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Schedule for Sunday, August 23
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 5:10 PM 7:25 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 7:10 PM
While traces of noir were evident in Hong Kong's action films of the '80s and '90s, it was master Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) who offered the most inspired spin on the old formula. He takes on the classic tale of the tragic gangster’s moll, but tells it through the perspective of the 14-year-old-boy who is infatuated with her. The radiant Gong Li plays the noble but tortured cabaret singer who can't escape her past. Winner of the Technical Grand Prize at Cannes.
Yimou Zhang. 1995. 103 m. R. France/China, Mandarin with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.3:00 PM
A recent hit at Film Forum, this updated variation on The Postman Always Rings Twice cleverly plays on the old story of two lovers planning to murder her elderly husband, in this case a Turkish-German falafel stand proprietor. Director Christian Petzold focuses on the motivations of the characters and shifts sympathies between plotting killers and their prospective victim up to the film’s stunning final moments.
Christian Petzold. 2008. 93 m. NR. Germany, German/Turkish with subtitles. Cinema Guild.5:15 PM 7:15 PM