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Inherent Vice

 

"Inherent Vice," is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin...well, easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," that's being way too overused - except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists... Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp - all Thomas Pynchon. 

 

"More than just an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel, the film engages with the author's literature on the whole, attempting a filmic analogue to his virtuosic prose." - The Chicago Reader.

 

"I can't wait to see it again." - Salon.com.

 

"Anderson's seventh feature film is a groovy, richly funny stoner romp." - Variety.

 

148 min., Rated R.

 

 

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Kismet 

Turkish soap operas have taken the world by storm, conquering the hearts of millions of viewers in the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans and Asia. With unprecedented access to the industry’s most glamorous actors and creative talent, ‘Kismet’ unravels the secrets of this phenomenal success that transcends religion and culture. From the lavish production sets of the most popular Turkish soap operas, the film travels to streets and homes in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Athens, Sofia and Mostar, to discover how these taboo-breaking soaps are helping women across the region to claim their rights and transform their lives.

57min., Unrated.

 

Playing with Fire

This is a documentary about actresses in Afghanistan, who are courageous enough to be involved with theatre arts and find themselves facing harsh criticism, social disapproval and even threats about their lives and the lives of their families. Anneta Papathanassiou, actress and director, visits Kabul to teach ancient Greek theatre and record the lives of Afghan artists, who try to combine art and culture under very difficult circumstances in this troubled country.

58 min., Unrated.

 

Six Days

Three women, three wars, one dream. Lanja is a journalist in Iraq fearlessly fighting against honor violence. Maia in Abkhazia battles archaic customs like 'bride kidnapping'. Nelly runs a women's shelter in the slums of Monrovia, Liberia. A universal story of women's courage and survival in the aftermath of war.

56 min, Unrated.

 

My Stolen Revolution

As a student, the director managed to flee revolutionary Iran. Many who stayed behind did not survive. When there are renewed protests in Tehran 30 years later, she goes looking for a couple of other survivors who fled. An emotional, very personal documentary.

75 min., Unrated.

 

Derby Crazy Love

Derby Crazy Love takes viewers inside the adrenaline-filled world of women's roller derby. Meet Smack Daddy, Suzy Hotrod, Bonnie Thunders, Raw Heidi, Kamikaze Kitten, Iron Wench and other bad-ass warriors who are changing how we look at women in sport and femininity, one booty block at a time.

64 min., Unrated.

 

Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation

This is the story of the women's liberation movement from 1963-1970. In 2004 a woman whispered to me 'Are you a feminist?' She was embarrassed to ask me. I tried explaining to her that it was good to be a feminist, but I lacked a detailed visual history. I had no 'snapshots' in my mind from which to grab. I decided to interview many of the feminists who made that revolution happen. I made it as a woman would, I traveled around the country and talked to the feminists from that time. I connect these stories with my story as a feminist and a mother of a small girl who wants her to know the history of the women's movement.

64 min., Unrated.

 

 

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Son of a Gun - Last Shows!

 

Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR (Brenton Thwaites) quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia's most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor). But protection comes at a price; Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protégée. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch's freedom, staging a daring prison break and joining his crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor.

 

108 min., Rated R.

 

 

 

The Homesman - Last Shows!

 

When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat.  

 

"Swank and Streep are big stars with famous faces, and yet disappear into their roles; these characters convey both quiet strength and gentle kindness." - Seattle Times.

 

"The Homesman" is both a captivating western and a meticulous, devastating feminist critique of the genre." - New York Times.

 

"The Homesman is a western hard and true, one that probably comes closer to depicting the hardships of frontier life than any number of more conventional oaters." - Toronto Star.

 

122 min., Rated R.

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