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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. This revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career is from filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen. (97 mins)
"Ginsburg’s life — and its many lessons, both learned and taught — come to entertaining and energetic life. It’s a fist-pumping, crowd-pleasing documentary that makes one heck of a play to remind people of Ginsburg’s vitality and importance, now more than ever." – Kate Erbland, IndieWire
Director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up In The Air) teams up with his Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody in this new comedy/drama. Marlo (Charleze Theron) is a New York suburbanite who's about to give birth to her third child. Her husband, Ron, is loving and works hard, but remains clueless about the demands that motherhood puts on his wife. When the baby is born, Marlo's wealthy brother hires a nighttime nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis) to help his sister handle the workload. Hesitant at first, Marlo soon learns to appreciate all that Tully does – forming a special bond with her new, lifesaving friend. (R, 95 mins)
"The final chapters of Tully take us to a place I certainly didn’t anticipate, causing us to re-examine everything we’ve seen from the outset." – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Things are never exactly what they seem here — but there’s a deeper, more authentic story Reitman and Cody are interested in telling, even when — maybe especially when — the film veers toward fantasy." – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over, after a horse crushes his skull at a rodeo. Back home on the Pine Ridge Reservation, with little desire or alternatives for a different way of life, Brady’s sense of inadequacy mounts as he is unable to ride or rodeo – the essentials of being a cowboy. In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Filmmaker Chloe Zhao bases her film on young horse trainer Brady Jandreau and casts him and his family in the fictionalized roles of themselves. (R, 104 mins)
"Director Chloe Zhao takes a different approach, privileging the narrative, the poetry, and the realism in equal measure, blending them together to create something astonishingly powerful." – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
"She has an eye for landscape and an acute sensitivity to the nuances of storytelling, a bold, exacting vision that makes The Rider exceptional among recent American regional-realist films." – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence for over 40 years – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, taking us home to her family in Jamaica, and into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie. But the stage is the where the pop diva shines, with eye-popping performances of "Slave to the Rhythm," “Pull Up to the Bumper,” "Love is the Drug," and more. (115 mins)
"It’s a celebration of her musicality and extraterrestrial scariness, and a reminder that films about female singing stars need not be gallant tributes to tragically doomed fragility." – Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian
"Jones is a marvel, really, all the more so now that time has refined and enhanced her unflagging lust for life. Fiennes delivers a documentary which captures that spirit in a way that’s cinematic and rousing." – Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
MY LETTER TO THE WORLD: Unraveling the Enigma of Emily Dickinson The great American poet has spent the 130 years since her death unfairly pigeon holed as the strange recluse in white. This new documentary is an in-depth exploration of her life and work, filmed in her hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts and narrated by Cynthia Nixon, the actress who played Emily in last year’s acclaimed film A Quiet Passion. This documentary journeys through the seasons of Emily’s life amid 1800s New England and features interviews with world experts, bringing to light new theories about the poet’s personal relationships and revered work. (80 mins)
On a summer day after the end of World War II in 1945, an Orthodox Jewish man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. The townspeople – suspicious and remorseful – fear that the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expect them to demand their stolen property back. Director Ferenc Török paints a complex picture of a small town’s guilt and denial of their recent horrors perpetrated on their fellow countrymen for their own personal gain. A superb ensemble cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to an eloquent drama. In Hungarian with subtitles. (91 mins)
Introduction by Film Forum host Barbara Gardner.
"Torok juggles plenty of characters and themes — guilt, greed, Russian meddling, the Holocaust, justice — but he always remains firmly in control of his story. Every frame is meticulously crafted." – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Simple, powerful, made with conviction and skill, 1945 proceeds as inexorably as Sámuel and his son on their long walk into town. It's a potent messenger about a time that is gone but whose issues and difficulties are not even close to being past." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
From legendary filmmakers George Lucas and Ron Howard comes one of the most beloved fantasy tales of all time. When young Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) finds an abandoned baby, he is suddenly thrust into an adventure filled with magic and danger. According to an ancient prophecy, the sacred child is destined to end the reign of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). Now, with only a single swordsman (Val Kilmer) at his side, Willow must overcome the forces of darkness that threaten to destroy anyone who stands in the Queen's way! (1988, PG, 126mins)
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