Tuesday, March 26th, at 7:15pm
‘Exhibition On Screen’
Presented with Chrysler Museum
The legendary artist Pablo Picasso was prolific up until his death in 1973. Many films have dealt with these later years – the art, the affairs and the wide circle of friends. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? The film production visits the Picasso Museums in his three early homes of Malaga, Barcelona and Paris—and explores the early influences on the artist. (91 mins)
Birds of Passage
Wednesday, March 27th, at 7:15pm
From the Oscar-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an equally audacious saga centered on the Wayúu indigenous people during a crucial period in recent Colombian history. Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture’s values, Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s (Carmiña Martínez) disapproval. A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth. In Spanish with subtitles. (125 mins)
Cruel Intentions – 20th Anniversary Release
Friday & Saturday, March 29th & 30th
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe sizzle as a pair of unscrupulous siblings in a deliciously sexy tale of seduction, revenge and conquest. After cleverly seducing and ruining the reputation of an unsuspecting classmate (Selma Blair), the sparks fly when Kathryn (Gellar) poses the ultimate challenge to her insatiable stepbrother Sebastian (Phillippe): deflower the Headmaster’s beautiful, virgin daughter Annette (Reese Witherspoon). If he fails, Kathryn gets his most prized possession, but if he succeeds, Sebastian gets to possess and bed Kathryn. The stakes are high, but for Sebastian, the payoff is feverishly irresistible and before the summer’s over, no one will escape their relentless game of cat and mouse until one of them is bitten by the most unlikely sensation of all …love. (1999, R, 97mins)
What is Democracy?
Wednesday, April 3rd, at 7:15pm
“In practice, everywhere you look, democracy is in trouble.” And yet if we want to live within a democracy, we must first ask what the word even means. This new doc features a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, philosophers, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers. This timely film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. (117 mins)
FlickIt! Fridays presents Friday
Friday, April 19th, at 9:15pm
It’s Friday and Craig Jones (Ice Cube) has just managed to get fired on his day off. To make matters worse, rent is due, he hates his overbearing girlfriend, and his best friend, Smokey (Chris Tucker), owes the local drug dealer money — and that’s all before lunch. As the hours drag on, Jones and Smokey experience the gamut of urban life, concentrated into one single, unbelievable Friday. Written by Ice Cube and directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton). (1995, R, 97 mins)
A benefit for Virginia NORML.
Sponsored by O’Connor Brewing.
Naro-Minded presents Dazed and Confused
Saturday, April 20th, at 9:15pm
Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age film is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a bygone era. Set on the last day of school in 1976, the film follows the random activities of a sprawling group of Texas high schoolers as they celebrate the joys of beer blasts, pot smoking, and Frampton Comes Alive. Featuring early career performances from Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, and Milla Jovovich. (1993, R, 103 mins)
A benefit for Virginia NORML.
Sponsored by O’Connor Brewing Co. & Pixels Pints + Bytes
Wednesday, April 24th, at 7:15pm
A fly-on-the-wall chronicle of embattled former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s global mission to spread far-right nationalism. With truly remarkable access, filmmaker Alison Klayman (Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry) follows Bannon through the 2018 US mid-term elections and sheds light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties ahead of the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. Klayman employs a vérité approach that aims to expose Bannon’s tactics, including his relationship with the media, and ultimately to demystify him. (95 mins)
Zen For Nothing
Wednesday, May 1st, at 7:15pm
Provocatively titled, this film is a masterly immersion into life at a Japanese Zen monastery over the course of three seasons. Swiss novice Sabine Timoteo (a film actress and writer) arrives at Antaiji Monastery and must learn the monastery rules: how to bow, sit in the meditation hall, carry out movements with chopsticks, etc. After the last snow has melted away, the nuns and monks travel to Osaka, where they recite sutras in front of subway entrances as they solicit offerings in their traditional monk’s robes. Simple and beautifully filmed, and with composer Fred Frith performing the eclectic, elegant score. (105 mins)
A man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive. This extraordinary survival thriller isn’t for the faint-of-heart, but Mads Mikkelsen is magnetic in this ice-cold and bare-bones tale. (PG-13, 98 mins)
This new thriller from master Korean filmmaker Chang-dong Lee is one of the most acclaimed films of the year. The difficult life of Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), a frustrated introvert, is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: first, Haemi (Jong-seo Jun), a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and then, Ben (Steven Yeun), a wealthy and sophisticated young man she returns with from a trip. When Jongsu learns of Ben’s mysterious hobby and Haemi suddenly disappears, his confusion and obsessions begin to mount, culminating in a stunning finale. In Korean with subtitles. (148 mins)
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Zain, a gutsy streetwise child must flee his negligent parents, surviving on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon by his wits. He meets and mercifully takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil and her baby son. He is jailed for a petty crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom. Filmmaker Nadine Labaki made Oscars history as the first female Arab nominated for an Oscar. In Arabic with subtitles. (R, 126 mins)
From incendiary director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible; Enter the Void) comes a hypnotic and hallucinatory party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. In Climax, a troupe of young dancers gathers for an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD. Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown. In French with subtitles. (95 mins)
Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job but her nights are devoted to the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. After meeting Arnold (John Turturro) on a night out, she finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with both joys and complications. From Academy Award-winning director Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience) comes this heartfelt romantic comedy. (R, 102 mins)
Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole. From acclaimed filmmaker Claire Denis. (110 mins)
A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, Hotel Mumbai vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Dev Patel) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child. (125 mins)
Ruben Brandt, Collector
In this sophisticated animated joyride, Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist, is forced to steal 13 paintings from the world’s renowned museums and private collections to prevent his suffering from terrible nightmares he has as a result of subliminal messaging he received as a child. He and his band of thieves strike regularly and with great success: the Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, MoMA. A cartel of insurance companies entrusts Mike Kowalski, a private detective and leading expert on art theft, to solve the ‘Collector Case.’ (96 mins)
As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski, Happy End) flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying. Living among refugees from around the world, Georg falls for Marie (Paula Beer, Frantz), a mysterious woman searching for her husband–the man whose identity he has stolen. Adapted from Anna Segher’s 1944 novel, Transit transposes the original story to the present, blurring periods to create a timeless exploration of the plight of displaced people. From director Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Barbara). In French and German with subtitles. (101 mins)
Woman at War
Iceland filmmaking has now arrived and it’s every bit as quirky and earthy as the Icelandic people themselves. Halla is a woman who leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. She is secretly waging a one-woman-war on the country’s toxic aluminum industry. From petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the multinational corporation building a new aluminum smelter.In Icelandic with subtitles. (101 mins)