Programmed by Nick Quintana and Anton Yu
(Paul Verhoeven, 2016) · In this unpredictable and riveting thriller, Isabelle Huppert shines as the business-savvy and intimidating Michele. After being assaulted in her home, Michele decides not to alert the police, opting instead to track down her assailant herself. What follows is a study and lurid satire of middle-class values, desire, perversity and vengeance.
runtime: 130m format: DCP
(Mike Mills, 2016) · 1979 Santa Barbara, California. Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening) enlists the help of her friends to raise her teen son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) in the wake of decaying American values and an absent father. Frustrated with the way men have treated her in the past, Dorothea aims to shape her son into a "good man," even if he gets hurt along the way. The film scored writer-director Mike Mills his first Academy Award nomination for best screenplay.
runtime: 119m format: DCP
(Jim Jarmusch, 2016) · In Paterson, Jim Jarmusch, the icon of American independent cinema, crafts a funny and tender ode to the wonder of everyday life. Adam Driver plays Paterson, a bus driver in the city which shares his name. An aspiring poet, Paterson goes about his business like everybody else: he gets up, goes to work, walks his dog, loves his wife, and writes poetry. But in Jarmusch's hands, these seemingly mundane occurrences take on a beauty of their own.
runtime: 118m format: DCP
(Pedro Almodóvar, 2016) · Based on three short stories from Alice Munro's Runaway, Pedro Almodóvar returns with his 20th feature film, Julieta. Almodóvar called this movie his "return to the cinema of women, of great female protagonists," and Julieta (Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte) certainly deserves such praise. Switching between coastal Galicia and urban Madrid, the movie follows Julieta as she reflects on her painful past and the sudden disappearance of her daughter, Antía.
runtime: 99m format: DCP
(Anna Rose Holmer, 2016) · Writer-director Anna Rose Holmer's elegant debut is a psychological portrait of Toni (Royalty Hightower), an 11-year-old tomboy drawn to an all-girl dance team at her local community center. A budding boxer, Toni joins the troupe, but just as she starts to fit in, a mysterious convulsive illness strikes the team. A rare coming-of-age story centering on the transition from girlhood to adolescence, The Fits is a transformative experience.
runtime: 72m format: DCP
(Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski, 1993) · With Wellesian flashbacks and an ominous mystery involving villains new and old, this film remains the prequel Gotham deserves! Emerging from the accomplished '90s animated series, this crime caper boasts splendid animation inspired by art deco and film noir, as well as voicework by Kevin Conroy, whose robust baritone is easily the best voice to ever growl from beneath Batman's cowl, and Mark Hamill, delivering the definitive interpretation of the Joker.
runtime: 76m format: 35mm
(Yoshifumi Kondō, 1995) · Even without otherworldly spirits or fantastic castles, Whisper still tops Studio Ghibli's slate for its beauty and imagination. As its title suggests, Whisper comes straight from the heart, and its magic lies in its young protagonist, Shizuku's, unabashed pursuit of her passion and the fantastical story she pens about a top-hatted cat statuette come to life. Kondō, Miyazaki's protégé, passed away in 1998, leaving this his only feature film.
runtime: 111m format: 35mm
(David Lynch, 1992) · This film prequel to Lynch's groundbreaking TV series, which tells the story of Laura Palmer's final days, has polarized audiences since its release. Raising as many questions as it answers, Fire Walk With Me is an emotionally riveting tale in its own right as well as a must-see before the new Twin Peaks series coming out this spring. Don't miss a cameo by David Bowie!
runtime: 135m format: Digital
(Ceyda Torun, 2016) · For thousands of years, hundreds of thousands of street cats have called Istanbul home. Neither wild nor tamed, these adorable and haughtily independent felines meander down alleyways and cavort through cafes, as crucial to the city as their human counterparts. An irresistible documentary for any cat lover, Kedi ("Cat") follows a handful of these cats through their daily lives, interspersed with informal interviews with their fellow citizens about the city they share.
runtime: 80m format: DCP
(David Feige, 2016) · In his directorial debut, David Feige '87 constructs a balanced and thought-provoking discussion around a controversial issue, the enforcement of strict sex offender laws. Humanizing in its depiction of those forever branded as sex offenders even as it shares the heartbreaking stories of victims of sexual abuse, Untouchable is fraught with emotion and unafraid to make viewers uncomfortable. Feige will be present at the 3 pm screening, held at the Oriental Institute.
runtime: 105m format: Digital