Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a loner who worked as a nanny most of her life, and shot photos constantly everywhere she went, taking over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Amateur historian John Maloof bought the contents of her storage locker by chance at an auction, and soon became obsessed with trying to learn more about the mysterious recluse. The first trace he was able to find of her was her recent obituary. Since then Maloof has organized many acclaimed exhibits of her work, and is crusading to put this prolific photographer into the history books. In Finding Vivian Maier, Maloof and co-director Charlie Siskel's captivating documentary, Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. Official Web Site
Directors Siskel & Maloof on discovering the hidden gifts of Vivian Maier
Walter Addiego's Houston Chronicle review...
|In the romantic drama The Lunchbox, middle-class housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that a new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan (Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi), a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day's lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. In the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. Co-written and directed by Ritesh Batra. Official Web Site|
Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris) and Lindsay Duncan (Mansfield Park) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness—and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick's old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly boorish American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become. This magically buoyant, bittersweet comedy-drama is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between Notting Hill director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (Venus, The Mother). Official Web Site
Director Roger Michell on the challenges of the first day of shooting
Walter Addiego's Houston Chronicle review...
|Only Lovers Left Alive is the best film in years by writer/director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Mystery Train, Down By Law). Stylish, hip and droll, it's the nocturnal tale of two vampires in love, and their quest for amusement and an untainted supply of blood. Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Marvel's The Avengers and the Thor films) and the ageless Tilda Swinton (I Am Love, Michael Clayton) play Adam and Eve, vampires who have been lovers for centuries. He's a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of Detroit; she's a lover of knowledge residing in Tangier—but they're soulmates. Adam's music is eagerly received by the zombies (i.e. humans) such as rock promoter Ian (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek), whose adulation threatens his need for solitude. Sensing Adam's growing angst and despair, Eve makes a transatlantic journey to see him, despite the difficulties of travelling by day. Their joyful reunion is interrupted by the uninvited arrival of Eve's carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right), who brings trouble in her wake. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music by Jarmusch's band Squrl, and sly humor, Only Lovers Left Alive is a hypnotic meditation on art, science, memory, and the mysteries of everlasting love. With John Hurt and Jeffrey Wright. Official Web Site|
Famed graphic novelists Neil Gaiman (screenwriter) and Dave McKean (director)
combine their talents to create a dazzling, imaginative creation that resembles
a cross between Labyrinth and Alice in Wonderland, but is entirely
original. Helena (Stephanie Leonidas), a 15-year-old girl in a family of circus
entertainers, often wishes she could run off and join real life. After a fight
with her parents, her mother (Gina McKee) falls dangerously ill and Helena is
convinced she is to blame. She dreams she is in a strange, doomed land with
opposing queens, bizarre creatures and masked inhabitants, and only she can
restore the balance by finding the MirrorMask.
Director Dave McKean offers "24 Lessons a Second"
Apr 25 & 26: MirrorMask, enter a world where dreams are real!
May 2 & 3: Clue, it's not just a game anymore!
Fri, May 9: Alien, Ridley Scott's Director's Cut!
Sat, May 10: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast The Royal Mystic Order of Chaos!
May 16 & 17: The Princess Bride, heroes, giants, villains, true love.
May 23 & 24: Mallrats, from writer/director Kevin Smith.
May 30 & 31: Spirited Away, in Japanese with English subtitles!
Jun 6 & 7: The French Connection, there are no rules when Popeye cuts loose!
Fri, Jun 13: Rocky, starring Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire.
Sat, Jun 14: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast The Royal Mystic Order of Chaos!
Jun 20 & 21: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi epic!
Jun 27 & 28: The Goonies, Join the adventure!
Writer-director John Turturro gives Woody Allen his best on-screen role in years, as an unlikely pimp. Turturro himself stars as the title character, in this hilarious yet heartfelt comedy about the endless quest for happiness through sex and love. Murray (Allen), a going-out-of-business New York bookseller, is pals with Fioranvante (Turturro), who runs a modest florist shop. When Murray's beautiful dermatologist Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone) mentions she's looking for a man to participate in a threesome with her and her equally gorgeous friend Selima (Sofia Vergara), Murray recognizes the financial potential of this proposal and sets about convincing Fioravante to consummate the deal. Meanwhile Murray has come across an unusual second client for Fioravante: Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), the lonely widow of a revered Hasidic rabbi. Avigal's every move is watched by the suspicious and jealous Dovi (Liev Schreiber), which makes assignations with her hazardous. As Fioravante makes his rounds through the bedrooms of Dr. Parker and Selima, as well as his more chaste meetings with Avigal, Murray discovers it's not so easy to be a pimp and finds out that the clash between the secular and the Orthodox must be faced sooner or later. Official Web Site
Filmmaker John Turturro on the many sources of his human comedy
|A murder has been committed. And the game is on…the screen, that is! The popular board game of the '80s gets the all-star treatment in this comic caper set in a Victorian mansion, based on a story by John Landis (Animal House). Whodunit? Was it Tim Curry, Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren, Colleen Camp, Madeline Kahn, Martin Mull, Eileen Brennan, Christopher Lloyd? Gotta clue?|
|The longest-running midnight movie of all time stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania” Dr. Frank N. Furter, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as his hapless guests Brad and Janet, Meat Loaf as motorcycle-riding rough trade and author Richard O’Brien as the hunchbacked butler Riff Raff. It’s harmless musical fun—a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas. The Rocky Horror Picture was the first—and is still the best—interactive movie experience! Official Web Site|
|The Room is an electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies, starring writer/director Tommy Wiseau as a successful banker with a great respect for—and dedication to—the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa (Juliette Danielle). As the film depicts friendships and relationships in the lives of its five major characters, it raises life's real and most-asked question: "Can you really trust anyone?" A midnight cult sensation, this quirky black comedy has been running for over 10 years in Los Angeles and has now taken the rest of the country by storm. You'll want to be there for the devastation it will leave in its wake! Official Web Site|