Weeklong Runs & Special Events
- INHERENT VICE
- 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson, USA, 148 min.
- With Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Benecio Del Toro
So what does America’s most unpredictable auteur do for an encore after the monumental diptych of THERE WILL BE BLOOD and THE MASTER? He goes loose, mellow, far-out, and funny, with a gloriously overstuffed stoner detective thriller, adapted (faithfully and inventively) from the novel by previously unadaptable Thomas Pynchon. Unorthodox P.I. Doc Sportello (Phoenix) operates out of the SoCal surfer-hippie enclave of Gordita Beach in the pivotal post-Manson, pre-Nixon year of 1970. When a former girlfriend asks him to investigate the disappearance of her real-estate mogul boyfriend, Doc is catapulted into an ever-expanding conspiracy involving neo-Nazis bikers, drug cartels, land grabs, teenage runaways, government informers, shady dentists, and doppelgängers galore. Presented in the director’s preferred format of 35mm celluloid, essential to the film’s funky vibe and hot, hazy colors. (MR)
- THE BABADOOK
- 2014, Jennifer Kent, Australia, 93 min.
- With Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman
Smart and scary, THE BABADOOK is not only by far the best reviewed horror film of the year, but also one of the best reviewed films period. A frazzled single mom (Davis in a breakout performance) and her extremely demanding six-year-old son partake of an ultra-creepy pop-up book whose sinister title character oozes off the page and under their skins. Is the Babadook a projection of their emotional tensions, or an all-too-real monster? The terrifying climax might answer those questions...and raise a few new ones. Ranked by critics alongside ROSEMARY’S BABY and THE SHINING, Jennifer Kent’s amazingly assured first feature blends psychological depth and heart-stopping thrills to devastating effect. DCP digital. (MR)
Robert Greene in person!
- 2014, Robert Greene, USA, 86 min.
- With Brandy Burre
Melodrama meets cinema verité as actress Brandy Burre (HBO’s “The Wire”) plays herself navigating a breakup with the father of her two children in the shadow of her secret affair, making moves on a career revival, and impersonating a domestic goddess in an upstate New York backwater. Director Greene (FAKE IT SO REAL, KATI WITH AN I) keeps the mood edgy as his ballsy yet introspective subject appears to tell all, yet not quite, as the camera frequently reveals. Burre is riveting to watch, and even as the layers of her character are peeled away, the dividing line between a selfie fiction and real life is never clear. DCP digital. (BS)
Director Robert Greene will be present via Skype on Friday, in a discussion moderated by film critic Scott Tobias, editor of The Dissolve.