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I Do... Until I Don`t
 I Do... Until I Don`t
In Vero Beach, Florida, a trio of couples at various points in their relationships become the subjects of a film about marriage being an antiquated idea that needs a reboot: Why not turn marriage into a seven-year deal with an option to renew? For Alice and Noah (Lake Bell, Ed Helms), more than a hint of boredom is setting in as they approach their first decade together and the prospect of parenthood. Meanwhile, Alice’s funky sister Fanny (Amber Heard) is sure her “open marriage” to Zander (Wyatt Cenac) is the key to their free-spirited happiness. And then there’s Cybil and Harvey (Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser), a pair of empty-nesters wondering what the next stage will be. As the manipulative filmmaker (Dolly Wells) attempts to show how marriage is outmoded, the couples she interviews discover the “do’s” and “don’t’s” in their own relationships. (R, 103 mins)

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Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement, and the Sw
 Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement, and the Sw
Wednesday, Sept 13 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'

It's 1965 and America is in social turmoil. Prabhupada, an unassuming 70-year-old Swami from India, arrives in New York City alone and without support or money. He carries only the ancient scriptures he has translated, and the firm faith in his teacher’s request: “offer spiritual wisdom to the people of the world!”. This uplifting documentary explores how he ignited the cultural revolution of spiritual consciousness known as the Hare Krishna movement. When Beatle musician George Harrison becomes a devotee and features the Hare Krishna chant in his hit song 'My Sweet Lord', the movement explodes throughout the world. (90 mins)

"For viewers who aren’t hostile to mysticism, vegetarianism and endless chanting, it’s a stirring story." – Mark Jenkins, WashingtonPost

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All The Rage: Saved by Sarno
 All The Rage: Saved by Sarno
Wed,Aug 23 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'

America is experiencing an epidemic of pain. For nearly 50 years, Dr. John Sarno has been battling the pain epidemic by focusing on the mind-body connection and the nature of stress and the manifestation of physical ailments. With a renowned practice in rehabilitative medicine at NYU he is also a bestselling author whose popular titles include 'Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection'. (93 mins)

Note: On June 22, 2017 Dr. Sarno passed away, one day before his 94th birthday. A beautiful obituary in the New York Times recounted his legendary life and profound contributions to science.

Post-film discussion:
Lisa Barr, M.D. is physiatrist who studied with Dr. Sarno early in her career and uses his concepts of the mind-body connection with her pain patients.
Tim Sanderson, M.D. is a Jungian Analyst, psychiatrist, and Assistant Professor in the EVMS Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program.

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City of Ghosts
 City of Ghosts
Wednesday, Aug 30 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. This documentary is an unprecedented, on-the-ground transmission from the front lines in Syria in the fight against the Islamic State. It’s a war being waged not only on the ground, but in the digital trenches of social media. Academy Award-nominated director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) takes viewers into the war zone of ISIS-occupied Syria, where a band of intrepid citizen journalists armed with video cameras wage a counteroffensive against the terrorist group’s campaign of propaganda. Directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Matthew Heinemann (Cartel Land). (90 mins)

"City of Ghosts provides a grim reminder of what journalism should look like, and why its stakes are literally life and death." – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"City of Ghosts shows us what journalism can do in the face of evil. Its message is haunting, humane, and ultimately hopeful." – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

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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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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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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
Thursday, Aug 24 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. His message is loud and clear – the stakes have never been higher but the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. (100 mins)

"An Inconvenient Sequel is both a rebuttal and a rebuke to the voices who vociferously disparage him and his cause." – Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times

"Eleven years after An Inconvenient Truth Mr. Gore remains a prodigy of hope, with energy that seems endlessly renewable." – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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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
Tuesday, Aug 29 at 7:15pm – 'Exhibition On Screen'
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)

Introduction by Lloyd DeWitt is the Chief Curator at Chrysler Museum

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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


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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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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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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