(David Lynch, 1990) · The road film that only David Lynch could make, Wild at Heart tells the story of two young lovers, Lula and Sailor. When Sailor angers Lula's psychotic mother, they embark on a journey across the South to escape the variety of thugs her mother sends their way. Based on Barry Giffords' book of the same name, it employs Lynch's signature black humor and surrealist style in what one Rolling Stone called "a bonfire of a movie." Print courtesy of the Chicago Cinema Society
runtime: 125m format: 35mm
(John Woo, 1992) · The result of an effort to make an American-style "cop movie" in the style of Dirty Harry, John Woo's last Hong Kong film stars Chow Yun-Fat as "Tequila" Yuen, a police inspector who becomes embroiled in a violent gang war. A must-see for Hong Kong-style action fans, Hard Boiled features Woo staples such as gangsters, impeccably-choreographed fights, and dual-wielded pistols, as well as a climactic, baby-filled escape sequence.
runtime: 128m format: 35mm
(Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995) · A cautionary tale against failure to provide for those in need, La Haine is the story of the 24 hours following the shooting of a young man by a police officer in Paris. Riots ensue, and the film follows three young men, Vinz, Hubert, and Saïd, as they traverse the streets of Paris. When Vinz finds a handgun dropped by a police officer, he swears he will avenge the young man that was shot if he dies.
runtime: 104m format: 35mm
(Charles Stone III, 2002) · Ace enters the drug trade when his best friend Mitch gets locked up, driven by the lure of illicit money to take over Harlem’s streets. Produced by Roc-A-Fella Records founders Jay-Z and Dame Dash, Paid in Full remains a loose reflection of real ‘90s street legends. Presented in collaboration with the Loved Ones collective
(Asghar Farhadi, 2018) · Known for A Separation, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's new film, Everybody Knows, is a family drama/thriller spanning the borders of Argentina and Spain. Starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Laura (Penelope Cruz) goes to Spain with her two children for her sister's wedding. Her older daughter gets kidnapped, and she is left unravelling a deep mystery.
runtime: 133m format: DCP
(Hiroyasu Ishida, 2018) · Based on the science fiction novel written by Tomihiko Morimi, Penguin Highway follows 4th grader Aoyama. A budding genius, Aoyama lives his life like a scientist, and investigates a mystery in his sleepy suburban village. Although the village is hundreds of miles from the sea, penguins mysteriously start appearing. He finds that the source of these penguins is a young woman working at a dental clinic, and they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure.
runtime: 118m format: DCP
(Barbara Loden, 1970) · Director-actress Barbara Loden embodies entrapment as Wanda, a Pittsburgh drifter who collides with a string of dire men. As Loden's debut and only feature, Wanda stands apart for its fiercely preserved textures: of 16mm, of the "uneasy intimacy" created by Nicholas Proferes' handheld cinematography, and of Loden's performance as a woman who "despite internalizing society's contempt for her so thoroughly to the point of losing sense of what she wants (Amy Taubin)" yearns silently for more.
runtime: 102m format: DCP
(Todd Solondz, 1998) · Three sisters live together in the ultimate state of irony: New Jersey. Their lives interweave with friends and neighbors who similarly seek happiness through unspoken desires, doing so often with unspeakable "yet darkly sidesplitting" consequences. By turns sympathetic and wry, Todd Solondz's iconic black comedy tracks suburban life's dysfunctional shadows. Happiness continues to challenge viewers as much as "in fact, because" it entertains.
runtime: 134m format: 35mm
(Ingmar Bergman, 1953) · Harry and Monika are both working dead end jobs in Stockholm when they first meet one summer day and fall in love in Summer with Monika. After stealing his father's boat, Harry and Monika spend an idyllic summer together by starting a reckless affair and abandoning their families to be together. However, once summer is over, they return home and must grapple with the clashing of Harry's easygoing attitude versus Monika's adventurous attitude, which ends up driving them apart.
runtime: 96m format: 35mm
(Dario Argento, 1985) · Overshadowed by his earlier classic Suspiria, Dario Argento's underrated, horror giallo Creepers stars Jennifer Connelly in her first leading role as a student who has been transferred to a remote Swiss boarding school. There, she discovers along with a split personality, she has a unique telepathic ability to communicate with insects, which may be able to help her discover the serial killer who has been butchering women at and around the school.
runtime: 83m format: 35mm