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At Any Price (R) 5/24
Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron star in this story about the competitive world of modern agriculture. Ambitious Henry Whipple (Quaid) wants his rebellious son Dean (Efron) to help expand his family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional racecar driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family's entire livelihood. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, who, in 2010, film critic Roger Ebert called "the director of the decade." 105 min.
The Source Family (Unrated) 5/24
The Source Family was a radical experiment in '70s utopian living. Their outlandish style, popular health food restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood's Sunset Strip; but their outsider ideals and the unconventional behavior of their spiritual leader, Father Yod, caused controversy with local authorities. They fled to Hawaii, leading to their dramatic demise. Years later, former family members surface and the rock band reforms, revealing how their time with Father Yod shaped their lives in the most unexpected ways. The film provides an intimate, insiders' view at this incredible group of people through their own archival photos, home movies, audio recordings, and contemporary interviews with members of the family. Serving as a highly personal, insider's guide to the counter-culture movement of the early 70's, the film is inspired by the cult-classic book The Source: The Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13, and The Source Family which was written by Isis Aquarian and Electricity Aquarian and edited by director Jodi Wille. "Mind-blowing in the extreme." Badass Digest. 91 min.
Up On Poppy Hill (PG) 5/24
This highly anticipated new film from Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, and many other animated masterpieces. Written by legendary studio founder Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Goro Miyazaki, From Up on Poppy Hill marks the first feature film collaboration between father and son. The results are stunning – a pure, sincere, nuanced and heartfelt film that signals yet another triumph for the esteemed studio. The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. The story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics – and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. While the children work together to save a dilapidated Meiji-era clubhouse from demolition, their tentative relationship begins to blossom. But – in an unexpected twist that parallels what the country itself is facing – a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. 91 min
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Time: Wednesday, 5/29 at 6:30pm
Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with co-directors and cast members.
An arresting exploration of urban basketball, Ballin' at the Graveyard is at once hilarious and heartwarming, a vivid portrait of the brotherhood and community forged on pickup courts and the inspiring men who play the game. Like its forefather, Hoop Dreams, this doc leaves an indelible imprint." Joe Berlinger, Academy Award-Nominated Director
Just back from successful screenings as an official selection at the 2013 Washington D.C. International Film Festival, you have a chance to see Ballin' at the Graveyard at the Spectrum for one night only before it begins its theatrical run across New York State and beyond.
Not since Hoop Dreams has there been a portrait of urban basketball that's as raw, real and anchored in the true African American experience.
This gritty, eye-opening film takes viewers deep inside the intricate culture of urban pickup basketball and its players. By shining an unflinching light on one court and the lives of five men who play there, Ballin' at the Graveyard vividly reveals the heart, humor and brotherhood forged on the court and beyond. This surprising documentary knocks down stereotypes and challenges assumptions, offering a perspective on African American men – as fathers, mentors and community-minded leaders – that is all but ignored by today's media.
Ballin at the Graveyard is a surprising, uplifting film that will challenge what you think you know about the world behind the chain link fence.
If you missed it the first time, come see what all the fuss is about. 83 min
Kon-Tiki (PG13) 5/31
Academy Award Nominee. In April 1947, Thor Heyerdahl leaves his wife and children behind to cross the Pacific Ocean with five inexperienced crewmembers on a balsa wood raft called 'Kon-Tiki.' The Norwegian anthropologist and adventurer travels on the raft from Peru to Polynesia to prove that people from South America settled in Polynesia, instead of people from Asia, as was believed at the time. Except for a simple radio, the crew did not pack any modern technology on board the raft and were accompanied by only each other and a parrot. With the world media watching, the crew navigates the Kon-Tiki across the Pacific using the stars and being driven by the currents and wind. The book Heyerdahl wrote about the expedition was translated into 70 languages and has sold over 50 million copies. This exciting film recreates that journey. In English. 118 min.
Now You See Me (PG13) 5/31
Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman star in this entertaining caper that pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against "The Four Horsemen", a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. The Four Horsemen pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.
Frances Ha (R) 5/31
Noah Baumbach (The Squid And The Whale) directs this comedy, starring Greta Gerwig, that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. "Beautiful. A fleet-footed, black-and-white New York story about a young woman in crisis that turns self-consciousness into an exalted from of authenticity." A.O. Scott, The New York Times. "One of the most surprising, endearing, funny and uplifting films of the year. Greta Gerwig is a revelation." The Huffington Post. 86 min.
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation (NOT RATED)
One show only: Thursday, June 6 at 7pm
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Greenwich Village was the birthplace of the singer/songwriter. Between 1961-1973, many musicians in The Village banded together to sing about the radical social upheaval of the times. Their music challenged the status quo by singing about taboo subjects — fighting for civil liberties, protesting the Vietnam War, and holding governments accountable for their actions. This fascinating documentary tells the story of the Greenwich Village music scene and how it sparked lasting political, social and cultural changes. For the first time, the greatest singer-songwriters, authors and performers from the Village reflect on how they collectively became the voice of a generation. Through poignant interviews, rare archival footage and new live performances, the film tells a story about community, courage and most importantly — music. Featuring — among many others — Pete Seeger, Carly Simon, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Arlo Guthrie, Jose Feliciano, and Peter Yarrow. 92 min.
