A contemporary reimagining of Henry James' novel, What Maisie Knew is a heartbreaking but redemptive story of family, self-sacrifice and the indelibility of one child's love. Maisie (Onata Aprile) navigates the turmoil of her parents' bitter custody battle with a six-year-old's innocence, charm and generosity of spirit. Aging rock star Susanna (Julianne Moore) and contemporary art dealer Beale (Steve Coogan) are too self-involved even to notice their neglect and inadequacy as parents; their fight for Maisie is just another battle in an epic war of personalities. As they raise the stakes by taking on inappropriate new partners, the ex-nanny Margo (Joanna Vanderham) and the much younger bartender Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgård), the shuffling of Maisie from household to household becomes more and more callous, the consequences more and more troubling. Always watchful, however, Maisie begins to understand that the path through this morass of adult childishness and selfish blindness will have to be of her own making. From the directors of The Deep End and Bee Season and producers of The Kids Are All Right. Official Web Site
Directors Scott McGehee & David Siegel on how a 6-year-old carries a film
|The Hangover Part III is the third and final film in director/co-writer Todd Phillips' record-shattering comedy series. This time, there's no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. The Hangover Part III reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha as Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug. Also starring Ken Jeong as Mr. Chow, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor and John Goodman. Official Web Site|
|Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning all-star cast as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed races to its next continent in Fast & Furious 6. Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian's (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead. The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again. Taking the action, stunts and narrative to even greater heights, Fast & Furious 6 sees director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Fast Five) back behind the camera. Official Web Site|
Based on Marvel's iconic super hero, Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 is directed and co-written by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). Official Web Site
Owen Gleiberman's Entertainment Weekly review...
The daring new movie from director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), The Place Beyond the Pines is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. Luke (Ryan Gosling), a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer with a carnival passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke's ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies—which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook). Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son. The consequences of Avery's confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation. Official Web Site
Richard Roeper's Chicago Sun-Times review...
|The Big Wedding is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco. To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future—and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process. Also starring Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams, The Big Wedding is directed and co-written by Justin Zackham. Official Web Site|
|The Room is an electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies, starring writer/director Tommy Wiseau as a successful banker with a great respect for—and dedication to—the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa (Juliette Danielle). As the film depicts friendships and relationships in the lives of its five major characters, it raises life's real and most-asked question: "Can you really trust anyone?" A midnight cult sensation, this quirky black comedy has been running for over 10 years in Los Angeles and has now taken the rest of the country by storm. You'll want to be there for the devastation it will leave in its wake! Official Web Site|
|The longest-running midnight movie of all time stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania” Dr. Frank N. Furter, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as his hapless guests Brad and Janet, Meat Loaf as motorcycle-riding rough trade and author Richard O’Brien as the hunchbacked butler Riff Raff. It’s harmless musical fun—a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas. The Rocky Horror Picture was the first—and is still the best—interactive movie experience! Official Web Site|
Fri, May 24: The Room, Can you ever really trust anyone?
Sat, May 25: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, With Live Shadow Cast Los Bastardos!
May 31 & Jun 1: Jaws, "We're gonna need a bigger boat!"
Jun 7 & 8: Samurai Cop, you have the right to remain silent... dead silent!
Jun 14 & 15: Big Easy Express, concert film featuring Mumford & Sons!
Fri, Jun 21: The Room, "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
Sat, Jun 22: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, With Live Shadow Cast Los Bastardos!
Jun 28 & 29: Escape From New York, breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane!
Jul 5 & 6: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, keep up with the Joneses!
Jul 12 & 13: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Party on, dudes!
Jul 19 & 20: Forbidden Planet, a fabulous journey into outer space!
Fri, Jul 26: The Room, Can you ever really trust anyone?
Sat, Jul 27: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, With Live Shadow Cast Los Bastardos!
|In the inspired, genre-twisting new film Stories We Tell, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley (Away From Her) discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story. Official Web Site|
|The thriller Now You See Me pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat-and-mouse against "The Four Horsemen," a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. The Four Horsemen pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audience while staying one step ahead of the law. Directed by Louis Leterrier (Transporter, Clash of the Titans), Now You See Me stars Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Official Web Site|
|In the sci-fi adventure film After Earth, a crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home. Directed and co-written by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs). Official Web Site|
|Steven Spielberg's thriller is generally considered one of the scariest movies ever made. The tourist season of a New England resort island is devoured by a great white shark, causing panic in the water. An ensuing "fishing trip" to catch the monstrous man-eater is filmed with power and suspense and plenty of scares that has had audiences jumping out of their seats for decades. Based on the book by Peter Benchley. Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss star.|
|Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) first met in their twenties in Before Sunrise, reunited in their thirties in Before Sunset, and now, in director/co-writer Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, they face the past, present and future. Jesse's a successful novelist, and they're in Greece at a writer's retreat, staying in the bucolic country villa of an older expat writer, Patrick (Walter Lassally). As a treat, their Greek friends have gifted Jesse and Celine with a night at a luxurious seaside hotel while they babysit their young twin daughters Ella and Nina (Jennifer and Charlotte Prior). Feeling the undercurrent of friction between them, Celine wants to beg off, but their friends insist. They set off on foot through the spectacular countryside, enjoying each other's company, talking, teasing, debating, flirting. But for Jesse and Celine, realities intrude: the weight of children, work, ambitions, disappointments and the strains of an evolving, deepening relationship. Their idyllic night tests them in unexpected ways, and before the clock strikes midnight, their story again unfolds. Official Web Site|
|What do you do when a gang of Japanese criminals invades your city and you need a crime fighter trained by authentic martial arts masters of Japan to deal with them? Have no fear! The Samurai Cop is coming! The magnitude of this cinematic gem cannot be defined. It has it all. A Japanese/Mexican crime lord with a mullet? Check. A guy who dies four different times because they didn't know enough people who wanted to be in this movie? Check. Random nurse scene? Check. Even more random clips of a cop's facial responses to the nurse's comments about the size of Samurai Cop's "sword"? Yes, it's got that too. Writer/director Amir Shervan's 1989 cult hit Samurai Cop—very much of the "so bad it's good" variety—has been newly restored from the original 35mm negative. If you enjoy films that provide unintentional humor, Samurai Cop is for you!|
|Bill W. tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine's "100 Persons of the 20th Century." Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women—a success that made him an icon within A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world. Official Web Site|