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The Legacy of The Naro
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Naro Last Days of Film (Virginian-Pilot)
The End of Film in 2013 - A New Beginning for The Naro
The Naro with Lizzy B
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Winner of 7 Academy Awards including Best Director. This visually stunning, breathtaking thriller (presented in digital 2D) stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission travelling with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth... and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go farther out into the terrifying expanse of space. Directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). (PG13, 91 mins)
Academy Award Winner for Best Actress— Cate Blanchett. Woody Allen returns to the U.S with this comedy about a wealthy woman from New York (Blanchett) who finds herself broke and in San Francisco, living with her sister and downsizing her life. She eventually meets a man in the Bay Area who could solve her financial problems, but she first needs to discover who she is and, more importantly, accept San Francisco as her home. Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Sally Hawkins head up the ensemble cast. (PG13, 98 mins)
Ralph Fiennes (who also directs) shines as the most famous writer of his day, novelist Charles Dickens, who had a secret affair with 18-year-old actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy). Dickens was 45 and at the top of his fame when he met the beautiful young actress, performing in a troupe with her sisters, and was immediately struck. Her pragmatic mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) encouraged Nelly to welcome the interest of such a famous man, even if she can never become his wife. At first Nelly resists, but Dickens makes her the focus of his passion and his muse, and they embark on an affair, lasting 13 years until his death, that must always remain secret, forcing Nelly to hide her deepest feelings in "invisibility." The gorgeous period production catches the repression of the Victorian era and its fear of scandal. Fiennes gives an energetic, theatrical performance as Dickens, larger than life, often performing for his many admirers, but emotionally isolated, cruel to the wife he no longer cares for (Joanna Scanlon), yearning for close companionship and understanding that he finds with Nelly. The insightful screenplay is by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady). (111 mins)
Academy Award Winner – Best Foreign Language Film! Gorgeously photographed in Rome and Tuscany, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) is a dazzling, lyrical and at times surreal dramatic comedy, like a modern day La Dolce Vita. The magnetic Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah) plays dapper journalist Jep Gambardella, slick and soulful, who has been a permanent fixture in Rome’s literary and social circles since the legendary success of his one and only novel. Armed with a roguish charm, he has seduced his way through the city’s lavish night life for decades, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life. Turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties and cafés, Jep discovers Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Directed and co-written by Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, Il Divo). Fully subtitled (142 mins)
Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Actress and Supporting Actress. A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) who, along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner plays Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con artists and the Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like filmmaker David O. Russell's previous films (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees), American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion and life-and-death stakes. (R, 138 mins)
On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny. (PG13, 101 mins)
Hosted by Rev. Scott Hennessy (St. Paul's Episcopal Church), who will introduce the film and facilitate a brief discussion after it.
Winner of the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix, The Master), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation) comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world. Also starring Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde. (R, 121 mins)
Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor and the visionary behind the desktop video revolution, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically-150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning eight years, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen. Also featuring Martin Mull, Professor Philip Steadman and Dr. Colin Blakemore. Produced by illusionist, comic and narrator Penn Jillette and directed by his partner Teller. (PG13, 80 mins)