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3 Stars- The Chicago Tribune! Opens this Friday!
Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig) is a profoundly shy, unadorned woman who is hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) as a housekeeper and a primary caregiver to his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld).
Despite her outgoing nature, Sabitha carries wounds from the death of her mother years before, complicated by the circumstances of that death for which her grandfather still blames her father, Ken (Guy Pearce), a hapless recovering drug addict with a certain ragged charm. In an act of mean-spirited rebellion, Sabitha uses technology to foster a pseudo-relationship between Johanna and her father, never dreaming of the potential harm to either party.
Sabitha doesn't understand that Johanna is not a demure cut-out, but rather a woman for whom the phrase "still waters run deep" could have been coined. The young girl's interference provokes Johanna to indulge in something long missing from her life: the dream of a future and a home of her own.
104 min • R • Dir. Liza Johnson • Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld
WALKING WITH THE ENEMY
Starts this Friday! "A Powerful Piece of Filmmaking!" - Rex Reed
Inspired by a true story, WALKING WITH THE ENEMY is an unforgettable film of love, courage, and sacrifice. Set in Hungary during the final months of World War II, a young man sets out to find his displaced family by using a stolen Nazi uniform to pose as an officer. Filled with suspense and danger, he undertakes extraordinary measures to reroute his family and others to safety by disrupting the activities of the German occupiers.
124 min • NR • Dir. Mark Schmidt • Starring Ben Kingsley, Jonas Armstrong
Special sneak preview Monday, April 28th at 7:00pm!
In person Q&A w/ director Masahiro Sugano and Southeast Asia Resource Center (SEARAC)!
CAMBODIAN SON documents the life of deported poet, Kosal Khiev after receiving the most important performance invitation of his career—to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Kosal would travel to London having only taken two flights prior; first, as a 1-year-old refugee child whose family fled Cambodia and, then as a 32-year-old criminal “alien” forcibly returned to Cambodia in 2011. The film follows a volatile yet charming and talented young man who struggles to find his footing amongst a new freedom that was granted only through his deportation.
Kosal’s London representation is a triumphant moment for many people in his life, both in America and Cambodia. The film traces the impact and significance of this moment for Kosal, his friends, family, mentors and a growing international fan base. Armed only with memorized verses, he must face the challenges of being a deportee while navigating his new fame as Phnom Penh’s premiere poet. After the performances end and the London stage becomes a faint memory, Kosal is once again left alone to answer the central question in his life: “How do you survive when you belong nowhere?”
The sneak preview is being held on Monday, April 28 at 7:00, followed by a live, in-person Q & A with director Masahiro Sugano and experts from the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). Screening hosted by SEARAC and DC Asian Pacific American Film.
NR • Dir. Masahrio Suagano • Hosted by SEARAC, DC Asian Pacific American Film
Special sneak preview Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00pm!
Stay after for simulcast national Q&A w/ Tom Hardy and director Stephen Knight, hosted by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers!
Ivan Locke (Tom 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.
The sneak preview is being held on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00, followed by a simulcast national Q & A with Tom Hardy and director Steven Knight, hosted by Peter Travers from Rolling Stone and presented by the New York Film Critics' Series.
NR • Dir. Steven Knight • Starring Tom Hardy
Opens May 2nd!
Directed by local filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival!
A BEACH BUM finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. Proving an inept assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
90 min • R • Dir. Jeremy Saulnier
Special sneak preview Tuesday, May 6th at 7:00pm!
Stay after for simulcast national Q&A w/ Jon Favreau, hosted by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers!
CHEF stars Jon Favreau as Chef Carl, who quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), and is left to figure out what's next.
Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for cooking -- and zest for life and love. Starring Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. CHEF was the opening night film at this year's SXSW Film Festival.
The sneak preview is being held on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00, followed by a simulcast national Q & A with Jon Favreau, hosted by Peter Travers from Rolling Stone and presented by the New York Film Critics' Series.
NR • Dir. Jon Favreau • Starring Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
FRIENDED TO DEATH
Opens May 9th!
After having the worst day of his life, obnoxious LA meter maid, Michael Harris, begins to question whether anyone would care if he died. Being a social media junkie, he concocts a scheme to fake his death online just to see which of his so-called “friends” will show up at the funeral.
Michael enlists his former colleague Emile to help execute the plan, but to Emile’s increasing anxiety, Michael’s phony death backfires, escalating into a whirlwind of trouble. In the end, Michael must learn what friendship really means in this hyper-connected, yet paradoxically isolating age of social media that we all live in
R • Dir. Sarah Smick
THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR
Opens May 9th!
Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden
is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as
strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing
conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life
on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press
sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos’ “Adam and Eve”, others
flock there—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a
gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Clashing personalities
are aggravated by the island community’s lusty free-love ethos, and when
some of the islanders disappear, suspicions of murder hang in the air
leaving an unsolved mystery which remains the subject of local lore
To bring this extraordinary story to life, filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) nimbly interweave newly unearthed home movies of these original settlers; testimonies of modern day islanders; stunning HD footage of native flora and fauna; and powerful voice performances by Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård and Josh Radnor. Macabre yet inspiring, The Galapagos Affair is a gripping parable of Robinson Crusoe adventure and utopian dreams gone awry.
120 min • NR • Dir. Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine
WALKING THE CAMINO
Opens May 23rd! Special sneak preview May 22nd!
500 miles on foot. Bunk-beds. Blisters. Stunning landscapes. World-class snorers. Hot searing sun, freezing cold rain. Kindness from strangers. Debilitating injury. Unexpected romance. No toilet paper when you really need it. Profound grief and deep doubt. Hunger. Laughing with new friends. Total exhaustion. You are guaranteed to experience all of this when walking the ancient pilgrim path, the Camino de Santiago.
Across Spain, this sacred path stretches westward to the city of Santiago de Compostela where the bones of the apostle St. James are said to be buried. The Camino is world-renowned; UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site and the Council of Europe declared it the first European Cultural Itinerary. Millions of people from all over the world have traveled this trail for over 1,000 years – in 2010 alone, over 270,000 people attempted the arduous trek – each one a seeker of something.
In the Middle Ages, pilgrims sought forgiveness of their sins and admission to heaven. The Camino remains, for many, a quest of faith. Others begin with no spiritual impetus in mind, but nevertheless are drawn to examine their personal beliefs and life purpose. And others are in it simply for the intense physical challenge. Whatever their motivation, no one can predict just how their path will unfold, who they will meet, what personal demons or angels they will face, or what transformations they will undergo by the trail’s end.
Walking the Camino is an up-close look at one of humanity’s most time-honored traditions. By following pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind, we witness the Camino’s magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves.
120 min • NR • Dir. Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine
MANON (From the OPERA in cinema series)
Screening Monday, May 5 at 7:00pm and
Saturday, May 10 at 11:00am
By Massenet, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Manon, the tragic heroine of Massenet’s work, is torn between flirtatiousness and profound love, between frivolity and deep commitment. Starring opera’s “dream team” – Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón.
159 min. • NR • In French with English subtitles
DON QUIXOTE (From the OPERA in cinema series)
Screening Monday, May 12 at 7:00pm and
Saturday, May 17 at 11:00am
Starring The Étoiles, Premiers danseurs and Corps de ballet. Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev. While retaining the great classical pages and the strong, fiery dances, Nureyev gave greater emphasis to the comic dimension contriving a particularly lively and light-hearted production.
120 min. • NR