In French with English subtitles. Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire's late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character study from the César-award winning director Martin Provost. “4 Stars! Highest Rating! A closely observed, intelligently imagined and realized presentation of contrasting personalities. The later career of Catherine Deneuve is one of the ongoing pleasures of Western cinema.”-Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle.
Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary and little-known story of Gertrude Bell, explorer, adventurer and British spy who is often dubbed the female “Lawrence of Arabia.” Some contend she was far more influential than her friend and colleague T.E. Lawrence in shaping the destiny of Iraq after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. The story is told entirely in Bell’s words, spoken by Tilda Swinton, and those of her contemporaries excerpted from their intimate letters, private diaries and official documents. She was the first person to climb all the peaks of the Engelhörner range in the Swiss Alps and the first woman to undertake a solo journey into the uncharted Arabian Desert, traveling by camel for 1,500 miles across Central Arabia in 1914. “4 Stars! Highest Rating! Feels fresh and modern. The filmmakers successfully transport the viewer to places such as Baghdad, Syria and London during the first two decades of the 20th century.” –G. Allen Johnson, S.F. Chron.
When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process. Set in 1990s Manhattan, Landline is a warm, insightful and comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies, co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child). “B+. In sweetly calibrated moments ... Landline finds the analog joy it's reaching for.” –Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly.
Yes, that question mark is not a typo. For over a thousand years, Tibetan Buddhist psychology has taught techniques for overcoming negative, afflictive emotions, such as anger, greed, jealousy, sloth and ignorance. In the film THE LAST DALAI LAMA?, His Holiness explains that Tibetan Buddhism is both a religion and a "science of the mind"; he also shares his crystallized understanding of the nature of mind, and its part in the creation and alleviation of all of our suffering. Believing that this precious wisdom belongs to the world, twenty years ago The Dalai Lama challenged a select group of world-renowned Neuroscientists and Mind/Brain researchers to look into the workings of the mind, and to prove scientifically that "Tibetan Buddhist technologies" for overcoming afflictive emotions are skills that can be learned by anyone. The Dalai Lama commissioned Dr. Paul Ekman and his daughter Dr. Eve Ekman to come up with an "Atlas of Emotions" as a way of understanding the effects of emotions on having a tranquil mind. His urgency and dedication come through in THE LAST DALAI LAMA? as he now turns 82, and must deal with the questions of aging and death, and whether he will reincarnate as The Dalai Lama, or if he will be the last of the lineage that has existed for a millennia. “A surplus of wisdom and benevolence radiates from ‘The Last Dalai Lama?” –Helen T. Verongos, New York Times.
A loving couple, a few lost monsters and a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania sing and dance through a campy, sloppy salute to horror movies and sexual liberation. Bring your sense of humor. And some toast.
Two days before Halloween, here’s a daring, scary movie to get you in the mood. It’s rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose relatives are cold and unforgiving. When Katherine embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. “Newcomer Florence Pugh, in a performance that will soon be legendary, dives deep into this terrifically twisted, erotic thriller and makes it matter.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.