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Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle's granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. Boasting a stellar performance from Lily Tomlin and some powerfully empathetic work from writer-director Paul Weitz (American Pie), Grandma is a dramedy that shouldn't have to ask you to visit. (R, 79 mins)
Outdoor travel writer Bill Bryson has adapted his own personal memoir for the big screen – with Robert Redford staring as Bryson. At the age of retirement, Bryson chooses to leave behind his wife (Emma Thompson) and family, and hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is shattered when his former friend Katz (Nick Nolte) joins him for the journey. Katz is a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law – sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and have one last adventure. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of “adventure”. (R, 104 mins)
In 1972, Bobby Fischer faced the Soviet Union in the greatest chess match ever played. On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his own madness. In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Directed by Edward Zwick (Glory, Blood Diamond), Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard. (PG13, 116 mins)
"Ultimately, it is only partly about Bobby Fischer. It is equally about us — Americans or any other nationality inclined to put too much importance on chess matches, soccer matches, space races, whatever. It’s about how we manufacture celebrities on scant pretext and then destroy them, or allow them to destroy themselves while we watch." – Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer's powerful companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing can be viewed without the need to see his first film. When the filmmaker returns to Indonesia, he meets families of survivors who have recently viewed the original film about the 1965 Indonesian genocide. They learn from testimony included in the film just how their family members had died and who the perpetrators are. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to confess and accept responsibility for their actions. Werner Herzog and Errol Morris are the film’s Executive Producers. (103 mins) http://thelookofsilence.com
"A painful, profoundly empathetic work of moral reckoning."
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
A fiery Manhattan author (Patricia Clarkson)—who, like many native New Yorkers, never learned how to drive—hires a soft-spoken taxi driver from India (Ben Kingsley) to teach her how. Her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew. (R, 90 mins)
"As this movie, directed by Isabel Coixet, tracks the deepening friendship between people from different cultures and backgrounds, it acquires an unforced metaphorical resonance."
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"This is the rare film written, directed and edited by women."
– Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com
In the high-stakes game of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting at the headwaters of the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the iconic rock has seen more failed attempts by elite climbing teams over the past 30 years than any other ascent in the Himalayas. In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. What was meant to be a seven-day trip with the equivalent amount of food became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Like everyone before them, their journey was not a successful one. But they had reached further than anyone else, beaten back just 100 meters below the elusive summit. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. (87 mins)
"Much of Meru is about that second attempt, filmed with such grandeur and intimacy that sometimes attempting to figure out how they made the incredible shots almost spoils them." – Peter Keough, Boston Globe
From Disney/Pixar comes one the best and most original films of the year, good for young and old alike. When young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions—Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness—conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. Featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Lewis Black. (PG, 94 mins)
Hosted by Rev. Scott Hennessy, a film buff and teacher, and the priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk.
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Robert Duvall star in (what many consider) the superior follow-up to the Godfather. (1974, R, 200 mins)
In order to understand today's incendiary racial landscape in America, the history of the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party must be rediscovered. The resurgent demands by “Black Lives Matter” for justice and racial equality were birthed in the 1960s by a cast of larger-than-life personalities including: Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge, Kathleen Cleaver, and Fred Hampton, the apparent “future messiah” of the movement whose oratory skills were so powerfully subversive that the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover made his assassination a priority. Renowned documentarian Stanley Nelson masterfully assembles rare archival footage and contextualizes the history of the Panthers. (113 mins)