In Honor of Black History Month....
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House, which was to be a revolutionary, personal account of three assassinated leaders who were also his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck (Sometimes in April, Lumumba) envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. Using only Baldwin’s words, either spoken by the man himself or read by Samuel L. Jackson, and a flood of rich archival material, Peck has crafted a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America. I Am Not Your Negro is a poetic, eloquent and thought-provoking journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter; it is a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature.
Rated PG13, Runtime 1 hr 35 mins
Pedro Almodóvar’s newest film, which returns to the style of Volver and Talk to Her, is a strong story of a mother’s love for her estranged daughter. Julieta (Emma Suárez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid, still mourning her missing daughter Antía, who she has not seen or spoken to for 12 years. Julieta and her boyfriend Lorenzo (Darío Grandinetti) are about to move to Portugal, but when Julieta has a chance encounter in the street with an old friend of Antía’s she abruptly decides to move back to her old apartment in Madrid in the hope that Antía might contact her there. Alone in her old home, Julieta remembers the past, writing a journal to her daughter, trying to understand the riddle of their relationship. In flashback, the younger Julieta (Adriana Ugarte)—radiant, sexy, and a little naïve—meets handsome Galician fisherman Xoan (Daniel Grao), and they fall in love and have a child, but tragedy overtakes them. Based on three stories by Alice Munro. With Rossy de Palma. (Fully subtitled)
Rated R, Runtime 1 hr 39 mins
OPENS MARCH 3RD:
A United Kingdom is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo, Selma) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940s just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history. Directed by Amma Asante (Belle) and written by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky), A United Kingdom also stars Jack Davenport, Laura Carmichael, Terry Pheto, Jessica Oyelowo, Arnold Oceng and Anastasia Hille.
Rated PG13, Runtime 1 hr 51 mins
OPENS MARCH 17TH:
Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.
Rated PG13, Runtime 1 hr 51 mins
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger, Jack O’Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Dame Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander, Cara Delevingne
Director: Justin Chadwick
Screenplay: Tom Stoppard, Deborah Moggach
Set in 17th century Amsterdam, Tulip Fever follows a married woman (Alicia Vikander) who begins a passionate affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together.
Rated: This film is not yet rated., Runtime 1 hr 51 mins
Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Tom Everett Scott, Alanna Ubach, Joel Murray, Philip Baker Hall, Thomas Sadoski, Adina Porter
Director: Mark Pellington
Screenplay: Stuart Ross Fink
Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her legacy, she’s suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), to pen her life’s story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Harriet’s high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet’s legacy, but also Anne’s future.
Rated R, Runtime 1 hr 48 mins