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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
3 & 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets
Wednesday, Sept 2 at 7:15pm
Presented with the Unitarian Church of Norfolk
Director Marc Silver’s (Who Is Dayani Cristal) new film examines the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis who was a passenger in a car parked in a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on Black Friday, 2012. An altercation with a white middle-aged man, Michael Dunn, over the volume of the rap music being played on their car stereo resulted in Dunn firing 10 bullets into the car full of unarmed teenagers before fleeing the scene. Arrested the next day, Dunn claimed he shot in self-defense. Thus began the long journey of trying to unravel the truth. The film examines the aftermath of this systemic tragedy, the contradictions within the American criminal justice system particularly the implications of the "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law, and the racial prejudices that ensued.
Post-film discussion about racial relations and community activism.
Tessa Ellis leads a race relations conversation group at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk.
Daniel Brown of Empowerment and Uplifting Foundation.
This true story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, ‘Infinite Jest’. As the days go on, the two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and the audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. (R, 106 mins)
"It’s ultimately a movie — one of the most rigorous and thoughtful I’ve seen — about the ethical and existential traps our fame-crazed culture sets for the talented and the mediocre alike."
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
With exclusive access to his extraordinary unseen and unheard personal archive including hundreds of hours of audio recorded over the course of his life, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen with Brando himself as your guide, the film will fully explore the complexities of the man by telling the story uniquely from Marlon's perspective, entirely in his own voice. No talking heads, no interviewees, just Brando on Brando and life. (95 mins)
"A revelatory, strikingly emotional look at a complex, troubled, enormously gifted man." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, director Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. Alternating back and forth in time, Paul Dano plays Wilson in the period covering 1965-68. Wilson has stopped touring with his band and masterminds ‘Pet Sounds’, one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest masterpieces. In the second narrative set in the 1980s, John Cusack embodies Wilson as a broken, confused man under the pharmacological and legal thrall of manipulative therapist Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). He eventually finds love and healing with a Cadillac dealer named Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks), who will later become his second wife. (PG-13, 120 mins)
"Love & Mercy doesn’t claim to solve the mystery of Brian Wilson, but it succeeds beyond all expectation in making you hear where he was coming from." – A.O.Scott, The New York Times
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. Shows every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month and, of course, Halloween night each year, and additionally showing on the 5th Friday (if there is one) with proceeds benefiting Fishnet Inc. (R, 99 mins)
Amy tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse—in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can. A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense—she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which, coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle, saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27. Directed by Asif Kapadia (Senna). (R, 128 mins)
"It is the achievement of Amy, Asif Kapadia's accomplished, quietly devastating documentary, that it makes the story of this troubled and troubling individual surprisingly one of a kind by allowing us to, in a sense, live her life along with her." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times