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48 Hour Film Project
 48 Hour Film Project
48 HOUR FILM PROJECT 20+ teams of filmmakers in Hampton Roads make a movie in just 48 hours! On Fri, Aug 4 at 6:30pm each team receives the character name, occupation and prop that must appear in their short film. Then the teams draw from a hat to find out what genre film they’ll be making—comedy, western, musical, etc. They then drop off the finished film by Sun, Aug 6 at 7:00pm. Group A’s films will be shown Tues, Aug 15 and Group B’s on Thur, Aug 17 with the best getting an encore showing on Sat, Aug 19. Regular admission for Tues & Thur, $7 for Sat (Naro Ticket Books are valid).

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Movie Poster Blowout Sale
 Movie Poster Blowout Sale
Sat & Sun, Aug 5 & 6.
Saturday starts at 10am, Sunday at 11:00am.
Each day will go until our first show of the day, so come early.
Posters on Sat 50% off;
on Sunday 75% off.

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Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
 Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
Wed, Aug 16 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'

In more than fifty literary works, this acclaimed author, agrarian philosopher, and family farmer has celebrated a life lived in close communion with his neighbors and the earth. A fierce and caring critic of American culture, he has farmed a hillside in his native Henry County, Kentucky, together with his wife, for fifty years. Filmed across all four seasons of the farming cycle, filmmaker Laura Dunn's poetic portrait is a guide for those seeking a healthier and saner world. Produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Mallick. (82 mins) http://lookandseefilm.com

"It’s a pleasure to spend 80 minutes in Mr. Berry’s company." – Ben Koenigsberg, New York Times

"Sticking mostly to one corner of the turf Berry has staked out, this unusual and quite beautiful documentary seeks to connect with him by getting to know the land and those who work it near the author's Kentucky home." – John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter

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May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
 May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
Tuesday, Sept 12 at 7:15
Filmed with extraordinary access over more than two years, MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS is a deeply intimate and revealing look at the Grammy Award-nominated North Carolina band fronted by Seth and Scott Avett. Directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio chart the Avett Brothers' decade-and-a-half rise, while chronicling their 2016 collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin on the critically-acclaimed album “True Sadness,” released on American Recordings/Republic Records. Using the recording process as a backdrop, the film depicts a lifelong creative partnership put to the test as band members undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and the challenges of the music business. More than just a concert documentary, MAY IT LAST is a meditation on family, love, and the passage of time. (PG, 104 mins)

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Letters From Baghdad
 Letters From Baghdad
Wednesday, Aug 2 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'

This is the untold story of the extraordinary British spy, explorer, and stateswoman Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the colonial British Empire in her day. Sometimes referred to as the “female Lawrence of Arabia”, Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence to help draw the borders of Iraq after WWI. Using archival footage of the region, the film chronicles Bell’s journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British male colonial power. Her story is told entirely in the words of the players of the day, excerpted verbatim from intimate letters, private diaries and secret communiqués. Tilda Swinton is the voice of Gertrude Bell. (95 mins)

"It provides a sturdy, often exhilarating bridge between the present and a past that not only isn’t distant, but isn’t even really past." – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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Food Evolution
 Food Evolution
Wed, July 26 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'

Although filmmaker Scott Kennedy says that he maintained creative control and received no funding from agribusiness, his film was commissioned by the Institute of Food Technologists, an advocacy group that endorses the biotech industry. Although we hear impassioned voices from both sides of the debate, the organic movement is discredited for being unscientific. While the film has been championed by the New York Times, other big media, and many scientists – some scholars have criticized it as being too biased towards GMOs (genetically modified organisms). The Naro has chosen to show the film so that viewers can make up there own minds. (92 mins)

Post-film discussion: Mimi Rosenthal is retired from teaching Biochemistry and Nutrition at EVMS for 33 years; (retired as Professor Emerita). She is a long-time activist on issues of public health, environmental justice, and opposition to the mis-uses of science.

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The Little Hours
 The Little Hours
In this outrageous and irreverent comedy, medieval nuns played by Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie lead a simple life in their convent. Their long monotonous days are spent making mischief, and berating the estate's day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on newly hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover. (90 mins)

"Sometimes all you really need is Aubrey Plaza in a nun's habit, screaming obscenities to a man who meekly glances her way, innocently commenting on how beautiful the morning is." -- Rachael Vaugh Clemmons, Metro

"A 14th-century convent isn't the most expected setting for a raunchy sex comedy, but with 'The Little Hours,' writer-director Jeff Baena adapts parts of Boccaccio's Decameron into an absurd and hysterical tale of nuns gone wild." -- Devan Coggan, Entertainment Weekly