Love Is All You Need (R) 6/7
Golden Globe and Oscar winning filmmaker Susanne Bier's (In A Better World), new film stars Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm. Philip (Brosnan), an Englishman living in Denmark, is a lonely, middle-aged widower and estranged single father. Ida (Dyrholm) is a Danish hairdresser, recuperating from a long bout of illness, who's just been left by her husband for a younger woman. The fates of these two bruised souls are about to intertwine, as they embark for a trip to Italy to attend the wedding of Patrick and Astrid, Philip's son and Ida's daughter. With warmth, affection and confidence, Susanne Bier has shaken a cocktail of love, loss, absurdity, humor, and delicately drawn characters that will leave only the hardest heart untouched. It is a film about the simple yet profound pains and joys of moving on - and forward - with your life. "Bouyant and bubbly. Susanne Bier presses the undeniable truth that a vacation in Italy can do wonders to turn repressions into exuberance, and rivals into lovers." Mary Corliss, Time Magazine. In English, Danish, and Italian with subtitles 116 min.
Stories We Tell (PG13) 6/7
In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley (Away From Her) discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia–tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story. "This playful and elegiac documentary is wholly of a piece with Sarah Polley's fiction work, and just as rewarding." Variety. "Riveting. A deeply personal piece of art." L.A. Times 108 min.
The Internship (PG13) 6/7
Wedding Crashers veterans Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson reunite to star in this comedy about a couple of unemployed salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation's most elite, tech–savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention. Also with Josh Gad and Aasif Mandvi. 119 min.
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Sunday 6/9 at 12 pm &
Monday 6/10 at 7 pm
1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound
of infighting and backbiting as Britain's political parties
battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes.
In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread.
Votes are won and lost by one, fistfights erupt in the bars,
and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes. It's a time
when a staggering number of politicians die, and age-old traditions
and allegiances are thrown aside in the struggle for power.
James Graham's biting, energetic and critically-acclaimed
new play strips politics down to the practical realities of
those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on
occasion bend the rules, to maneuver a diverse and conflicting
chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.
Man Of Steel (PG13) 6/14
In 2D and 3D
Henry Cavill takes on the role of Clark Kent/Superman in Zack Snyder's film. A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he is sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. The stellar cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, as Clark Kent's adopted parents and Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Superman's father, and Michael Shannon as the evil Zod. 148 min.
Before Midnight (R) 6/14
Richard Linklater directs this romantic drama, set in the spectacular countryside of Greece, which is a follow up to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004), which reunites its stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Jesse and Celine first met in their twenties in Before Sunrise, reunited in their thirties in Before Sunset, and now, in Before Midnight, they face the past, present and future; family, romance and love. Before the clock strikes midnight, their story again unfolds. As with the previous films, Linklater shares screenplay credit with both Hawke and Delpy. 108 min.
One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (Unrated) 6/19
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One Show Only Wednesday June 19th at 7PM
In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock 'n' roll stardom, turning down the chance to record as lead singer for the band soon-to-be the Blue Oyster Cult. Instead, he sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaji). This inspiring film follows his journey to India and back, witnessing his struggles with depression and drug abuse, to his eventual emergence as Krishna Das, world-renowned spiritual teacher and Grammy nominated chant master. Featuring interviews with Ram Das, Rick Rubin (Grammy Award winning Producer), Sharon Salzberg (NY Times bestselling author), Daniel Goleman (two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee.) Directed by Jeremy Frindel.
Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (NOT RATED) 6/20
One show only: Thursday, June 20 at 7pm
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Director Jacob Hatley's intimate documentary finds Mr. Helm at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, this highly anticipated film focuses in on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, brought him back to the spotlight. " A captivating look at a musician hanging onto his art for dear life." Hollywood Reporter. " His is a story of survival. And singing in the face of death." Variety. 83 min.
THE EAST (PG13) 6/21
This suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, stars Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss. Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company's head honcho, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), Sarah goes deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity. Determined, highly-trained and resourceful, Sarah soon ingratiates herself with the group, overcoming their initial suspicions and joining them on their next action or "jam." But living closely with the intensely committed members of The East, Sarah finds herself torn between her two worlds as she starts to connect with anarchist Benji (Alexander Skarsgård) and the rest of the collective, and awakens to the moral contradictions of her personal life. 116 min.
Much Ado About Nothing (PG13) 6/21
Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film. Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. Director Joss Whedon is one of Hollywood's finest, scripting several hit films including Toy Story and The Avengers and creating one of television's most critically praised shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 107 min.
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Sunday 6/23 at 12 pm &
Monday 6/24 at 7 pm
Adults $15 / Children 12 & Under - $12
Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, broadcast as part of our series from the National Theatre of London. For sixty years, Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses.
