Showtimes: Friday – Tuesday: 7:30 pm. Wednesday: 5:30 pm (Buddy night: 2 for 1 ticket when you bring a friend!).
Admission: $8, Members $6.
Assisted Listening headphones are available for movies. Please ask at the Concessions counter.
Written & Directed by: Ryan Coogler. R, 1 hr. 24 min. Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
“At a time when the multiplexes are crowded with coarse comedy and inept spectacle, here’s a homegrown movie that honors its subject and the medium.” —Wall Street Journal.
FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area—and the entire nation—to its very core.
Written & Directed by: Woody Allen; Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Alden Ehrenreich, Peter Sarsgaard; PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
“There’s never been a better director of women than Woody Allen. Actresses in his films have earned five Oscars from 11 nominations. Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” should make it an even dozen.” —Joe Williams, St. Louis Post Dispatch.
After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger’s modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.
Director: John Crowley, Writer: Steven Knight; Starring: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent. R, 100 min.
In the international suspense thriller “Closed Circuit,” a high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team—testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy. One morning, a busy London market is decimated by an explosion. In the manhunt that follows, only one member of the suspected terrorist cell survives: Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto), who is arrested and jailed. Preparations begin for what promises to be the trial of the century. But there’s a hitch: the government will use classified evidence to prosecute Erdogan, evidence so secret that neither he nor his lawyers can be allowed to see it. Hence the need for the Attorney General (Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent) to appoint a Special Advocate, an additional government-approved defense lawyer (Claudia Simmons-Howe, played by Golden Globe Award nominee Rebecca Hall), one who has clearance to see classified evidence and who can argue for its full disclosure when the trial moves to “closed” session. The rules for the Special Advocate are clear: once the secret evidence is shared with her, Claudia will not be allowed to communicate even with the defendant or with other members of the defense team. But just as the case is on the eve of going to trial, Erdogan’s lawyer dies suddenly, and a new defense attorney, Martin Rose (Eric Bana), quickly steps in. Martin is tenacious, driven, and brilliant—and an ex-lover of Claudia’s. The two lawyers make an uncomfortable pact to keep their former affair hidden. But as Martin begins to piece the case together, the outlines of a sinister conspiracy emerge, one that will draw him and Claudia dangerously close again.
October 25 & 27 – 30
Directed and written by: Haifaa Al-Mansour, PG, 1 hr. 38 min.
“An unqualified delight, a sharp, insightful comedy that subversively explores women’s place in Islamic society.” —Colin Colvert, Minneopolis Star Tribune.
“It’s a stunningly assured debut, a slyly subversive delight, and one of my favorite movies of the year so far.” —Dana Stevens, Slate. WADJDA is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Even more impressive, WADJDA is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer/director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film.