Cinema presents the Oscar Nominated Shorts 2014. The shorts will feature live action, animation and documentary (divided into two-parts, Part A and Part B). Experience the most creative shorts of the year that come from across the globe before this year’s Academy Awards!



Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim, English)Mickey Mouse and his friends are enjoying a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.

Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares, Non-dialogue) The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet.

Feral (Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden, Non-dialogue) A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization.

Possessions (Shuhei Morita)A man seeking shelter from a storm in a dilapidated shrine encounters a series of household objects inhabited by goblin spirits.

Room on the Broom (Max Land and Jan Lachauer, in English) A genial witch and her cat are joined on their broom by several friends as they set off on an adventure.

Run Time: 110 min


Casablanca

January 25-26, 2014

Join us on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2PM for an encore screening of Casablanca!

Admission is $10 and will include a complimentary bag of popcorn.


Due to the recent success of the Hippodrome’s Kickstarter campaign - the Hipp Goes Digital - this will be the first film presented on-screen in a digitally-upgraded format. Now on sale at the theater’s Box Office at 352.375.4477.


The Punk Singer

January 24 - January 30, 2014

"'The Punk Singer' is a perfect storm. It is a love letter to Kathleen Hanna, to feminism, and to the fans, but it’s also just a damn good movie." —Film.com

"Dynamic performance footage and input from a variety of collaborators, colleagues and admirers, as well as Hanna herself, make the tightly edited 'Punk Singer' a vivid watch even for those with no interest in or experience with the music itself." —Variety

"'The Punk Singer' brings dimension and real shape to a band, era and scene that is often compartmentalized into one or two categories. That it'll get you wanting to start your own musical rebellion is a bonus." —The Playlist

Lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, Hanna rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the Riot Grrrl movement of the ‘90s. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons for a new generation of women and a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and interviews with Hanna, as well as musicians like Kim Gordon, Joan Jett and Carrie Brownstein, THE PUNK SINGER provides a fascinating overview of her influential career, leading up to the much-anticipated launch of her new band, The Julie Ruin. (c) IFC Films

1hr 20mins | USA | NR

Directed by: Sini Anderson

Featuring: Kathleen Hanna, Adam Horovitz, Joan Jett


The Royal Opera House presents Wagner’s “Parsifal”

January 9 - January 12, 2014

Parsifal

A new production of Parsifal, Wagner’s huge, profound meditation on guilt, death and possible redemption, is always a remarkable event. This one, directed by Stephen Langridge, designed by Alison Chitty and conducted by Antonio Pappano, the creative team who brought Birtwistle’s brutal, beautiful Minotaur to the stage, is especially exciting. An extraordinary cast of Wagnerian singers come together: Heldentenor Simon O’Neill, recently acclaimed for his Siegmund, sings Parsifal; the magnificent bass René Pape is Gurnemanz; Gerald Finley makes his role debut as Amfortas after a wonderful Hans Sachs at Glyndebourne, Willard White sings the sorcerer Klingsor, and versatile singer-actress Angela Denoke is an intriguing choice for Kundry.

5hr 30mins (with 2 brief intermissions) | sung in German


How I Became an Elephant

June 16 - June 16, 2013

  • Best Documentary — Sausolito International Film Festival
  • Best Director — First Glance Film Festival
  • Animal Hero Award (Juliette West), Animal Filmmaker Award (Tim Gorski) — Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival


Special Event
Sunday, June 16, 1pm & 3:30pm

When Juliette West set out on a quest to educate herself she got far more than she bargained for. On her journey Juliette meets Asia’s famous “Elephant Lady,” Lek Chailert, who has risked her life and freedom for more than three decades to protect elephants from illegal trade and abuse. Together these unwavering and determined women from opposite ends of the earth and cultural spectrum converge on common ground: saving elephants. And they will stop at nothing to expose the dark secrets within industries so steeped in greed and corruption… and hopefully reverse the damage.

But Juliette knows time is of the essence. The South East Asian elephant is facing extinction in the wild as animal entertainment and elephant trekking industries grow exponentially. With few laws to protect “domestic” elephants and so much corruption within the system the situation looks bleak. Little does this fourteen year-old know she is about to embark on a journey that will change her life forever.

Part investigative journalism and all adventure, HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT is far more than just a film. It’s one girl’s story… that led to a movement, which led to a continuing plan… to save a species.

1hr 22mins | USA | NR

Join us for a skype Q&A with Director Tim Gorski after the 1PM screening!

 

Directed by: Tim Gorski, Synthian Sharp