SHOWTIMES: See listing. Admission: $8, Members $6. BUDDY NIGHT: Wednesday at 5:30 (2 for 1 tickets when you bring a friend), 25 yrs & under: 2 for 1 tickets at all feature movies.
Assisted Listening headphones are available for movies. Please ask at the Concessions counter.
ONE OFF FEATURES: This series includes occasional screenings of distinctive, exemplary and off-beat films for one night only. These are films that because of their uniqueness have not found the audience they deserve. We think you’ll agree. See listings below.
OCT. 4 – 11 (No show Thursday, Oct. 8)
SHOWTIMES: Sun–Tues 7:30; Wed 5:30; Fri & Sat 9:15, Sun 10/11 at 2:30
Directed by Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi; R (for language), 1 hr. 27 min.
Gripping visually as well as narratively, Meru is the rare documentary that proves thought-provoking while offering thrilling wide-screen vistas. In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain’s perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly declined into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Despite making it to within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey, like everyone before them, was not a successful one. Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than their first attempt. MERU is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature’s harshest elements and one’s complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights. “The movie is a packed 90 minutes and the familiar critical superlatives don’t capture it. Just go to Meru. The movie, I mean, not the climb. It’s a peak experience.” —David Edelstein, NPR
THURSDAY, OCT. 8 at 7:30
Directed by Marielle Heller; Cast: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni; R (for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking – all involving teens) 1hr. 42 min.
“Powerful, exhausting, ecstatic, twisted and unerringly honest, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” is a rare film indeed, a look at a young girl’s messy coming of age told completely from the young girl’s point of view.” —Tom Long, Detroit News. Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment. “The novel is life-specific, but what makes Minnie—on the page and now on the screen—greater than any one girl is how she tells her own story in her own soaringly alive voice.” —Manhola Dargis, New York Times
Oct 9 – 18 (No show Thurs 10/15 & Fri 10/16)
SHOWTIMES: Fri & Sat 7:00, Sun–Tues 7:30, Wed 5:30, Sat 10/17 at 9:15, Sun 10/18 at 2:30
Written & Directed by Paul Weitz; Cast: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott; R, 1 hr. 22 min.
“Honestly, the wonder that is “Grandma” can be summed up in two words: Lily Tomlin.” —New York Times Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when Elle’s granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. “Lily Tomlin delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in Grandma — funny, rattled, cranky, worried, aggressive, vulnerable and loving.” —Detroit News.
Meru: Fri & Sat 10/9 & 10 at 9:15; Sun 10/11 at 2:30
Oct. 17 – 25 (No shows Fri 10/16, Thurs 10/22, Fri 10/23)
SHOWTIMES: Sat 7:00, Sun–Tues 7:30, Wed 5:30, Sat 10/24 at 9:15, Sun 10/25 at 2:30
Directed by Isabel Coixet; Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley; R, 1 hr. 45 min
A slice-of-life comedy/drama stars Patricia Clarkson as Wendy, a middle-ages book critic who is shattered when her husband leaves her. In order to visit her daughter, who lives upstate, Wendy begins taking driving lessons from Darwan an American citizen originally from India who makes a living as a cabbie and giving driving lessons. The two strike-up a friendship that helps her learn to take control of her life, and him adjust to his new life after an arranged marriage. “Learning to Drive is a richly observed, cross cultural character study that coasts along pleasurably on the strengths of its virtuoso leads.” —Los Angeles Times.
Oct 24 – Nov 1 (No shows Fri 10/23, Thurs 10/29, Fri 10/30)
SHOWTIMES: Sat 7:00, Sun–Tues 7:30, Wed 5:30, Sat 10/31 at 7:00 & 9:15, Sun 11/1 at 2:30
Directed by: Scott Cooper; Cast: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch; R (brutal violence, language), 2 hrs. 2 min.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. “Johnny Depp does career-best work as notorious Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in Scott Cooper’s taut, elegantly understated crime drama.” —Scott Foundas, Variety