Friday Movies @ 2:00 pm. January 2014

Jan 3  Prince Avalanche –  Driven by striking performances from Rudd and Hirsch, Prince Avalanche
is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate
country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic
setting, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing
an unlikely friendship. Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince
Avalanche features a score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and
was shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr.

Jan. 10 – My Brother The Devil – A masterful debut from one of England’s boldest and brightest new
talents, Sally El Hosaini’s MY BROTHER THE DEVIL stars James Floyd as
Rashid, a young man from a traditional Arab family who runs with a gang
that rules the streets of Hackney, one of London’s most ethnically-mixed
and historically volatile neighborhoods. Rashid’s younger brother, Mo,
(Fadi Elsayed) idolizes his handsome, charismatic older brother and
dreams of following in his footsteps, but Rashid envisions a different
life for  Mo and insists that he stay away from gang life and stick to his studies. When Rashid forms abond with Sayyid (Said Taghmaoui), an older man of similar background
who is now a successful photographer, he is introduced to a world he
never knew existed. But, just as he decides he wants out of his dead-end
life on the streets, Mo decides he wants in, and starts doing drug runs
behind Rashid’s back. Headed on a collision course of conflicting
desires, each young man is forced to face himself and confront the
brother he thought he knew.

Jan. 17 The Hunt– Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating
portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start
over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as
things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an
untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of
hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight
for his  life and dignity.

Jan. 24 Hannah Arendt  The sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta
(Vision, Rosa Luxemburg) for her brilliant new biopic of influential
German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt’s
reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New
Yorker-controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish
councils-introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.”
Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative
that spans  three countries, von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion of thought into
immersive, dramatic cinema. An Official Selection at the Toronto
International and New York Jewish Film Festivals, Hannah Arendt also
co-stars Klaus Pohl as philosopher Martin Heidegger, Nicolas Woodeson as
New Yorker editor William Shawn, and two-time Oscar Nominee Janet
McTeer (Albert Nobbs) as novelist Mary McCarthy. (c) Zeitgeist

Jan 31 Lee Daniels’ The Butler – LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER tells the story of a White House butler who
served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the
dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the
civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes
affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler
with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon,
Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev
Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more. Academy Award (R) nominated Lee Daniels
(PRECIOUS) directs and co-wrote the script with Emmy (R)-award winning
Danny Strong (GAME CHANGE). (c) Weinstein

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