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Schedule for Monday, August 31

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Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

1:00 PM 3:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 PM 9:00 PM


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Listen to Me Marlon

New Releases

"I was torn watching this film. You feel Brando's pain, and yet it is the fundament of all those great performances." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

Marlon Brando--who remained deliberately mysterious to the press and the world at large for his entire professional life--created a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials over the course of his lifetime that have never been revealed publicly, until now. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life, the film allows Brando to tell his story in his own words, and only his own words, revealing a man more humane and compelling than anyone ever could have imagined.

Stevan Riley. 2015. 102 m. NR. UK. Showtime.

1:05 PM 3:15 PM


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Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

1:10 PM 3:10 PM 5:10 PM 7:10 PM 9:10 PM


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Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

Village Voice

Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:15 PM 3:25 PM 5:35 PM 7:50 PM 10:00 PM  


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Rosenwald

New Releases

In the early 1900s, during the Jim Crow era, Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, a prominent businessman and chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 southern schools in African American communities throughout the south. The son of an immigrant peddler and committed to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, "repairing the world," Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. This film features interviews with civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous, and Congressman John Lewis, and Rosenwald school alumni Maya Angelou and George C. Wolfe.

Aviva Kempner. 2015. 96 m. NR. USA. Ciesla Foundation.

1:20 PM 3:20 PM 5:20 PM 7:25 PM 9:30 PM


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The End of the Tour

New Releases

"In Segel's performance, [the film] captures the quandary of an immensely gifted and immensely troubled writer who disdained the celebrity he also, without fully fessing up to it, sought." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel, in a career-defining performance), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about the encounter, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide, and is expertly directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed).

New York Times review

James Ponsoldt. 2015. 106 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

5:25 PM 7:40 PM 9:55 PM