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GENIUS UK. 2016. Directed by Michael Grandage. (104 mins.) Rated PG-13.
GENIUS is a rousing literary drama about the clashing of egos with an all-star cast including Jude Law, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney and Guy Pearce!
"It tells a story of beauty - as it plays out in an improbably fruitful friendship, and as it's discovered within vast expanses of raw language by a craftsman who was arguably an artist in his own right."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"I was spellbound." - Rex Reed, New York Observer
A passionate and intriguing study of the personalities and creative process behind some of the early 20th century's great writing, GENIUS gregariously marks the cinematic debut of successful London theatre director Michael Grandage. When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an eccentric, unknown writer named Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) falls into his hands, editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) is convinced he's discovered an artistic genius, but they struggle to re-work a version for publication. Beautifully crafted and utterly engaging, this biopic is a thoughtful, touching tribute boasting stellar, exhilarating performances from its spectacular cast.
"An intriguing study of the personalities and torturous process behind some of the early 20th century's great writing." - Tom Russo, Boston Globe
FRANCOFONIA France/Germany/The Netherlands. 2016. Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov. (88 mins.) Not Rated. in English and in French, Russian & German with English subtitles
FRANCOFONIA is bursting with passion and ideas...fascinating, thought-provoking and brilliant to behold!
"Francofonia is a brilliant meditation on art, on war - and what happens to art when nations go to war." - Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
Master filmmaker Alexander Sokurov returns with a resplendent, whimsically intellectual, cinematic feast set amidst the halls and exhibits of the Louvre. Beginning as a portrait of Paris' world-renowned museum, FRANCOFONIAslowly expands into a monumental canvas upon which Sokurov traces France's centuries-old role as a dedicated supporter of the arts and tells of the men who collaborated to preserve cherished masterpieces under the Nazi Occupation. It is a stunning, impeccably filmed reflection on the relation between art, culture and power.
"Blending archival footage, actor re-creation and special effects (sometimes all in the same shot), he creates a sense of specific place and time - and, in doing so, crafts a sort of cinematic ode to art." - Moira McDonald, Seattle Times
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP United States/UK/France/Netherlands. 2016. Directed by Whit Stillman. (92 mins.) Rated PG.
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP is a hysterically funny tale about the adventures of a world-class schemer and dreamer with a shining performance from Kate Beckinsale!
"Love & Friendship is quick, clever and delightful, very funny and hugely entertaining." - Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
A gleeful marvel of satire and timeless wit, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP brings the romantic entanglements of an early Jane Austen novella to vibrant life in this joyous and jubilant comedy! A beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (a deliciously devious Kate Beckinsale), takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate while waiting for social chatter about a personal dalliance to pass. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious and amusingly egotistical woman enlists the help of her old friend Alicia (Chloe Sevigny) to play matchmaker for her daughter, and maybe herself. Wickedly caustic and charmingly cheeky, this witty tale is a wonderfully spirited and good-natured treat!
"Stillman doesn't upend the Austen formula, he burrows into it and embraces all its trappings. The snappy dialogue, meanwhile, rewards a finely tuned ear and will thrill all lovers of language." - Adam Graham, Detroit News
DARK HORSE UK. 2016. Directed by Louise Osmond. (85 mins.) Rated PG.
DARK HORSE is an uplifting tale of hope about a rousing group of friends who decide to take on the elite sport of kings and breed themselves a racehorse!
"The special appeal of Dark Horse is that it's about many more things, all of them fascinating, than its starting point would suggest." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Buoyantly crafted by filmmaker Louise Osmond, this Sundance Audience Award Winner for Best World Cinema Documentary is a life-affirming underdog story that will touch the hearts of anyone who has dared to dream. In early 2000, in a tiny village in one of the poorest mining valleys in Wales, the barmaid at the men's club gathered together a group of locals to pitch in and raise a foal to become a racehorse. DARK HORSE is an utterly heartwarming and delightfully life-affirming tale about community, passion, breaking social barriers and overcoming obstacles against all odds. It's absolutely enchanting!
"An inspiring tale heard, as it were, straight from the horse's mouth." - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
THE LOBSTER Ireland/UK. 2016. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. (118 mins.) Rated R.
THE LOBSTER is an incredibly imaginative, absurdist romantic comedy starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz!
"The Lobster is what would happen if Wes Anderson set about doing Franz Kafka, with a hefty dash of George Orwell thrown into the mix: surreal, comic, sad, strange, beautiful, sublime." - Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
From the darkly irreverent mind of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos comesTHE LOBSTER, a biting allegorical satire about a world where failing to find love means being turned into an animal. In a society that otherwise appears identical to our own, single folks are rounded up and forced to check into a hotel where they have 45 days to find someone to love. Among the recently incarcerated is David (Colin Farrell), whose post-divorce grace period has come to an end, and as the days tick down without any viable mate in sight, he is forced to take some radical action. It is a deliciously, delirious love letter to human nature!
"An atypically rich and substantial comedy that's stuffed with great scenes and performances even before you start to chew on its bigger questions." - Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY UK. 2016. Directed by Matt Brown. (108 mins.) Rated PG-13. In English with some Tamil and Sanskrit
With Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY charts the untold true story of one of the greatest mathematical geniuses of his generation!
"This is not so much a film about understanding the numbers, but understanding the men who made us see their merit, and the passion that drives each of us to find the true meaning in our lives. And that is a worthy lesson indeed." - Miriam Di Nunzio, Chicago Sun-Times
Dev Patel (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons deliver fantastic performances in THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY, a sweeping, inspirational biopic about early-20th century Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. This gorgeous film carries us from his humble roots in Madras, where opportunities were few, to Cambridge University, where, despite his brilliant visionary theories, he was harassed and humiliated because of his dark skin. It is a triumphant tale about perseverance and pride and pays tribute to a deep friendship that evolved from stern mentor and untamable protégé to true peers, transcending the timely obstacles of race, class and culture.
"The film's heart comes from the unlikely friendship between Ramanujan and Hardy, and Patel and Irons both give nuanced, poignant performances as two men from different worlds." - Devan Coggin, Entertainment Weekly
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