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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
This acclaimed black comedy tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself. Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, Birdman is directed and co-written by Alejandro González Ińárritu (Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros). (R, 119 mins)

Alejandro G. Inarritu’s fifth and best feature provides the delirious coup de grace — a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution, that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career."

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
 Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Wed, Nov 5 at 7:15pm – "New Non-Fiction Film"

Filmmaker Kip Anderson investigation of the causes of global warming brings him to some unexpected conclusions. According to recent U.N. reports and The Worldwatch Institute, fully half of all human caused greenhouse gas emissions come from the cattle industry and animal agriculture (crops that are grown to feed livestock). Large-scale factory farming is also the primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, topsoil erosion, and water pollution. And yet the industry is rarely challenged by the major environmental and climate change organizations. Such popular writers as Michael Pollan, Will Potter, and Will Tuttle offer a path to global sustainability for a hungry and growing human population. (85 mins)

Post-film discussion facilitated by:
Laura Lee Cascada is a Campaign Manager for PETA.
Zach Jarjoura is the Hampton Roads conservation program coordinator for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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A Five Star Life
 A Five Star Life
Here is the sophisticated story of one woman's quest for personal and professional fulfillment set against some of the most stunning cities and opulent hotels of the world. Stylish and independent, Irene (Margherita Buy) is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she checks into the world's finest establishments incognito to assess their standards. Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe at a moment's notice to experience a world of luxury, but it doesn't leave her with much of a personal life. On the rare occasions she's not working, Irene's world revolves around her absent-minded sister, Silvia (Fabrizia Sacchi), two lively young nieces, and best friend—and former lover—Andrea (Stefano Accorsi). But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene's small support network is fractured as she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more. Partially subtitled. (85 mins)


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Pride
 Pride
This acclaimed British comedy is based on a true story about finding hope and friendship where you least expect it. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Starring a Who's Who of the best British actors working today including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine. Pride is directed by Matthew Warchus. (R, 120 mins)

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When The Iron Bird Flies
 When The Iron Bird Flies
Wed, Oct 29 at 7:15pm – "New Non-Fiction Film"

In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism. This fascinating documentary tackles the provocative exchanges between Buddhist practitioners and scholars and Western scientists, psychologists, and educators now at the heart of the emergence of a genuine Western tradition of Buddhism. The film title comes from an ancient Tibetan prophesy that is now manifesting - " When the iron flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth." (95 mins)

Post-film dscussion facilitated by:
Jeremy Stowell has been a coordinator for the Karma Kagyu sangha of Hampton Roads for 17 years. He currently studies with Tsoknyi Rinpoche (Tsoknyi Nuns project) and Khandro Rinpoche.
Maury Cooke holds retreats for professionals to teach mindfulness and meditation. He also produces programs for youth to teach developmental skills called "Inward Bound Mindfulness Education".


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