Friday, December 19 - Wednesday, December 24
President Obama's & IndieWire Critics' "Best Film of the Year"
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's "Yellow" to Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue." BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.
2 hrs 45 min • R • Drama • Dir. Richard Linklater
Best Picture Nominee & Critics' Choice Awards, Lead Actor J.K. SIMMONS is Receiving Oscar Buzz for This Role
Andrew Neyman (MILES TELLER) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. SIMMONS), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability—and his sanity.
1 hr 46 min • R • Drama • Dir. Damien Chazelle
Best First Feature from the New York Film Critics Circle Awards
"PSYCHO, ALIEN, DIABOLIQUE, and now THE BABADOOK. I've never seen a more terrifying film than THE BABADOOK. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me." —William Friedkin, THE EXORCIST
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (ESSIE DAVIS) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her "out of control" 6 year-old, Samuel (NOAH WISEMAN), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel's dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called The Babadook turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he's been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son's behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
1 hr 34 min • NR • Drama, Horror, Mystery, Suspense • Dir. Jennifer Kent
Winner of Best Doc for Gotham Awards, NY Film Critics, & Nominated to Oscars Shortlist
"One of the Year's Five Best Films!" —Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and journalist Glen Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh.
1 hr 54 min • R • Documentary • Dir. Laura Poitras
FORCE MAJEURE (eng captionS)
"Four Stars! A Washington Post Critic's Pick!" —Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year's Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family-handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children-on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With panicked diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls out for her husband as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, however, makes a decision that will shake the family's world to its core. Although the anticipated disaster fails to occur, his marriage now hangs in the balance as he struggles to reclaim his role as family patriarch.
2 hrs • R • Drama, Art House, International, Comedy • Dir. Ruben Östlund