Washington Post Critic's Pick!
In 1991, an entire country watched transfixed as a poised, beautiful African-American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with US Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated and divisive figure.
Anita Hill's graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the US and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that resonates still today. She has become an American icon, empowering millions around the world to stand up for equality and justice.
ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. Directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film is both a celebration of Anita Hills legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side that fateful day 22 years ago. Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.
95 min • NR • Dir. Freida Mock
NY Times Critic's Pick!
Watermark is a feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, marking their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006.
The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia.
Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted- until it’s gone.
92 min • PG • Dir. Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME 1
Lars Von Trier's epic tale of sexual awakening, part 1!
NYMPHOMANIAC is the wild and poetic story of a woman's journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg).
On a cold winter's evening the old, charming bachelor Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat where he cares for her wounds while asking about her life.
He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushy branched out and multi-faceted story of her life, rich in association and interjecting incidents.
118 min. • NR • Dir. Lars Von Trier
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II
Lars Von Trier's epic tale of sexual awakening, part 2!
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. The film stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr in addition to Gainsbourg, Skarsgård, Martin and LaBeouf.
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I and VOLUME II mark Lars von Trier’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed film, MELANCHOLIA (released by Magnolia in 2011), and is his third consecutive collaboration with Charlotte Gainsbourg. As widely reported, the films contain graphic depictions of sexuality to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film.
123 min • NR • Dir. Lars Von Trier
4 stars from The Washington Post! New York Times Critic's Pick!
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown's novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Directed by David Gordon Green (PRINCE AVALANCHE, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, UNDERTOW, ALL THE REAL GIRLS), the film brings Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble – until he meets a hard-luck kid played by Tye Sheridan (MUD, TREE OF LIFE) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector.
The story begins as Joe hires teenaged Gary Jones and his destitute father onto his "tree- poisoning" crew for a lumber company. Joe might be notoriously reckless with his pick-up, his dog and especially with women, but he sees something in Gary that gets to him: a determination, a raw decency and a sense of resilience he can barely believe in anymore. Gary has truly had nothing in life – he's never spent a day at school – yet something drives him to take care of his family, to keep his sister safe when his father turns monstrous, to hang onto hope of a better future. Joe and Gary forge an unlikely bond. When Gary finds himself facing a threat greater than he knows how to handle, he turns to Joe – and sets off a chain of events that play out with the brutal inevitability of tragedy and the beauty of a last stab at salvation.
117 min. • R • Dir. David Gordon Green
New York Times Critic's Pick!
Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (IRIS, TOPSY-TURVY, ANOTHER YEAR) and Lindsay Duncan (ABOUT TIME, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, MANSFIELD PARK) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.
During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness -- and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly eccentric American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become.
93 min. • R • Dir. Roger Michell
JULIET AND ROMEO (From the BALLET in cinema series)
Screening Monday, April 14 at 7:00pm and
Saturday, April 19 at 11:00am
Juliet & Romeo takes a familiar work and twists it around to create something new, something that, in the words of dance critic Judith Mackrell in The Guardian "explores the dark and dangerous issues coiled at the heart of ballet's most hallowed works." This work was created for the Royal Swedish Ballet, and features music by Tchaikovsky (not the Prokofiev ballet) and a 20-strong corps de ballet.
120 min. • NR