The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.
From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister. The Audience reunites writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen. The Audience is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
The Heat(R) 6/28
This comedy from Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner - or a friend for that matter.
Copperhead (PG) 6/28
Unlike any Civil War movie to date, this is a film of the war at home – of a family ripped apart by war, of fathers set against sons and daughters, of a community driven to an appalling act of vengeance against a man who insists on exercising his right to free speech during wartime. A story of the violent passions and burning feuds that set ablaze the home front during the Civil War, this is a deeply moving examination of the price of dissent, the place of the individual amidst the hysteria of wartime, and the terrible price of war – a cost measured not in dollars but in fractured families, broken loves, and men dead before their time. Based on the extraordinary novel by Harold Frederic, who witnessed these conflicts firsthand as a small child, Copperhead tells the story of Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer in Upstate New York, who defies his neighbors and his government in the bloody and contentious autumn of 1862. The great American critic Edmund Wilson praised Frederic's creation as a brave and singular book that "differs fundamentally from any other Civil War fiction."With Copperhead, director Ron Maxwell, who with Gettysburg and Gods and Generals established himself as our foremost cinematic interpreter of the American Civil War, takes on the War from a stunning and unexpected and richly, unforgettably humanist angle. Starring Peter Fonda.
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives (NOT RATED)
One show only: Monday, July 1 at 7pm
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Winner of the Audience Award at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, this remarkable film tells the story of counterculture heroine Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other's babies in 1970, on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed to a patch of rural Tennessee land. With Ina May as their leader, the women taught themselves midwifery from the ground up, and, with their families, founded an entirely communal, agricultural society called The Farm. They grew their own food, built their own houses, published their own books, and, as word of their social experiment spread, created a model of care for women and babies that changed a generation's approach to childbirth. Forty years ago Ina May led the charge away from isolated hospital birthing rooms, where husbands were not allowed and mandatory forceps deliveries were the norm. Today, as nearly one third of all US babies are born via C-section, she fights to preserve her community's hard-won knowledge. With incredible access to the midwives' archival video collection, the film not only captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic, but shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it - unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring. Directed by Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore. "A disarming example of documentary filmmaking." Variety. 94 min
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7/14 at 12 pm &
Monday 7/15 at 7 pm
Adults $15 / Children 12 & Under - $12
This year, all of Norway celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863 - 1944), one of the towering figures of modern art. Munch 150, co-hosted by the National Museum and the Munch Museum (both in Oslo), is already being hailed a "once-in-a-lifetime show". Global interest is huge - not least as a result of one of his four paintings of The Scream having recently set a public art auction record of $120 million. Many know Munch as the man who painted The Scream, but his complete works are remarkable and secure his place as one of the greatest artists to have ever lived. The event film will be going behind-the-scenes to show some of the process of putting the exhibition together - as well as touring Norway to provide an in-depth biography of a man who lived from the mid-19th century right through to the German occupation of Norway in the Second World War. Norwegian and international guests will also offer their expert insight and knowledge to host Tim Marlow.
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Sunday, 10/13 at 12pm
Monday, 10/14 at 7pm
Adult $15 / Children 12 & under $12
The National Theatre presents a major new production of William Shakespeare's celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy. Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (Henry V) takes the title role. Playing opposite him as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (The Last of the Haussmans, James Bond: Skyfall), who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner (Timon of Athens, One Man, Two Guvnors) following their acclaimed collaboration on the National Theatre's recent production of Hamlet. Othello, newly married to Desdemona – who is half his age – is appointed leader of a major military operation. Iago, passed over for promotion by Othello in favour of the young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.
Vermeer and Music: the Art of Love and Leisure
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10/27 at 12 pm &
Monday 10/28 at 7 pm
Adults $15 / Children 12 & Under - $12
London's National Gallery is offering a major exhibition on one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all-time Johannes Vermeer, painter of the Girl with a Pearl Earring. Vermeer painted little more than 30 works that still exist, and the National Gallery has chosen to focus on his art in relation to music. Music was one of the most popular themes of Dutch painting and revealed an enormous amount about the sitter and the society. The event film goes beyond the exhibition to tell the entire story of Vermeer's life and, in doing so we show in detail many of the artist's other great works. The program will suit the wide audience who adore Vermeer's work and who want both to see it in detail and to learn more about this mysterious, fascinating man.
Joshua Michael Stern directed this powerful story of the visionary who set out to change the world, and did. The film details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000. It plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs' life. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, which served as the birthplace to Apple Inc. JOBS stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. We follow Steve Jobs (Kutcher) from the enthusiasm and self-discovery of his youth through his darkest days, brightest triumphs, and the ultimate power of his drive, his passions, and his undying will to change everything we thought possible. Dark, honest, and uncompromising, "Jobs" plunges into the depths of Steve Jobs' character, uncovering his driving motivations, his gifts, his flaws, his failures, and his ultimate successes. 122 min.
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