Schedule for Saturday, August 1
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A Night at the Opera
With 15 people crammed into a tiny stateroom (“Is it my imagination, or is it getting crowded in here?”) and other great Marx Brothers’ moments, this movie guarantees laughs for kids and adults alike.
Sam Wood. 1935. 96 m. NR. US. Warner Bros.12:00 PM
"Food, Inc. is more than a terrific movie-it's an important movie, one that nourishes your knowledge of how the world works (or, in this case, has started not to work)." (Entertainment Weekly)
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner talks to best-selling authors Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (Omnivore's Dilemma) to lift the veil on our nation's food industry—a nexus of mechanized farms, engineered food, and unhealthy practices that's been effectively hidden from American consumers by slick public relations and slack government regulation. This eye-opening documentary explains how unfettered corporations exploited laws and subsidies to create wholesale monopolies, and explores how modern developments in food production pose grave risks to our health and environment.
Robert Kenner. 2008. 94 m. NR. US. Magnolia Pictures.12:05 PM
In the Loop
"A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft." (New York Times)
The US President and the UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war would be a good thing. When one British official makes a passing comment to a reporter that "war is unforeseeable," it becomes a major news story that accelerates a run-up to war in the Middle East. A laugh-out-loud political satire on the diplomatic misunderstandings and behind-the-scenes power plays between the British and US governments preceding the Iraq war. The Village Voice calls it "a flying circus of backstage political damage control and deal-making."
LULU ("Animation Shorts Suite")
Armando Iannucci . 2009. 106 m. NR. UK. IFC Films.12:15 PM 2:40 PM 5:15 PM 7:30 PM 9:45 PM
“Moon is a superior example of that threatened genre, hard science-fiction.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
In this directorial debut by Duncan Jones, astronaut Sam Bell is living in isolation on the far side of the moon, where he is about to complete a three-year contract with a mysterious corporation that mines Helium-3, Earth’s primary energy source. With no one but a HAL-like computer named GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey), his interplanetary stay is shaken by the sudden appearance of another astronaut. Sam Rockwell gives an exceptional performance in this sophisticated, intelligent sci-fi thriller.
Duncan Jones. 2009. 97 m. R. UK. Sony Pictures Classics.2:00 PM 4:00 PM
“Emperors of adjoining comedy galaxies finally colliding.” (New York Magazine)
Whatever Works, Woody Allen's triumphant return to New York, stars fellow Jewish comic curmudgeon Larry David—of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame—as the misanthropic physicist Boris Yellnikoff. After Boris abandons his Upper East Side lifestyle to pursue a downtown bohemian existence, he begrudgingly takes up with Melody, a beautiful but naïve dolt. But when the couple becomes entangled with Melody’s disapproving, Bible-thumping parents (Ed Begley Jr. and an unforgettable Patricia Clarkson), it creates a situation where no two people get along, and where everyone’s preconceived beliefs are challenged.
Woody Allen. 2009. 92 m. PG-13. US/France.2:30 PM 9:15 PM
Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
"Kempner has done everything right by organizing her bountiful material into a fascinating portrait of a worthy personality." (The Hollywood Reporter)
From Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) comes a humorous and eye-opening documentary about television pioneer Gertrude Berg. She was the creator, writer, and star of The Goldbergs, a popular radio show about a Jewish family living in New York City which became television’s very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949. Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg tells the story of how Berg craftily combined social commentary, family values, and lots of humor to win the hearts of America.
Aviva Kempner. 2009. 92 m. NR. US. International Film Circuit.5:00 PM 7:15 PM
“Soul Power takes you to a place where the discipline that produces great popular art is indistinguishable from the ecstasy that art creates.” (New York Times)
One Week Only! This year’s Festival Express for music lovers, Soul Power is a rousing, boisterous documentary about a completely lost magical moment: the legendary music festival in 1974, when the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Africa for a 12-hour, three-night-long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire (just before the Ali-Foreman fight). Featuring Miriam Makeba, James Brown, Celia Cruz, Bill Withers, Sister Sledge, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Big Black, and many others at their feverish best. This is THE MUST SEE music film of the summer. Not to mention precious footage of Muhammad Ali, whose attempt to catch a fly reminds us once again why he was simply The Greatest.
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte. 2008. 93 m. PG-13. US, English/French. Sony Pictures Classics.6:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:55 PM