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THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL United States. 2015. Directed by Marielle Heller. (102 mins.) Rated R.
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL is a sharp, funny, memorable account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening!
A riveting, resonant, astonishing debut from Marielle Heller, with a star-making portrayal from Brit actress Bel Powley, THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL recounts the adventures of Minnie Goetze, a bright San Francisco teen growing up in the counterculture haze of the 70s. She chronicles her trials and triumphs through expressive drawings and wrenchingly honest memos confided to a tape recorder. Also spurred by exquisite performances from Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard, this provocative tale magnificently captures the anxiety, passion and wonders of adolescence.
THE END OF THE TOUR United States. 2015. Directed by James Ponsoldt. (106 mins.) Rated R.
THE END OF THE TOUR shares the tenuous yet intense five days spent between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace!
Based on David Lipsky's critically-acclaimed memoir about his road trip with Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace, THE END OF THE TOUR boasts fantastic performances from Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. The two men bob and weave around each other, revealing as much in what they don't say as what they do, exposing hidden frailties and sharing laughs. Deeply emotional, insightful and mesmerizing, befitting the troubled soul of Wallace himself, this profound film is a compelling, heartfelt tribute.
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH UK. 2015. Directed by James Kent. (129 mins.) Rated PG-13.
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, a woman's perspective on the futility of war, is a searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again!
An epic coming-of-age war tale based on Vera Brittain's powerful memoir of World War I, TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is the incredible true story of an irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded woman's struggle to survive the atrocities of war. Experiencing first-hand the heartbreak from the frontlines, Vera works as a nurse to wounded soldiers, but she determinedly resolves to create a world in which such a war can never take place again. A film with extraordinary spirit and heart, it is an honest, revealing, achingly beautiful portrait.
IRRATIONAL MAN United States. 2015. Directed by Woody Allen. (96 mins.) Rated R.
IRRATIONAL MAN is a razor sharp, collegiate crime caper with impeccable performances by Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone and Parker Posey!
An engaging, mischievous, tongue-in-cheek mystery infused with dark wit and existential angst, Woody Allen's IRRATIONAL MAN tells the story of Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix), a tormented philosophy professor. Emotionally at rock bottom and unable to find any joy or meaning in his life, Abe arrives to teach at a small town college and soon gets involved with two women: Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a vulnerable, lonely professor, wants him to rescue her from an unhappy marriage and his best student, Jill (Emma Stone), who finds Abe's tortured, artistic personality and exotic past irresistible. After he's intriguingly drawn into a stranger's overheard conversation about morality, Abe makes a profound choice that allows him to embrace life to the fullest again, but his decision sets off a chain of events with irreparable repercussions. Replete with delectable cynicism and unscrupulous behavior, IRRATIONAL MAN is an amusing, keenly observed tale of crime and punishment.
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR United States. 2015. Directed by Maya Forbes. (90 mins.) Rated R.
Based on the childhood of writer/director Maya Forbes and her sister China, lead singer of Pink Martini, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR is ultimately a poignant, feel-good drama about resilience, family and forgiveness.
Based on a true story, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR is a funny and moving portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save one another. The year is 1978, and Cam Stuart (Mark Ruffalo), black sheep of an old New England family, is fresh off a manic-depressive breakdown that landed him in a mental hospital. His exuberant attempts to win back the affections of his estranged wife Maggie and their two young, spirited daughters fall flat until they decide that he should move into their cramped Cambridge apartment while Maggie pursues a business degree in New York. Through trial and a lot of error, Cam begins to carve out a path with his precocious kids, hoping to fit back into their lives. It is a beautiful, sparkling and sensitive family portrait.
THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED Sweden/Russia/UK/France/Spain. 2015. Directed by Felix Herngren. (114 mins.) Rated R. in English and in Swedish, German, French, Russian & Spanish with English subtitles
THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED is a zany, droll and absurdist comic fable!
An irresistible and wonderfully quirky comedy that is both dark and life-affirming by turns, this adaptation of Jonas Jonasson's international best-seller has been likened to a cross between FORREST GUMP and ZELIG for the way in which its kooky centenarian is inextricably linked to key events in the 20th century. As Allan's 100th birthday approaches, the energetic, charismatic fellow decides that life in his retirement home is just too darn boring, and so he just up and leaves. The odd and astonishing adventure that follows, involving elephants, explosives, motorcycle gangs and the invention of the atomic bomb, as well as encounters with Stalin, Franco, Truman and Reagan, makes for one of the most eccentric and memorable films to come down the pike in years.
ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL United States. 2015. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. (104 mins.) Rated PG-13.
The funny and bruising Sundance sensation, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is a brilliant, precocious, fresh take on friendship!
Greg Gaines is an awkward, movie-obsessed misfit determined to coast through his senior year of high school as anonymously as possible. Avoiding social interactions like the plague, Greg spends most of his time putting his own wacky DIY twist on cinematic classics with his only friend, Earl. When Greg's well-meaning mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a classmate who's been diagnosed with leukemia, Greg reluctantly concedes but discovers a kindred spirit in this irreverent young woman. Bristling with wit from a clever screenplay, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's emotionally resonant take on the boy-meets-girl romantic comedy is a poignant coming-of-age tale peppered with hilarious graphics and enchanting performances from its mostly young cast. The toast of this year's Sundance Festival, where it won both Grand Jury and Audience Awards, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL will tickle your funny bone and tug at your heart.
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