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Schedule for Saturday, August 22
This Dickens adaptation is “a treasure,” says Roger Ebert. The whole family will be captivated by the story about a plucky orphan who joins a group of pickpockets—and you’ll go home humming the songs.
Carol Reed. 1968. 153 m. G. UK. Sony Pictures Entertainment.12:00 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 2:30 PM 5:15 PM 7:30 PM 9:45 PM
"Subtlety and nuance mark both the film's dialogue and performances. It's hard to see how Dancy and Byrne could be any better." (LA Times)
After moving into her new apartment, Beth, a broken-hearted teacher, finds herself drawn to Adam, her socially inept downstairs neighbor whose head seems lost in the stars. When he reveals that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, her parents (Peter Gallagher and Amy Irving) are understandably concerned, but she can’t deny their unique connection. Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy deliver knockout performances, and Writer/Director Max Mayer examines the challenges of an exceptional modern relationship with a humorous and heartfelt touch.
Max Mayer. 2009. 99 m. PG-13. US. Fox Searchlight.12:30 PM 2:40 PM 5:00 PM 7:15 PM 9:25 PM
A film that defines the term “daylight noir,” this twisty cat-and-mouse thriller replaces darkness and shadow with the unrelenting glare of the 24-hour Norwegian sun, under which its guilt-ridden protagonist finds he cannot hide from past sins. Stellan Skarsgård is the sleepless cop whose investigation of a girl’s murder becomes complicated after a tragic mistake puts him under the scrutiny of the police department and at the mercy of the killer. This modern classic is more wickedly ambiguous than Christopher Nolan’s American remake starring Al Pacino.
Erik Skjoldbjærg. 1997. 96 m. NR. Norway, Norwegian/Swedish with subtitles. First Run Features.3:00 PM 5:05 PM
In one of the best American films of the 1970s, Robert Towne’s Oscar-winning screenplay was brought to life when producer Robert Evans hired Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski to present a European version of America. The result is a tribute to noir that goes beyond genre conventions by reversing roles, introducing twists, and revealing a world of casual corruption through the eyes of Jack Nicholson’s jaded sleuth.
Roman Polanski. 1974. 134 m. R. US. Paramount Pictures.7:10 PM 9:55 PM