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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
Academy Award Winner for Best Actress— Cate Blanchett. Woody Allen returns to the U.S with this comedy about a wealthy woman from New York (Blanchett) who finds herself broke and in San Francisco, living with her sister and downsizing her life. She eventually meets a man in the Bay Area who could solve her financial problems, but she first needs to discover who she is and, more importantly, accept San Francisco as her home. Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Sally Hawkins head up the ensemble cast. (PG13, 98 mins)
Ralph Fiennes (who also directs) shines as the most famous writer of his day, novelist Charles Dickens, who had a secret affair with 18-year-old actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy). Dickens was 45 and at the top of his fame when he met the beautiful young actress, performing in a troupe with her sisters, and was immediately struck. Her pragmatic mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) encouraged Nelly to welcome the interest of such a famous man, even if she can never become his wife. At first Nelly resists, but Dickens makes her the focus of his passion and his muse, and they embark on an affair, lasting 13 years until his death, that must always remain secret, forcing Nelly to hide her deepest feelings in "invisibility." The gorgeous period production catches the repression of the Victorian era and its fear of scandal. Fiennes gives an energetic, theatrical performance as Dickens, larger than life, often performing for his many admirers, but emotionally isolated, cruel to the wife he no longer cares for (Joanna Scanlon), yearning for close companionship and understanding that he finds with Nelly. The insightful screenplay is by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady). (111 mins)
Academy Award Winner – Best Foreign Language Film! Gorgeously photographed in Rome and Tuscany, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) is a dazzling, lyrical and at times surreal dramatic comedy, like a modern day La Dolce Vita. The magnetic Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah) plays dapper journalist Jep Gambardella, slick and soulful, who has been a permanent fixture in Rome’s literary and social circles since the legendary success of his one and only novel. Armed with a roguish charm, he has seduced his way through the city’s lavish night life for decades, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life. Turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties and cafés, Jep discovers Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Directed and co-written by Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, Il Divo). Fully subtitled (142 mins)
Winner of the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix, The Master), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice (Scarlett Johansson) who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation) comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world. Also starring Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde. (R, 121 mins)
Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor and the visionary behind the desktop video revolution, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically-150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning eight years, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen. Also featuring Martin Mull, Professor Philip Steadman and Dr. Colin Blakemore. Produced by illusionist, comic and narrator Penn Jillette and directed by his partner Teller. (PG13, 80 mins)
On Wednesday night only ( March 12)
Post-Film Discussion facilitated by Linda McGreevy, author and recently retired ODU professor in Art History.
"The deeper Tim’s Vermeer takes you, the peskier and more profound the questions get."—Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The result is just about the most fun you can have while learning."—Peter Debruge, Variety
August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tracy Letts (Killer Joe, Bug) made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner of five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play. The film version of August: Osage County is directed by John Wells (The Company Men) and features an all-star cast, including Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep, Best Supporting Actress nominee Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham. (R, 118 mins)
Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese (The Departed, GoodFellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver) returns with the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort quickly rose from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 1980s. An excess of success and affluence in his early twenties, as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, warranted Belfort the title "The Wolf of Wall Street." Money. Power. Women. Drugs. These temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough. Screenplay by Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire," "The Sopranos"), based on the book by Jordan Belfort. Also starring Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau and Jean Dujardin (The Artist). Nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (DiCaprio) and Best Supporting Actor (Hill). (R, 179 mins)
A straight-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder. Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta and Jane Fonda star. (92 mins)
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)
Saving Mr. Banks is inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen. In his quest to obtain the rights to Mary Poppins, his daughters' favorite book, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) comes up against P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops and launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Also starring Colin Farrell and Paul Giamatti. Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). (PG13, 125 mins)
Today in the United States, by the simple act of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Each of us unknowingly consumes genetically engineered food on a daily basis, and yet the industry is fighting any efforts to identify and label GMO products. The risks and effects to our health and the environment are largely unknown and so they are banned in most of Europe. Yet more and more studies are being conducted around the world, which only provide even more reason for concern. Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert documents his personal journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto. (90 mins)
Post-Film Discussion: Mimi Rosenthal is a biochemist who retired from Eastern Virginia Medical School after thirty-three years of teaching and research in metabolism and nutrition. As a teacher and an activist she has been involved in exposing economic and political misuse of science that promotes corporate profit at the expense of a healthy and safe human diet.