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The romantic comedy What If is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe, the Harry Potter films), who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver, "Girls") seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? Also starring Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park and Oona Chaplin, What If is directed by Michael Dowse (director of Goon, co-writer of The Grand Seduction). Official Web Site
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Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood by writer/director Richard Linklater (director and co-writer of Before Midnight) is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's "Yellow" to Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue." Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. Official Web Site
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Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert—a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, the film explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. Official Web Site
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Starts Friday, August 22

In the bawdy adventure comedy Land Ho!, Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) were close friends back when they were brothers-in-law married to two sisters, but they drifted apart as Mitch and his wife divorced and Colin's wife died. Now Mitch, a retired surgeon who can't quite admit to being retired, recruits a reluctant Colin on a holiday to Iceland—just the ticket to perk up a pair who have endured their share of disappointments but still have a spirit of adventure in them. As their rented SUV pilots them deeper into the Icelandic hinterlands, Colin and Mitch encounter fellow adventurers, get on each others' nerves, play movie trivia games, get lost on the moonless moors, grouse about their sons, smoke pot, speak of regrets, and marvel at Iceland's otherworldly beauty. For both men, aging, loneliness, and disenchantment are silent adversaries to be countered with gumption. Official Web Site
Filmmakers Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz on filming in Iceland


Fri & Sat, August 22 & 23 'Round Midnight!

Amélie is a fanciful comedy from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the acclaimed director of A Very Long Engagement and The City of Lost Children. He invokes his incomparable visionary style to capture the exquisite charm and mystery of modern-day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingenue (Audrey Tautou). Her life changes course when she discovers an old box of childhood treasures, anonymously returns it to its rightful owner, and watches from a distance as his life is transformed by the discovery. Thus begins her odyssey: a series of inventive plans to straighten out other people's lives—mostly for the better (if they've earned it) and occasionally for the worse (if they deserve it).


Friday & Saturday Midnight Movies!
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Aug 22 & 23: Amélie, she'll change your life.
Aug 29 & 30: Ghost in the Shell, it found a voice... now it needs a body.
Sep 5 & 6: This is Spinal Tap, 30th anniversary! Digitally re-mastered!


One Show Only! Tue, August 26 at 7:00pm

Two: The Story Of Roman & Nyro documents the 12-year journey of legendary songwriter Desmond Child and his lifelong partner Curtis Shaw, and the extraordinary way they met and connected with Angela Whittaker, the woman who would carry their twin sons, Roman and Nyro, into the world. From preconception through the boys' first 10 years, Two is the personal and powerful story of these unique individuals whose lives become inextricably woven together in magical and unexpected ways. Two is testament to the universal power and ultimate triumph of love—that it is love that makes a family, affirming modern families may be modern in their making, but timelessly human at their core. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, August 29

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson creates a wildly quirky comedy about a naïve young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson, About Time), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde rock band led by the mysterious Frank (Michael Fassbender, conquering the ultimate acting challenge), an unstable but charismatic musical savant who wears a large, round fake head with crudely painted-on features all the time—like Daniel Johnston hidden behind a cartoon smile. Frank's closest musical collaborator is the forbidding Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Donnie Darko); part caretaker, part jailer, Clara is the antithesis of all things mainstream. For Jon, this is the break he's been waiting for, his chance to climb through the looking glass and into the world of artistic collaboration, real music-making, and rock 'n' roll adventure that he's always dreamed of. But does he have the talent to make it? Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on the memoir by Ronson. Official Web SiteDownload Your Own Official Frank Cutout Mask!
Director Abrahamson finds Frank trickier to describe than it was to make


Fri & Sat, August 29 & 30 'Round Midnight!

This Japanese-animated, future-tech thriller concerns a notorious criminal called The Puppet Master, an artificial intelligence without a physical form—a ghost in search of its shell. Soundtrack includes the song "One Minute Warning" by Passengers (Brian Eno & U2). Directed by Mamoru Oshii (writer of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade).


One Show Only! Tue, September 23 at 7:00pm

A documentary film of the groundbreaking exhibition created by London's Victoria and Albert Museum, David Bowie is is described by The Times as "stylish & outrageous" and The Guardian as "a triumph." The exhibition features a remarkable collection of photographs, stage costumes, and other rare possessions from the David Bowie Archive. The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie is exhibition with special guests, including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie's artistic career. The exhibition curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, provide fascinating insight into the most memorable music videos and original costumes, as well as more personal items such as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries, which reveal the creativity and evolution of Bowie's ideas. Official Web Site



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