Closing February 16
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team lead by expert linguist Louise (Amy Adams), are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers–and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
The Handmaiden, for all its glory, is the type of film I would have accidentally watched with my parents as a teenager, as I did with Reservoir Dogs. Do you remember that eerie dinner table scene in Pan’s Labrynth? This tone pervades the entirety of The Handmaiden, and it makes for a gleeful—if chronically unsettling—tension that unwinds itself over two hours and twenty minutes.
It must be that time of year—dark and cold, life obviously on the downslope. Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed that reality has begun to resemble a “bad movie” as of late? There is zero chance I would pay money to watch a movie based on the year 2016, mainly because the plot is comically improbable.
The end of October was really something—projectors acting funny, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Exorcist—and I have felt too tired lately to watch much in the way of movies (except Snowden). I am mainly in research mode, in other words, preparing for stuff coming down the entertainment pipeline. And this means that I am reading lots, going for walks late at night to get donuts, and taking photos.
Monday November 28 & Wednesday November 30
Over the past 20 summers, the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, south of Sicily, has become a destination for tens of thousands of refugees fleeing wars, violence, and drought in Africa. This riveting documentary captures several intense months on the island during the thick of the 2015 humanitarian crisis.
Italian with English subtitles.
Now Playing / Closing December 8
Christian (Ben Affleck) is a math wiz with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. When he takes a case involving a robotics company and vast sums of missing money, deadly consequences ensue.
Final show Tuesday December 20
Based on the best selling novel, a woman (Emily Blunt), devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. Until one morning, that is, when she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Now Playing / Closing November 24
American Pastoral, based on the Philip Roth novel, follows a legendary high school athlete (Ewan McGregor), who grows up to marry a former beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly) and inherits his father’s business. His seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
I should have known better, but last week I suffered my “Mission Accomplished” moment in relation to our broken projector. In my defence, all signs appeared to point to things getting back to normal. The problem with the projector, in truth, was never a question of the cost of repairing it. The main issue was that our service team was unable to diagnose precisely what was wrong with the damn thing, followed by the fact that we were sent a defective replacement part (the light engine) by the manufacturer.
Needless to say, our intermittent struggles with the projector in the Rio Theatre the past two weeks have not been good. We, of course, thank all our patrons for their patience and flexibility on the matter, as we anticipate that these troubles are behind us with the installation of our new light engine. I have grown to love this term, light engine, because it conjures an image of opening up the hood of a muscle car and there being chrome valves, pistons, maybe some flaps, ready to crank out light.