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It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life


Everyone will enjoy this Christmas favorite on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. Never before has George Bailey’s plight seemed so painful. And never before has the work of his guardian angel Clarence—who shows George the good he has done in the world—been so sweet. It’s as touching and warm now as it was on the day it was released. 

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)

Frank Capra. 1946. 130 m. NR. USA. Paramount Pictures.

Sun. Dec 21   12:00 PM
Mon. Dec 22   3:00 PM
Tues. Dec 23   3:00 PM
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Thurs. Dec 25   12:00 PM
Fri. Dec 26   12:00 PM
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Sun. Dec 28   12:00 PM

A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year


"...Chandor’s absorbing no-bull NYC drama further clarifies what might be the most promising career in American movies: an urban-headed filmmaker attuned to economies of place and time, with an eye on the vacant throne of Sidney Lumet.." (Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York)

A Critical Favorite! Set during the winter of 1981 -- statistically one of the most crime-ridden in New York City's history -- A Most Violent Year follows the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. This provocative film stars Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, David Oyelowo (Selma), and Albert Brooks. 

Q&A filmmaker J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost) and JBFC Board President Janet Maslin 

J.C. Chandor. 2014. 125 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

Time Out New York review

Mon. Jan 5   7:15 PM

$15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
Pump

Pump


Today, oil-based fuel is our only option at the pump, and our reliance on it has drained our wallets, increased air pollution, and sent Americans to war in faraway lands. How did we get to this point? Narrated by Jason Bateman, Pump is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary about America’s addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to today’s monopoly. And it clearly explains how we can finally have a choice at the pump.

Q&A producer Yossie Hollander, cofounder of the Fuel Freedom Foundation

Josh Tickell/Rebecca Harrell Tickell. 2014. 88 m. PG. USA. Submarine Deluxe.

Mon. Jan 12   7:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Awake: The Life of Yogananda


“For followers and for those interested in knowing what yoga is truly about. Hint: It’s not about six-pack abs.” (LA Times)

The surprise sensation of the season! Hindu swami Paramahansa Yogananda brought his yoga and meditation teachings to the West in the 1920s, introducing millions to the practice through classes, lectures, and the classic Autobiography of a Yogi (said to be the only book Steve Jobs had on his iPad). This entrancing portrait examines the varied worlds of yoga—modern and ancient, East and West—and explores its appeal to the many students who have turned their attention inward in pursuit of happiness and self-realization.

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Lisa Leeman/Paola di Florio. 2014. 87 m. PG. . Abramorama.

Tues. Jan 20   3:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television

Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television


The Videofreex were a pioneering collective of creative young people who used the brand-new technology of portable video to tell the world about the social changes of the 1960s and ’70s. (They recorded Abbie Hoffman, for example, as well as Black Panther Fred Hampton, just months before his murder.) At a time when the three big networks ruled the TV airwaves, the Videofreex aired their unique footage in a way that became a model for public access stations across the country, and an inspiration for a new generation of artists and activists using social media. We’ll show some of the group’s videos as well as excerpts from Here Come the Videofreex, a work-in- progress documentary. 

Q&A Dorsky Museum curator Andrew Ingall, filmmaker Jon Nealon, and Videofreex members Skip Blumberg and Nancy Cain (via skype)

Presented in partnership with the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. The exhibition, “Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television,”  opens Feb. 7th.

Various Directors. 2015. 60 m. NR. .

Thurs. Feb 12   7:30 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby


Projected in 35mm. Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, a leopard named Baby, a million dollars, snappy dialogue, and irresistible humor—along with true love—all come together in this classic screwball comedy.

Howard Hawks. 1938. 102 m. NR. USA. 20th Century Fox.

Sat. Feb 14   5:00 PM

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
Oscar Talk with Mark Harris and Janet Maslin

Oscar Talk with Mark Harris and Janet Maslin


Join Janet Maslin and Mark Harris for what’s always a lively, opinionated discussion, as they talk about this year’s slate of Academy Award nominations. There’ll be plenty of clips, history, gossip, and inside info. 

Q&A Mark Harris and Janet Maslin. Mark Harris is an uncannily knowledgeable “Oscarologist.” He writes about the Academy Awards in Entertainment Weekly and the blog Grantland. His noted 2009 book, Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, is the epic story of the five films nominated for the 1967 Academy Awards. His latest book is Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War. JBFC President Janet Maslin has more than a few Oscar predictions, opinions, and anecdotes of her own. She interviewed Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), and Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby), at the JBFC just before each was awarded the Academy Award for Best Director.

n/a. 2015. 90 m. NR. .

Tues. Feb 17   7:30 PM

Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
An American in Paris

An American in Paris


An American in Paris on Broadway! The evening starts with a screening of the Academy Award–winning classic film with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Then meet some of the team behind the new stage production arriving on Broadway this spring. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, and with a book by Pulitzer and Tony nominee Craig Lucas, it stars Robert Fairchild (New York City Ballet) and Leanne Cope (Royal Ballet)—and features some of the greatest music and lyrics ever written: the Gershwins’ “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” and so much more!

Q&A lead producer Stuart Oken (The Addams Family) and book writer Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza) with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas 

Vincente Minnelli. 1951. 113 m. NR. USA, Various languages with subtitles. Warner Bros.

Thurs. Feb 19   7:15 PM

Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
The Best of Looney Tunes!

The Best of Looney Tunes!


Nine beautifully restored classic cartoons make up this fun program: One Froggy Evening (1955), Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944), Mouse Wreckers (1949),Back Alley Oproar (1948), The Big Snooze (1946),Feed the Kitty (1952), Birds Anonymous (1957), Rabbit Seasoning (1952), Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century (1953). These pristine DCP restorations will look amazing on the big screen!

Various Directors. 63 m. PG. . Warner Bros.

Sat. Feb 21   2:00 PM 1
Sun. Feb 22   2:00 PM 2

1 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)
2 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)