(George Cukor, 1938) · Johnny (Cary Grant) arrives at a mansion to see his new fiancee and runs into her sister Linda (Hepburn) instead. While some might claim "The Philadelphia Story" is Hepburn's greatest romance, there's a case to be made that the honor actually belongs to "Holiday". The moment when Johnny falls in love with the free-spirited, unassuming Linda on New Year's Eve is surpassed only by Linda and Johnny's puppet show and Grant's joyous handstand to end the film.
runtime: 85 min format: 35mm
(Lau Kar-leung , 1985) · Gordon Liu is back as Monk San Te, providing reluctant refuge for Fong Sai-Yuk (Hsiao Ho) after a scuffle with the Manchu rulers. Fong is a difficult student averse to training, but he begins to take responsibility when he learns of the Manchu plot to defeat the outnumbered Shaolin brothers. Released only briefly during the decline of Shaw Brothers, this is as packed with jaw-dropping acrobatics as any of Liu's movies and deserves reconsideration.
runtime: 89 min format: 35mm
(Brian De Palma, 1993) · Filmed on location in New York, "Carlito's Way" follows Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino), a Puerto Rican ex-con who becomes hopelessly caught in the pull of the city's underworld even as he tries to muster up the strength to escape. Some of De Palma's most wonderful set pieces are here, along with a haunting score from Patrick Doyle. Despite initial mixed reviews, "Cahiers du Cinema" would come to name this picture one of the best films of the 90s.
runtime: 144 min format: 35mm
(Dee Rees, 2012) · A stirring coming-of-age story about Alike, a lesbian teenager in Brooklyn whose conflicting identities risk heartbreak and threaten her ties with friends and family in her desperate search for sexual expression. Investors dismissed the film as "too black and too gay", but Rees self-funded her semi-autobiographical first feature, going so far as to sell her own apartment. Breakout star Adepero Oduye can also be seen later this week in "12 Years A Slave".
runtime: 86 min format: 35mm
(Neil LaBute, 2006) · In this remake of the 1973 classic, Policeman Edward Malus receives news from his ex-fiancé that their daughter is missing. Flying to an island populated by neo-pagans in search of his daughter, he discovers that there is much more to these neopagans than bear suits and bees. Thanks to the bizarre script and Nic Cage's doubled-down acting, this film, which was nominated for five Razzies, is now a cult-classic and is a must-see for a true Cage fan.
runtime: 102 min format: 35mm
(Tim Burton, 2007:) · What's the sound of the world out there? It's "man devouring man," thanks to Johnny Depp's vengeful barber. Banished from England years ago, Sweeney Todd returns to get even with the lecherous judge who poisoned his wife. Unable to curb his bloodlust, Todd murders indiscriminately in his "barber-ous" new guise, while Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) bakes the corpses into pies. A star-studded cast makes this one of the best musicals in recent memory.
runtime: 116 min format: 35mm
(Steve McQueen, 2013) · Steve McQueen is our foremost purveyor of misery, yet his direction is now restrained and immediate where it was once flashy and cold. Chiwetel Ejiofor astonishes as Solomon Northup, a black free man kidnapped and sold into slavery. As Solomon descends further into this American hell we come closer to feeling the atrocities of our past than any filmmaker has dared take us. An unflinching, unfathomably moving must-see story of survival.
runtime: 134 min format: DCP
(Carlos Reygadas, 2007) · Reygadas's most celebrated film is a moving meditation on love, free will (or the absence of) and regret, and an explicit homage to Carl Dreyer's spiritual drama "Ordet" (1955). Set in the Mexican Mennonite community, Stellet Licht ("Silent Light") chronicles the unfolding of an anguished love triangle centered around a husband and the father of six, featuring a cast of Mennonite non-actors. A masterpiece from one of the best directors working today.
runtime: 127 min format: 35mm