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FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK (Wed. Aug. 31 @ 7:30pm only)


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PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN (Wed. Aug. 17 @ 7:30pm only)


PAUL TAYLOR:

CREATIVE DOMAIN
WED. AUG. 17 @ 7:30PM ONLY

WITH Q&A WITH TWO PAUL TAYLOR 2 DANCERS!

paul_taylor_creative_domainAmong the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement and theme in dance for nearly 60 years. In that time he has offered only glimpses into his creative process. Creative Domain is a rare in-depth documentation of how he creates a single dance.

In 1998 director Matthew Diamond released the Academy award-nominated Dancemaker about the story of the then 69-year-old choreographer, his life, his company, and his dances. Creative Domain is the next chapter in the creative life of Mr. Taylor. We begin with Paul dancing in his youth, describing the nature of dance, ‘you learn to live day to day, hour to hour.’ We cut to Paul present day, now in his 80’s, still living his life in the moment, with his mind intently focused on his next dance. His new work is a Rashomon-inspired exploration of memory, three characters entangled in a tragic relationship, and each believing only in their own dark memory of it.

Through the lens of award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, we see Paul’s non-verbal communication with his dancers. Below the surface of this dance and the many works that came before, is Paul’s power of acute observation, revealing a side to his choreography that is strangely prophetic. The dominant voice is Paul’s, between the guarded and unguarded moments we see him with new eyes and new understanding.

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MONKEY KING: HERO IS BACK (Opens July 29)

MONKEY KING: HERO IS BACK
OPENS JULY 29


1_310_460The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, monsters attack a small village and a child flees to the mountains. Unknowingly, the child releases the Monkey King from his curse. With the help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King must now save the village from the evil Mountain Lord and his monstrous army. The movie features the voice of Jackie Chan, and was the highest-grossing animated film in China.

RATED PG (for action/peril, scary images, thematic elements, and some rude humor)

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SWISS ARMY MAN (Opens Fri. Aug. 5)

SWISS ARMY MAN
OPENS FRI. AUG. 5


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swiss_army_man_posterBeing stranded on a deserted island leaves young Hank (Paul Dano) bored, lonely and without hope. As a rope hangs around his neck, Hank prepares to end it all, until he suddenly spots a man (Daniel Radcliffe) laying by the shore. Unfortunately, he is dead and quite flatulent. Using the gassy body to his advantage, Hank miraculously makes it back to the mainland. However, he now finds himself lost in the wilderness, and dragging the talking corpse named Manny along for the adventure.

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REVIEWS:

“If you stick with it, there’s a chance it’ll grow on you as it grew on me – and you’ll be rewarded with maybe the best ending of any movie so far this year.” –Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

A movie about the safe haven of imagination, about loneliness and despair and resilience, about obsession and, um, stalking.” –Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Impossible to categorize, this stunningly original mix of the macabre and the magical combines comedy, tragedy, fantasy and love story into an utterly singular package that’s beholden to no rules but its own.” –Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

THE WAILING (Fri. July 29 & Sat. July 30 only)

THE WAILING
FRI. JULY 29 & SAT. JULY 30 @ 9:30PM ONLY

iloc7wtv3mnpnwgskh58In this unbelievably tense supernatural thriller, a foreigner’s mysterious appearance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals – suspicion which quickly turns to hysteria as the townspeople begin killing each other in brutal outbursts for seemingly no reason.  As the investigating officer watches his daughter fall under the same savage spell, he agrees to consult a shaman for answers – unknowingly escalating the situation into something far more dangerous.

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REVIEWS:

“Na draws on ancient shamanistic traditions to evoke an obscure, primitive realm where violence lurks in nature and at home, and evil takes human as well as supernatural forms.” –Maggie Lee, Variety

“A supernatural thriller that veers between caustic comedy and blood-soaked horror over the course of its operatically intense two and a half hours.” –Benjamin Mercer, A.V. Club

“As a whole, ‘The Wailing’ is the hard stuff. Handle with care.” –Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (Opens Fri. Aug. 12)

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
OPENS FRI. AUG. 12

0005_florence_foster_jenkinsSet in 1940s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her “husband” and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.

