(Wes Anderson, 2018) · Wes Anderson has won international renown for his filmography of dissonantly tender stories. For his newest project, Anderson returns to a hauntingly innocent and color-drenched style of stop motion animation to tell the story of a boy on a journey to save his dog. Set in a dystopian Japan where all dogs have been forcibly relegated to Trash Island by order of an authoritarian demagogue, Isle of Dogs continues in Anderson's tradition of meticulous attention to detail and playful visual inventiveness.
runtime: 105m format: DCP
(Gus Van Sant, 2018) · From the director of Good Will Hunting and My Own Private Idaho, the star-studded Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a portrait of the famously irascible cartoonist John Callahan. A murderer's row of A-list actors (Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, Jack Black) revolve around Joaquim Phoenix in the central role. After he nearly dies in a car accident, Callahan is paralyzed from the waist down, but soon discovers a talent for drawing cartoons infused with his bitingly off-color humor.
runtime: 135m format: DCP
(Carlos López Estrada, 2018) · Set in a gentrifying Oakland, Blindspotting follows Collin (Daveed Diggs of Hamilton fame) and his volatile (and white) best friend Miles, a fellow Oaklander. Three days before the end of his probation, Collin witnesses a police shooting. Through the lens of this traumatic experience and Collin's deep yet agitated relationship with Miles, Blindspotting confronts today's most pressing social issues with style and seething social commentary.
runtime: 95m format: DCP
(Ari Aster, 2018) · Dubbed the scariest movie of 2018, Hereditary is the latest horror release from indie studio A24 (The Witch), telling the story of a supernatural family curse that begins to manifest itself in the Graham family's young daughter after the death of her grandmother. Aster's terrifying psychodrama draws out and amplifies the inherent horror of familial relations, genetic inheritances, and grief over a loved one, cuing a feminist horrorfest unlike any you've ever seen. Happy Halloweekend!
runtime: 127m format: DCP
(Paul Schrader, 2017) · Best known as the writer of Taxi Driver, Schrader here brews up a volatile concoction of equal parts existential angst and sociopolitical fury. Reverend Toller (Ethan Hawke) descends into doubt after an encounter with one of his parishoners, a militant activist. Toller's desperate search for grace modernizes the spiritual torment of Bergman and Bresson for the environmental collapse of the Anthropocene, lacing it (in classic Schrader style) with a dash of deranged vigilantism in the mold of Travis Bickle.
runtime: 113m format: DCP
(Brad Bird, 2018) · The Incredibles are back in this long-awaited sequel from Pixar! Elastigirl finds herself with an opportunity to fight crime again, and is funded by two wealthy siblings to serve as a spokeswoman for model superhero behavior. In the meantime, Mr. Incredible is at home taking care of their three children. As the children find themselves dealing with heartbreak, math, and uncontrollable superpowers, both parents find themselves torn between their split identities.
runtime: 125m format: DCP
(Debra Granik, 2018) · Veteran Will and his young daughter Tom live an isolated, almost idyllic life in the wilderness—until one day, they're discovered by the authorities and forcibly assimilated into society. Leave No Trace remains gripping throughout thanks to critically acclaimed performances from the two leads and director Debra Granik's masterfully crafted realism. Hinging on small moments of empathy in a harsh world, this film explores what it means to be an outsider, by choice or chance.
runtime: 119m format: DCP
(Lynne Ramsay, 2017) · Lynne Ramsay delivers an unflinchingly grim vision of decay with her newest work, whose 70s American bones have invited comparison with Taxi Driver. Welding a hulking Joaquin Phoenix to Jonny Greenwood's menacing score, You Were Never Really Here's fever dream swirls around Joe, a hired gun who enters a seedy world of corruption when a rescue mission for a young girl goes awry. Her signature poeticism in full gear, Ramsay deepens the vertigo incited by her underworld's accumulative violence.
runtime: 90m format: DCP
(Valeska Grisebach, 2017) · Like its title, the densely suggestive Western is loaded with ambiguity. The film follows a group of German construction workers as they venture into the remote countryside of Bulgaria to build a project, setting off tensions with the wary locals. Grisebach's skill comes to the fore in the canny games she plays with audience expectations and genre conventions, pulling off more than a few genuine surprises and unexpectedly moving moments.
runtime: 121m format: DCP