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2010 SPRING FILM FESTIVAL
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THE LAST STATION 

12:00 Wed. 4/14, 4:35 Sun.4/18, 2:00 Thurs.4/22

Starring:Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, Anne-Marie Duff

Directed By:Michael Hoffman/Run Time:110 min./Language: English/Rating: R 

The final years of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy comes to the screen with Oscar nominees Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren as Tolstoy and his wife, Sofya. After almost fifty years of marriage, Sofya finds her life turned upside down when her famous husband renounces his noble title, property and his family in favor of the new revolutionary politics fostered by his friend Chertkov. She must marshal all her strength and guile to protect her family and her husband’s legacy. This is a complex, funny, rich and emotional story about the difficulty of living with love and the impossibility of living without it. Paul Giamatti, James McAvoy, and Anne-Marie Duff co-star. ---“Every second Helen Mirren is on-screen is a study in peerless talent.”- Claudia Puig, USA Today


AN EDUCATION

2:15 Wed. 4/14, 12:00 Thurs. 4/22


Directed By:Lone Scherfig/Run Time: 95 min./Language: English/Rating: PG-13 

A precocious young woman, played by the engaging Oscar nominee for Best Actress, Carey Mulligan, finds her traditional education replaced by something significantly more exciting when an older, worldly suitor sweeps her off of her feet. When this urbane newcomer, played by Peter Sarsgaard, appears in town, Jenny senses a rare opportunity to shake things up. Quickly falling under his spell, the impressionable young woman begins accompanying her newfound beau to concerts, art auctions, crowded pubs, late-night dinners and begins to learn quickly about adult life. ---   “One of the Year’s Best.”- Associated Press 

THE YOUNG VICTORIA

4/10 Sat. 4:15pm, 4/13 Tues. 7:40pm, 4/17 Sat. 7:20pm, 4/22 Thurs. 7:30pm 

Starring:Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson

Directed By:Jean-Marc Vallée/Run Time:100 min/Language: English/Rating: PG

This is a delicate and romantic look at England’s last golden age. Emily Blunt stars as the queen who went on to symbolize the entire British empire. The film follows Victoria’s early struggle to succeed her uncle as the ruler of England. It provides an insightful portrait of the often ruthless machinations that characterized the dealings between royal family members, a world where matters of the heart took a backseat to patriotism and loyalty. The exquisite cast includes Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson and Jim Broadbent.---“Emily Blunt is utterly charming in this dramatization of the young Victoria’s ascension to the throne and her courtship with Princess Albert.”- Time Magazine 

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS

4/10 Sat. 9:30pm, 4/14 Wed. 7:15pm, 4/17 Sat. 12:00pm,


Directed By:Terry Gilliam/Run Time: 122 min./Language: English/Rating: PG-13 

Set in the present day, director Terry Gilliam's fantastical morality tale stars Heath Ledger in his last performance. It follows the traveling show of the mysterious Dr. Parnassus who possesses the unique ability to guide the imagination of others. While the sudden death of Mr. Ledger in January of 2008 left Gilliam and company scrambling to find a means of salvaging the film -- which was already well into principal photography at the time -- the cavalry soon arrived in the form of Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell, who each serve as alternate versions of Ledger’s character. --“A surprisingly interesting picture.”- A.O. Scott, At the Movies

THE ART OF THE STEAL

4/11 Sun 12:00pm, 4/15 Thurs. 5:30pm, 4/21 Wed. 7:10pm


Born into a working class family in Philadelphia, Albert C. Barnes became a multi-millionaire. As his fortune grew, Barnes developed a taste for art and in time assembled one of the world's most remarkable private collections, featuring original paintings by Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Cezanne and many other important artists. Barnes created the Barnes Foundation, a private gallery where he kept his collection in suburban Merion, PA, rather than share it with institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Barnes died in 1951 and made strict provisions in his will that his collection was not to be sold, lent to other museums, or removed from the grounds of the Barnes Foundation. The Art Of The Steal is a documentary that explores how greed, political power and good intentions colluded to violate Albert C. Barnes's wishes and scatter his collection across the globe. The Art Of The Steal was an official selection at the 2009Toronto International Film Festival. --“Presents it aesthetics versus Phila-stine arguments cogently, convincingly and engagingly.”- Village Voice 

THAT EVENING SUN

4/11 Sun. 4:30pm, 4/18 Sun. 7:00pm, 4/21 Wed. 4:40pm


Directed By:Scott Teems/Run Time:110 min./Language: English/Rating: PG-13 

Placed in a nursing home by his son and promptly forgotten, Abner Meecham, played by the remarkable Hal Holbrook, realized that waiting to die is no way to live. A retired farmer, he returns to his beloved home to discover that his son has leased the family farm to an old nemesis. Determined to enjoy his last days and retrieve what he feels is rightfully his, refuses to leave, and takes up residence in an old tenant shack on the property. Feeling betrayed by his son and haunted by dreams of his beloved deceased wife, Abner draws a line in the sand in an attempt to reclaim his life.-- “Though the movie is filled with complex emotions and a powerful poignancy, it is often darkly funny thanks to Holbrook’s wily performance.” – Los Angeles Times

BROKEN EMBRACES

4/11 Sun. 7:00pm, 4/15 Thurs. 7:30pm, 4/18 Sun. 2:00pm,


Directed By:Pedro Almodóvar/Run Time:128 min/Language: Spanish with subtitles /Rating: R 

