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Final Portrait
 Final Portrait
The author James Lord was a chronicler and critic of 20th century art. The renowned sculptor and artist Alberto Giacometti asked James Lord in 1964 while in Paris to sit for his portrait. The experience inspired a memoir by Lord entitled ‘A Giacometti Portrait’. Actor and director Stanley Tucci (Big Night, Joe Gould’s Secret) has adapted that memoir for the screen and infused the production with his own bold brush strokes. Geoffrey Rush portrays the disheveled, self-doubting artist with an effortless charisma, while Armie Hammer plays his perfect foil as the self-composed and mannered Lord. Over the course of the weeks-long portrait sitting, the two men forged a kinship through their mutual love for art. (90 mins)

"With its de-saturated grays and layered textures, Final Portrait itself is like a still portrait of Giacometti. You, as the viewer, are lucky just to get to spend time with these men during twenty or so days in their lives, privileged to be allowed inside Giacometti’s studio, watching the painting come together." – Dana Schwartz, Entertainment Weekly

"Rush is a wonder. It takes bravery to convey closure, tunnel vision, total indifference to the camera that actors always know is there, however self-effacing they might want to be appear. Final Portrait is, like Rush’s performance, a miniature, but there’s a fullness to Tucci’s vision transcending every surface." – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

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Leaning Into the Wind
 Leaning Into the Wind
Presented with Chrysler Museum

Sixteen years after the release of Rivers and Tides, the first documentary about renowned landscape artist ad sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer has returned to collaborate once again with the artist. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment Goldsworthy encounters becomes a canvas for his natural art. (93 mins)

"Because time erases or alters Mr. Goldsworthy’s sculptures, movies are the ideal medium to capture them.... The surprise of Leaning Into the Wind is that it’s just as concerned with how time has changed Mr. Goldsworthy." – Ben Koenigsberg, The New York Times

"Gorgeously photographed, and with a minimalist score by Fred Frith, Leaning Into the Wind offers viewers a welcome chance to consider the work of an artist who defies the recent commodification cult to embrace the ephemeral and the nominally worthless." – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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FirstLook Film Forum Off-Season – Loveless
 FirstLook Film Forum Off-Season – Loveless
Sunday morning, April 22 at 10am
FirstLook Film Forum Off-Season

Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
Film Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears. From internationally acclaimed filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan, The Return). In Russian with subtitles. (127 mins)

Regular film admission – ticket book tickets are accepted.

"Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev once again demonstrates his remarkable gift for creating perfectly formed dramatic microcosms that illustrate the bred-in-the-bone pathologies of Russian society." – Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

"... a stark, mysterious and terrifying story of spiritual catastrophe: a drama with the ostensible form of a procedural crime thriller. It has a hypnotic intensity and unbearable ambiguity which is maintained until the very end." – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Foxtrot
 Foxtrot
2018 Winner National Board of Review – Best Foreign Film

Michael and Dafna experience gut-wrenching grief when Israeli army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists – a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. From filmmaker Samuel Maoz (Lebanon). In Hebrew with subtitles. (108 mins)

"An intricate, dazzling cinematic dance, Foxtrot goes both deeper in and further out than standard-issue cinema. It's profound and moving and wild and crazy at the same time, simultaneously telling a specific story and offering an emotional snapshot of a country whose very soul seems to be at risk." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Graced by superb performances, especially from Ashkenazi and Adler, this gentle but devastating portrait bursts with integrity and tough honesty, even in its most lighthearted moments. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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Finding Your Feet
 Finding Your Feet
When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years (John Sessions) is having an affair with her best friend (Josie Lawrence) she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). The two could not be more different — Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet. (111 mins)

"Finding Your Feet leans heavily on its cast of British screen greats. Luckily, Staunton, Imrie, Spall, Lumley et al are up to the task of dancing around most of the plot’s more tired or ill-considered moments." – Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly

"Comfort food for the young at heart, Richard Loncraine’s movie is as cozy as old slippers and as familiar as the British character actors who populate its London locations." – Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times

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The Rider
 The Rider
Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over, after a horse crushes his skull at a rodeo. Back home on the Pine Ridge Reservation, with little desire or alternatives for a different way of life, Brady’s sense of inadequacy mounts as he is unable to ride or rodeo – the essentials of being a cowboy. In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Filmmaker Chloe Zhao bases her film on young horse trainer Brady Jandreau and casts him and his family in the fictionalized roles of themselves. (R, 104 mins)