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REVIEWS:

“Stephen Frears’s enjoyable, sentimental biopic gives Streep a role to relish, while Hugh Grant provides a touching foil in a genuine paean to mediocrity.” –Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Stephen Frears’s bright, bubbly and suitably ear-bursting biopic of surely the least gifted chanteuse ever to sell out Carnegie Hall.” –Guy Lodge, Variety

“A fizzy, funny, period dramedy with top-notch performances, ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ doesn’t take many risks but it’s a very entertaining experience. And yes, she was that bad.” –Anna Smith, Empire

THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS (Now Playing)

THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS:
YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

NOW PLAYING

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble”, the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” and the critically-hailed “Best of Enemies”, follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice.

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REVIEWS:

If the screen went dark during ‘The Music of Strangers,’ that would be a disappointment. But if the sound failed, that would be a tragedy.” –Ken Jaworowski, New York Times

“…an aural celebration that’s about using the past to break free of boundaries.” –Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Neville is as expert at getting the human stories behind the songs as he is in capturing the music.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

A first-rate music film capturing a restless desire to communicate beyond the boundaries of any single idiom.” –John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (Now Playing)

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
NOW PLAYING

wilderpeopleRaised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky (Julian Dennison) gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec (Sam Neill), and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi (“What We Do In The Shadows”) masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Neill and Dennison.

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REVIEWS:

Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can’t believe your luck. “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is such a film.” –Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“…takes a troika of familiar story types – the plucky kid, the crusty geezer, the nurturing bosom – and strips them of cliché.” –Manohla Dargis, New York Times

An oddball and oddly affecting take on two misfits finding their metaphorical partner-in-crime match.” –David Fear, Rolling Stone

THE NICE GUYS (Opens Sat. July 16)

THE NICE GUYS
OPENS SAT. JULY 16

1604300920263_lHolland March (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977 Los Angeles. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired enforcer who hurts people for a living. Fate turns them into unlikely partners after a young woman named Amelia (Margaret Qualley) mysteriously disappears. Healy and March soon learn the hard way that some dangerous people are also looking for Amelia. Their investigation takes them to dark places as anyone else who gets involved in the case seems to wind up dead.

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REVIEWS:

“A smashingly disreputable mystery-comedy free-for-all directed with a wink of trashy zest.” –Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“Shane Black sets a pair of sound-hearted good-bad guys off on the trail of a missing porn star in a crime caper that’s touched by Anderson, Altman and Hiassen.” –Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are clearly enjoying the hell out of each other in this crime caper set in 1977 Los Angeles. So how can you resist?” –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

SPECIAL EVENT – “Free To Run” with special guest Bobbi Gibb (Sun. Aug. 28 @ 6:30pm)

FREE TO RUN
(with special guest Bobbi Gibb)
SUN. AUG. 28 @ 6:30PM

free_to_runToday, all anybody needs to run is the determination and a pair of the right shoes. But just fifty years ago, running was viewed almost exclusively as the domain of elite male athletes who competed on tracks. With insight and propulsive energy, director Pierre Morath traces running’s rise to the 1960s, examining how the liberation movements and newfound sense of personal freedom that defined the era took the sport out of the stadiums and onto the streets, and how legends like Steve Prefontaine, Fred Lebow, and Kathrine Switzer redefined running as a populist phenomenon.

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ABOUT BOBBI GIBB

Bobbi+Gibb+1966Bobbi Gibb’s zest for life and natural curiosity show up in the many hats she wears: mother, scientific researcher for neurodegenerative diseases, attorney, athlete, author and speaker, to name a few. While many people know her as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, few people know her as an artist.  Aside from running, she finds creative expression through her bronze and wax sculptures and acrylic paint murals

Bobbi grew up in Winchester and Rockport, MA. and spends part of the year in San Diego. For her art education, she attended the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and has benefited from the teaching of Richard Gibney, Richard Reccia, and Walker Hancock.   Germain Glidden, the founder of the National Art Museum of Sport, says of her work, “She captures the human spirit in bronze.” Motivated by her love of nature and humanity, she seeks to create a more peaceful, harmonious, loving world that embraces a sustainable future. This philosophy is reflected throughout her work.

gibbsculptureHaving produced commissioned art for many decades, she now feels that it is time to share her art and so is beginning to exhibit publicly. She hopes that others will enjoy and be inspired by her art to appreciate the beauty that is everywhere around us and to celebrate the wonder of existence. 

In 2016, in honor of the 50th year of her run, Bobbi is sharing her lifetime wish for her artwork–to sculpt a life-size statue of a female runner and have it placed on the Boston Marathon Course. This very special up-close-and-personal evening benefits this effort, The Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project.

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