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- Saving Mr. Banks Dec 12
- Her Dec 16
- Mariinsky Ballet: The Nutcracker in 3D Dec 25, 30
- Something Wild with Film Critic Peter Rainer Jan 8
- Le Joli Mai Jan 13
- Bullets Over Broadway Jan 14
- Schooled: The Price of College Sports Jan 16
- Waste Land Jan 23
- The Art of Flight: 3D Feb 2
- Visitors Feb 11
- Dad's in Heaven with Nixon Feb 12
- Oscar Talk with Mark Harris and Janet Maslin Feb 20
- NT Live presents War Horse Feb 27
Saving Mr. Banks"This is not a simple story of an uptight English woman induced to loosen up by those freedom-loviní Yanks, but a delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future. Emma Thompson, in particular, is magic." (Helen O'Hara, Empire Magazine)
Two-time Academy Award–winners Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks topline Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, inspired by the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen.
John Lee Hancock. 2013. 120 m. PG-13. USA . Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
|Thurs. Dec 12 7:30 PM|
Her"Jonze creates the splendid anachronism of a movie romance that is laugh-and-cry and warm all over, totally sweet and utterly serious." (Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine)
Set in Los Angeles, in the near future, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. From the singular perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze, Her is an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.
Spike Jonze. 2013. 120 m. R. USA . Warner Bros.
|Mon. Dec 16 7:30 PM|
Mariinsky Ballet: The Nutcracker in 3D"World Stage on Screen"
If you don’t make it to a live production of The Nutcracker this season—or even if you do!—you won’t want to miss this glorious, colorful Russian Christmas journey with Clara (Alina Somova). It’s a Christmas treat the whole family will remember.
n/a. 2013. 105 m. G. . SpectiCast.
|Wed. Dec 25 12:00 PM 1|
|Mon. Dec 30 12:00 PM 2|
2Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers), $12 (children under 12)
Something Wild with Film Critic Peter Rainer
Starting as a lighthearted romance, Something Wild quickly veers from funny to fearsome. Critic Peter Rainer says: “With its jangly mix of levity and frights, it is a clear precursor to the films of Quentin Tarantino. Demme’s film, however, is far more humane.... When the people in Something Wild are cut, they bleed real blood.” • Jonathan Demme. 1986. 113 m. R. US. Park Circus.
Peter Rainer joins us to talk about this movie and much more, as we celebrate the publication of his acclaimed new book, Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era.
Q&A Peter Rainer, is the critic for the Christian Science Monitor, a columnist for Bloomberg News, the president of the National Society of Film Critics, and a regular reviewer for NPR. He was a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism.
The conversation will be followed by a book sale and signing of Rainer on Film. Books courtesy of The Village Bookstore.
n/a. NR. .
|Wed. Jan 8 7:30 PM|
Le Joli Mai
“A far-reaching meditation on the relationship between individual and society.” (Film Comment)
In May 1962, the first time since 1939 that France was not involved in any war, filmmaker Chris Marker (La Jetée) and cinematographer Pierre Lhomme (Army of Shadows) took to the streets to interview Parisians about their lives. Illuminating and witty, this nontraditional documentary —a major work from Marker—has long been unavailable in the US, but it’s finally here in a new digital restoration!
Chris Marker/ Pierre Lhomme . 1963. 145 m. NR. France , French. Icarus Films.
|Mon. Jan 13 7:30 PM|
Bullets Over BroadwayMeet the team behind the most highly awaited Broadway show of the seasonóthe musical adaptation of Woody Allenís Bullets Over Broadway!
Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award–winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys), and produced by Letty Aronson (Woody Allen’s sister and longtime producer) and renowned film, theater, television executive Julian Schlossberg (Relatively Speaking, Sly Fox), the show’s got a script by Allen himself. It stars Zach Braff (Scrubs, Garden State) and Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos).
FILM: Bullets Over Broadway The evening starts with a screening of the original film, the funny, thought- provoking story of a young playwright who’ll do anything to get his show off the ground—even if it means teaming up with the mob.
Q&A Letty Aronson, Julian Schlossberg, and Susan Stroman
Woody Allen. 1994. 98 m. R. USA .
|Tues. Jan 14 7:15 PM|
Schooled: The Price of College Sports"We Got Game: Sports on Film"
“Money is at the bottom of it and it’s corrupted the whole enterprise.” (Bob Costas)
In this hard-hitting examination of the business, history, and culture of big-time college football and basketball in America, a who’s who of current and former college athletes, coaches, sports journalists, and others discuss how college sports became a billion dollar industry built on the backs of athletes who are deprived of numerous rights. Adapted from The Cartel by Pulitzer Prize– winning scholar Taylor Branch.
