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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
The much anticipated new film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive). Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine and writes poetry into a notebook and then goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing and new dreams come to her almost daily. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. (R, 113 mins)
"What becomes clear in the course of the movie is that Jarmusch has constructed his own version of a poem, with recurring images and themes that allow him to delve into the nature of commitment, artistic ambition and how inner life is shaped by the tidal pull of place and history." – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"I’ve never seen a film that captures the inner world of an artist with such delicacy." – David Edelstein, New York Magazine
ONE WEEK ONLY (Feb 24-March 2) Nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture. In this heart-wrenching drama, five-year-old Saroo (wonderfully played by Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train that takes him thousands of miles away from his home and family, ending up bewildered and afraid in chaotic Kolkata (Calcutta). Somehow he survives living on the streets, before finding shelter in an orphanage and eventually being adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman, David Denham). Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, Saroo (Dev Patel, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Slumdog Millionaire) suppresses his yearning for his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting and the help of Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times. (PG-13, 119 mins)
"The beauty of Lion is that it explores and allows for the unique possibilities and power of multiple homes, multiple families and multiple selves." – Katie Walsch, Chicago Tribune
"Lion is a complex movie, with its profound themes of home and identity, and its tonally disparate halves. A smartly understated approach to Brierley’s story holds it all together. Sometimes the truth alone is enough." – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
ONE WEEK ONLY (Feb 24-Mar 2
Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary. At the time of his death in 1987, James Baldwin left behind an unfinished manuscript for his next project. It was to be a revolutionary, personal account of three assassinated leaders who were also his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Now thirty years later, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. Using only Baldwin’s words, either spoken by the man himself or read by Samuel L. Jackson, and a flood of rich archival material, Peck has crafted a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America. I Am Not Your Negro is a poetic journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. (95 mins)
"Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro is the rare movie that might be called a spiritual documentary." – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"It is a striking work of storytelling. By assembling the scattered images and historical clips suggested by Baldwin’s writing, I Am Not Your Negro is a cinematic séance, and one of the best movies about the civil rights era ever made."
– Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
The comedy/horror/musical turned cult classic stars Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. All shows feature live cast performances by Norfolk's own Fishnet Inc. No props allowed--throw your imagination! Tickets go on sale about 1/2 hour before showtime; plenty of seats always available. Until further notice , it shows every 4th Friday of each month and, of course, Halloween night each year, and additionally showing on the 5th Friday of each month (if there is one) with proceeds benefiting Fishnet Inc. (R, 99 mins)
Sat morning, Feb 25 - 10:00am to Noon at Naro Cinema
"Big Music in the Movies" with Christopher Palestrant
Got your Oscar picks yet? How about Best Score? Chris Palestrant, award-winning professor of Music Composition, can help you there. Did you know that when George Lucas was directing Star Wars in 1977, he needed something new for his theme music? John Williams gave it to him: a style taken from….an opera written in 1869! His trick resulted in one of the most popular and important film scores every written. Come discover connections Chris has discovered between movie music and Romantic-era music and the effect it has on you when you go to the movies. Experience the second revolution in film scoring. It will change the way you watch movies! Presented by the community enrichment program "Evenings at St Patrick"
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Palestrant, professor, Elizabeth City State University
Note: Tickets are 2 for $35. Course starts at 10:00 a.m. to 12noon.
Plan B is back at the Naro with a comedy event you won't wanna miss. "My Mother's Boyfriend Made Caramel" will be a fast paced, hilarious comedic romp full of Sketch, Video, and Improv comedy. Bring some beer money and your inhaler... it's gonna be a good time!
Beer from O'Connor Brewing Co will be available for purchase during the show, with all proceeds benefiting Naro Expanded Video.
Any 4 for $50
Single admission at door on morning of show - $15
If you love movies, join a discriminating group of cinephiles to share brunch, conversation, critique, and an advance screening of the latest offering from a roster of prominent independent, foreign, and American filmmakers. 9:30am is brunch, followed by the film at 10:00, then discussion and rating of the film.
The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the most influential albums of our time. Rolling Stone described it as “the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.” In this second film (in a series of four--Rubber Soul and Revolver are coming), Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at Sgt. Pepper from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music. Mr. Freiman conducts an educational journey into the creative process of The Beatles performances and recording sessions. You are guaranteed to leave amazed at The Beatles’ innovation in the studio and have a newfound appreciation for the talents of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr. (90 mins)
Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary. A once peaceful Mediterranean island called Lampedusa located near Sicily has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old Italian boy who lives there with his family. Yet nearby we also witness thousands of men, women and children trying to survive the crossing from Africa in boats that are too small for such a journey. Filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi masterfully places these realities side by side. In English and italian with subtitles.(108 mins)
Post-film discussion facilitated by:
Erika Frydenlund, Ph.D. is on faculty at ODU with research on social justice issues and refugee studies.
Maurizio Geri is researching his doctorate and teaching at ODU in International Studies focusing on global democratic crisis and human migration.
Rosa Motta, Ph.D. is on faculty at Christopher Newport University where she teaches Italian language, Art History, and Archeology.
"Where journalism leaves off, Fire at Sea begins. It takes a unique documentary filmmaker like Gianfranco Rosi to capture the drama through the periscope of his camera focused on the small Sicilian island of Lampedusa." - Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
The acclaimed female British filmmaker Amma Asante (Belle) is of Ghanaian heritage. Her new film is the true story of the love
between King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo, Selma) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white working-class woman from London. Their proposed marriage caused an international uproar in the late 1940s and was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The policy of apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. (PG-13, 111 mins)
"It's a tender love story that never goes soft on its provocations. It's a defiant cry from the heart." – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Director Amma Asante (Belle) is carving a niche for herself, making gorgeous-looking cinema from untold histories. Her best asset here is Oyelowo." – Johanna Schneller, The Toronto Globe and Mail
Join filmmaker John Beder, and Virginia Symphony Music Director JoAnn Falletta, along with the Ambrosia String Quartet for this new documentary film that examines performance anxiety through the experience of professional orchestra musicians. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, and always engaging. http://composeddocumentary.com
Tickets are $12 at the door and through the Virginia Symphony website. A social at Ynot Italian will follow the event at the theater.