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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
Wednesday, June 29 at 7:15pm – "New Non-Fiction Film'
Just out of college, Will Allen, a young idealist filmmaker, joined a secretive spiritualist community in L.A. led by a charismatic guru. With his camera in hand, he documented 20 years of living inside the cult as an advocate who promoted their movement. After finally freeing himself at the age of 44, Allen began using his archives of footage to tell the tale of Holy Hell. For the first time, Allen turns the camera on himself and asks fellow ex-cult members to come to terms with their past. (100 mins)
Post-film discussion: Tim Sanderson, M.D. is a Jungian Analysis and psychotherapist.
"... a riveting piece of work, a look into a tightly-controlled and private world of brainwashing, abuse and exploitation in the name of spiritual fulfillment." – Katie Walsch, The Playlist
"Like watching a takedown of Hitler by a disillusioned Leni Reifenstahl, what emerges is one of the decade’s strangest and most unsettling documentaries, especially given its as-yet-unwritten ending." – Peter Debug, Variety
Set in the 1790s, earlier than most Jane Austen tales, Love & Friendship concerns beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who has come to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws, to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her daughter. In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely. After a series of dramatic turns at Churchill, Lady Susan finally risks destruction when her jealous rival, Lady Lucy Manwaring (Jenn Murray), arrives in London to make a shocking revelation, leading to the denouement of denouements. An adaptation of young Austen's comic novella Lady Susan, Love & Friendship also stars Chloë Sevigny and Stephen Fry (Wilde) and is directed and co-written by Whit Stillman (The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, Barcelona). (PG, 94 mins)
"Love & Friendship is, first and foremost, a master class on the art of comic timing, in its filmmaking and acting." – Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"The funniest, most deliciously venomous Jane Austen movie ever made, and conclusive proof that, a) Kate Beckinsale has been seriously undervalued by the movies and, b) Whit Stillman is a major, distinctive talent."
– Kim Newman, Empire
This high-concept allegorical tale is essentially a love story that's set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules. The stellar cast includes Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz, and Ben Whishaw. Directed by Giorgos Lanthimos. (R, 118 mins)
"A wickedly funny protest against societal preference for nuclear coupledom that escalates, by its own sly logic, into a love story of profound tenderness and originality." – Guy Lodge, Variety
"Every frame has been composed with cerebral coolness, and the hotel and its surrounding forests are shot with a dream-like lucidity. I haven’t seen anything quite like it before, and I’m still not sure that I have even now. This is the kind of film you have to go back to and check it really happened." – Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
Based on the untold story of one of the greatest minds of his generation, filmmaker Matt Brown charts the incredible life of Srinivasa Ramanujan (played by Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire and Marigold Hotel), whose genius for mathematics takes him from the slums of India to Trinity College, Cambridge University in the early 20th-century. With the backing of his mentor and friend G. H. Hardy (Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons), Ramanujan overcomes cultural racism, prejudice, and the rigidity of academia to revolutionize the field of mathematics with his startlingly original theorems, which he attributes to divine inspiration. (108 mins)
"Math buffs will appreciate the inclusion of a brief and witty anecdote they may already know involving Ramanujan and the number 1,729. Well done." – Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"This is not so much a film about understanding the numbers, but understanding the men who made us see their merit, and the passion that drives each of us to find the true meaning in our lives. And that is a worthy lesson indeed." – Miriam Di Nuncio, Chicago Sun-Times
A wholly original, enormously entertaining and deeply heartfelt look at what it means to be human, Swiss Army Man is the feature film debut of acclaimed music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (collectively known as Daniels). Hank (Paul Dano, Love & Mercy) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe, the Harry Potter films) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams. Also starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Swiss Army Man goes from the absurd to the emotional to the whimsical to the profound and back again. Winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award (U.S. Drama). (R, 95 mins)
Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. Featuring the voices of Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o and Giancarlo Esposito. The Jungle Book seamlessly blends live action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. (PG, 106 mins)
Wednesday, July 6 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'
Civil rights lawyer Steven Wise has the unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. Arguing that cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights, Steve and his legal team are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform a chimpanzee from a ‘thing’ with no rights to a ‘person’ with legal protections. Legendary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back) and Chris Hegedus (The War Room) have captured a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve’s impassioned arguments. (91 mins)
Gabe Walters is Counsel and Manager of Legislative Affairs for the PETA Foundation, and he advocates for animal rights in legislatures and courts across the country.
Tripp York, Ph.D. is an instructor of Religious Studies at Va Wesleyan College and ODU. His latest book is 'The End of Captivity?'
“Thoughtful, compelling and heroic. The film made me proud to be a primate.” - Jon Stewart
The first documentary to definitively explore why it's a lack of businesses, not a lack of jobs, that makes black people the poorest people in America. 7A.M. interviews leading scholars, academics and businessmen exploring in depth why racism is not a social issue but an economic one.
Note: This is a theater rental that is open to the public. Naro Ticket Books are not valid for this event. Special admission applies.