(Baltasar Kormákur, 2000) · Hlynur is almost thirty, unemployed and living with his mom in downtown Reykjavik. His life changes when introduced to his mom's friend Lola, a Spanish flamenco dance instructor. Baltasar Kormakur's directorial debut signalled a change in style from the Icelandic cinema of the 1990s and put him on the map as one of Iceland's most important directors. Reykjavik nightlife features heavily in this comedy-drama full of wry humor and sarcastic commentary on modern life.
runtime: 92m format: 35mm
(Charlie Chaplin, 1918-1921) · Along with The Kid, Chaplin completed seven other films with First National Pictures, three of which we screen tonight. In the first film, "A Dog's Life" (1918), the Tramp adopts a little dog, Scraps. "Shoulder Arms" (1918) finds Chaplin stuck in the trenches bombarding the Germans with smelly cheese and winning WWI by himself. Finally, Chaplin plays a dual role in "The Idle Class" (1921) as the Tramp and a rich, young alcoholic who accidentally switch places while playing golf.
runtime: 118m format: 35mm
(James Bridges, 1979) · A professionally unfulfilled anchorwoman (Jane Fonda) butts heads with her boss when she tries to report on serious news, a "routine" accident at a nuclear power plant. Her frustrations with the glass ceiling are soon overshadowed by the aggressive attempts of an energy corporation to suppress the story at all costs. If suited stalkers and nerve-tingling car "accidents" don't suffice, count on this film's deep dread of impending nuclear meltdown to make your skin crawl.
runtime: 122m format: 35mm
(Robert Zemeckis, 1985) · Few movies are able to balance science fiction, action, comedy, and romance quite as well as Back to the Future. A quintessential product of the 80s that still holds up against the science fiction comedies of today, Back to the Future follows Marty McFly as he is sent back in time and accidentally interferes with his parents' relationship. Both hilarious and thrilling, Back to the Future cultivates an undeniable spirit of adventure that stands the test of time.
runtime: 116m format: 35mm
(Anna Biller, 2016) · Beautiful young witch Elaine utilizes her seductive charm and love potions to entice men in a quest to be loved, but her "sex magick" instead proves deadly for her handsome beaus. Shot like a classic Technicolor film and infused with a campy, self-conscious swagger, Biller's sexploitation drama revels in its ironic humor and retro style. Samantha Robinson also captivates as the mesmerizing love witch, subverting male systems of power while embodying (the fear of) female sexuality.
runtime: 120m format: 35mm
(Denis Villeneuve, 2016) · In this cerebral sci-fi thriller, aliens arrive across the globe in a dozen giant spaceships, one in Montana. Rather than shoot first, the U.S. military recruits a team of elites—scientists, led by linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)—to learn their language and intentions. As Banks makes contact, Adams portrays her trepidation, vulnerability, and professional enthusiasm with a compelling grace that, combined with Villeneuve's deliberate pacing, is emotionally gripping.
runtime: 116m format: DCP
(Terrence Malick, 1973) · "In 1957, a lot of people were killing time. Kit and Holly were killing people." Martin Sheen (as a self-styled James Dean pretender) and Sissy Spacek play a fugitive couple who traverse the Great Plains in a spree fueled by restlessness and self-mythology. For these two misfits squinting into the sun, America, in all its immensity and wonder, only becomes increasingly hard to see. Malick's arresting debut is a mesmerizing work on vanity and death.
runtime: 95m format: DCP