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Walk With Me
 Walk With Me
Sat matinee, Dec 9 – 'New Non-Fiction Film'

This contemplative new documentary takes us inside the world of Plum Village, the renowned monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over a period of three years, it captures the four seasons in the life of a monastic community whose members have given up all their possessions for one common purpose – to practice the art of mindfulness. By filmmakers Marc Francis and Max Pugh, and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. (88 mins)

"Walk With Me becomes a moving examination of mortality and life choices." – Ren Jender, Village Voice

"With Me provides an up-close glimpse of the life of devotion, focusing on the monks and nuns who live at a rural monastery led by Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh." – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

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Human Flow
 Human Flow
Wed, Dec 13 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Produced and directed by the renowned Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, this is an epic journey to record the plight of refugees over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. The film elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. (140 mins)

"What Mr. Ai seeks is to go far beyond the nightly news; he wants to give you a sense of the scale of the crisis, its terrifying, world-swallowing immensity." – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"The overall effect is of something too large to fully comprehend, yet also too intimately sad to ignore, the kind of dilemma that Ai believes speaks directly to who we are as human beings. " – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

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Lady Bird
 Lady Bird
Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Christine’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. This is the directorial debut of indy actress Greta Gerwig (Francis Ha, 20th Century Women). (R, 93 mins)


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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated. Directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). (R, 115 mins)


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The Shape of Water
 The Shape of Water
From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), comes an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, and Doug Jones. (R, 119 mins)


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Deconstructing The Beatles: The White Album
 Deconstructing The Beatles: The White Album
Tuesday, Nov 22 at 7:15pm

Composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio with The Beatles as they create their bestselling album, The Beatles (commonly referred to as the White Album). Released in 1968, the White Album’s thirty songs span almost every style of music—from hard rock to country to chamber music to avant garde. Its recording took place during a remarkable year in Beatles history that included the death of Brian Epstein, the creation of Apple Corps, and a trip to India to study meditation. In this multimedia presentation, Mr. Freiman transports his audience into Abbey Road Studio for a look at the revolutionary techniques used during the production of “Revolution,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Blackbird,” and other great songs from the White Album. (90 mins)

“For anyone who loves the Beatles, Scott Freiman is an amazing resource. His lectures are completely entertaining and well-constructed. You’ll come away with a richer appreciation for every element of the craft: songwriting, musicianship and production. Scott takes you deep inside the amazingly creative process. Even for songs you’ve enjoyed countless times, you’ll hear — and learn — something new.” – Al Cattabiani, Garagista Music

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Deconstructing The Beatles: Sgt Pepper
 Deconstructing The Beatles: Sgt Pepper
One of the most influential albums of our time, Rolling Stone described it as “the most important rock & roll album ever made.” Composer, musician and Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at Sgt. Pepper from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music. Mr. Freiman conducts an educational journey into the creative process of The Beatles’ performances and recording sessions. You are guaranteed to leave amazed at The Beatles’ innovation in the studio and have a newfound appreciation for the talents of Lennon, (95 mins)

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Jane
 Jane
Wed, Dec 6 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'

This is the unlikely story of how a pretty, young British girl went to the Gombe forest of Tanzania to study chimpanzees in 1960 and grew to become the world renown primatologist Jane Goodall. Her groundbreaking research was documented in the sixties by National Geographic cinematographer Hugo van Lawick, who would become Jane’s husband. Previously thought to be lost forever, the footage was only recently discovered and edited along with Jane’s narration. With an enchanting musical score by Phillip Glass, the film is an immersive look into how one woman has changed the world through tireless global education and activism on behalf of wildlife conservation. Directed by Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck). (90 mins)

Speaker and discussion: Dan Mathews is the creative force behind many of PETA's colorful crusades, author of Committed: A Rabble-Rouser's Memoir, and Senior Vice-President of PETA.

"Jane will delight those familiar with Ms. Goodall and provide a vibrant introduction for newcomers." – Ben Koenigsberg, The New York Times

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It`s a Wonderful Life *
 It`s a Wonderful Life *
*Playing in a double-feature with "A Christmas Story."

Jimmy Stewart plays small-town good guy George Bailey, who is confronted by his guardian angel Clarence (the jolly Henry Travers) while attempting suicide on Christmas Eve. Clarence shows George what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls if he had never been born. It just isn’t Christmas without seeing Frank Capra’s heartwarming holiday classic on the big Naro screen with a crowd. With Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. (G, 129 mins)

"The most well-loved of all Christmas movies." – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

"The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience." – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"Not only is it beautifully photographed, but it also contains enough emotional strength to hold your attention for all of its two-hour running time." – David Stratton, At The Movies

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A Christmas Story *
 A Christmas Story *
*Playing in a double-feature with "It's a Wonderful Life."

There’s never been a Yuletide movie as funny as this 1983 Bob Clark classic. Based on humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the 1940s, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”, the story is full of wonderful glimmers of nostalgia unhampered by sentimentality. With Peter Billingsley and Darren McGavin. (PG, 95 mins)

"It is pitch-perfect, telling the story through the enthusiastic and single-minded vision of its hero Ralphie, and finding in young Peter Billingsley a sly combination of innocence and calculation." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

"In short, A Christmas Story isn't just about Christmas; it's about childhood and it recaptures a time and place with love and wonder. It seems an instant classic, a film that will give pleasure to people not only this Christmas, but for many Christmases to come." – Jay Carr, Boston Globe


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The Man Who Invented Christmas
 The Man Who Invented Christmas
In Victorian England just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to publish A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist but it instead caused a sensation, breathing new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor. In an era desperate for spiritual renewal, the public eagerly embraced a story that ended with blessings for one and all. Starring Dan Stevens as Dickens and Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge. (PG, 104 mins)

"In addition to being a rather fine addition to the Christmas-movie canon, the film marks a useful teaching tool — a better option for classroom screenings than any of the previous “Carol” adaptations."– Peter Debruge, Variety

"There are many pleasures along the way, including the effective evocation of Victorian-era London." – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

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Faith In Film: Babette`s Feast
 Faith In Film: Babette`s Feast
Tues, Nov 21 at 7:15pm – 'Faith In Film'

At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast is a deeply beloved treasure of cinema. Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, it is the lovingly layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. Babette’s Feast combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of sensual pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne. In Danish, French, and Swedish with subtitles. (104 mins)

Introduction by Rev. Scott Hennessy, an avid film buff and teacher, and the priest at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Norfolk.

Note: Pope Francis has recognized 'Babette's Feast' as his favorite movie.


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FirstLook Film Forum - Fall 2017 Season
 FirstLook Film Forum - Fall 2017 Season
Sunday Morning Dec 3

Single admission at door on morning of show - $15

If you love movies, join a discriminating group of cinephiles to share brunch, conversation, critique, and an advance screening of the latest offering from a roster of prominent independent, foreign, and American filmmakers. 9:30am is brunch, followed by the film at 10:00, then discussion and rating of the film.

Winter/Spring Season 2018 starts Jan 7, 2018.

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