(Terence Davies, 2008) · Davies' first stab at documentary of (what else) postwar Liverpool is a throbbing combo of newsreel footage, Mahler, and his own hoarse voiceovers. "We love the place we hate. Then hate the place we love. We leave the place we love, then, spend a lifetime trying to regain it. Between loving and hating, the real journey starts." When black and white footage bursts into crisp, wonderful color, you'll feel amazed that the present could look so beautiful.
runtime: 74 min format: 35mm
(Tod Browning, 1931) · The one-two punch of Dracula and Frankenstein hit movie audiences like a bombshell in 1931, creating a new breed of horror movie and paving the way for dozens of monster masterpieces (usually featuring Bela Lugosi and/or Boris Karloff) to come from Universal. The title role in tonight's film was originally intended for Lon Chaney, but his untimely death made headway for Lugosi's career-defining performance as the greatest of all on-screen vampires.
runtime: 85 min format: 35mm
(John Cassavetes, 1984) · Love Streams gives us a glimpse into a few days in the life of Robert Harmon (John Cassavetes) an obnoxious writer with a penchant for drugs and alcohol. His emotive sister, Sarah Lawson (Gena Rowlands), arrives at his doorstep with a pile of suitcases. As the others in their life abandon them, they find themselves relying on each other. At times incredibly hard to watch, this is possibly the richest and most complex of Cassavetes' films.
runtime: 141 min format: DVD
(Olivier Assayas, 2010) · Alongside works like Steven Soderbergh's "Che", this biopic of the celebrity terrorist Carlos the Jackal represents a new subgenre of period piece, one less concerned with crafting a conventionally linear melodrama than with, as film critic Adrian Martin has observed, "sticking, as far is possible, to the exact, wayward contours of the original events." It is also one of Assayas's finest achievements, a film of swift, breathtaking narrative pace.
runtime: 330 min format: 35mm
(Darren Aronofsky, 2010) · Aronofsky's companion piece to "The Wrestler", "Black Swan" is a psychological horror story starring Natalie Portman in a Best Actress-winning role as a young, sheltered ballerina who is haunted by hallucinations and doppelgangers as she explores her darker side in preparation for her lead role in Swan Lake. Receiving five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, "Black Swan" is a dark and eerie take on self-discovery in an art world.
runtime: 108 min format: 35mm
(Lee Daniels 2013) · Lots of "'The Butler' did it!" headlines greeted the surprise box-office success of this picture, whose sweeping portrayal of American politics and the civil rights movement over a period of decades struck a chord with audiences. The offbeat casting of the presidents (Robin Williams as Ike, John Cusack as Nixon, Alan Rickman as Reagan) drew initial attention to the film, but Forest Whitaker holds the movie together as the conflicted main character.
runtime: 132 min format: 35mm