Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho
Mother's Day Weekend Engagement
May 6th-May 8th
Spend the night at the Bates Motel with Mother.
Cinema Center is pleased to announce the screening of Alfred Hitchcock's horror/thriller masterpiece just in time for Mother's Day. No other film has shocked audiences quite like Psycho, and now you will have a chance to see a new, high-definition digitally restored version of the revered film.
In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screen's master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in the world) when he released Psycho and forever changed the shape and tone of the screen thriller. From its first scene, in which an unmarried couple balances pleasure and guilt in a lunchtime liaison in a cheap hotel (hardly a common moment in a major studio film in 1960), Psycho announced that it was taking the audience to places it had never been before, and leads to a series of events that all culminate in a certain shower, at a certain roadside motel. This film is elevated by an iconic score by Bernard Herrmann, and remarkable performances by the unforgettable Janet Leigh, and of course, Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates.
"All those who still get a chill every time they step into a hotel shower, say aye. That, you see, is the power of Psycho."- Salon.
"What makes Psycho immortal, when so many films are already half-forgotten as we leave the theater, is that it connects directly with our fears." - Roger Ebert.
"Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece blends a brutal manipulation of audience identification and an incredibly dense, allusive visual style to create the most morally unsettling film ever made." - Chicago Reader.
Born to be Blue - Opens May 6th
Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker's life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame (Carmen Ejogo). Creatively blending fact with fiction and driven by Hawke's virtuoso performance, Born to Be Blue unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz.
"It's not necessary to be a jazz fan to get lost in this poetic and poignant film." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"Its own fascinating beast, bolstered by an inventive, reality-blurring script and a moving performance by Ethan Hawke." - NPR.
"Ethan Hawke gives one of the best performances of his career in Robert Budreau's Chet Baker non-biopic." - Variety.
98 min., Rated R.
The Family Fang - Opens May 13th
Adult siblings Baxter (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Nicole Kidman), scarred from an unconventional upbringing, return to their family home after an unlikely accident. When their parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett) - performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes - suddenly go missing under troubling circumstances, Baxter and Annie investigate. Unsure whether it's foul play or just another elaborate ruse, nothing can prepare them for what they discover.
"Acutely observed and graced with equal parts humor and honest feeling." - Hollywood Reporter
"Jason Bateman proves that 'Bad Words' was no fluke with this sharp and affecting dysfunctional-family portrait." - Variety
"Bateman has crafted an effective portrait of a dysfunctional family that's not entirely unlike the Bluth Family." - The Film Stage
115 mins., Rated R.
High-Rise - Opens May 20th
A doctor (Tom Hiddleston) moves into a London skyscraper where rising tensions and class warfare lead to anarchy.
"This "High-Rise" is a scathing, intoxicating visual and auditory experience, the most truthful and most powerful Ballard adaptation we've ever seen, or are likely to." - Salon.com.
"High-Rise is a highly sexy and violent look through a distorting lens at both that familiar past, and the way we live now." - The Arts Desk.
"[High-Rise] is visionary film-making, wildly ambitious, very caustic and hitting the bull's eye of almost every target in its sights." - The Independent.
112 min., Rated. R
The Lobster - Opens June 3rd
Colin Farrell stars as David, a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, David lives in a society where single people have 45 days to find true love, or else they are turned into the animal of their choice and released into the woods. David is kept at the mysterious hotel while he searches for a new partner, and after several romantic misadventures decides to make a daring escape to abandon this world. He ultimately joins up with a rebel faction known as The Loners, a group founded on a complete rejection of romance. But once there David meets an enigmatic stranger (Rachel Weisz) who stirs up unexpected and strong feelings within him... At once a full immersion into a strange and surreal world, and a witty and clever reflection of our own society, THE LOBSTER is a thrillingly audacious vision fully brought to life by Lanthimos and his terrific cast. The filmmaker displays a completely singular style and mastery of tone, finding the perfect balance between sharp-edged satire and romantic fable that entertains its audience while also leaving them with lots to reflect on long after the credits have rolled.
"Yorgos Lanthimos' first English-language feature is a wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving satire of couple-fixated society." - Variety.
"Bone-dry dystopian satire, with Lanthimos piling absurdity upon absurdity, results in a film that is by turns entertaining and baffling, but also fully in command of its crazy world." - Toronto Star.
"This is cinema in quotemarks, tongue-in-cheek storytelling that uses absurdity to hold a mirror to how we live and love." - Time Out.
118 min., Rated R.