“Cuarón has composed some of the most stunning shots and sequences in film history, and it would be a sin not to see this on the big screen.” – L.A. Weekly
“It’s an expansive, emotional portrait of life buffeted by violent forces, and a masterpiece.” – New York Times
“A richly textured masterpiece, Roma is cinema at its purest and most human.” – Time Out
The most personal project to date from Academy Award (R)-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón, ROMA follows Cleo, a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.
New York Film Critics have named ‘Roma’ the Best Film of 2018!
Rated R, 2 hours, 15 mins – Spanish with English subtitles
Begins December 21
“A fantastic little cupcake of a movie laced with thistle frosting.” – Time Magazine
“It’s a perfectly cut diamond of a movie – a finely executed, coldly entertaining entry in the genre of savage misanthropic baroque costume drama.” – Variety
“It’s a period piece with a wink. It’s also funny as hell and a true big-screen treat.” – Chicago Sun-Times
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
Rated R, 1 hour, 59 mins
December 22 & 23
* Join us for this family friendly event! Show up in your pajamas, enjoy a hot cocoa, snacks from our cereal bar, or chill with a mimosa!
“An enchanting, beautiful and brilliantly imagined film” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Polar Express honors its source, then exceeds it.” – Denver Post
The Polar Express revolves around Billy, who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family’s dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth. This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train’s conductor along with the other passengers help turn Billy’s crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery.
Rated G, 1 hour, 40 mins
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW WITH MIDNIGHT INSANITY SHADOWCAST
EVERY Saturday at MIDNIGHT
If you haven’t seen ROCKY with the Midnight Insanity shadowcast you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Costumes and audience participation galore! This show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of newly engaged couple inside a mad scientist’s strange mansion and crazy party that they come across on a rainy night after their car breaks down in the woods.
Rated R, 1 hr, 40 mins
MAN ON WIRE
* This documentary is the first film the ART screened after renovating the theatre 10 years ago. Join us as we show the film again to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our reopening!
“Astonishing. Daring. Mind-boggling. Visually stunning. A true heart-stopper.” – Detroit News
“In archival photos Petit seems to float between the towers, a tiny black figure against a vivid blue sky; the images are all the more poignant for the unstated fact that Petit is still around when the buildings aren’t.” – Chicago Reader
“It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.” – Washington Post
August 7, 1974. A young French man named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. He danced on this wire for an hour with no safety net before he was arrested for what has become to be known as the “artistic crime of the century.”
Rated PG-13, 1 hour, 34 mins
January 17, 19, 20
“Both intimate and expansive, Free Solo is a documentary beautifully calculated to literally take your breath away. And it does.” – Los Angeles Times
“For those who love the thrill of high-adrenaline adventure docs, National Geographic’s “Free Solo” will be a hard experience to top.” – Variety
“An engaging study of a perfect match between passion and personality.” – New York Times
From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film’s FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock … the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park … without a rope.
Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.
Rated PG-13, 1 hour, 50 mins
WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.
Unrated, 1 hour, 35 mins * English, Yiddish, Polish
“Studio 54 captures the club on its best nights and on its worst mornings.” – Chicago-Sun Times
Studio 54 was the epicenter of ’70s hedonism—a monumental magnet for beautiful stars, casual sex, and mounds of cocaine, a den of excess that defined its own rules and enshrined the ostracized, queer, and fabulous. Matt Tyrnauer chronicles the rise and fall of this nightclub’s founders: two best friends from Brooklyn, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, who conquered New York City only to have it crumble before their eyes.
With rare footage, a parade of colorful patrons and staff, and brutally honest interviews with Schrager himself, Studio 54 is a riveting study in contradictions. Inside the palatial theatre-turned-disco, the crowd revelled in an atmosphere of total acceptance, whether drag queen, octogenarian, waiter, or celebrity. Yet outside, a frenzied, excluded mob yearned to be noticed by the doorman and ushered into the sanctum of pulsating love. Schrager and Rubell’s glittering creation sprang from carefree naiveté and unbridled ambition—yet those same instincts managed to destroy it. This bracing story reveals how even the most culturally potent and transformative phenomena can be vulnerable and fleeting.
Unrated, 1 hour, 30 mins
SUNRISE – A SONG OF TWO HUMANS
* Silent film featuring a live score by the acclaimed Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble!
“An example of True Love styled to cinema perfection.” – Time Out
Considered by many to be the finest silent film ever made by a Hollywood studio, this 1927 film represents the art of the wordless cinema at its zenith. Bored with his wife, their baby and the dull routine of farm life, a farmer falls under the spell of a flirtatious city girl who convinces him to drown his wife so they can escape together. When his wife becomes suspicious of his plan and runs away to the city, the farmer pursues her, slowly regaining her trust as the two rediscover their love for each other in this award-winning silent classic.
Unrated, 1 hour, 46 mins
THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN
“Archival footage of Lydon in the bracing hostility of his youth contrasts dramatically with present-day interviews showing him domesticated, compromised, and happy in the wisdom that most of us learn to accept as compensation.” – Chicago Reader
After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon / John Rotten, formed Public Image Ltd (PiL)– his groundbreaking band which has lived on nearly 15 times as long as his first one. He kept the band alive ever since, through personnel and stylistic changes, fighting to constantly reinvent new ways of approaching music, while adhering to radical ideals of artistic integrity. John Lydon has not only redefined music, but also the true meaning of originality.
Former and current bandmates, as well as fellow icons like Flea, Ad-Rock and Thurston Moore, add testimony to electrifying archival footage (including stills and audio from the infamous Ritz Show). With his trademark acerbic wit and unpredictable candor, Lydon offers a behind-thescenes look at one of music’s most influential and controversial careers.
Unrated, 1 hour, 43 mins