A Brighter Summer Doc: Fantastic Films and Where to Find Them

Programmed by Anton Yu

1/6/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM
1/8/2017 @ 1:30 PM

Reservoir Dogs

(Quentin Tarantino, 1992) · After a botched diamond heist, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a rat. Mr. Pink doesn't tip: it's for the birds. Mr. Blonde goes psycho on a cop with a straight razor to the tune of Stealers Wheel's 1972 chart-topper "Stuck in the Middle With You". Mr. White barks... but will he bite? Mexican standoffs ensue. Mr. Brown (Tarantino himself) gets shot, but not before explaining exactly what Madonna meant when she sang "Like a Virgin."

runtime: 100m format: DCP


1/13/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM
1/15/2017 @ 1:30 PM


(Ethan and Joel Coen, 1996) · To cover up his embezzlement, a car salesman stages the kidnapping and ransom of his own wife, but his simple scheme quickly goes awry. Enter Coen Bros regular Frances McDormand, as a pregnant Minnesotan police chief who follows the trail of blood all the way back to the remote tundra of Fargo, ND. Part black comedy, part crime flick, Fargo never fails to find humor in a calamitous snowstorm of poor judgement and escalating violence.

runtime: 98m format: DCP


1/20/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM
1/22/2017 @ 1:30 PM

The Love Witch

(Anna Biller, 2016) · Beautiful young witch Elaine utilizes her seductive charm and love potions to entice men in a quest to be loved, but her "sex magick" instead proves deadly for her handsome beaus. Shot like a classic Technicolor film and infused with a campy, self-conscious swagger, Biller's sexploitation drama revels in its ironic humor and retro style. Samantha Robinson also captivates as the mesmerizing love witch, subverting male systems of power while embodying (the fear of) female sexuality.

runtime: 120m format: 35mm


1/27/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
1/29/2017 @ 1:30 PM

Sleeping Beauty

(Clyde Geronimi, 1959) · Come sate your nostalgic cravings and rediscover the artistry behind the animated classic centered on Princess Aurora, cursed from birth to prick her finger upon a spindle on her 16th birthday "and die!" Disney's animators brought the archetypal story to vivid technicolor life with lush backgrounds inspired by medieval tapestries and paintings. The standout score, including the wondrous "Once Upon a Dream," adapted Tchaikovsky's ballet about the same fairy tale.

runtime: 75m format: 35mm


2/3/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM
2/5/2017 @ 1:30 PM

Groundhog Day

(Harold Ramis, 1993) · Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is a selfish, arrogant television reporter who finds himself mysteriously trapped in a time loop, repeatedly reliving the same day, while stuck in a snowstorm in the small town of Punxutawney, Pennsylvania. With no way out, he slowly attempts to make the most of his situation, reconsidering his relationships and his outlook on life. This hilarious and affecting film imparts a deeply hopeful message about living each day more fully and lovingly than the last.

runtime: 101m format: 35mm


2/10/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM
2/12/2017 @ 1:30 PM

The Wanderers

(Philip Kaufman, 1979) · Presented in a recent restoration, Philip Kaufman's (AB'58) coming-of-age film follows the exploits of the titular Italian-American greaser gang as they rumble with the all-black Del Bombers, Irish bat-wielding Ducky Boys, and other rival gangs in The Bronx circa 1963. Featuring a soundtrack full of doo-wop hits and a high-energy cast of young up-and-comers, Kaufman's underseen period piece evokes a more innocent time, just before the country underwent profound change.

runtime: 117m format: DCP


2/17/2017 @ 7:00 PM
2/18/2017 @ 7:00 PM
2/19/2017 @ 1:30 PM

A Brighter Summer Day

(Edward Yang, 1991) · Set in Taiwan in the early '60s, Summer Day traces the evolving social life of 14-year-old Xiao S'ir, from his involvement in violent gangs to his first love and family life. A sprawling epic ripe with mundane detail, Edward Yang's studied period piece draws from his own memories of youth to place a tragic homicide within a dense social context, reproducing the uncertainty and rich vitality of a young community with an engrossing sense of real-time and its progression.

runtime: 237m format: DCP


2/24/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM
2/26/2017 @ 1:30 PM

Under the Sun

(Vitaly Mansky, 2016) · This new documentary follows the daily routines of little Zin-mi and her family up to her ceremonious initiation into the Children's Union. The DPRK agreed to let Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky make the film with strict state supervision of the script. Incorporating smuggled footage recorded between takes, Mansky's film recasts a work of would-be North Korean propaganda into a damning exposé of the state's laughable attempts to stage prosperity and happiness.

runtime: 106m format: DCP


3/3/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
3/5/2017 @ 1:30 PM

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

(Jacques Demy, 1964) · Catherine Deneuve stuns in her first major role, a moving but bittersweet love story between Genevieve (Deneuve) and garage mechanic Guy (Nino Castelnuovo). In a bold experiment by Demy, every line of dialogue is sung, adding a beautiful fluidity across scenes that is enhanced by the film's rich visuals and vibrant color palette. The influence of Demy's masterpiece is far-reaching, with Damien Chazelle naming it as an inspiration for La La Land and his favorite film.

runtime: 91m format: DCP


3/10/2017 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM
3/12/2017 @ 1:30 PM

Burn After Reading

(Ethan and Joel Coen, 2008) · A charmingly idiotic personal trainer (Brad Pitt) and his vain middle-aged co-worker (Frances McDormand) attempt to extort a laid-off, low-clearance CIA agent (John Malkovich), ransoming his "secret CIA shit" to pay for cosmetic surgery. With a supporting cast that includes Tilda Swinton and Richard Jenkins, this intricate farce lampoons spy films and joins Four Lions and Borat as one of the sharpest, most hysterical political satires of the past 15 years.

runtime: 96m format: 35mm


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