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The Wedding Plans
 The Wedding Plans
At 32, Michal (Noa Kooler), an Orthodox Jewish woman, is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiance's decision to call off the wedding with only a month's notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. (PG, 110 mins)

"An engaging (and surprisingly entertaining) examination, not of belief, but of a believer, a struggling soul who more often than not blocks her own path to paradise." -- Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader

"It's a film that has the plot of a 90s romantic comedy but the weight and assurance of a Coen Brothers' classic... Burshtein has cemented her status as a filmmaker international audiences should have their eyes on." -- Eli Fine, The Young Folks

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Menashe
 Menashe
Deep in the heart of New York's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe — a kind, hapless grocery store clerk — struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah's death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven's strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah's memorial. It's his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters. (82 mins)

"Weinstein's charming 'Menashe' immerses us in an authentic environment of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and makes it relatable by weaving a sweet story familiar in its general contours, of a single father struggling to hold onto the son he loves." -- David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"Works as both a rare introduction to a way of life largely unseen as well as a touching depiction of fighting for what's most important in life." -- Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

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13 Minutes
 13 Minutes
During Hitler's anniversary speech in Munich on November 8, 1939, a young man is arrested on the Swiss border for possession of suspicious objects. Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) had just planted a bomb immediately behind the Führer's lectern. The explosion ends up killing eight people but not the man it was meant for. Hitler had left 13 minutes before the detonation. For days, Elser is interrogated by the Gestapo. Finally, he confesses—and relates the story of his deed. Based on true events and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall). In German with subtitles. (R, 116 mins)

"A long-overdue tribute to an unsung hero who came that close to changing the course of history." -- Kam Williams, Barat News

"Possibly the film sounds grim when described flatly, but it is haunting and brilliantly acted and directed, and there are grace notes of heroism in there as well as unwarranted suffering." -- Julian Wood, FILMINK

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power
 An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth changed the public discourse about climate change in this country, comes Al Gore's follow up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. The message is loud and clear, and we are all in desperate need for hope and inspiration. (100 mins)

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The Women`s Balcony
 The Women`s Balcony
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. When the women's balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi's wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. His patriarchal preachings test the women's resolve and creates a dispute between the community's men and women of Lysistrata proportions. In Hebrew with subtitles. (96 mins)

"It's impossible to resist a film that has such rich characters, and makes a complicated subject both enlightening and entertaining." -- David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

"'The Women's Balcony' is an equally hilarious and infuriating look at how patriarchies attempt to assert themselves and how terrified men often get when women stand up for themselves." -- Sherilyn Connelly, SF Weekly

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I, Claude Monet
 I, Claude Monet
Playdate on a Tuesday night to be determined
Presented with Chrysler Museum

Based on over 2500 personal letters and narrated by Henry Goodman, this new ‘Exhibition On Screen’ reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Filmed at his legendary Giverny gardens and at locations throughout Europe by filmmaker Phil Grabsky. (90 mins)

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Landline
 Landline
When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process. Set in 1990s Manhattan, 'Landline' is a warm, insightful and comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies, co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child). (93 mins)

"Robespierre succeeds at making another candid, comedic portrayal of family dysfunction and difficult life transitions, this time from a multigenerational perspective." -- Alex Arabian, PopMatters

"For an hour-and-a-half, Robespierre opened her heart and showed the tenderness that a life in disarray can bring, and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to witness it." -- Jordan Raup, The Film Stage


The Bad Batch
 The Bad Batch
In a dystopian future, Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) is unceremoniously dumped in a Texas wasteland fenced off from civilized society. While trying to orient her unforgiving environment, she is captured by a savage band of cannibals. As Arlen adjusts to life in 'the bad batch' she discovers that being good or bad mostly depends on who you're standing next to. The stellar cast includes Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, and Giovanni Ribisi. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival. (R, 118 mins)

"It's a trippy, sun-scorched apocalyptic horror film with a rom-com finish that gets as bloody, visceral and cannibalistic as its U.S. R rating will allow." -- Julia Cooper, Globe and Mail

"Brace yourself for a dark, nasty and surprisingly enjoyable ride." -- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

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Brigsby Bear
 Brigsby Bear
A sheltered man-child (Kyle Mooney) attempts to make a movie adaptation of his favorite kids' show, "Brigsby Bear Adventures." Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, and Greg Kinnear co-star in this comedy, which was directed by "Saturday Night Live" veteran writer Dave McCary. (PG-13, 100 mins)

"A charming, surprisingly underplayed paean to pop-culture obsession." -- John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

"The rare comedy - one of a very special sense of humor and a big heart-that has the ability to connect with anyone wondering what else is out there." -- Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

