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The Lady in the Van
 The Lady in the Van
The magnificent Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey,” The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) shines in the hilarious and touching story of Miss Shepherd, a homeless woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parks her van in the driveway of playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) in North London—and ends up staying for 15 years. Arrayed in a mismatched panoply of rags, Miss Shepherd is hygienically challenged, violently allergic to classical music, maddeningly stubborn and guided by messages direct from the Virgin Mary. What begins as a begrudged favor by Bennett grows into a relationship that will change both their lives. This “mostly true” story, based on the memoir and play by Bennett (The History Boys, The Madness of King George, Prick Up Your Ears), was filmed on the actual street and in the house where it happened; it is directed by Nicholas Hytner, working with Bennett for the third time. With a supporting cast of Jim Broadbent, James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam and Dominic Cooper. (PG13, 104 mins)

"Maggie Smith’s performance, honed from the previous stage and radio versions, is terrifically good." – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"There’s no denying the humor and pathos of The Lady in the Van, just as there’s no use fending off the force of nature that is Smith."
– Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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Labyrinth of Lies
 Labyrinth of Lies
Wed, Feb 17 at 7:15pm with speaker and discussion

Frankfurt, Germany in 1958: nobody as yet wants to look back to the recent past of the reign of horror of the National Socialist regime. Young public prosecutor Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling) comes across some documents that help initiate the trial against some members of the SS who served in Auschwitz. But both the horrors of the past and the hostility shown towards his work bring Johann close to a meltdown. It is nearly impossible for him to find his way through this maze; everybody seems to have been involved or guilty. Subtitled. (R, 124 mins)
Guest facilitator for post-film discussion is Kerstin Steitz, Ph.D. who is a faculty member at ODU in German Language.

"It’s one of the most important and revelatory films of the year." – Rex Reed, New York Observer

"Labyrinth of Lies is an eye-opening story about the importance of seeking the truth — even when it’s complicated, ugly and buried beneath years of secrecy and deceit." – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

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Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live-Action
 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live-Action
Tuesday, Feb 16 at 7:15pm

All five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Live Action Short program includes: 'Ave Maria' (Palestine/France/Germany), in which the silent routine of five Palestinian nuns living in the West Bank wilderness is disturbed when an Israeli settler family breaks down right outside the convent just as the Sabbath comes into effect; 'Day One' (USA), depicting a new translator’s first day accompanying a U.S. Army unit as it searches for a local terrorist; 'Everything Will Be Okay' (Germany/Austria), about a divorced father who picks up his eight-year-old daughter Lea, as he does every second weekend, but she can‘t help feeling that something isn't right; 'Shok' (Friend) (Kosovo/UK), in which the friendship of two boys is tested to its limit as they battle for survival during the Kosovo war; and 'Stutterer' (UK/Ireland), the story of Greenwood, whose online girlfriend Ellie travels to London on the eve of their six-month anniversary to surprise him. (total program runs 107 mins)

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AltDaily presents The Shining
 AltDaily presents The Shining
Friday, Feb 19 at 9:15pm

Heeere's Johnny! Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror classic is based on the novel by Stephen King. Over the years the film has been analyzed and interpreted as being about the crisis in masculinity, sexism, corporate capitalism, racism, and the genocide of native American indians. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family. (144 mins)

O'Connor's draft beer served by The Muse

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Anomalisa
 Anomalisa
Michael Stone—husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?”—is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he's scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of Lisa, an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep who may or may not be the love of his life. A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape, from the brilliant minds of Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York) and Duke Johnson (“Community” episode Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas), this stop-motion animation wonder features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis and a stirring strings-based score by Carter Burwell. The darkly comedic and surreal stop-motion journey of a man's long night of the soul, Anomalisa confirms Charlie Kaufman's place amongst the most important of American filmmakers, and announces Duke Johnson as a major creative force. Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. (R, 90 mins)


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The Hateful Eight
 The Hateful Eight
Nominated for 3 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Cinematography (Robert Richardson) and Original Score (Ennio Morricone). In writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, set some years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, all four seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover. When they arrive, they are greeted by four unfamiliar faces: Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s in the owner’s absence; Oswaldo (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock; cow-puncher Joe (Michael Madsen); and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all. (R, 187 mins)

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The Big Short
 The Big Short
Winner of the Producers Guild Award for Best Picture, and Oscar-Nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Bale), Editing and Adapted Screenplay. When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), with a screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers), The Big Short is a high stakes, breathless thriller. The outstanding cast includes Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, with support from Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock and Marisa Tomei. (R, 130 mins)

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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
 Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Look for this film to play again at the Naro soon.

Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to a huge family fortune that she used to became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo. (96 mins)

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FirstLook Film Forum - Winter/Spring Season
 FirstLook Film Forum - Winter/Spring Season
Sunday Mornings, Feb 14, 21 & 28; March 6; April 3, 10 & 17 (makeup day for cancellation is Feb 14)

All 7 for $80
Any 4 for $50
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.

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