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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
The Long Hot Summer matinee
An all-star cast, headed by the Newmans, Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, brings a steamy, widescreen, Cinemascope allure to the way Hollywood so often views the modern South, clichés and all. Based on works by William Faulkner, it is set in a small Mississippi town that is upset (particularly its womenfolk) when Newman—wanderer accused of being a con man and a barn burner—hits town. Will Varner, the richest man in town, played by Orson Welles, takes a liking to the bad boy and invites him to move into the big house at the center of the plantation. The cast includes Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury, and Anthony Franciosa, with the title song sung by Jimmie Rodgers. For this role, Newman won the Best Actor accolade at the Cannes Film Festival. He and Joanne were married two weeks after the film was finished. This one’s just the opening of a hot summer for festival goers. (1958, 115 mins)
In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol (Blythe Danner) decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (Martin Starr), pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter (Malin Akerman). Blythe Danner makes an elegant, warmly sympathetic heroine in director Brett Haley’s buoyant second feature. (PG-13, 92 mins)
"Now after 43 years in feature films, Danner has gotten the opportunity to show what she can do, and in I’ll See You in My Dreams, she is simply jaw-dropping, just wonderful."
– Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, director Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. Alternating back and forth in time, Paul Dano plays Wilson in the period covering 1965-68. Wilson has stopped touring with his band and masterminds ‘Pet Sounds’, one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest masterpieces. In the second narrative set in the 1980s, John Cusack embodies Wilson as a broken, confused man under the pharmacological and legal thrall of manipulative therapist Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). He eventually finds love and healing with a Cadillac dealer named Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks), who will later become his second wife. (PG-13, 120 mins)
"Love & Mercy doesn’t claim to solve the mystery of Brian Wilson, but it succeeds beyond all expectation in making you hear where he was coming from." – A.O.Scott, The New York Times
Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling), and their son, RJ, have recently moved to Los Angeles’s Eastside from Seattle. Feeling lost in a new city, they are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) at the neighborhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at his home. But as it gets later and the kids go to bed, the family “playdate” becomes increasingly more revealing as the couples begin to open up in unexpected ways. (R, 80 mins)
"The Overnight invites the audience to keep guessing exactly who is seducing whom, and exactly where the temptations will lead, right up to its final few beats. " – Geoff Bershire, Variety
For two decades, the Yes Men have pulled off elaborate media hoaxes to draw international attention to environmental and social crimes perpetrated by Shell Oil, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Congress. Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are the brave revolutionaries who lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world. Their performance work has been shown in the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennale, ARS Electronica, and other art exhibitions. They are the authors of several books and lecture widely about art and social movements. This is their third feature film. (90 mins)
Post-film discussion facilitated by:
Al Markowitz is a columnist for Veer Magazine and publisher of Blue Collar Review.
Angelo Mesisco is an artist and activist.
Joe Cooke is an activist and is the Chesapeake Bay group chair of Sierra Club.
Madame Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet) is an unlikely candidate for landscape architect of the still‐to-be-completed Palace of Versailles. She has little time for the classical, ordered designs of the man who hires her, the famous architect Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts). However, as she works on her creation, she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Le Nôtre and forced to negotiate the perilous rivalries and intricate etiquette of the court of King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman). But Sabine is made of strong stuff; her honesty and compassion help her to overcome both the challenges of her newfound popularity, and an unspeakable tragedy from her past, to win the favour of the Sun King and the heart of Le Nôtre. Directed by Alan Rickman. (R, 117 mins)
This French biographical film was co-written and directed by Bertrand Bonello, and stars Gaspard Ulliel as Yves Saint Laurent, Jérémie Renier as Pierre Bergé and Louis Garrel as Jacques de Bascher. The film focuses on Saint Laurent's life from 1967 to 1976, during which time the famed fashion designer was at the peak of his career. Saint Laurent competed for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards and received ten César Award nominations, including Best Film. In English and French with subtitles. (150 mins)
The comedy/horror/musical turned cult classic stars Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. All shows feature live cast performances by Norfolk's own Fishnet Inc. No props allowed--throw your imagination! Tickets go on sale about 1/2 hour before showtime; plenty of seats always available. Shows every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month and, of course, Halloween night each year, and additionally showing on the 5th Friday (if there is one) with proceeds benefiting Fishnet Inc. (R, 99 mins)
Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison star in one of the great love stories in all film lore. It builds logically, the way a love affair should—and without mush. The setting is a remote seaside cottage to which Tierney retreats after the death of her husband. She is warned that it is haunted. Harrison is a salty sea captain with a rowdy past. She is demure and has never experienced the passionate side of life. The world is puzzled when she writes best-selling raucous novels about pirates and boozing. Of course he’s dictating them to her but he can’t collect royalties for a good reason: He is dead. Co-starred are George Sanders and Natalie Wood. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz with music by Bernard Herrmann. One of the biggest of 20th Century-Fox box office hits, the film was later adapted into a TV series starring Hope Lange. Tierney returns to the festival after big hits here in Laura, Leave Her to Heaven and The Razor’s Edge. Harrison later won the Oscar for My Fair Lady but enjoyed the fruits of stardom with this film. Mal will tell you about the bizarre real-life tragedy that befell Gene Tierney. (1947, 104 mins)
Wednesday July 15 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'
The late surrealist artist H. R. Giger terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott's Alien. Giger’s dark, intricate work depicting birth, death and sex have for decades influenced and inspired sci-fi and horror movies, music, and other artists. Behind the ivy-covered walls of his residence in Zurich, Switzerland, Dark Star brings viewers into Giger's mysterious realm. His prolific output includes sculpture, painting, drawing, film, architecture and album covers for such musicians as Debbie Harry and the Dead Kennedys, integrating meticulous technique with a instantly-recognizable sensibility that has inspired generations of nightmares. (95 mins)