The Royal Shakespeare Company's Production of Richard II starring David Tennant
December 13th, 15th, 27th & 29th
We’re thrilled to be screening the first ever live cinema broadcast from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Richard II, with David Tennant (Doctor Who) in the title role, will be playing at Cinema Center December 13th at 7pm, December 15th at 2pm, December 27th at 7pm and December 29th at 2pm.
Richard is King, ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years.
Philomena - Opens December 20th
Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock - something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of - and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
"A true story that takes unexpected, unusually poignant turns." - Philadelphia Inquirer.
"Judi Dench's portrayal of a stubborn, kindhearted Irish Catholic trying to discover what became of the toddler she was forced to give up as a teenager is so quietly moving that it feels lit from within." - New York Times.
"This affecting, impressively intelligent drama follows one elderly woman's search for her biological son, who was sold without her permission five decades earlier to a rich woman who pets the boy as she might a cat." - Village Voice.
94 min., Rated PG-13.
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
Opens December 27th
Director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) applies his playful imagination to animating a series of conversations with the esteemed linguist, philosopher, political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky. At the heart of these talks is Chomsky's theory of the emergence of language. In this intellectual feast, Gondry uses drawings to make complex ideas more accessible and to expand the documentary form.
"An almost entirely hand-drawn, animated film that was clearly a labor of love for the director and has enough charm to reach a wider audience."-Hollywood Reporter.
"When Gondry says he had to do this film with Chomsky, you believe him."-Los Angeles Times.
"Its modesty is one of its strengths, along with Mr. Gondry's entrancing, vibrant illustrations."-New York Times.
90 min., Unrated.
The Visitor - $5 One Time Showing
Saturday, December 28th at 11:59pm
Wealthy Atlanta basketball team owner Raymond Armstead (Lance Henrikson) is dating widow Barbara Collins (Joanne Nail) and seemingly in love with her, but he is really on assignment for a mysterious syndicate of rich men trying to gain power through the evil manipulation of a genetic alien force that is carried in Barbara's womb. Both Raymond and the smart-mouthed and uncannily talented pre-teen daughter of Collins, Katie (Paige Conner), want marriage and a new baby to be born, with this baby carrying forth the power that Katie is starting to show. An older man appears from another world (John Houston) and intervenes as the force of good that this power potentially has, trying to stop Katie from using her powers for evil and to take her back to a place where the goodness of children can thrive.
108 min., Rated R.
Bettie Page Reveals All - Opens January 3rd
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori's Bettie Page Reveals All is an intimate look at one of the world's most recognized sex symbols, told in her own words for the first time. In Mori's alluring documentary, the real Bettie Page emerges from the veil of myth and rumor via audio interviews taped a decade prior to her death in 2008. With earthy, razor sharp wit, Bettie tells her life story -- from humble beginnings as one of six children in an impoverished southern family, to high schoolsalutatorian, to scandalous 50s pin-up model, to shocking retirement in 1957 at the peak of her modeling career. Sharing rare details about her short-lived first marriage and many torrid affairs, this keen insider's glimpse follows Bettie through decades of broken marriages, born-again Christianity, and bouts of mental illness, before her ultimate return to the public eye in the early 90's, unaware of her cult status.
"The film's reason for being is the sound of Page's voice -- a worldly, aged Southern drawl -- as she recounts her life story from childhood through retirement." - Holloywood Reporter.
"A highly watchable portrait." - Los Angeles Times.
"Her enduring appeal is amply documented in myriad vintage photos and clips deployed, while erstwhile collaborators and latter-day admirers add their two cents." - Variety.
101 min., Rated R.
Inside Llewyn David - Opens January 10th
Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles-some of them of his own making.
"95% Fresh." - RottenTomatoes.com.
"In addition to everything else, Inside Llewyn Davis is very much a roman à clef about those early folk years, with many of its characters inspired by real people that the Coens reconstitute after viewing them through their very particular lens." - Los Angeles Times.
"It's a Coen brothers movie, which is to say a brilliant magpie's nest of surrealism, period detail and pop-culture scholarship." - New York Times.
"3.5/4 Stars. One thing's for sure about this raw provocation from the Coens: Like the music, the pain runs deep and true. You'll laugh till it hurts." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.
105 min., Rated R.
Dumbbells – One Time Showing: January 10th
Dumbbells follows Chris Long (Drolet), an ex-NCAA star turned trainer who finds new purpose when his gym's shallow new owner, Jack (Richards), unleashes a lucrative plan to turn the neglected business into a reality show. When Chris' complacent peers resist this new direction, he and Jack form an unlikely alliance that allows them to face the demons of their pasts and ultimately, save their gym's future.
100 min., Unrated.
Living Dark: The Story of Ted the Caver – One Time Showing: January 17th
Two brothers, reunited for their father's funeral, stumble upon the entrance to a nearby cave, where they are slowly forced to confront the true, nightmarish cause of their father's death. Based on the popular Ted the Caver Internet legend.
112 min., Unrated.