Monday April 23rd, 2018 *** Pan’s Labyrinth*** Directed by Guillermo del Toro *** interpreted by Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil and Sergi López

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In 1944 Spain young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her ailing mother (Ariadna Gil) arrive at the post of her mother’s new husband (Sergi López), a sadistic army officer who is trying to quell a guerrilla uprising. While exploring an ancient maze, Ofelia encounters the faun Pan, who tells her that she is a legendary lost princess and must complete three dangerous tasks in order to claim immortality.

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Monday April 16th, 2018 *** Immortal Beloved*** Directed by Bernard Rose *** interpreted by Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé and Isabella Rossellini

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This biography chronicles the life of infamous classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven (Gary Oldman) and his painful struggle with hearing loss. Following Beethoven’s death in 1827, his assistant, Schindler (Jeroen Krabbe), searches for an elusive woman referred to in the composer’s love letters as “immortal beloved.” As Schindler solves the mystery, a series of flashbacks reveals Beethoven’s transformation from passionate young man to troubled musical genius.

Monday April 9th, 2018 *** Boogie Nights *** Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson *** interpreted by Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Ricky Jay

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Comparisons are invidious, but inescapable: Boogie Nights is the most stunningly accomplished, attention-grabbing movie by a sophomore director since Pulp Fiction.

                                                                                                   – Gary Susman Boston Phoenix

Monday April 2nd, 2018 *** Capote *** Directed by Bennett Miller *** interpreted by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener

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Reading of the murder of a Kansas family, New York City novelist Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decides to cover the story himself, and travels to the small town with his childhood friend, aspiring novelist Harper Lee (Catherine Keener). When Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.) and Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino) are arrested and charged, Capote forms an emotional bond with Smith during his jailhouse interviews despite the young criminal’s apparent guilt.

Monday March 26th, 2018 *** The Red Shoes *** Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger *** interpreted by Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer

Red Shoes 1There is tension between two kinds of stories in “The Red Shoes,” and that tension helps make it the most popular movie ever made about the ballet and one of the most enigmatic movies about anything. One story could be a Hollywood musical: A young ballerina falls in love with the composer of the ballet that makes her an overnight star. The other story is darker and more guarded. It involves the impresario who runs the ballet company, who demands loyalty and obedience, who is enraged when the young people get married. The motives of the ballerina and her lover are transparent. But the impresario defies analysis. In his dark eyes we read a fierce resentment. No, it is not jealousy, at least not romantic jealousy. Nothing as simple as that.   Roger Ebert

Dennis Gassner’s favorite movie!

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus: The Red Shoes is one of the best-looking movies ever, and blends multiple moods and styles with balletic grace.

Monday March 26th, 2018 *** The Red Shoes *** Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger *** interpreted by Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer

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There is tension between two kinds of stories in “The Red Shoes,” and that tension helps make it the most popular movie ever made about the ballet and one of the most enigmatic movies about anything. One story could be a Hollywood musical: A young ballerina falls in love with the composer of the ballet that makes her an overnight star. The other story is darker and more guarded. It involves the impresario who runs the ballet company, who demands loyalty and obedience, who is enraged when the young people get married. The motives of the ballerina and her lover are transparent. But the impresario defies analysis. In his dark eyes we read a fierce resentment. No, it is not jealousy, at least not romantic jealousy. Nothing as simple as that.   Roger Ebert

Dennis Gassner’s favorite movie!

Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus: The Red Shoes is one of the best-looking movies ever, and blends multiple moods and styles with balletic grace.

 

 

Monday March 19th, 2018 *** The Square *** Directed by Ruben Östlund *** interpreted by Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West

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Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

Monday March 12th, 2018 *** Faces and Places *** Directed by Agnès Varda and JR ***

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We have been waiting a long time for this film. It’s finally available. Directed by JR and Agnus Varda (two of our favorites). This film has been a huge success all over the world, don’t miss it!         Tom & J.J.

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Monday March 5th, 2018 *** Amy *** Directed by Asif Kapadia *** interpreted by Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse and Mark Ronson

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Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

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