Archive for September, 2010

MID-AUGUST LUNCH (G) + Captain Abu Raed (PG) + Mao’s Last Dancer (PG) + Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (14A) + Poor Boy’s Game (14A) starts Friday October 1st

September 29, 2010

Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly frequent quiet sessions at the local tavern. As an Oriental saying goes, ‘Moments of crisis are moments of opportunities’. These appear during the celebration of the holiday of Ferragosto on 15 August. That’s when everybody leaves town to have fun. Opportunity knocks on Gianni’s door in the most unexpected way, Written by Warsaw Film Festival

MID-AUGUST LUNCH (G)

Fri, Sat & Sun 7:00 PM & 8:50 PM
Tue, Wed & Thur 7:00 PM & 8:50 PM

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Directed by Amin Matalqa. Starring Nadim Sawalha, Rana Sultan, Hussein Al-Sous. An aging airport janitor who is mistaken for an airline pilot by a group of poor neighborhood children weaves fantastical stories to offer …

CAPTAIN ABU RAED (PG)

Sat 1:00 PM

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Directed by Bruce Beresford. Starring Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen. A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese…

MAO’S LAST DANCER (PG)

Sat 4:00 PM

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Directed by Lee Hirsch. Starring Walter Cronkite, F.W. de Klerk, Abdullah Ibrahim. Interviews, archival footage, and filmed performances highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid.

AMANDLA! A REVOLUTION IN FOUR PART HARMONY (14A)

Sun 1:00 PM

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Directed by Clément Virgo. Starring Danny Glover, Flex Alexander, Greg Bryk. Donnie Rose went to prison for beating a young man so brutally it left him handicapped for life. Nine years later…

POOR BOY’S GAME (14A)

Sun 4:00 PM

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COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY (18A) + THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (18A) + TOKYO SONATA (PG) + RUDO Y CURSI (18A) + LIFE DURING WARTIME (14A) + THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE (PG) + RUDE (18A) start Friday September 24th

September 24, 2010

Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The revolutionary dissonances of Igor’s work parallel Coco’s radical ideas. She wants to democratize women’s fashion; he wants to redefine musical taste. Coco attends the scandalous first performance of The Rite in a chic white dress. The music and ballet are criticized as too modern, too foreign. Coco is moved but Igor is inconsolable. Paris 1920, Coco is newly wealthy and successful but grief-stricken after Boy’s death in a car crash. Igor, following the Russian Revolution is now a penniless refugee living in exile in Paris. Coco is introduced to Igor by Diaghilev, impresario of the Ballets Russes. The attraction between them is instant and electric. Coco invites Igor along with his wife – now sick with consumption – together with his four children and a menagerie of birds to stay at her new villa, Bel Respiro, in Garches. Written by Chris Greenhalgh

COCO CHANEL & IGOR STAVINSKY (18A)

Fri, Sat 7:00 PM
Sun 7:00 PM
Tue, Wed & Thur 7:00 PM

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Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her “nine to five” life, sometimes trying to start a business – always unsuccessfully – or being the stay at home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni and Laser, Nic who is Joni’s biological mother, and Jules who is Laser’s biological mother. Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni’s eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat reluctantly, she does. He is late thirty-something Paul, a co-op farmer and restaurateur. Despite his seemingly successful businesses, Paul has always shirked responsibility, most specifically in his personal life. After Joni and Laser meet with Paul, Nic and Jules learn what their children have done, and although they don’t want Paul infiltrating their lives, they want to meet him especially as Joni and Laser seem to want to maintain some sort of relationship with him. As Paul’s relationship with the entire family grows, which also includes him hiring Jules to design and construct his back yard, they have an effect on what he wants in life, and he in turn affects the family dynamic as well as each person’s relationships outside of the family. Written by Huggo

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (18A)

Fri & Sat 9:15 PM
Sun 9:15 PM
Tue, Wed & Thur 9:15 PM

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Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Starring Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyôko Koizumi, Yû Koyanagi. An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company. 

TOKYO SONATA (PG)

Sat 1:00 PM

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Directed by Carlos Cuarón. Starring Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Jessica Mas. Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer.

RUDO Y CURSI (18A)

Sat 4:30 PM

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Directed by Todd Solondz. Starring Shirley Henderson, Roslyn Ruff, Allison Janney. Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in a war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos.

LIFE DURING WARTIME (14A)

Sun 1:00 PM

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Directed by Benoît Pilon. Starring Denis Bernard, Antoine Bertrand, Paul-André Brasseur. In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City…

THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE (PG)

Sun 4:30 PM

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Directed by Clement Virgo. Three black characters are the interwoven strands of this unique, stylized film. The action takes place over Easter

RUDE (18A)

Mon 7:00 PM

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (18A) + THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (14A) starts Friday September 10th

September 10, 2010

Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her “nine to five” life, sometimes trying to start a business – always unsuccessfully – or being the stay at home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni and Laser, Nic who is Joni’s biological mother, and Jules who is Laser’s biological mother. Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni’s eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat reluctantly, she does. He is late thirty-something Paul, a co-op farmer and restaurateur. Despite his seemingly successful businesses, Paul has always shirked responsibility, most specifically in his personal life. After Joni and Laser meet with Paul, Nic and Jules learn what their children have done, and although they don’t want Paul infiltrating their lives, they want to meet him especially as Joni and Laser seem to want to maintain some sort of relationship with him. As Paul’s relationship with the entire family grows, which also includes him hiring Jules to design and construct his back yard, they have an effect on what he wants in life, and he in turn affects the family dynamic as well as each person’s relationships outside of the family. Written by Huggo

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (18A)

Fri & Sat 9:25 PM
Sun 7:00 PM
Tue, Wed & Thur 9:15 PM

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In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim’s husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamín, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menéndez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamín and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamín and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gómez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gómez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamín learns now that that premise still holds true. (imdb.com)

THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (14A)

Fri, Sat 7:00 PM
Sun 4:15 PM
Tue, Wed & Thur 6:50 PM

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MICMACS (14A) + THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (14A) starts Friday September 3rd

September 3, 2010

Avid movie-watcher and video store clerk Bazil has had his life all but ruined by weapons of war. His father was killed by a landmine in Morocco and one fateful night a stray bullet from a nearby shootout embeds itself in his skull, leaving him on the verge of instantaneous death. Losing his job and his home, Bazil wanders the streets until he meets Slammer, a pardoned convict who introduces him to a band of eccentric junkyard dealers including Calculator, a math expert and statistician, Buster, a record-holder in human cannonball feats, Tiny Pete, an artistic craftsman of automatons, and Elastic Girl, a sassy contortionist. When chance reveals to Bazil the two weapons manufacturers responsible for building the instruments of his destruction, he constructs a complex scheme for revenge that his newfound family is all too happy to help set in motion. Written by The Massie Twins

MICMACS (14A)

Fri, Sat & Sun 9:25 PM
Mon 7:00 PM
Wed & Thur 9:25 PM

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In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim’s husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamín, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menéndez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamín and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamín and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gómez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but never pursued due to the differences in their ages and social classes. The other issue is that Gómez is still at large, no one aware if he is alive or dead. But as Pablo at the time mentioned that passion is one thing that cannot be changed in behavior, Benjamín learns now that that premise still holds true. (imdb.com)

THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (14A)

Fri, Sat 7:00 PM
Sun 4:15 PM
Tue, Wed & Thur 7:00 PM

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