Films Coming Soon
Friday, May 05, 2017
(aka NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER)
Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of New York City power and money, a would-be operator dreaming up financial schemes that never come to fruition. Always on the lookout for someone willing to pay attention to him, Norman sets his sights on Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi), a charismatic Israeli politician alone in New York at a low point in his career. Sensing Eshel's vulnerability, Norman reaches out with a gift of a very expensive pair of shoes, a gesture that deeply touches Eshel. When Eshel becomes Prime Minister of Israel three years later, he remembers. With his connection to the leader of a major nation, Norman is awash in the respect he has always craved. Flush with his newfound feeling of success, Norman attempts to use Eshel's name to leverage his biggest deal ever: a series of quid pro quo transactions linking the Prime Minister to Norman's nephew (Michael Sheen), a rabbi (Steve Buscemi), a mogul (Harris Yulin), his assistant (Dan Stevens) and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. Norman's kaleidoscopic plans soon go awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent.
The new film by Academy Award® nominated director Joseph Cedar (FOOTNOTE) is a comic and compassionate drama of a little man whose downfall is rooted in a human frailty all too easy to forgive — a need to matter.
DIR/SCR Joseph Cedar; PROD Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, David Mandil, Oren Moverman, Eyal Rimmon, Gideon Tadmor. Israel/U.S., 2016, color, 117 min. In English and Hebrew with English subtitles. RATED R
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Winner of the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Fayyad and Danish co-director Johannessen's breathtaking work – a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage – follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush toward explosions in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders – Khaled, Subhi and Mahmoud – as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee with their families or stay and fight for their country. A gripping portrait of extraordinary bravery, LAST MEN IN ALEPPO provides a stirring new perspective on a conflict reshaping our world.
DIR/SCR Firas Fayyad; SCR Steen Johannessen; PROD Søren Steen Jespersen, Kareem Abeed. Syria/Denmark, 2017, color, 110 min. In Arabic with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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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
Friday, June 09, 2017
A dark romance, MY COUSIN RACHEL tells the story of Philip (Sam Claflin, THEIR FINEST), a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel (Rachel Weisz, THE CONSTANT GARDENER), believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. The film is based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, the author whose novels "Rebecca" and "Jamaica Inn" and short stories "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now" have been adapted into landmark films. Directed and written for the screen by Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL, LE WEEK-END, CHANGING LANES).
DIR/SCR Roger Michell, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier; PROD Kevin Loader. UK/U.S., 2017, color, 106 min. RATED PG-13
No passes accepted.
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.