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THE IMPOSTER – Award-winning documentary that made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival tells the true story of a Texan boy who went missing in 1994 and was miraculously found 3 1/2 years later thousands of miles away in southern Spain. This is a jaw-dropping story about the lies we want to believe and the truths we choose to construct.
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA – Animated hit takes place at Dracula’s 5-Stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed, that is until one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything.
FAREWELL MY QUEEN – Director Benoit Jacquot’s film adaptation of the best selling novel by Chantal Thomas, follows one of Marie Antoinette’s ladies-in-waiting as she quietly works her way into the Queen’s favor, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. In French with English subtitles.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 – For all the fans of the first 3 films no explanation is necessary. For anybody who hasn’t experienced Paranormal Activity, start at the beginning – you have a lot of catching up to do.
FROM BEGINNING TO END – Controversial gay-themed film from Brazil centering on the intimate bond between two half-brothers and the effect it has on their families and friends. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
MY JOY – The fiction film debut of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa. My Joy is a haunting, inscrutible, mysterious, moody, darkly humorous critique of post-communist Russia. Beautifully shot by master cinematographer Oleg Mutu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 days) it follows truck driver Georgy as he sets out on a provincial Russian highway for a routine delivery, but after a series of chance encounters his journey spirals out of control.
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS – From director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) comes this blood drenched black comedy about a struggling writer, an unemployed actor, a psychotic gangster, and one stolen dog. Stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and Christopher Walken.
THE SALT OF LIFE – In his warm and witty follow-up to Mid-August Lunch, writer-director-actor Gianni Di Gregorio has created a bittersweet comedy about a middle-aged retiree who has become invisible to all women, regardless of age or relation. Funny, poignant, and very, very Italian. In Italian with English subtitles.
END OF WATCH – A gritty, gripping cop drama stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as police officers who find themselves on the receiving end of a violent backlash from a notorious drug cartel after a routine traffic stop.
POINT BLANK – Thrilling french thriller about a man whose pregnant wife is kidknapped by a dangerous criminal, pitting him against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a race to save his wife and unborn child. Director Fred Cavaye wrote the Russell Crowe film “The Next Three Days”. In French with English subtitles.
COMPLIANCE – Chilling story, inspired by true events, about a fast food manager who gets a call from a man claiming to be a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky, has stolen money from a customer. What follows is an invasive and disturbing investigation into the lengths a person will go to obey an authority figure. Terrific acting by Ann Dowd and Dreama Walker.
MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE – Gerard Depardieu is a nearly illiterate man in his 50’s who happens to sit beside Margueritte (Gisele Casadesus), a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. This chance encounter on a park bench transforms both their lives in director Jean Becker’s charming film about friendship and new beginnings.
THE POSSESSION – An antique wooden box purchased at a yard sale spells trouble for a divorced couple and their two young girls in this supernatural thriller starring Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
TO ROME WITH LOVE – Woody Allen continues his tour of foreign cities with this ensemble comedy starring Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, and of course Woody Allen.
TAKEN 2 – Liam Neeson returns as the ex-CIA operative who stopped at nothing to rescue his daughter from kidknappers in “Taken”. On vacation in Istanbul he faces off with the families of the kidknappers he so excellently dispatched in the first film.
THE PAPERBOY – A sexually and racially charged film noir from director Lee Daniels (Precious). Deep in the backwaters of 1960’s south Florida an investigative reporter and his partner chase a sensational, career-making story. Stars Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, Zac Efron, and in a remarkably sweaty, and slutty, performance, Nicole Kidman.