(Ava DuVernay, 2014) · Ava DuVernay's passionate yet measured drama captures a tinderbox chapter in the sweep of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life--his 1965 campaign of civil disobedience, meant to expedite the passage of equal voting rights in the face of political opposition. Imbuing the period's backroom maneuvers with a close intensity that raises the stakes of even the most minute of gestures, Selma is careful to both genealogize change and reveal how sorely needed it still is.
runtime: 128m format: DCP
(Peter Bogdanovich, 1971) · "New Hollywood" director Peter Bogdanovitch presents a coming-of-age drama set in 1951 Anarene, a desolate North Texas town. High School Seniors Sonny and Duane (Timothy Bottoms and Jeff Bridges) struggle to find things to do as changing times take their toll on the struggling community and its residents. Compared by many to Citizen Kane for its style and tone, The Last Picture Show was similarly shot in black-and-white, giving it what Roger Ebert called a "timeless" quality.
runtime: 118m format: DCP
(Ida Lupino, 1966) · Though best known for her noirs and melodramas, Ida Lupino also had a gift for lighter fare. Nowhere is that more in evidence than in this charming, sharply observed coming-of-age comedy. Based on a memoir by Jane Trahey about the Chicago Catholic girls' school she attended, it stars Hayley Mills as a rebellious student who frequently locks horns with the shrewd, tough-minded Mother Superior (Rosalind Russell in a wonderful performance). Sadly, this was the final film Lupino directed.
runtime: 112m format: 35mm
(Billy Wilder, 1951) · From acclaimed auteur Billy Wilder comes the out-there film noir Ace in the Hole, starring Kirk Douglas as a down-on-his-luck news reporter who devises a convoluted plan to capitalize on one man's newsworthy misfortunes. Originally a commercial and critical failure, Ace in the Hole has found new life within the modern media landscape, reiterating many of the messages of other films like Nightcrawler and Network in order to demonstrate America's perpetual lurid fascination with tragedy.
runtime: 111m format: DCP
(Robert Mulligan, 1972) · Twin boys Niles and Holland are enjoying summer on the family farm in New England--sneaking into the cellar where their father recently died, astral-projecting into other beings, and leaving a trail of fatal accidents in their wake--normal kid stuff! A gothic grotesqueness permeates the idyllic setting, and Roger Ebert notes: "The movie isn't scary in the usual horror-film way, but because Niles is such a creep." Watch for Uta Hagen as their loving grandmother, and a very young John Ritter.
runtime: 108m format: DCP
(Tsai Ming-liang, 1997/1995) ·
Introduction on January 24 by Melika Bass.
A deep exploration of "the relationship between human psychology and illness," The River finds Hsiao-kang afflicted with a mysterious, intractable crick in his neck. The family, while committed to alleviating Kang's pain, is as repressed and estranged as ever--Kang's mother has a passionless affair with a pornographer, while his bathhouse cruising father comically tries to stave off inexorable leaks. This uncertain convalescence makes for a fascinating study of seduction, faith, and longing. Following this retrospective, in April, Tsai Ming-Liang (director), Lee Kang-Sheng (actor), Anong Houngheuangsy (actor), and Claude Wang (producer) will be joining the MoMA in New York City, the Smithsonian in DC, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and the Block in Chicago—Tsai Ming-Liang’s first visit to the US in over a decade. For more information, please visit the event page.
runtime: 115m/56m format: DCP
(Mamoru Oshii, 1995) · 25th anniversary! An anime fantasy based on the manga of the same name, Ghost in the Shell investigates the question of self-identity in a technologically advanced world. The story takes place between a police agent and a mysterious cyborg hacker. The film is widely considered the greatest anime film of all time, particularly for its cell animation and CGI combined visuals. As the inspiration for films such as the Matrix, Ghost in the Shell cannot be missed. Presented in collaboration with UChi-Con 2020
runtime: 83m format: DCP
(Rian Johnson, 2019) · A modern murder-mystery movie with an all-star cast, Knives Out bring us the story of the investigation into the death of a family's patriarch. Directed by Rian Johnson, the man behind Looper and Star Wars: Episode VIII, and starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Lakeith Stanfield, the film toes the line between comedy, drama, mystery, and thriller, and takes on the classic whodunit through a dysfunctional, eccentric family.
runtime: 130m format: DCP
(Satyajit Ray, 1984) · One of India's great directors adapts a novel by one of India's great writers. Based on Rabindranath Tagore's classic novel, The Home and the World centers on Bimala, the wife of a wealthy noble. Her husband introduces her to his friend Sandip, a rebel agitating against British colonial rule. She's swept away by Sandip's passion and energy, and as she experiences both personal and political awakenings, she finds herself torn between her domestic obligations and her newfound sympathies.
runtime: 140m format: Digital