The following movies will be showing soon at one of our four Fine Arts Theatres.
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Join us Oct. 3rd, 2014 when over 100,000 film lovers in over 300 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Museums and Universities for one purpose...to view and vote on the Finalists' Films in the 17th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.
MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate platform -- one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Kathmandu, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond --
BIRDMAN, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton)-famous for portraying an iconic superhero-as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
GONE GIRL -- directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn -- unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
A Palestinian in Ramallah, Mosab Hassan Yousef grows up angry and ready to fight Israel. Arrested for smuggling guns at the age of 17, he's interrogated by the Shin Bet, Israel's security service, and sent to prison. But shocked by Hamas's ruthless tactics in the prison and the organization's escalating campaign of suicide bombings outside, Mosab agrees to spy for Israel. For him, there is no greater shame. For his Shin Bet handler, Gonen, there is no greater prize: "operating" the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas.
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating, and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom, starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ('The Bourne Legacy') leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to allegations that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications -- and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.
Directed by Jason Reitman, co-written by Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson, based upon the novel by Chad Kultgen, MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN stars Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Emma Thompson and Jennifer Garner, MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet.
It is a crime that The Notebook wasn't nominated for the Oscar. The film tells the story of two unnamed boys (András Gyémánt and Lázló Gyémánt) who are brought to the Hungarian countryside to live with their brutal grandmother (Piroska Molnár) during World War II. As the violence and inhumanity begin to pervade their daily lives, the twins begin to do exercises to desensitize themselves to the darkness around them in order to survive.
The Notebook is as original a vision as they come. There have been numerous films that depict wars from children's point of views, but few come close to capturing something this original. The unnamed children in The Notebook are largely affectless, showing very little emotion. They are each other's entire lives - two parts of one whole. World War II and life with their grandmother is shown through their eyes as an exercise of sorts. There is nothing that can't be overcome through exercises. For example, to conquer pain, the boys beat each other to get used to any beating they receive. Szász makes sure that we develop no emotional connection to anyone in the film, creating a cold piece of work, mirroring the mindset of the twins. Oscar-nominee Christian Berger's crisp, carefully composed shots complement the lack of emotion, and they add a layer of beauty in a film full of horror.
Children have a need to take control of their lives and almost always manage to do so, even when adults around them can't. The Notebook shows the twins taking control of every aspect of their lives. The film itself is a testament to the resilience of children in the face of great evil. During World War II, entire countries fell due to weakness and fear. In a short period of time, the twins conquered what many countries failed to conquer: fear of pain, death, and evil. Had the twins been slightly older, they would certainly have joined the resistance.
Overall, The Notebook is an unforgettable piece of cinema, featuring committed performances (the Gyémánts give two of the most complex child performances ever), strong direction, eye-popping cinematography, and an ending that nears perfection. Many films lose much of their impact at the end, but not The Notebook. If anything, the tense, unpredictable final scene gives the movie the punch that it builds up to. János Szász has created one of the greatest and most unique World War II films in history and I can only hope this masterpiece finds success when Sony Pictures Classics releases it later this year.
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Rated PG-13, Running Time 103 Minutes
From David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me, comes the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for "Britain's Got Talent." Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win the competition and the hearts of millions. Fresh from celebrating his Tony Award-winning Broadway run in One Man, Two Guvnors, BAFTA winner James Corden (The History Boys) stars as Paul Potts and is supported by an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot), Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper, Valeria Billelo and rising star Alexandra Roach (Young Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady).
The feature film ROSEWATER is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir 'Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival', written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. A true story, the film marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of The Daily Show host and anchor Jon Stewart, and stars Gael Garcia Bernal, leading an international cast.
Academy Award winner James Marsh ("Man on Wire") helms the romantic drama starring Eddie Redmayne (of the blockbuster "Les Misérables") as theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, world-famous as the author of A Brief History of Time, opposite Gotham Independent Film Award winner Felicity Jones ("Like Crazy"). The movie explores the excitement of the 1960s for Stephen as he studies at Cambridge University. At the dawn of a brilliant life's work, he falls passionately in love with arts student Jane Wilde. Their relationship leads him through personal and scientific challenges and breakthroughs, and as his world opens up he opens up the entire world to new ways of seeing. Jane's memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen inspired the new film.