Films Coming Soon

Friday, April 28, 2017

The ancient Chinese board game go has long been considered the holy grail for artificial intelligence. Its simple rules but near-infinite number of outcomes make it exponentially more complex than chess. Mastery of the game by computers was considered by expert players and the AI community alike to be out of reach for at least another decade. Yet in 2016, Google's DeepMind team announced that they would be taking on Lee Sedol, the world's most elite go champion. The match was set for a weeklong tournament in Seoul in early 2016, and there was more at stake than the $1M prize.
Director Greg Kohs' absorbing documentary chronicles Google's DeepMind team as it prepares to test the limits of its rapidly evolving AI technology. The film pits machine against man, and reveals as much about the workings of the human mind as it does the future of AI. (Note courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival.)
DIR Greg Kohs; PROD Gary Krieg, Josh Rosen, Kevin Proudfoot. U.S., 2017, color, 90 min. NOT RATED
No passes accepted.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Martin Rosen's adaptation of the late Richard Adams' novel remains a classic of 20th-century animation, voiced by a fine cast of British stars, including John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson and Denholm Elliott. Adams' stark, often harsh, vision of a community of rabbits driven to search for a new home in the wake of impending destruction and violence is brought to life by naturalistic hand-drawn animation, bucolic watercolor backgrounds and expressionistic flourishes which underscore the film's religious and political subtext. As much an allegory about overcoming tyranny and fear as an adventure tale, WATERSHIP DOWN continues to delight and inspire. DIR/SCR/PROD Martin Rosen, from the novel by Richard Adams. UK, 1978, color, 91 min. RATED PG

AFI Member passes accepted91

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Recently deceased New York dandy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) arrives at the gates of Hell, where he presents his credentials for eternal damnation to a bemused, but not particularly impressed, Satan (Laird Cregar). Van Cleve may have lived a long life of wooing the fairer sex, despite his long and happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney), but he's no ladykiller. Ernst Lubitsch's late-career charmer features a colorful cast of character actors, including Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Spring Byington, Eugene Pallette, Signe Hasso and Louis Calhern. DIR/PROD Ernst Lubitsch; SCR Samson Raphaelson, from the play "Birthday" by Leslie Bush-Fekete. U.S., 1943, color, 112 min. NOT RATED

AFI Member passes accepted.