(Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen, 2015) · Pixar's newest film tells the story of young Riley's move from the Midwest to San Francisco through her personified emotions: Joy (voiced Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). In the vein of Oliver Sacks's work, Inside Out's inventive exploration of the emotional state and how people think is gorgeously animated and powerfully moving for all ages.
runtime: 102 min format: 35mm
(Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, 2014) · Serhiy (Grigoriy Fesenko) is new to the school, but is quickly submerged into its claustrophobic world of organized crime. Here, the combination of prostitution, robbery, and good old-fashioned overzealous teenage desires form a volatile concoction in one of the strangest and most devastating releases this year. Entirely in Ukranian sign language, and lacking subtitles, The Tribe is contemporary evidence of the potency of the visual language of cinema.
runtime: 132 min format: DCP
(Marielle Heller, 2015) · Phoebe Gloeckner's popular graphic novel is brought to life in this comedy-drama starring Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig. Minnie, a 15-year-old aspiring cartoonist living in 1976 San Francisco, discovers her own sexuality as she enters a relationship with her mother's boyfriend. She keeps an audio diary to document the experience, but as the affair becomes increasingly difficult to keep under control, she loses herself in the duplicity that she created.
runtime: 107 min format: DCP
(F. Gary Gray, 2015) · In 1988, American hip hop group N.W.A. released their debut album Straight Outta Compton, a groundbreaking record that revolutionized hip hop and pop culture on a larger scale. F. Gary Gray’s bio-pic follows these five young artists—Ice Cube (portrayed by his own son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr.), Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella, and MC Ren—as they endure the police antagonism of Compton, California in the late 1980s and become legends in their own right.
runtime: 147 min format: DCP
(David Robert Mitchell, 2014) · After a sexual encounter with her boyfriend Hugh, nineteen-year-old college student Jay finds herself tormented by strange dreams and cursed by a supernatural entity that seems to follow her wherever she goes. Only Jay can see the shape-shifting creature, and it will follow her until it catches her—or until Jay passes on the curse to another sexual partner. A terrifying but smart modern horror film, It Follows is the perfect Halloween thrill.
runtime: 100 min format: DCP
(Asif Kapadia, 2015) · In 2008, singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse won five Grammy Awards following the success of her hugely popular second album _Back to Black_. Just three years later, Winehouse would die of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. British documentary _Amy_ captures the talented vocalist at her best and at her worst, telling her tragic story through her own words—including pieces of never-before-seen footage—and over a hundred interviews with her family and friends.
runtime: 128 min format:DCP
(Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2014) · To recover from her asthma, twelve-year-old Anna goes to spend the summer in seaside Kushiro, Japan. Intrigued by the abandoned mansion just across the marsh, Anna decides to investigate and meets Marnie, the blonde girl she’s seen in her dreams. Studio Ghibli’s last feature film before its ongoing hiatus and Yonebayashi’s directorial follow-up to The Secret World of Arrietty, _When Marnie Was There_ is a beautiful and enchanting tale of friendship.
runtime: 103 min format: DCP
(James Ponsoldt, 2015) · In 1996, Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky convinced his editor to let him ride shottie on a book tour with David Foster Wallace, whose _Infinite Jest_ had just been released to startling acclaim. They travelled together for five days through the wintry Midwest. Adapted from their actual conversations, published posthumously by Lipsky, the film features Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky and Jason Segel as the late DFW, casting that could be misguided or inspired.
runtime: 106 min format: DCP
(Sean Baker, 2015) · After a month in jail, transgender prostitute Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) spends her Christmas Eve running around L.A. in search of her unfaithful boyfriend (and pimp) Chester’s other girlfriend. Sin-Dee’s friend Alexandra (Mya Taylor), who dreams of entering show business, keeps her from falling apart. Shot entirely on an iPhone 5S, Tangerine features poignant and unforced performances from Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, trans actresses themselves.
runtime: 88 min format: DCP