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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
In 1951, Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus’s growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college’s imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family’s best laid plans to the ultimate test. Directed and adapted by James Schamus from the novel by Philip Roth. (R, 110 mins)
"Like the best wines and the best films, there’s a complexity to the finish, so that it reverberates with meanings beyond the obvious. Indignation has the disconcerting quality of truth and is an altogether adult piece of work." – Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Indignation is very much the sort of venture Mr. Schamus has often championed as a producer — ambitious and provocative, a must-see for anyone who cares about independent film." – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Set in the 1930s depression-era, Woody Allen’s bittersweet romance follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) who leaves New York for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. After landing a job with his Uncle Stern (Steve Carell), Bobby falls for a charming woman who happens to be his employer's mistress, Vonnie (Kristen Stewart). Settling for friendship but ultimately heartbroken, Bobby returns to the Bronx and is swept up in high society nightclub life. Everything falls into place when he finds romance with a beautiful socialite (Blake Lively), until Vonnie walks back into his life and captures his heart once again. (PG-13, 96 mins)
"Romantic, bittersweet and funny as hell, Café Society turns Hollywood inside out, rooting through the superficial tinsel to find the real tinsel. You go away gobsmacked, beaming and happy to be both." – Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Cafe Society is of course funny, but it also ends up, almost without our realizing it, trafficking in memory, regret and the fate of relationships in a world of romantic melancholy where, as someone says, "in matters of the heart, people do foolish things." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00pm
Presented in association with Virginia Opera.
Based on the German novel ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther’ by Goethe, this brilliant opera composed by Massenet is full of suppressed desire and family duty. A noted French filmmaker, Benoit Jacquot’s new production is conducted by Antonio Pappano and stars two of opera’s most in-demand talents Vittorio Grigolo and Joyce DiDonato. (180 mins)
With an introduction by Dr. Glenn 'Doc Opera' Winters.
Wednesday, August, 24 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'
Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. Herzog’s profound journey investigates how the online world has transformed virtually everything in the real world including how we conduct our personal relationships. (98 mins)
Post-film discussion: Rod Graham is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Criminal Justice department at ODU.
Mathew Montoya teaches philosophy and ethics with a focus on technology at ODU and TCC.
"The virtual future may be now, but “Lo and Behold,” with its stimulating volley of insights and ideas, always feels persistently, defiantly human." – Justin Chang, Variety
"For those looking for a ride through our modern technological world, or indeed a preview of what is to come, this is it." – Lanre Bakare, The Guardian
When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets cast on a hit TV show, the rest of the group—all best friends—start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all. From Mike Birbiglia, the director of Sleepwalk With Me, and Ira Glass, the creator of "This American Life," comes Don’t Think Twice, a critically acclaimed comedy packed with comic stars Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard and Tami Sagher that presents a hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people. A nuanced story of friendship, aspiration and the pain and promise of change, Mike Birbiglia’s new film is funny, honest and insightful. (R, 92 mins)
Sat, Aug 27 at 9:15 – Improv comedy troupe 'Plan B' will perform a short opening set before the movie.
"Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice stands as the best, most revealing film about comedy people and one of the best about artistic collaboration. It's a boisterous and sensitive work of many facets." – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"Don’t Think Twice really shines as an improv procedural, a film that celebrates, in illuminating detail, the skills and anxieties of this showbiz subgenera." – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Admission now just $8. 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)
The film opens at the Louvre in Paris with priceless Leonardo paintings being removed from the wall, and packed for shipping to their destination at the EXPO 2015 in Milan. The exhibit 'Leonardo: 1452-1519' is the result of 6 years work by leading Leonardo experts and is divided into 12 sections, retracing with scientific rigor the multiple paths travelled by the master. (82 mins)
Wednesday, August 31 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'
In the early sixties Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (who later became Ram Dass) began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. The establishment soon became fearful of their movement and fired them both. Leary became a missionary for mind altering drugs, and ignited a global counterculture movement. He landed in prison multiple times after Nixon called him “the most dangerous man in America”. Meanwhile Alpert journeyed to the East becoming a spiritual teacher and the author of the ground-breaking ‘Be Here Now’. Now 50 years later, a new documentary arrives with narration by Robert Redford and with the voices of such visionaries as Andrew Weil , M.D. who was a fellow Harvard colleague. (95 mins)
"'Dying to Know' is a love story, but not in a physical sense; instead, the love here thrives in the spiritual realm, an intimacy that makes this biographical documentary quite appealing." – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Nothing tops the discussions of mortality between Leary and Ram Dass, during which both of these battered but unbowed explorers of reality come off as nothing less than enlightened." – Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian