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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
Let the Sun Shine In
Juliette Binoche delivers a luminous performance in the deliciously witty, sensuously romantic new film from acclaimed director Claire Denis. In her adaptation of Roland Barthes's “A Lover's Discourse: Fragments,” Isabelle (Binoche) is a divorced Parisian painter searching for another shot at love, but refusing to settle for the parade of all-too-flawed men who drift in and out of her life. What reads like a standard romantic comedy is transformed by master filmmaker Denis into something altogether deeper, more poignant, and perceptive about the profound mysteries of love. In French with subtitles. (96 mins)
"It’s a deep and moving investigation into one woman’s inner struggle as she goes about looking for true love." – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Review
"Denis and Binoche have made a film that’s both smart and sexy, imbuing new excitement and wonder into the emotional connections that define us all." – Joe Blessing, The Playlist
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
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary pastor at a small 250-year-old Dutch Reform church in upstate New York. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks him to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption. From filmmaker Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, Cat People). (R, 108 mins)
"It is the portrait of a soul in torment, all the more powerful for being so rigorously conceived and meticulously executed." – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Paul Schrader has always been a faith-based filmmaker in the truest and most challenging sense, and First Reformed is the sort of stimulating work that a writer-director of a certain age can deliver when he returns to his creative sweet spot; rejoice, Schrader fans, rejoice." – Alonso Duhalde, The Wrap
Bernie Sanders inspired a generation – but who inspired him? Most people in America don't know that the contemporary political movement to address income inequality began over 100 years ago with Debs… the culmination of five years of research and production. Its inspiration was the use of the word "socialist" as a political epithet, and Strom wanted to define and contextualize the term. In doing so, his film traces the history of American populism with the man who inspired progressive ideas – from FDR's New Deal to Bernie's presidential campaign. Here is an objective but passionate history of the movement as founded and championed by Debs, a movement that continues to have an impact on our lives today. (97 mins)
Post-film discussion: Al Markowitz is a columnist for Veer and the publisher of the national quarterly of working class poetry 'The Blue Collar Review'.
Lynn Waltz is the author of 'Hog Wild: The Battle for Workers' Rights at the World's Largest Slaughterhouse'.
"... poignantly captures the courage and conviction of one man driven by an all-consuming moral mission to elevate the masses, speak truth to power and change the world." - Nina Turner, President, 'Our Revolution'
After receiving her third Oscar nomination by the age of 23, Saoirse Ronan stars alongside four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening for an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s stage classic ‘The Seagull’. Originally written in 1895, ‘The Seagull’ is the Russian playwright’s first of four major plays. One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life. This new adaptation stars Bening as the fading actress Irina Arkadina, Ronan as the pretty ingenue Nina, Corey Stoll as the famous writer Boris Trigorin, Billy Howle as the lovesick Konstantin, and Elisabeth Moss as his admirer Masha. Broadway director Michael Mayer directs. (PG13, 98 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. Until further notice , it shows every 4th Friday of each month and, of course, Halloween night each year, and additionally showing on the 5th Friday of each month (if there is one) with proceeds benefiting Fishnet Inc. (R, 99 mins)
Starting Monday evening, July 9 and continuing every Monday thru Aug 20, the Virginian Pilot's movie critic and entertainment writer hosts 7 classics with entertaining comments and personal insights on each evening's film. Titles will be announced in the Pilot and in our next program.