Friday, December 11 - Thursday, December 18

Through A Lens Darkly | The Babadook | Dear White People | Citizenfour | Force Majeure


New York Times Critic's Pick

THROUGH A LENS DARKLY: BLACK PHOTOGRAPHERS AND THE EMERGENCY OF A PEOPLE explores the role of photography, since its rudimentary beginnings in the 1840s, in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present.

1 hr 30 min  •  NR • Documentary, Special Interest • Dir. Thomas Allen Harris


Best First Feature from the New York Film Critics Circle Awards

"Psycho, Alien, Diabolique, and now THE BABADOOK. I've never seen a more terrifying film than THE BABADOOK. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me." —William Friedkin, The Exorcist

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (ESSIE DAVIS) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her "out of control" 6 year-old, Samuel (NOAH WISEMAN), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel's dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called The Babadook turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he's been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son's behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

1 hr 34 min  •  NR • Drama, Horror, Mystery, Suspense  • Dir. Jennifer Kent


Washington Post Critic's Pick & National Phenomenon

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety's annual "10 Directors to Watch."

1 hr 48 min • R • Drama, Comedy •  Dir. Justin Simien


Winner of Best Doc for Gotham Awards, NY Film Critics, & Nominated to Oscars Shortlist

"One of the Year's Five Best Films!" —Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and journalist Glen Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh.

1 hr 54 min • R • Documentary •  Dir. Laura Poitras

FORCE MAJEURE (eng captionS)

"Four Stars! A Washington Post Critic's Pick!" Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year's Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family-handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children-on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With panicked diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls out for her husband as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, however, makes a decision that will shake the family's world to its core. Although the anticipated disaster fails to occur, his marriage now hangs in the balance as he struggles to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

2 hrs  •  R • Drama, Art House, International, Comedy • Dir.  Ruben Östlund