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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The grand expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel) is making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself. (122 mins)
Nominated for four Academy Awards. Filmmaker Mike Leigh draws upon a repertory of great british actors for his award-winning films like 'Secrets and Lives', 'Vera Drake', and 'Happy-Go-Lucky'. His latest film explores the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and royalty. (R, 150 mins)
"Leigh embraces the contradictions in Turner. And in tandem with cinematographer Dick Pope, a master of light, he shows us the world as Turner sees it. The effect is harsh and ravishing. Leigh's beauty of a movie touches the heart not by sentimental gush but by the amplitude of its art."
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
This comic homage to vampire stories follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles – like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection, modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chores, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts. From the creators of the hit HBO series 'Flight of the Conchords'. (86 mins)
"What We Do in the Shadows is a bracing reminder of how the right burst of energy and style breathes fresh ideas into a genre threatened with creative exhaustion."
– Patrick McGavin, Chicago Sun-Times
For the first time, the Dardenne Brothers (The Kid With a Bike) have teamed with a major international star, Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose). Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from an illness. Realizing that the company can operate with one less employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go while the remaining employees will each receive a bonus. Over the course of a weekend, Sandra, often with the help of her loving husband (Fabio Rongione), races against time to convince each of her fellow co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses in order for her to keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results while her fate hangs in the balance. The Dardennes have brought an extremely relevant social inquiry and turned it into a powerful statement on community solidarity. And Cotillard gets so persuasively inside Sandra’s skin that it’s not at all surprising that this performance has earned her another Oscar nomination. (95 mins)
Wed, April 8 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film' (with speakers and discussion)
Red Army is about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Filmmaker Gabe Polsky tells an extraordinary human story from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov – the friendships, the betrayals, and the personal dramas – which led to his transformation from national hero to political enemy. The film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union. Produced by Werner Herzog and directed by Gabe Polsky. In Russian with subtitles and English. (76 mins)
Aging gracefully is never easy, and it may be worse for artists. Josh Srebnick (Ben Stiller) is a New York documentarian who never quite got his due. He and his wife, Cornelia (Naomi Watts), have tried to start a family and were unable — and now that they have become middle-aged, have decided they are okay with that. Yet for Josh, there is something still missing. Enter Jamie (Adam Driver and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), who approach Josh after a class he teaches. A young artist couple, they are spontaneous and untethered, ready to drop everything in pursuit of their next passion. For Josh, it's as if a door has opened back to his youth. This is director Noah Baumbach's sparkling follow-up to his 2012 acclaimed film Frances Ha. Also starring Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia, and Adam Horovitz. (97 mins)
Hosted by Mal Vincent. Random screenings of classic films that are too long to show in the evenings. Fear not... Mal will continue his classic series this summer.
Saturday afternoon, April 11 (Doors open at 12:15, Mal's comments will start at 12:45, film starts at 1:00)
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA Peter O’Toole stars as T.E. Lawrence, a young WW1 intelligence officer in Cairo who organizes a guerrilla army and leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with desert raids, train-wrecking and camel attacks, eventually helping to destroy the power of the Ottoman Empire. True, you can watch David Lean’s epic (winner of 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture) on your home television, but you can’t beat the experience of this digitally restored classic on the big Naro screen. Mal Vincent will offer a brief introduction. (1962, PG, 216 mins)
Single admission at door on morning of show - $15.
If you love movies, join a discriminating group of cinephiles to share brunch, conversation, critique, and an advance screening of the latest offering from a roster of prominent independent, foreign, and American filmmakers. 9:30am is brunch, followed by the film at 10:00, then discussion and rating of the film.
Sunday, April 12 at 7:15pm—Hosted by Rev. Scott Hennessy, a film buff and teacher, and the priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk.
VERTIGO Alfred Hitchcock’s brilliant but despicably cynical view of human obsession and the tendency of those in love to try to manipulate each other—voted in the recent Sight & Sound Magazine as the the greatest film of all time, unseating the former topper, Citizen Kane—stars Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. (1958, 128 mins)