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A Very Sordid Wedding
 A Very Sordid Wedding
It's been seventeen years since the release of Del Shores' cult classic Sordid Lives, and life has moved into the present for the residents of Winters, Texas. As the original film dealt with coming out in a conservative southern world, this sequel explores the issues raised when gay marriage comes to small-town America and the God-fearing residents are not quite ready to accept it. In the hands of Del Shore, the culture clash makes great fodder for comedy among the much-beloved Sordid Lives characters. (R, 109 mins)

"If you liked the original, the overdue sequel to 'Sordid Lives' will both delight you and warm your ever-lovin' heart." -- David Noh, Film Journal International


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Lady Macbeth
 Lady Macbeth
Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. (89 mins)

"William Oldroyd's pristine debut feature slowly reveals a violent moral ambiguity that needles the mind far longer than its polite period-piece trappings suggest." -- Guy Lodge, Variety

"This intelligently scripted and imposingly played costume noir revisits the conventions of Victorian melodrama to comment on modern attitudes to oppression, prejudice and morality." -- David Parkinson, Empire

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The Big Sick
 The Big Sick
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. (R, 119 mins)

"'The Big Sick' revitalizes the often moribund romantic comedy subgenre with a true story of love, death and the everyday comedy of being a 21st century American." -- Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes

The recent death of the American rom-com has been much remarked upon, but it only takes one great film to zap it back into life. 'The Big Sick' just might be that film." -- David Sims, The Atlantic

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The Midwife
 The Midwife
This touching dramatic comedy from filmmaker Martin Provost is about an unexpected friendship and the healing power of forgiveness. Claire (Catherine Frot) is a talented but tightly wound midwife and single mother, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve at her finest) is the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire's deceased father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other to cope with the unusual circumstance that brings them together in this sharp character study. In French with subtitles. (117 mins)

"Provost has once again proven to be a sensitive and sure-handed director of what used to be called 'women's films,' with this one somewhat of a cross between Douglas Sirk and the Dardennes." -- Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

"A bittersweet delight written to order for two consummate performers who inhabit their diametrically opposed characters with satisfying élan." -- Lisa Nesselson, Screen International

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The Journey
 The Journey
In 2006, amidst the ongoing, decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from the two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner is Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other is Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), a former Irish Republican Army leader. Over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each begins to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual—a breakthrough that may at last bring the promise of peace. (PG-13, 94 mins)

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FlickIt! presents Thrashin
 FlickIt! presents Thrashin
Valley boys take on the punk rockers in this 80s version of Romeo & Juliet -- on skateboards. The Ramp Locals, led by Corey Webster (Josh Brolin), sometimes make mischief, but they're mostly interested in girls and having fun on their boards. Notorious enemy crew The Daggers, led by Tommy Hook (Robert Rusler), get their kicks terrorizing the locals at Venice Beach. The trouble begins when Corey falls in love with Tommy's little sister who has come from Indiana for a visit. The rivalry between the gangs culminates during the grueling "L.A. Massacre," a 20-mile deadly skate race down a canyon road. The film features appearances from many famous skaters such as Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, and Steve Caballero. (1986, PG-13, 93mins)

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FlickIt! presents Whip It
 FlickIt! presents Whip It
The directorial debut of Drew Barrymore, "Whip It" stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, a rebellious Texas teen who yearns to break free of her mother's (Marcia Gay Harden) world of beauty pageants and conformity. She sees her chance when she discovers the rowdy world of roller derby and meets the Hurl Scouts. She tries out for the team and wins a slot, lying to her parents about her new hobby. Bliss finds friendship and freedom with her teammates, but a conflict between a championship game and the Bluebonnet beauty pageant threatens to spill her secret. (2009, PG-13, 111mins)

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Naro-Minded presents Boogie Nights
 Naro-Minded presents Boogie Nights
Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business, and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers teenage Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg), a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and welcomes him into the extended family of movie-makers, misfits, and hangers-on that are always around. Adams' rise from nobody to a celebrity adult entertainer is meteoric, and soon the whole world seems to know his porn alter ego, "Dirk Diggler;" but a toxic combination of drugs and egotism threatens to take him back down. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and featuring an amazing, award-winning cast, including John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, and many more. (1997, R, 155mins)

Naro-Minded is a monthly collaboration between Naro Cinema and Naro Video, bringing much-loved classics back to the big screen. Sponsored by O'Connor Brewing Co., beer and wine will be available for purchase at the show, with all proceeds benefiting Naro Video.

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Mal Vincent Classic Film Festival
 Mal Vincent Classic Film Festival
A series of classic films hosted by Virginian-Pilot film and theater critic Mal Vincent on Monday nights in July and August (also shows Tuesday afternoons without Mal, with matinee showtimes to be announced each week.) This year's series kicks off July 10th and runs thru Aug 21.

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