(Edgar Wright, 2013) · Reeling between bombastic bar-brawl and sad-sack sensitivity, "The World's End" is Edgar Wright's madcap reply to an increasingly "Starbucksed" world. Wash-up Gary (Simon Pegg) desperately tries to win back his old friends by reliving the most climactic night of their misspent youth: a pub-crawl known as The Golden Mile. Until things get...weird. Get your gang back together, get loaded, and have a good time as we conclude the Cornetto trilogy together.
runtime: 109 min format: 35mm
(Nicole Holofcener, 2013) · Single mother Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has finally found the perfect match in Albert (James Gandolfini). Catch is: he's incidentally her best friend's ex-husband, but only Eva knows. This tender romantic comedy marks Louis-Dreyfus's first lead role in a feature film and Gandolfini's last. Gandolfini hangs up the blood-stained tracksuits of his Sopranos days to play the lovable leading man - a fitting bookend to the gentle giant's career.
runtime: 93 min format: 35mm
(Andrew Dosunmu, 2013) · Adenike and Ayodele are bound together at a traditional Yoruba wedding in an outrageous Brooklyn ballroom. After they wed, colors swirl, music bursts with joy and anxiety, and Ayodele's mother names the couple's first child who has not even been conceived yet: George. Danai Gurira, best known from TV's "The Walking Dead", wows as Adenike, a Nigerian transplant in Brooklyn who struggles with her identity as a woman, American, and preordained mother.
runtime: 115 min format: DCP
(Destin Cretton, 2013) · Destin Cretton's "Short Term 12" shunts the viewer into the grizzled world of a foster home for teenagers. The titular facility is examined through the eyes of twentysomething supervisor Kate (Brie Larson) in the midst of a transition when a student begins an internship just as suicidal Jayden arrives and longtime resident Marcus sullenly prepares for the departure. While the subject matter is complex, the film finds truth and humor in unexpected places.
runtime: 93 min format: DCP
(Jia Zhangke, 2013) · Nominated for the Palme d'Or in 2013, "A Touch of Sin" is comprised of four vignettes based on real incidents in modern China: a furious miner who rampages against his company, a youngster from the provinces stuck between work in a factory and a brothel, a migrant worker, and a sauna receptionist. Violence sometimes shifts the film into a more stylized register, but the stark social and political reality of contemporary China can hardly go missed.
runtime: 125 min format: DCP
(Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013) · At 15, Adele doesn't question that girls go out with boys...at least until she meets Emma, a blue-haired beauty, who allows her to discover desire and assert herself as a woman and an adult. Scenes are stretched out until they ache with feeling in Kechiche's immersive epic love story, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes. The relentless intimacy sweeps you up in the thrill of discovering new love and absolutely shatters you with its dissolution.
runtime: 179 min format: DCP
(Paul Greengrass, 2013) · Some witnesses claim the 2009 hijacking they endured is not faithfully retold, and their captain was less admirable than Hanks. Still, Hanks' acting is fit, the action is thrilling, the boarding party is flush with all the trappings of liberation from the colonialist oppressor (read: AK-47s), and the captain's captivity is nearly mythical, maybe echoing literary sources, e.g., the captive's story in "Don Quixote", or Bowles' "The Sheltering Sky".
runtime: 133 min format: 35mm
(Haifaa al-Mansour, 2012) · Eleven-year-old Wadjda wants nothing more than to own a bicycle-but this is not an easy wish to achieve within traditional Saudi culture, which frowns upon women's use of them. Undaunted, she embarks on a variety of endeavors to earn the money to buy one, and a local Qur'an-reading competition looks like the perfect opportunity. "Wadjda" marks the first movie to be filmed entirely within Saudi Arabia and the first directed by a Saudi woman.
runtime: 98 min format: 35mm
(Steve McQueen, 2013) · Steve McQueen is our foremost purveyor of misery, yet his direction is now restrained and immediate where it was once flashy and cold. Chiwetel Ejiofor astonishes as Solomon Northup, a black free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. As Solomon descends further into this American hell we come closer to feeling the atrocities of our past than any filmmaker has dared take us. An unflinching, unfathomably moving must-see story of survival.
runtime: 134 min format: DCP
(Alfonso Cuaron, 2013) · After seven years away from the cameras, Cuaron returns with a bang with this unforgettable sci-fi extravaganza. Sandra Bullock stars as astronaut Ryan Stone, who's left floating in deep space after an unlucky collision with a cloud of debris. With their shuttle destroyed and their contact with Houston cut off, she and a lone colleague (George Clooney) set off in desperation for the International Space Station-but their oxygen supply is running low...
runtime: 90 min format: 35mm