Pedro Almodóvar is a colorful and exuberant director who often uses Spanish beauty Penélope Cruz as his muse. The story centers on a screenwriter and former film director who has lost his sight in an automobile accident as he recounts the scandal that haunts his memory. Cruz, radiant as ever, is the actress who comes between her two infatuated lovers. Almodóvar uses an entertaining structure filled with flashbacks which are used with playful precision to reveal the truth about these characters.--“A movie within a movie within a movie…poignancy that stings and whimsy that bites.”- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

NORTH FACE

4/12 Mon. 5:15pm, 4/20 Tues. 5:00pm


The historic conquest of one of Europe's tallest mountains is the central event in this period drama inspired by a true story. In 1936, Nazi Germany is looking for a team to climb the north face of the Eiger. An experienced climbing team is found. While one member is willing to take the risk in the name of patriotism, the other is cynical about the Third Reich and says he'll put his life on the line only for his own reasons and not to please Germany's leaders. The two begin the perilous climb only to discover that a pair of Austrian mountaineers are now challenging them in a race to the top. This film is filled with amazing and daring cinematography. It was an official selection at the 2008 Locarno Film Festival.--“The word ‘gripping’ doesn’t do it justice.”- Washington Post 

THE ROAD

4/12 Mon. 7:45pm,   4/16 Fri. 5:15pm



A father and son make their way across a post-apocalyptic United States in hopes of finding the remains of civilization in this powerful and mesmerizing adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's thrilling Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Mortensen, always compelling, gives a memorable and gripping performances.---“I admire the craft and conviction of this film…I was impressed.”-A.O.Scott, The New York Times 

THE MESSENGER

4/13 Tues. 5:15pm,   4/19 Mon. 7:15pm



This is an acting tour-de-force! In his most powerful performance to date, Ben Foster stars as a U.S. Army officer who is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification Service. Partnered with a fellow officer, played convincingly by Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, they bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers. When Foster’s character finds himself drawn to Samantha Morton to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, his emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of friendship and survival.--“Not to be missed.”- Rex Reed, New York Observer

A SINGLE MAN

4/16 Fri. 7:30pm,  4/17 Sat. 2:30pm,  4/21 Wed. 2:30pm


Directed By:Tom Ford/Run Time:105 min/Language: English/Rating: R 

'A Single Man' is based on the acclaimed novel by Christopher Isherwood. Set in Los Angeles in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, it is the story of a British college professor who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner. Colin Firth has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. The story is a romantic tale of love interrupted, the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition, and ultimately the resurgence and recommitment to life.---“A movie of quiet but potent emotional power.”- Washington Post

NINE

4:17 Sat. 9:30pm,  4/21 Wed. 12:00pm



Directed By:Rob MarshallRun Time:110 min/Language: English/Rating: PG-13 

Nine’ is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of a world famous film director played by Daniel Day-Lewis This film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture and Penelope Cruz was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife, his mistress, his film star muse, his confidant and costume designer, a young American fashion journalist, and his mother played by Sophia Loren. The film also features Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, and Judi Dench.---“Terrifically tasty eye and ear candy.”- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

THE GHOST WRITER

4/10 Sat. 7:00pm,  4/14 Wed. 4:30pm,  4/17 Sat. 4:45pm,  4/22 Thurs. 4:30pm


Starring:Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson/Directed By: Roman Polanski/Run Time:128 min/Language: English/

Rating: PG-13

Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan star in this wonderfully intricate and intense international thriller. When a successful British ghost writer agrees to complete the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former British Prime Minister, his agent assures him it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems suspect from the start, not least because his writing predecessor on the project died in an unfortunate accident. McGregor’s character begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a very dark secret and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Resonating with global themes, this atmospheric and suspenseful political thriller is a story in which nothing, and no one, is as it seems. It will keep you on the edge of your seat! ---"The best thing Polansky has done since the seventies when he brought out the incomparable Chinatown.” -David Denby, New Yorker 

ME AND ORSON WELLES

4/11 Sun. 2:00pm,  4/16 Fri. 9:35pm,  4/20 Tues. 7:30pm



'Me and Orson Welles' is a romantic coming-of-age story about a young man who has a part in a play being directed by Orson Welles at New York’s famed Mercury Theater in 1937. The rollercoaster week leading up to opening night has the charismatic Welles staking his career on this risky production while the young actor mixes with everyone from starlets to stagehands in a behind-the-scenes adventures bound to change him forever. Claire Danes co-stars and Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater is at the helm. ---“It’s a blast.”- Los Angeles Times

TERRIBLY HAPPY

4/10 Sat. 2:00pm,   4/18 Sun 12:00pm


Temporarily reassigned to the provincial Danish town of South Jutland after being accused of professional misconduct in Copenhagen, a by-the-book policeman begins to sense that the flowery facade of this picturesque hamlet masks something truly sinister in this engrossing drama based on author Erling Jepsen's novel of the same name. Constable Robert isn't used to life in the country, so when he's first confronted by the small-town customs he begins to feel as if he's drifted into some kind of all-too-quaint alternate reality. Perhaps his suspicion that everything here is just a little too perfect isn't just the result of simple culture shock. The more he gets to know about his new surroundings the more convinced he becomes that the community  harbors a disturbing secret.   ---“Wickedly entertaining.”- Stephen Holden,The New York Times

FRESH

4/10 Sat. 12:00pm,  4/19 Mon. 5:30pm 

72 min./(not rated)/Directed by: ana Sofia joanes/in English

Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across


America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the


rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and


confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental


pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging


healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future


of our food and our planet. Among several main characters, Fresh features


urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008


Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous


by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner,


David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.


 


 




 

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