(David O. Russell, 2013) · You've heard about Amy Adams' neckline, Bale's combover, Cooper's curlers, J. Law's Long Island accent, and maybe even the Abscam sting operation the film is loosely based on. David O. Russell wrote the script with these actors in mind, and there's almost a classical Hollywood quality to the in-joke we're all in on watching these familiar faces dress up. Between laughs, you may find yourself wincing at the film's cynical portrayal of feds and frauds alike.
runtime: 138 min format: DCP
(Joel & Ethan Coen, 2013) · Set in the Greenwich Village music scene circa 1961, this latest film from the Coen Brothers follows struggling folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he endlessly meanders from couch to couch, searches for a lost cat, and copes with the death of his former music partner. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coens at their bleakest, but with a fantastic soundtrack and Oscar-nominated cinematography, also at their best.
runtime: 105 min format: 35mm
(Martin Scorsese, 2013) · The Oscar season's most controversial movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, 16 years after going down with the Titanic and in better acting shape than ever. He plays a real-life stock market crook Jordan Belfort, who rises from penny-ante trader to Wall Street emperor and, just as quickly, falls at the hands of the government. In between, he learns life lessons from a chest-thumping Matthew McConaughey, ODs with Jonah Hill, and engages in dwarf tossing and S&M.
runtime: 180 min format: DCP
(Paolo Sorrentino, 2013) · In a rich homage to Italian neorealism, an aging playboy and onetime author withdraws from the center of Roman nightlife. The ancient city comprises his new, lonely pursuits. He hopes to find something enduring and meaningful in his lifelong contemplation and immersion in beauty. He longs to trust the likes of Hippolyta, who said the imagination of the lunatic, lover, and poet "grows to something of great constancy, but howsoever strange."
runtime: 142 min format: 35mm
(Spike Jonze, 2013) · When soon-to-be divorced Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) downloads an artificially intelligent operating system that names herself "Samantha" (Scarlett Johansson), he unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with her. But, while Theodore finds happiness in the romantic relationship that ensues (yes, they do have sex), the inchoate but exceedingly smart Samantha learns to find new meaning in the infinite portals of her non-corporeal existence.
runtime: 126 min format: 35mm
(Alexander Payne, 2013) · Though it might be the first feature Payne has not written himself, you'd hardly know it. Returning to the familiar hollowed out Midwestern towns and the not-quite hollowed out old men who inhabit them, Payne gives us a road story that blurs the line between cruelty and sympathy. With Bruce Dern as the deluded (or desperate) Woody and SNL's Will Forte as his son, Nebraska asks what can be left when most of life has already passed by.
runtime: 115 min format: DCP
(Asghar Farhadi, 2013) · Farhadi (A Separation) confirms his unequaled talent at richly nuanced melodrama with this examination of an Iranian man returning to Paris to belatedly sign his divorce papers. He soon finds himself embroiled in ever-deepening familial conflict when his wife announces plans to remarry. The film miraculously does justice to the vastness of its title without overstatement, imbuing each relationship with a multi-dimensional, lived-in quality.
runtime: 130 min format: 35mm
(Alain Guiradie, 2013) · On a lakeside cruising ground in the south of France, a young man hooks up with a sexy stranger who turns out to be a dangerous psychopath. When a dead body is found in the lake, their relationship only gets deeper. Loosely inspired by Guiradie's own cruising experiences, the film boldly explores the ambivalences that animate sexual desire. Any moralistic take on the film is upended by the cameraman's obvious delight in the naked male body.
runtime: 100 min format: DCP
(Jonathan Glazer, 2014) · Scarlett Johansson emerges as a seductive alien with a Joan Jett wig who picks up unsuspecting hitchhikers in Scotland. Once inside her vehicle, these men soon realize their driver's predatory intentions. Many sequences inside the van were shot with hidden camera lenses as a disguised Johansson lured non-professional passersby to join her. Glazer's first film in a decade does away with exposition and is as alien and irresistable as its protagonist.
runtime: 108 min format: DCP
(Wes Anderson, 2014) · Imagine that you're Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), the premiere concierge of the premiere resort of the Republic of Zubrowka: the Grand Budapest Hotel. You've just taken on your new apprentice, lobby-boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), who quickly becomes one of your closest allies. One day you're with Madame D. (Tilda Swinton), and the next you inherit the "Boy With Apple," a valuable Czech Mannerist painting, and are framed for Madame D.'s murder. Dundundun.
runtime: 99 min format: DCP