IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
“If Beale Street Could Talk is at once a tribute to love and a call for its defense against racist hatred, all told in an artfully composed tragedy.” – NPR
“A work of social realism elevated to poetic heights by the sheer beauty of its voice and the humanism of its spirit…” – Variety
“A period piece that feels beautifully and painfully present: beautifully because love stories are timeless, painfully because the spectacle of racial injustice feels up to date.” – Wall Street Journal
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
Rated R, 1 hour, 59 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
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
Begins January 25
“Cold War resembles a waking dream. And a ravishingly romantic one at that.” – Entertainment Weekly
“A film that is both illuminating and haunting at the same time.” – Observer
“One of the most colourful things you’ll ever see in black and white.” – Time Out
Cold War is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it’s the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate – an impossible love story in impossible times.
Rated R, 1 hour, 28 mins – Polish, German (with English subtitles)
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
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
“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
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