“Keeps the melancholy tale of a broken family reunited briefly by a typhoon on a slow simmer until the last act, which is sprinkled with small epiphanies about our humble existence.” -Variety
“A classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity from Kore-eda Hirokazu.” -Hollywood Reporter
“It’s a film that sticks with you.” –New York Times
Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.Not Rated 1 hr, 57 mins.
“The saying “no good deed goes unpunished” may ring truer in wartime than in any other; Land of Mine knows it has to go looking elsewhere for the cause of human kindness.” -San Diego Reader
“This isn’t a war movie; it’s an after-the-war movie. But the battle lines are still drawn, and every ragged breath the film takes braces for an explosion.” -Arizona Republic
“Both grimly naturalistic and infused with classical values at their most thoughtfully composed, “Land of Mine” is epic but deeply intimate; elegant but tough.” –Washington Post
In the aftermath of World War II, a group of surrendered German soldiers are ordered by Allied forces to remove their own landmines from the coast of Denmark. Directed by Martin Zandvliet, Land of Mine made its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
Rated R, 1 hr, 50 mins.
EVERY Saturday at MIDNIGHT
If you haven’t seen ROCKY with our shadowcast you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Costumes and audience participation galore! This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of newlyweds inside a mad scientist’s strange mansion and crazy party that they come across on a rainy night after their car breaks down in the woods.
Rated R, 1 hr, 40 min.
COMING MARCH 31ST
”Nothing hurts more than nostalgia. If you’re prone to that particular emotion, T2 Trainspotting is going to hit you like a pint glass flung carelessly backward off a pub balcony: hard.” —The New Republic
“Nothing hurts more than nostalgia. If you’re prone to that particular emotion, T2 Trainspotting is going to hit you like a pint glass flung carelessly backward off a pub balcony: hard.” —The New Republic
Rated R, 1 hr, 57 min.
COMING APRIL 4th at 7pm
On April 4, 1984, the fictional hero of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 begins the taboo practice of keeping a diary. “Down with Big Brother,” Winston Smith writes over and over.
On April 4, 2017, to commemorate the first day of Winston’s rebellion, art house theaters across the US will be screening the 1980s movie adaptation of the book. The film stars John Hurt and Richard Burton.
Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence, “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Less than one month into the new presidential administration, theater owners collectively believe the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier. The endeavor encourages theaters to take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.’ By doing what they do best – showing a movie – the goal is that cinemas can initiate a much-needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts, and basic human rights are under attack. Through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.”
Rated R, 2 hrs, 3 mins
COMING APRIL 8th at 11am
“Superb” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Exceptional” – Village Voice
“One of the most acclaimed documentaries of 2009”– indieWIRE
“Galvanized audiences… Will fascinate viewers on multiple levels.” – Variety, Todd McCarthy
Prodigal Sons follows three siblings — a transgender woman, a gay man, and their adopted brother who discovers he’s the grandson of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth — back to their Montana hometown, where a powerful story of an entire family’s transformation unfolds.
Unated, 1 hrs, 26 mins
COMING APRIL 15th at 11am
Khun Srun was a brilliant Cambodian writer who joined the revolutionary guerillas in 1973 only to be executed by the Khmer Rouge regime in December 1978.
This film aims to bring attention to his literary voice, both autobiographical and critical, sincere and satirical. While it raises questions about the journey of an intellectual who chose the revolutionary camp (to his ultimate undoing), the voice not only resonates in the past, while interacting with archival images, but also in the present which it is able to question directly, for example when attacking land speculation or corruption.
It is therefore not only a question of reflecting the past life and work of this writer. It is the present that the film targets, as embodied by the daughter of the writer, Khun Khem, who looks into her father’s history. She’s the only surviving family member and now lives in a precarious state in Pailin, a former Khmer Rouge stronghold.
Unrated, 1 hrs, 5 mins
COMING APRIL 22nd and 23rd at 11am
I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre’s heyday, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.
Unrated, 1 hrs, 46 mins
COMING APRIL 29th at 11am
Alain Berliner’s colorful and poetic Ma Vie En Rose not only bends the lines between reality and fantasy, but also those notions of gender roles as it tells the story of a seven-year-old boy who creates family chaos when he informs them that he wants to be a girl. At first everyone shrugs off the boy’s desire as a childish phase, but when he starts appearing publicly dressed as a female and stating that he intends on marrying the boy next door when he grows up, the upstanding and proper people (including peers and neighbors) get seriously worried. While worry turns into outright hostility, the poor innocent child becomes increasingly bewildered as he cannot understand why he cannot simply change his gender.
Rated R, 1 hrs, 28 mins