Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity.
"Demolishes the cliches of the musical-prodigy genre, investing the traditionally polite stages and rehearsal studios of a topnotch conservatory with all the psychological intensity of a battlefield or sports arena."- Variety.
"You don't have to be a jazz fan for Whiplash to zap you with its thrumming live-wire beat (although it doesn't hurt). If you can appreciate the sight of two totally dialed-in performers simmering until they boil over, that's enough."- Entertainment Weekly.
"A movie you feel as much as you see, and what you see is both exquisite and excruciating."- Los Angeles Times.
106 min., Rated R.
The Mayor & King Switch Places - One Time Showing
December 19th at 8pm
Reception starts at 8pm in the Spectator Lounge, movie starts at 9pm.
The King needs a vacation. He's bored with his life and war looms on the horizon. When the King's advisor happens to meet the Mayor's chief of staff, they concoct a publicity stunt in which the respective leaders switch places. However, the King quite enjoys being the mayor and when the gold coins festival comes to town, the temporary switch may have long lasting consequences. Shot in Fort Wayne, and featuring many regulars from Jirk comedy shows, "The Mayor and King Switch Places" combines the overconfidence of the worst student films and the mundane aspects of the non-action scenes from a low budget action movie to create something unlike anything you've ever seen before. Except it's funny. $5, please.
Jingle Bell Rocks! - One Time Showing
Saturday, December 20th at 4pm
Regular Pricing Applies.
Come join us for a screening of the documentary Jingle Bell Rocks! and a discussion afterwards with Rob Martinez, who is featured in the film and host of The Movie Music Spotlight on WBOI.
A look at 12 little-known, offbeat Christmas songs, including "The Little Boy That Christmas Forgot," "Back Door Santa" and "Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)," and profiles of collectors of holiday music.
83 min., Unrated.
Elf - One Time Showing
Monday, December 22nd at 7:30pm
No Cinema Center passes, Patron Member discount or Lincoln discount can be applied to this event's ticket.
To see Elf for FREE, listen to Soft Rock 103.9 for your chance to win tickets to this showing! There will be carolers for an hour prior to the the screening, sponsored by Soft Rock 103.9 fm.
Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he's not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family.
107 min., Rated PG.
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her 'out of control' 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel's dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called 'The Babadook' turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he's been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son's behaviour, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
"This is a different kind of nail-biter that has less to do with demonic possession than with the renegade power of an untamed imagination." - Hollywood Reporter.
"You will be scared. And also, perhaps even more scarily, moved." - New York Times.
"The Babadook is a smart, darkly drawn modern-day horror movie of monsters, memories and mothers." - Los Angeles Times.
94 min., Unrated
The Captive - Last Shows!
Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) steps briefly into a diner and comes out to find that his young daughter Cassandra has vanished without a trace from the back of his truck. Her unsolved abduction destroys Matthew's once-happy relationship with his wife, Tina (Mireille Enos), who, haunted by mementos of Cassandra that appear mysteriously at her work, suspects her husband of foul play. Years later, when detectives Nicole (Rosario Dawson) and Jeffrey (Scott Speedman) discover recent images of Cassandra (Alexia Fast) online, Matthew risks everything to ensure his daughter's safe return-and to save himself and Tina from the limbo of unrelenting despair.
112 min., Rated R.