It Follows - Opens April 3rd
For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.
"Where most teen horror movies revel in the peer group splintering and getting slaughtered, this one is more interested in how people gather around a loved one and shield her from harm." - Boston Globe
"From the opening moments, the one thing clear about It Follows is that it will not follow in everyone else's footsteps." - NPR
"Unlike many working in this genre, Mitchell doesn't punish young women for having sex: This is a gender-blind demonic delivery vehicle." - New York Post
94 min., Rated. R
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter - Opens April 3rd
In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she's mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it - and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she's seen in the movies.
"Kumiko's unique vision makes for humour and pathos in David Zellner's film." - Toronto Star.
"One of the best films to ever premiere at Sundance." - Film.com.
"A beguiling fable of buried treasure and movie-fed obsession." - Variety.
105 min., Unrated.
Song of the Sea - One-Time Showing
Friday April 10th, 7:00 PM
We are excited to announce Cinema Center will be hosting a one-time screening of the Oscar Nominated "Song of the Sea" from director Tomm Moore ("The Secret of Kells", "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet")!
After their mother's disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben knows only from his mother's folktales. But this is no bedtime story; these fairy folk have been in our world far too long. It soon becomes clear to Ben that Saoirse is the key to their survival. Featuring the voice talents of Brendan Gleeson and Fionnula Flanagan. You had us at "adorable-seal-eyes".
“Song of the Sea is a wonder to behold. This visually stunning animation masterwork, steeped in Irish myth, folklore and legend, so adroitly mixes the magical and the everyday that to watch it is to be wholly immersed in an enchanted world.” – Los Angeles Times.
“Song of the Sea moves delicately but purposefully from pain to contentment and from anger to love.” – The New York Times.
93 min., Rated PG
Seymour: An Introduction - Opens April 17th
Seymour Bernstein started playing the piano as a little boy, and by the time he turned 15 he was teaching it to others. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a performer before he gave it up to devote himself to helping others develop their own gifts. While Ethan Hawke's gentle, meditative study is a warm and lucid portrait of Bernstein and his exceptional life and work, it's also a love letter to the study of music itself, and a film about the patience, concentration, and devotion thatare fundamental to the practice of art. Seymour: An Introduction allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony through his love of music.
"Hawke's film is very well crafted, tightly edited and elegantly photographed. The acute musical selections only add to our appreciation of Seymour's selfless devotion to his art." - Hollywood Reporter.
"In his calm defense of beauty, craftsmanship, intellectual curiosity and emotional connection as vital human needs, this is one artist who knows he doesn't have to raise his voice to speak volumes." - Variety.
84 min., Rated PG.
Love's Labour's Won (or Much Ado About Nothing)
April 17th- 7pm, April 19th- 2pm
We’re thrilled to be screening a live cinema broadcast recording from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Love's Labour's Won (or Much Ado About Nothing) will be playing at Cinema Center April 17th at 7pm & Apirl 19th at 2pm. No Cinema Center passes, Patron Member discount or Lincoln discount can be applied to the purchase of this event's ticket.Tickets wil be $15 General Admission, $10 Member Admission.
Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Shakespeare's comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out.
140 min. + 20 min. Interval, Unrated.
The Water Diviner - New York Film Critics Series Sneak Preview Screening
Thursday, April 23rd
Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, “The Water Diviner,” is an epic and inspiring tale of one man’s life-changing journey of discovery. Crowe plays Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdoğan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and may be this father’s only hope. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
No Cinema Center passes, Patron Member discount or Lincoln discount can be applied to the purchase of this event's ticket. Tickets for this event are $15 General Admission, $10 Member Admission.
"Making his directorial debut with the brawny and big-hearted Australian war drama The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe taps a deep well of symbolism, cultural empathy and good old-fashioned storytelling." - The Hollywood Reporter
"A handsome crowdpleaser with a big heart." The Guardian
111 min., Unrated
White God - Opens May 8th
A cautionary tale between a superior species and its disgraced inferior... Favoring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the streets. Hagen and his master search desperately for each other until Lili loses faith. Struggling to survive, homeless Hagen realizes that not everyone is a dog’s best friend. Hagen joins a gang of stray dogs, but is soon captured and sent to the pound. With little hope inside there, the dogs will seize an opportunity to escape and revolt against mankind. Their revenge will be merciless. Lili may be the only one who can halt this unexpected war between man and dog.
"Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó downplays White God as a "genre experiment," but his film has real bite regardless." - Toronto Star
"A rousing creature-feature thriller and political allegory..." - Globe and Mail
"Director Kornél Mundruczó goes big with allegory, violence, drama and sentiment, and the results are riveting." - New York Post.
117 min., Rated R.
Clouds of Sils Maria - Opens May 8th
Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an actress at the peak of her international career who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years earlier. Back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young woman who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.
"A playful and captivating hybrid of Ingmar Bergman's Persona, Joseph Mankiewicz's All About Eve, and quintessentially Assayas-esque meta-mischief." - The Atlantic.
"This recalls Ingmar Bergman's chamber dramas in the intensity and psychological complexity of the central relationship, yet the filmmaking is breathtakingly fluid, evoking a sense of romantic abandon." - Chicago Reader.
"A multi-layered, femme-driven meta-fiction that pushes all involved - including next-gen starlets Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz - to new heights." - Variety.
122 min., Rated R.
Animals - Opens May 15th
"Animals" tells the story of a young couple that exist somewhere between homelessness and the fantasy life they imagine for themselves. Though they masterfully con and steal in an attempt to stay one step ahead of their addiction, they are ultimately forced to face the reality of their situation.
Special screening with director and Fort Wayne native Collin Schiffli on May 16, at 8pm. Question and answer session following the film.
"Dastmalchian and Shaw are thoroughly convincing both as vividly drawn, emotionally complex individuals, and as a couple inextricably bound by addiction and enabling. Among the well-cast supporting players, John Heard makes the most significant impact." - Variety.
"Animals presents an authenticity often lacking in films about drug abuse. It largely has Dastmalchin's screenplay to thank." - Austin Chronicle.
"It is a character study that reminds me of the first time I saw Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy. And it could eventually herald the arrival of as important a talent." - Film Threat.
90 min., Unrated.