Q&A Bobby Valentine, Sacred Heart University Athletic Director/ former Mets Manager/Executive Producer and Andrew Muscato, Producer with ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn
Join us for a RECEPTION upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery after the discussion.
Ross Finkel/Trevor Martin/Jonathan Paley. 2013. 85 m. NR. USA . Makuhari Media.
|Thurs. Jan 16 7:30 PM|
Waste Land"Frameworks: Art on Film"
“[Muniz] has a mystical faith in the artistic power of transformation, as...one thing becomes another and garbage is turned into art.” (New York Times)
The world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, on the outskirts of Rio, is home to a community of trash pickers who eke out a living by selling their finds. Among them are the charismatic leader Tião, who founds a recycling center and workers clinic, and Suelem, who’s proud to earn an honest wage. Their lives are changed forever when artist Vik Muniz, a Brazilian native, collaborates with them on his next project. An eloquent demonstration of the revelatory power of portraiture.
Q&A Lesley Martin and Ellen Keiter Lesley Martin, publisher of the Aperture Foundation’s book program and The PhotoBook Review, has edited over eighty books of photography, including Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer. Ellen Keiter, Katonah Museum of Art Director of Exhibitions, is the lead curator of “Eye to I.”
Presented in association with the Katonah Museum of Art. The KMA exhibition “Eye to I ... 3,000 Years of Portraits” (through Feb. 16) showcases portraits from ancient Egypt and Rome to contemporary work by Vik Muniz, Chuck Close, and Diane Arbus. • Members of the Katonah Museum of Art, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Hudson River Museum, and Neuberger Museum: Bring your membership card and receive the JBFC member discount for one ticket to this program.
Look for FrameWorks: Art on Film programs, featuring special guests, in JBFC calendars throughout the year
Karen Harley/Jo„o Jardim/Lucy Walker. 2010. 99 m. NR. UK/Brazil , English/Portuguese with subtitles. Cinedigm Entertainment Group.
|Thurs. Jan 23 7:30 PM|
The Art of Flight: 3D"We Got Game: Sports on Film"
Equal parts action and adventure, The Art of Flight gives snowboarder Travis Rice and friends the opportunity to redefine what is possible on the slopes. Experience the highs (landing new tricks, opening up new mountains) alongside the lows (avalanches, accidents, wrong turns). But mostly just take in the thrill of flying through some of the most rugged, remote, and beautiful snow country on the planet—in sparkling 3D.
Curt Morgan. 2011. 80 m. NR. USA . Red Bull Media.
|Sun. Feb 2 12:00 PM|
Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi) are back with their fourth feature-length collaboration. Presented in exquisitely lush black-and-white digital 4K projection, this wordless rev- erie uses 74 visceral, deliberate shots and swelling music to examine humanity’s relationship with technology. Watching it is a deeply moving, contemplative experience.
Godfrey Reggio. 2014. 87 m. NR. USA . Cinedigm Entertainment Group.
|Tues. Feb 11 7:30 PM|
Dad's in Heaven with Nixon
“Not about a disability, but about a family that has encountered disability, and there’s a big difference.” (New York Times)
An amazing true story of triumph and tragedy across three generations. Filmmaker Tom Murray’s brother Chris suffered brain damage at birth and was subsequently diagnosed as autistic. As their mother unites the family to maximize his potential, one person refuses to participate: their father, a charismatic entrepreneur with issues of his own.
Q&A Followed by a discussion with Catherine Lord, Ph.D., director of the NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital Center for Autism and the Developing Brain in White Plains, NY.
Afterwards, join us for a RECEPTION upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery.
Presented in partnership with Pleasantville SEPTA and New York Collaborates for Autism.
Tom Murray. 2010. 86 m. NR. USA . N/A.
|Wed. Feb 12 7:00 PM|
Oscar Talk with Mark Harris and Janet Maslin
Join Janet Maslin and Mark Harris for a lively, opinionated discussion about this year’s slate of Academy Award nominations. There’ll be plenty of clips, history, gossip, and inside info.
Mark Harris is an uncannily knowledgeable “Oscarologist.” He writes about the Academy Awards in his columns for 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 Award for Best Picture. New York Times critic Janet Maslin, president of the JBFC board of directors, has more than a few Oscar predictions, opinions, and anecdotes of her own. She interviewed Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), and Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) at the JBFC just before each was awarded the Academy Award for Best Director.
n/a. 2013. 90 m. NR. . N/A.
|Thurs. Feb 20 7:30 PM|
NT Live presents War Horse"World Stage on Screen"
“Genius isn’t too strong a word to describe this astonishing production.” (Daily Telegraph)
Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on a moving, imaginative journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of WWI. Along with great performances and stirring music and songs, it features astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to thrilling life on stage.
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris. 2013. 160 m. NR. UK . BYexperience.
|Thurs. Feb 27 2:00 PM|