(RaMell Ross, 2018) · Named one of the best films of the year by the New York Times ("pure cinematic poetry"), the year's critical darling is this lyrical documentary by RaMell Ross. Hale County follows Daniel and Quincy, two young African-American men from rural Alabama. It observes the moments of their lives, both intimate and grand, as they grow into maturity. The result is an impressionistic portrait of the Deep South and its people, infused with visual splendor and quiet beauty, that lingers in the mind long after the credits roll.
runtime: 76m format: DCP
(Felix van Groeningen, 2018) · Addiction, relapse, and recovery are just some of the problems that teenager Nic (Timothée Chalamet) has to face. His father David (Steve Carell) jumpstarts Nic's road to recovery upon discovering his drug use, but the path is anything but straightforward. As Nic and his loved ones struggle to triumph over his dependence, Beautiful Boy intimately depicts the collective effort needed to face the long road of overcoming addiction, as the family weathers the ebbs and flows of success and failure.
runtime: 121m format: DCP
(Lee Chang-dong, 2018) · Burning is the searing examination of an alienated young man, Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert whose already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first, Haemi (newcomer Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility; and then, Ben (Steven Yeun of The Walking Dead), a wealthy and sophisticated young man. When Jongsu learns of Ben's mysterious hobby, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale.
runtime: 148m format: DCP
(Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018) · In a country where family is everything, six individuals find themselves alone. Each has escaped in desperation from a different form of abuse. As they encounter one another other and begin to fill the roles their biological families could not, a new family emerges, built upon a precarious foundation. But when the youngest in the new family is announced to be missing, they are confronted with an ultimatum: how far will they go to protect each other?
runtime: 121m format: DCP
(Joel Edgerton, 2018) · Joel Edgerton takes up directing once again with his empathic second film, which stars Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges and Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. Jared (Hedges) lives an uncomplicated life in a small Arkansas town, until he is outed as gay to his minister family. Sent to a conversion therapy program (whose cagey leader is Edgerton himself), he begins a fraught journey of healing, whose focus slowly turns to the difficult rifts between religion and sexuality, self-deception and self-acceptance.
runtime: 115m format: DCP
(Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018) · Yorgos Lanthimos delivers his best work yet with this darkly humorous and mischievous tale set in the early 18th century. In this version of Queen Anne's court, England and France might be at war, but the real battle is between Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and her newly hired servant Abigail (Emma Stone), who compete to be the Queen's favorite. This opulent period piece is both extravagant and subtle in its depiction of the power struggle's swirling intrigue.
runtime: 121m format: DCP
(Luca Guadagnino, 2018) · In his self-described "homage" to the original, the director of Call Me By Your Name provides a modern take on a classic piece of cinema. When Susie (Dakota Johnson) moves to Berlin to train at an elite dancing academy, she is perturbed by the school's reaction to the disappearance of one of its former students. Her mistrust multiplies as she rises through the ranks of the academy, until she realizes that the secrets held close in this academy are far more sinister than anything she might have feared.
runtime: 152m format: DCP
(Ali Abbasi, 2018) · Tina is a border agent with a heightened sense of smell. Her gift and appearance go unquestioned until she meets Vore, a strange man with features strikingly similar to her own, and uncovers several truths about her life. Not without unique twists, Border is nevertheless held down by its compelling performances. Written by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In), and winner of Cannes's Un Certain Regard prize, this dark Swedish fairytale is a 2-hour smorgasbord of genres not to be missed.
runtime: 110m format: DCP
(Barry Jenkins, 2018) · Barry Jenkins (director of Moonlight) brings James Baldwin's novel to the screen. In 1970s Harlem, longtime friends Tish and Fonny fall in love, but their future is jeopardized when Fonny is put in prison for a crime he did not commit. After learning that she is pregnant, Tish works to prove her fiancé's innocence before the birth of their child, while navigating the injustice of a deeply prejudiced society. Maintaining his colorful, poetic aesthetic, Jenkins paints a timeless portrait of black love.
runtime: 119m format: DCP
(Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018) · Pawlikowski won the award for Best Director at Cannes for Cold War, his follow up to 2013's Academy Award winning Ida. Cold War is a period piece set in 1950s Cold War Poland, depicting the blossoming love between a musical director (Tomasz Kot) and a young singer (Joanna Kulig), despite the myriad obstacles and difficulties that conspire to threaten their connection. This gorgeous tale of love in the most hostile of climates achieves Pawlikowski's aim of creating "a beautiful disaster."
runtime: 88m format: DCP