Programmed by Daniel Frankel
(Justin Simien, 2014) · A prestigious university, a troublesome administration, and just a few white students who are so post-racial. What could go wrong? With humble beginnings as an on-point concept trailer which has since made its way to the big screen, Dear White People is at once comedic and thought-provoking as it follows the lives of several black students whilst they navigate the realities and complexities of identity and college life in the Obama era of race politics.
runtime: 108 min format: DCP
(David Fincher, 2014) · In the wake of the recession, Nick and Amy Dunne (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) move from their Brooklyn brownstone to a house in quaint Carthage, Missouri. As the stress of their lost jobs begins to intensify and their strained marriage enters its fifth year, Nick comes home one afternoon to find his wife missing and only traces of a struggle left behind. The media closes in and Nick becomes the main suspect in her disappearance and possible murder.
runtime: 149 min format: DCP
(Isao Takahata, 2013) · Working with lush watercolors and sketchy charcoal, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday) brings to life a 10th-century Japanese folktale in this film from anime powerhouse Studio Ghibli. Born from a bamboo stalk, Kaguya's peasant father believes she's destined to be a princess, but Kaguya would rather play in the forest than greet suitors. Visually stunning and as intimate as it is fantastical, Kaguya sits among the studio's best.
runtime: 137 min format: DCP
(Alex Ross Perry, 2014) · Philip Lewis Friedman (Jason Schwartzman) is a novelist in New York City. Despite his struggles to finish his second novel, his ego inflates every day: he's estranged himself from his girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss) and told his publisher he won't be doing any interviews. Director Alex Ross Perry paints a portrait of Philip's tendency to belittle and estrange others that is at once tragic and darkly comic. Moss' turn alone is worth the price of admission.
runtime: 108 min format: DCP
(Ira Sachs, 2014) · After 39 years together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) codify their Manhattan marriage in a picturesque wedding ceremony. No longer able to conceal his sexuality, George is fired from his longtime job at a Catholic school and the newlywed couple can no longer afford their apartment. George moves in downstairs with a younger gay couple and Ben moves to Brooklyn to live with his nephew. Their relationship is put to the test in this intergenerational emotional epic.
runtime: 94 min format: DCP
(Alain Resnais, 1959) · Alain Resnais' first fiction feature is a dreamy portrait of a brief love affair and long conversation between a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) that sets memories of war and past loves against a city still reeling from the atomic bomb. A catalyzing film for the French New Wave noted for its innovative approaches to narrative and editing, Hiroshima Mon Amour is a unique and profoundly affecting masterpiece.
runtime: 90 min format: New DCP restoration!
(Jennifer Kent, 2014) · Beware the Babadook! Single mother Amelia loves her 7-year-old son Samuel very much, but he is convinced that there is an imaginary monster lurking under his bed. Amelia must decide if her son is truly deranged, or if the boogeyman from Samuel's mysterious pop-up book has actually sprung to life. This small independent Australian horror film functions as a feminist film about the monsters we create, both within our families and under our own beds.
runtime: 93 min format: DCP
(Ruben Ostlund, 2014) · An attractive Swedish family of four vacations at a ski resort in France. They pose for a family portrait at the top of a mountain, they dine at the ski lodge, and they bear witness to a "controlled" avalanche. A split-second decision causes a rift in the family dynamics. Ostlund, originally a director of ski films, creates a thought experiment that dismantles the gender norms defining our societal expectations and the patriarchal family unit.
runtime: 118 min format: DCP
(Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2014) · Ready for another single-take movie? Here's a new spin on the concept, featuring digital technology which hides every cut in the film, though the story takes place over several days. In a case of art imitating life, Michael Keaton stars as a washed-up actor known for his roles in superhero films and trying to resurrect his career on Broadway. But he has to contend with a rebellious daughter, a scene-stealing co-star, and a mysterious voice in his head.
runtime: 119 min format: DCP
(Christopher Nolan, 2014) · Earth's future is dim, and so mankind must look towards the stars for survival. In Christopher Nolan's latest, Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), an engineer whose profession has gone extinct save for rebuilding tractors, must leave his family and face the unknown of space to find humanity's new home. With cinematics that have revolutionized the fields of CGI and black hole science, Interstellar is truly an emotional, stunning odyssey on a massive scale.
runtime: 169 min format: 35mm