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WHILE WE'RE YOUNG United States. 2015. Directed by Noah Baumbach. (97 mins.) Rated R.
WHILE WE'RE YOUNG is a shrewd comedy about the joys and jolts of people growing up and discovering who they are and what they want out of life!
An amusingly wry and cunning comedy, Noah Baumbach's WHILE WE'RE YOUNG explores aging, ambition and success with searing wit and wisdom. Josh and Cornelia (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) are a middle-aged couple whose uneventful lives are overturned when a disarming young, hip couple enters their lives. Spontaneous and untethered, Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) are ready to drop everything in pursuit of their next passion, and for Josh, it's as if he's been given an opportunity to re-enter his youth. This sparkling film whimsically, woefully captures the weird, upended logic of urban sophisticates with the surprising comic allure reminiscent of classic Woody Allen films such as ANNIE HALL and MANHATTAN.
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT United States. 2015. Directed by Robert Kenner. (96 mins.) Rated PG-13.
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT is a compelling exposé of professional propagandists whose job is to dupe us and discredit science!
Director Robert Kenner, who brought us the wildly successful FOOD, INC. explores the shadowy world of purported experts who stake claims contrary to scientific consensus in his new documentary MERCHANTS OF DOUBT. While their efforts have spread confusion and delayed action against cigarettes and toxic chemicals, these professional skeptics, whose services are bought and paid for by corporations and think tanks, have most recently been hired to cast doubt on topics such as climate change. Kenner cunningly profiles key climate skeptics, uncovering their credentials and motivations and shows how they navigate media and government to disseminate their disinformation. It's smart, well-researched and shocking in its revelations! There is no more timely movie than this!
MONSTERS UK. 2015. Directed by Tom Green. (116 mins.) Rated R.
MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT is a suspenseful, imaginative character drama set in a world overrun by aliens!
Darkly intense, this epic sequel to the sci-fi hit MONSTERS is also an edge-of-your-seat stand-alone companion flick. When an American platoon stationed in the Middle East is thrust into battle with a new breed of aliens, we follow four fresh new recruits from Detroit as they excitedly delve headstrong into unexpected territory. The Infected Zones have spread worldwide and they must face a life-altering journey through the dark heart of dangerous territory, confronted with the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.
KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER United States. 2015. Directed by David Zellner. (105 mins.) Not Rated. In English and in Japanese with English subtitles
KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER is the adventurous, quirky tale of a lonely woman who abandons her structured life to seek a satchel of money rumored to be hidden in the Minnesota wilderness!
A strangely touching underdog fable, KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER is a delightfully comical odyssey about a woman obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of FARGO that she's mistaken for a documentary. She fixates on a scene where a suitcase of cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of middle America. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves Tokyo behind with a crudely drawn treasure map to embark on a foolhardy quest. Eccentric and entertaining, this zany oddity is an imaginative charmer!
WILD TALES Argentina/Spain. 2014. Directed by Damian Szifron. (122 mins.) Rated R. In Spanish with English subtitles
Oscar Nominee! Best Foreign Language Film
WILD TALES is an outrageously, riotously entertaining collection of stories linked by common themes and fashioned with visual flair and a wicked sense of humor!
A collection of stories with a fresh and inventive visual style, WILD TALES lives up to its name and then some, intertwining six absurdly taut, hilarious and impassioned shorts with a common theme. Most people believe they will act rationally when confronted with a difficult situation, but when push comes to shove, there is that final straw that just might break the camel's back. Each engrossing episode is more outrageous than the last, delivering blistering, perfectly pitched performances and droll wit derived from social grievances and daily frustrations. It's an anthology of imaginative situations that builds to a crescendo of madness from which no one escapes unscathed. It's been awhile since we've seen such a playful tour de force!
IT FOLLOWS United States. 2015. Directed by David Robert Mitchell. (100 mins.) Rated R.
Called the most frightening American tale of the decade, IT FOLLOWS is a stylish, dizzyingly tense, relentless chiller that opts for originality and atmosphere over cheap scare tactics!
Most horror movies lurk in the shadows. Director David Robert Mitchell does something very different and very daring with IT FOLLOWS, constructing a perfectly ordinary monster who looks just like one of us -- could even assume the appearance of someone you know and love - and is identifiable only through its unwavering, relentless stride towards the intended victim. It is utterly impervious to whether its day or night. Nineteen-year-old Jay has no inkling of what's in store when she hooks up with the handsome new boy in town, but her friends think she's clearly lost her mind. This dreamy, evocative coming-of-age thriller is injected with an adrenaline boost and mood that oscillates between delightful dread and flat-out panic!
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