Dune … is awesome, with astounding special effects, great production design and a propulsive Hans Zimmer score
…Dune – a work…of such intimidating grandeur that it’s hard to believe it even exists in the first place.
A breathtaking film worthy of the visionary Herbert’s rich, sophisticated source material.
Classic Film Series: NORTH BY NORTHWEST
Tickets: $10 ($8 for members)
What is there not to love about this magnificent 1959 thriller?
Relax and enjoy it — North by Northwest is elegant…escape entertainment.
THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS
Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw follow a group of determined old men, and their profoundly committed dogs, as they contend with their aging bodies and the vagaries of the wild to discover the most delicious, and priceless, truffles,, hidden deep within the forests of Piedmont, Italy.
One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen. Delightful in its simplicity and profound in its wisdom. Specific yet universal, it’s an empathetic portrait of charming subjects. It’s also really funny.
It’s a film, in the end, about mortality, culture and economics from a “less is more” philosophy that seems to document nothing while eventually capturing everything.
Endearing, thoroughly entertaining … what we all need right now: An invitation to stop and smell the roses—or, if you’re lucky, their far less showy fungal cousins.
THE LOST LEONARDO
An enthralling, globe-trotting story of greed. It plays out like a detective mystery and feels as meticulously plotted as an art heist.
…a telling portrait about the art world, illustrating the deception, the pretense and the secret billionaire buyers at the apex of some shady shenanigans.
The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen's Sandringham Estate. There's eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be a whole lot different. Spencer is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.
Starring Kristen Stewart, Jack Farthing, Sally Hawkins.
Oscar buzz abounds for Stewart.
Spencer is a biopic of Princess Diana with an atmospheric aesthetic that will make the viewer’s skin crawl. After the last season of The Crown, one might wonder if there’s room for another story about her; Larraín’s film proves there still is.
[It] gets to the meat of what was tormenting the People’s Princess better than any simple historical retelling ever could.
The film is Stewart’s to carry, and she does it by going less minimalist than is her habit and by allowing an awareness of the absurdity of Diana’s situation to seep in, even as she plays the woman’s suffering entirely straight.
THE FRENCH DISPATCH
Wes Anderson’s latest romp is a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch."
Starring Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Benicio Del Toro and dotted with cameos by more star-studded names you will recognize.
The director’s 10th feature is among his most visually remarkable, each frame filled with meticulously crafted small details that add up to a dense, inviting cinematic jewel box.
There’s so much creative magnetism within [‘The French Dispatch’] that it’ll knock your socks off.
You know what you’re in for, and it’s either going to flatten you with joy, as it did me, or it won’t.
THE POWER OF THE DOG
Director Jane Campion (The Piano) returns after a 12-year hiatus to turn Don Wilson’s highly-praised book into a powerful film about family discord in the wild west circa 1925. Severe, handsome, Phil Burbank is a cowboy as raw as his hides. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana who meet Rose, a widowed restaurant owner, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, reveling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter -- all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her. As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form -- he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil's cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace?
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons.
Campion understands the genre she’s working in, setting the roiling emotions of her characters against the striking landscapes; Cumberbatch’s performance is as immense as the peaks and valleys around him.
We frequently ask what is happening, where is this leading, how can this ever-souring situation be resolved? Rest assured that you are in safe hands with a filmmaker who has once again achieved something quite extraordinary.
The Power of the Dog is a haunting psychological drama from director Jane Campion that boasts a career-best performance from Benedict Cumberbatch.