(Cory Finley, 2017) · Thoroughbreds is a wicked black comedy that infuses the mordant teen satire of Heathers with Finley's sardonic wit. Lily, a boarding school do-gooder, wants everything but finds herself hampered by her domineering stepfather. Amanda, on the other hand, tries to mask her lack of emotions by faking them. Anton Yelchin stars too, in one of his final yet best roles, as a small time criminal who gets wrapped up in the unlikely pair's indulging of their cutthroat desires.
runtime: 92m format: DCP
(Éric Rohmer, 1972) · Frédéric daydreams of women, frequently pondering the profound satisfaction of the chase and the freedom of bachelorhood. To him, these thoughts are not incompatible with his devoted wife and child. But when a desperate woman from his past shows up, his daydreams seem to become real, threatening the stability of his life. Is that a bad thing? This is one of the questions with which Rohmer, one of the major figures of the French New Wave, tries to grapple in this sensitive and searing drama.
runtime: 97m format: DCP
(King Vidor, 1928) · John grows up, works an uninspiring job, marries Mary, has children, experiences love and happiness and disillusion and loss. Despite his setbacks, he perseveres and abides, as we all must. Justly famous for its image of a vast sea of office desks in which John seems literally lost in 'the crowd,' Vidor's stunning silent is a chronicle of deflated aspirations. The Crowd is unavailable on both DVD and Blu-Ray - so don't miss the rare chance to see this masterpiece! Print courtesy of the Library of Congress
runtime: 104m format: 35mm
(Raoul Walsh, 1939) · In the last days of the Great War, three young Americans meet in a foxhole. When they return from the War, their lives take drastically different trajectories. While Lloyd (Jeffrey Lynn) becomes a lawyer, Eddie (James Cagney) and George (Humphrey Bogart) become partners in the bootlegging racket. We follow the three friends through the Roaring Twenties into the Depression, as a deadly confluence of forces turn them against each other. Print courtesy of the Library of Congress
runtime: 107m format: 35mm
(Satyajit Ray, 1966) · While on a train ride to receive an award, film star Arindam strikes up a conversation with journalist Aditi. The conversation soon morphs into a whirling investigation of public image and self-perception. Legendary Bengali director Satyajit Ray offers us an eerie look into the mind of the modern idol, as he artfully inks his screen with the complex contradictions of the human psyche and its ever-persistent attempt to create its own narrative.
runtime: 120m format: 35mm
(George Cukor, 1949) · Adam's Rib is an exemplar of the genre that Stanley Cavell labelled "the comedy of remarriage," and considered to be classical Hollywood's crowning achievement. Defense attorney Amanda Bonner (Katherine Hepburn) takes a case in which the prosecutor is her own husband Adam (Spencer Tracy), setting the stage for a riotous and piercing inquiry into not only marital relations, but the human pursuit of happiness more broadly, and the process of self-(re)creation which it requires. Print courtesy of the Library of Congress
runtime: 101m format: 35mm
(Robert Wiene, 1920) · Robert Wiene's masterpiece tells the story of the titular Dr. Caligari, a crazed hypnotist that commits murders through the use of a sleepwalker. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema with its dark style, jarring angles, and exuberant set designs, Cabinet was called "the first true horror film" by Roger Ebert, and remains a foundational cornerstone of cinematic history, one which continues to make its influence felt through its vivid visual representation of interiority.
runtime: 80m format: 16mm
(Jonas Mekas, 1976) · "We do not want rosy films, we want them the color of blood." So goes the creed of Jonas Mekas, one of the leaders of the American avant-garde alongside Brakhage and Deren. In Lost, Lost, Lost, Mekas repurposes his own experience as a displaced immigrant by stitching together documentary footage with his poetic voice-over, in order to chronicle the pain of exile and his search for a new home. In this startlingly intimate diary film, Manohla Dargis writes, "the ecstasy of creation flows from joy to melancholy."
runtime: 180m format: 16mm
(Nicholas Ray, 1952) · In The Lusty Men, Ray turned onto the American West his gentle eye for those drifting loners and limping souls who don't belong. Robert Mitchum stars as a washed-up former rodeo star trying to give up his life of transience. Ray's lyrical treatment of the West brings out the hardscrabble setting's essential melancholy, in a lament for all those still in search of fulfillment. Restored by Warner Bros. in collaboration with The Film Foundation and The Nicholas Ray Foundation. Print courtesy of The Film Foundation Conservation Collection at the Academy Film Archive.
runtime: 113m format: 35mm
(Robert Altman, 1974) · Charlie and Bill become friends at the poker table, with their bond sealed for good by a joint beating. While Charlie is married to the game, Bill is merely seduced and tries to keep a balance in his life - but they decide to go for one big shot in Vegas, in the hopes of winning back all they've lost. Altman's undersung masterpiece teems with spontaneity and energy, thanks to its jazz-like improvisatory riffs, at the same as it trembles with tenderness, as an elegiac meditation on the lonely thrashings with which we fill the empty spaces in our lives.
runtime: 108m format: 35mm