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You might rush out to see if you are fully covered after attending this suspense classic involving insurance and murder. Arguably the most famous of all film noirs, it stars Barbara Stanwyck as a wife who wears ankle bracelets and tight sweaters. She is obviously up to no good, but Fred MacMurray doesn’t notice. He’s an insurance salesman who willingly joins her in a plan to murder her heavily insured husband. Not everything goes well. Edward G. Robinson is on their trail in the second film of this year’s festival directed by Billy Wilder—it’s dangerous. (1944, 107 mins)
Set in the 1920s in New York City, this is a biographical account of the complex friendship between the noted book editor Maxwell Perkins and the era's literary giant, Thomas Wolfe. Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, Wolfe captivated the world with such compelling works as 'Look Homeward, Angel'. Based on the biography ‘Max Perkins: Editor of Genius’ by Scott Berg, Genius stars Colin Firth as Perkins, Jude Law as Wolfe, Nicole Kidman as Aline Bernstein, a costume designer sharing a tumultuous relationship with Wolfe, Laura Linney as Louise Perkins, Max’s wife and a talented playwright, Guy Pearce as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dominic West as Ernest Hemingway. (PG13, 104 mins)
"Colin Firth is brilliant as the patient, uncompromising and introspective Max Perkins, and the explosive performance by Jude Law as the wild, unpredictable and tragic Thomas Wolfe is one of the greatest triumphs of his career. I was spellbound." – Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Director Michael Grandage hails from the stage. So does screenwriter John Logan, so where films about writers are often filled with raised eyebrows rather than raised voices, these guys actively encourage grand gestures. Like the characters, they are intoxicated — not just by jazz or bootleg liquor, but by words." – Bob Condello, NPR
Set in the 1790s, earlier than most Jane Austen tales, Love & Friendship concerns beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who has come to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws, to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her daughter. In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely. After a series of dramatic turns at Churchill, Lady Susan finally risks destruction when her jealous rival, Lady Lucy Manwaring (Jenn Murray), arrives in London to make a shocking revelation, leading to the denouement of denouements. An adaptation of young Austen's comic novella Lady Susan, Love & Friendship also stars Chloë Sevigny and Stephen Fry (Wilde) and is directed and co-written by Whit Stillman (The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, Barcelona). (PG, 94 mins)
"Love & Friendship is, first and foremost, a master class on the art of comic timing, in its filmmaking and acting." – Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"The funniest, most deliciously venomous Jane Austen movie ever made, and conclusive proof that, a) Kate Beckinsale has been seriously undervalued by the movies and, b) Whit Stillman is a major, distinctive talent."
– Kim Newman, Empire
Set in a former mining village in Wales, Dark Horse is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse. Raised on a slagheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners—for whom he's become a source of inspiration and hope—he makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the track for a heart-stopping comeback. (PG, 85 mins)
"Unfolding with a sincerity that dares you to roll your eyes, this warmhearted documentary by Louise Osmond wallows in its working-class roots like a horse in clover." - Jeannette Catsoulis, NY Times
"It would be hard for any fictional treatment to beat the pleasures of Osmond's genial, enthralling documentary." - Godfrey Cheshire, rogerebert.com
Francisco Goya is Spain’s most celebrated artist and considered the father of modern art. Influenced by Rembrandt and Velazquez, Goya explored a new realism where he did not flatter and was not afraid to reveal what he saw physically and psychologically. His genius has been reappraised in a landmark exhibition at The National Gallery, London. Through extensive location footage, the film travels to Spain and then goes back in time to reveal Goya’s rich and eventful life. (93 mins)
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road
From the director of the Oscar-winning documentary '20 Feet from Stardom', his new film tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The film follows this extraordinary group of instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution, and inspire hope. (96 mins)
Film introduction by Wayla Chambo, the new afternoon host of WHRO-FM classical music station.
"Morgan Neville’s documentary is a joyous revelation, a group portrait of superb musicians from all over the world offering music as an emblem of what people can do in these fractious times when they live in concert with one another." – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, July 27 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'
This contemplative film follows the students at a remote forest ashram in southern India called Arsha Vidya Gurukulam. They confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality from their teacher, Swami Dayananda, the foremost Vedic Authority in India today in the lineage of Non Dualism as taught by Ramana Maharishi. The natural and spiritual worlds are woven together in their daily chores, meditation, ritual, and rigorous study. There are moments of surprising revelation as well as comic contradiction. Deeply observational and experiential, Gurukulam evokes the presence of place that’s as old as the Bhagavad Gita and as new as present-day India. (108 mins)
Post-film speaker and discussion: Graham Schweig, Ph.D. is a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University. He is an author and translator of Classical Vedanta texts including an original adaptation the Baghdad Gita for English language readers.
"Gurukulam will undoubtedly be appraised as one of the Great Spiritual films of the modern cinema." – Alan Jacobs, President of Ramana Maharishi Foundation, UK
Since 1998, British gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield, M.D. has waged a fight against the use of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine, claiming that it’s linked to autism. His new film alleges that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens, destroyed data that documented a direct link between the MMR vaccine and autism. The medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies have assured the American public that all the many vaccinations now required in the U.S. are absolutely safe and necessary – and have warned the public that Vaxxed is a deceitful and dangerous film. And yet the issues raised in the film by both professionals and parents are certainly worthy of continued medical research and informed public discussion.(90 mins)
Mark Haynes is a family wellness chiropractor, focused on improving the health and vitality of his patients through improved posture, diet, exercise and state of mind.
Set in the 1930s depression-era, Woody Allen’s bittersweet romance follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) who leaves New York for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. After landing a job with his Uncle Stern (Steve Carell), Bobby falls for a charming woman who happens to be his employer's mistress, Vonnie (Kristen Stewart). Settling for friendship but ultimately heartbroken, Bobby returns to the Bronx and is swept up in high society nightclub life. Everything falls into place when he finds romance with a beautiful socialite (Blake Lively), until Vonnie walks back into his life and captures his heart once again. (PG-13, 96 mins)