“A superb film.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Reader
“A melancholy tone poem, deeply affecting in its mute apprehension of loss.” - David Edelstein, Slate
Wednesday, April 5 & Saturday, April 8 | Spike Lee’s sprawling, elegiac 25TH HOUR is perhaps one of the only films that adequately addresses September 11, 2001, an under-appreciated gem that uses the final day of freedom for a single man as a metaphor for the “before and after” of that tragic day. Monty (Edward Norton, confidently unhurried) has been convicted on drug dealing charges, and is facing a seven-year sentence. In the hours before he must report to prison, Monty shares a meal with his father (Brian Cox), reconnects with his friends (Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Barry Pepper), and says goodbye to his girlfriend (Rosario Dawson). Without explicitly addressing the 9/11 attacks, Lee infuses the film with the muted, damaged mood of the city as it struggled to rebuild its very soul. An essay on change, control, and the “powers that be,” 25TH HOUR is a stunning chapter in Lee’s filmography, a gentle, intelligent drama with no easy answers.
Awards & Nominations
Nominee - Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival
All In A Day's Work: There isn’t much we can collectively count on, but we do know that tonight the sun will set, tomorrow it will rise, and no matter how you slice it, there are twenty four hours in a day. In All in a Day’s Work, a soul is altered from one minute to the next, life hinges on the ticking of the clock, and the passage of time takes on an entirely new significance for the audience. Set your watches, and have a nice day. View full series here.
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