"Director Chloe Zhao takes a different approach, privileging the narrative, the poetry, and the realism in equal measure, blending them together to create something astonishingly powerful." – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

"She has an eye for landscape and an acute sensitivity to the nuances of storytelling, a bold, exacting vision that makes The Rider exceptional among recent American regional-realist films." – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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The Leisure Seeker
 The Leisure Seeker
In his first English language film, Italian director Paolo Virzi has adapted the novel about an aging but youthful thinking couple by Michael Zadoorian. It stars film greats Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, acting together for the first time in almost thirty years. ‘The Leisure Seeker’ is the affectionate name Helen Mirren's character has given to the clunky, old Winnebago that she and her husband navigate in their journey from Wellesley, Mass. to Key West, Florida. Without giving notice to anyone, including their grown children, they take one last road trip before his Alzheimer’s and her cancer catch up with them. (R, 112 mins)

"The Leisure Seeker becomes a defense of a couple's right to live their last days as they see fit — on the road instead of in nursing homes or in hospitals." – Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

"This soft, languid road movie benefits from accomplished actors Mirren and Sutherland; they share a genuine chemistry," – Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media

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FlickIt! presents Heavy Metal
 FlickIt! presents Heavy Metal
Based on the popular magazine of the same name, this animated cult film interweaves six visionary stories of science fiction and fantasy. Each world is dominated by a glowing green orb which embodies ultimate evil and whose power infects all times, all galaxies, all dimensions. The soundtrack includes such rock superstars as Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth and Stevie Nicks. (1981, R, 91mins)

A benefit for Hampton Roads NORML.

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I Am Woman Hear Me Roar – Live Burlesque Show
 I Am Woman Hear Me Roar – Live Burlesque Show
Sunday, April 21 at 10pm – Live on the Naro Stage!

This live performance on the Naro stage is a nostalgic burlesque tribute to iconic women in history. With special guest drag performer, Kiara Queen. Hosted by Rob Floyd. Adults 18 and up. Presented by Burlyville Thrill and Fantasmo After Dark. Sat, April 21.

Tickets are $12 in advance at: https://m.bpt.me/event/3366330 or at the box office. Available at the box office day of the show for $15.

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Lean On Pete
 Lean On Pete
Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. (121 mins)

"There’s almost a cosmic dimension to some of the most beautiful passages, as if the world (call it nature or God or sensitive direction) were holding Charley in its embrace." – Manhole Dargis, The New York Times

"Again and again, I marveled at the humanist depth of the world Haigh creates, one that can only be rendered by a truly great writer and director, working near the top of his game." – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com


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Ismael`s Ghosts
 Ismael`s Ghosts
Wed, April 25 at 7:15pm – World Cinema Series

This new romantic drama from acclaimed filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin (My Golden Days) features three of the finest and most exciting French actors working in film today – Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Mathieu Amalric. The multileveled story follows Ismaël Vuillard, a struggling filmmaker who is working on his next feature film. Ismael's personal life was upended over twenty years ago when Carlotta vanished without warning. He has not heard from her in all that time and has searched in vain for her whereabouts. Yet he has started his life over again with Sylvia, his love and light. Then Carlotta returns from the dead. Sylvia runs away. Ismaël rejects Carlotta. Driven mad by these ordeals, he abandons the film shoot for his family home in Roubaix. There, he lives as a recluse, besieged by his ghosts. This is the director's cut. In French with subtitles. (R, 135 mins)

"Desplechin has frequently acknowledged his debt to psychoanalysis in general and Lacan specifically, but never had he dared plunge as deeply into the mysteries of the psyche as he does here." – Giovanni Marchini Camia, The Film Stage

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The Death of Stalin
 The Death of Stalin
The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? (107 mins)

"I keep finding myself wanting to compare it to 1964's "Dr. Strangelove," Stanley Kubrick's Cold War comic masterpiece -- which, as any movie buff will tell you, is exceptionally high praise. In this case, it's also warranted." – Mike Scott, New Orleans Times

"The Death of Stalin is by turns entertaining and unsettling, with laughs that morph into gasps and uneasy gasps that erupt into queasy, choking laughs." – Manhole Dargis, The New York Times

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