Programmed by Anton Yu
(Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2015) · The winner of three Academy Awards, including the first Oscar for Leonardo DiCaprio and Iñárritu's second straight Best Director award, The Revenant follows Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), the navigator for a frontier expedition in the early 1800s. Betrayed and abandoned by his former confidant (Tom Hardy), Glass struggles for survival, revenge, and redemption. The film portrays the beauty and power of nature, the triumph of good over evil, and the irrepressible strength of human willpower.
runtime: 156 min format: DCP
(Adam McKay, 2015) · Awarded an Oscar for its adaptation of Michael Lewis' nonfiction book of the same name, The Big Short follows four individuals who not only predict the financial crisis of the mid-2000s, but also figure out how to profit from it. In the process, the film explains the roots of the global market collapse while also offering a fun and exciting comedy, bolstered by stellar performances from Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Christian Bale.
runtime: 130 min format: DCP
(Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman, 2015) · The latest feature from idiosyncratic writer Charlie Kaufman centers on Michael Stone, a lonely, middle-aged, bestselling author slated to speak at a conference one weekend. Struggling through another night in a nondescript hotel room, he meets a strange girl who introduces some melody into the monotonous hum of his life. This cynical exploration of male desperation uses stop-motion animation to give the mundane backdrop surreal texture.
runtime: 90 min format: DCP
(Todd Haynes, 2015) · Todd Haynes revisits mid-century America in this restrained period piece, adapted from Patricia Highsmith's visionary lesbian romance. Therese (Rooney Mara) attends the dolls in a department store when she meets the sumptuously dressed Carol (Cate Blanchett), out Christmas shopping for her daughter. After a brief but charged exchange, Carol departs, leaving a pair of gloves on the counter, an elegant calling card that anticipates the intimacies to come.
runtime: 118 min format: DCP
(Quentin Tarantino, 2015) · Sometime after the Civil War, a Rocky Mountain blizzard confines eight strangers in a country haberdashery. After shocking secrets emerge, tensions simmer and copious volumes of blood get spilt. One stranger is not who he claims to be in Tarantino's latest attempt to confront race within the Western. Shot on Ultra Panavision 70mm, this meticulously shot chamber drama features an all-star cast and a score from the legendary Ennio Morricone.
runtime: 187 min format: DCP
(Ethan and Joel Coen, 2016) · In 1950's Hollywood, Eddie Mannix's title may read Head of Production, but his true work lies as a fixer tasked with maintaining the public image of the stars of Capital Pictures. When the studio's leading actor is kidnapped, Mannix's investigation to find him plays out amidst an interweaving plot and a pastiche of 1950s Hollywood films. Featuring the Coen Bros' trademark humor, Hail, Caesar! boasts a star-studded cast and a fervent love for cinema.
runtime: 100 min format: DCP
(Alex Garland, 2015) · Doc Films and Science on the Screen present a screening and discussion featuring the engaging and cerebral thriller Ex Machina. In this sci-fi horror film, reclusive tech billionaire Nathan Bateman selects programmer Caleb Smith to administer the Turing test on his latest humanoid A.I., Ava (Alicia Vikander). As Caleb evaluates Ava's intelligence and consciousness, we too are left wondering about her true intentions and how human-like she truly is. The 7 pm screening on May 14 will be followed by a discussion with four University of Chicago professors specializing in the fields of neurobiology, computational neuroscience, machine learning, and medical ethics. For more information, please visit Science on the Screen.
runtime: 108 min format: DCP
(Alê Abreu, 2013) · After his father leaves their small village for the big city in search of work, young boy Cuca travels after him on a magical journey that shows him the outside world and all of its problems, highlighting the distinctions between rural and urban life, and between the rich and the poor. The film boasts innovative artwork and stunning visuals, its beautiful images featured alongside a rich soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop.
runtime: 80 min format: DCP
(Deniz Gamze Ergüven , 2015) · Set in a remote Turkish village, Mustang follows five free-spirited sisters who must navigate the challenges of life in a conservative society. Caught playing innocently with male classmates, the sisters are confined by their family and taught only how to become good brides. As the older sisters are married off, the remaining siblings must band together to fight for a brighter future. Anchored by a brilliant ensemble cast, Mustang delivers a powerful message of female empowerment.
runtime: 97 min format: DCP
(Robert Eggers, 2015) · The year is 1630. Exiled under vague circumstances, one zealous New England family sets up a homestead on the fringes of a primordial forest, but ominous events start to transpire when their infant son disappears. Previously working in production design and costumes, first-time director Eggers invested substantial amounts of research into extensive period detail, making this one of the most palm-sweatingly convincing horror films in recent memory.
runtime: 92 min format: DCP