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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
Janis: Little Girl Blue
Janis Joplin was one of the world’s most influential rock icons and a goddess of sound, but there was actually far more to her than that. She inspired a generation, breaking new ground for the female rock singers who followed. Through turbulent love affairs and addiction, one constant remained: she was committed to her music above all until her heartbreaking death at the age of 27. Janis serves as the narrator for her own life story through letters she wrote to her family, friends and lovers. Chan Marshall (Cat Power) lends her raspy southern voice to the film reading Janis’ achingly intimate letters. Filmmaker Amy Berg strips away Janis’ rock and roll persona to reveal the sensitive, but powerful woman behind the legend. (103 mins)
"Although Ms. Berg’s enthralling film tells a story somewhat similar to “Amy,” Asif Kapadia’s recent documentary portrait of Amy Winehouse (who also died at 27), the demons that devoured Winehouse came from outside as much from within. Not so with Joplin." – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"Amy Berg’s deeply sympathetic documentary on Janis Joplin — a singer whose shredded wail tapped reservoirs of pain — gets so much right, it feels like a major act of cultural excavation." – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
Hello, My Name Is Doris is a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age-story. When Doris (Academy Award-winner Sally Field, Norma Rae, Places in the Heart) meets her company’s hip new art director John (Max Greenfield), sparks fly—at least for Doris. Her first encounter with true romance (outside of the pages of a novel) convinces Doris that she and the mostly unaware John are meant for each other. In the cluttered house she shared with her late mother, Doris mines the internet for information on her one-and-only, guided by the 13-year-old granddaughter of her best pal Roz (Tyne Daly). When Doris begins showing up at John’s regular haunts, she wins over his Williamsburg friends with her eclectic vintage wardrobe, quirky naiveté and unironic enthusiasm for their rooftop knitting circle. Her new life brings Doris a thrilling perspective, but also creates a rift between her and her longtime friends and family, who believe she’s making a fool of herself over a guy half her age. (R, 95 mins)
"Field amazes with her gameness, range and commitment." – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"As the goofily endearing Doris, Field is perfect. She makes this movie work." – Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
After spending most of their time focusing on their troubling teenage daughter, Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are facing marital problems while also having to deal with yet another Greek wedding—this time, even bigger and fatter. As we always do, we will be serving baklava at the concession stand! (PG13, 94 mins)
This is writer/director Richard Linklater’s (Boyhood) “spiritual sequel” to his 90’s masterpiece of adolescent angst, Dazed and Confused. That movie spawned the careers of countless actors as well as provided a generation with quotes like Mathew McConaughey’s “alright alright alright”. Linklater has more than proven his cinematic mastery in the past few years and this retro story focused on the lives (and parties) of college baseball players in the 1980’s, hosts a great ensemble cast of mostly unknown actors. (R, 117 mins)
"Like 'Clueless' or 'Breakfast at Tiffany’s', it’s a great American comedy, and like Boyhood and Dazed and Confused, another easygoing masterpiece from our reigning auteur of hidden depths." – Dan Kols, Slate
"Everybody Wants Some!! is more than just nostalgic. It’s downright utopian, a hormonal pastoral endowed with the innocent charm of a children’s book. There are plenty of movies about lust-addled youth, but it’s unusual to find one that feels truly wholesome." – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
THE OCCUPATION OF THE AMERICAN MIND: Israel's Public Relations War in the U.S. The ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory, the non-stop building of settlements on confiscated West Bank property, and the repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world -- except the United States. Narrated by musician and activist Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. Such informed voices as Noam Chomsky, Max Blumenthal, Phyllis Bennis, and Norman Solomon provide a sweeping analysis of Israel's decades-long public relations battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people in the face of widening international condemnation of its increasingly right-wing policies.
Post-film discussion: Retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson will speak following the film.
"Harrowing and incendiary. A vital and unmissable film." – Dave Zirin, The Nation