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63 years of excellence


June at the Stonzek Theatre

 

 

WHILE WE WE'RE YOUNG

May 29 – June 4

 

 

 

dir. Noah Baumbach, Drama / Comedy, Rated ‘R’, USA, English, 2015, 97 min.

 

Noah Baumbach's comedy While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties. As their other friends all start having children, the couple gravitates toward a young hipster couple named Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). He's an aspiring documentary filmmaker, a vocation Josh already has. Soon the older couple begins enjoying the energy they feel haging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh begins to suspect his new best friend might not be as straightforward and trustworthy as he thought.

 

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THE 100 YR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT A WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

May 29 – June 4

 

 

 

dir. Felix Herngren, Drama /Action / Adventure / Comedy, Rated ’R’, Sweden, Swedish / German / French, with English subtitles, 201 114 min.


Powered by the antics of a mischievous centenarian on the run, comic fable The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared abounds with irreverent charm. After a long and colorful life working in munitions and getting entangled in the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and other definitive events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out of a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some wicked criminals, and an elephant named Sonya. Like an unruly Nordic cousin of Forrest Gump, Allan’s youthful escapades and current adventures weave together into an offbeat treat for anyone who’s young at heart. Starring beloved comedian Robert Gustafsson, this fanciful spin on world history is based on a best-selling novel and also the highest-grossing Swedish film of all time.

 

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Ex Machina

June 5 – June 11

 

 

dir. Alex Garland, Sci-Fi / Drama / Thriller, Rated ‘R’, USA / UK, English, 2015, 108 min.

 

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

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Good Kill

June 5 – June 11

 

dir. Andrew Niccol, Drama / Thriller, rated ‘R’. USA, English,2015. 102 min.

 

After flying six tours in F-16s in Iraq, pilot Thomas Egan (Hawke) now spends his days piloting drone attacks on the Taliban from the sanctity of the Nevada desert. Yet the moral complexities, exacerbated when the CIA commandeers his orders, weighs heavy on his professional and personal life.

 

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IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER

  June 12 – June 18

  dir. Andre Techine,, Drama, Rated ‘’R’, France, French, 2015, 116 min.

 

1976. When her marriage falls apart, Agnes Le Roux (Adèle Haenel) moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renee (Catherine Deneuve), owner of the Palais de La Mediterranee casino in Nice. There, Agnes falls in love with Maurice Agnelet (Guillaume Canet), a lawyer and Renee’s business advisor, who is ten years her senior. Maurice continues to have relationships with other women. Agnes is madly in love with him. As a shareholder in the Palais de la Mediterannee casino, Agnes decides to sell what should have been her inheritance to go it alone. A fixed card game threatens the casino’s financial stability. Someone is trying to intimidate her mother. Behind the scenes hangs the shadow of the mafia and Fratoni, the owner of a rival casino, who wants to take over the Palais de la Mediterannee. Agnelet, who has fallen from grace with Renee, introduces Agnes to Fratoni. Fratoni offers her 3 million francs to vote against her mother in the shareholder’s meeting. Agnes accepts the offer. Renee loses control of the casino. Agnes finds it hard to cope with her betrayal. Maurice also distances himself from her. In November 1977, after a failed suicide attempt, Agnes disappears. Her body is never found. Thirty years on, Maurice Agnelet remains the prime suspect in a murder case with no body and no proof of his guilt. Convinced of his involvement, Renee is prepared to fight to the bitter end to see him put behind bars.

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IRIS

June 12 – June 18

BACK BY POPULAR REQUEST

 

 

 

dir. Albert Maysels, Biography / History / Documentary, Rated “PG-13”, USA, English, 2015, 83 min.

 

Iris pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression.

 

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Ms. Iris Apfel will be attending the show at 6:15 PM on Sunday June 14th.  She has graciously agreed to do a Q&A after the screening.  Seating limited

 

 

 

 

 

TU DOR NICOLE 

June 19 – June 25 

 

 

dir. Stephane Lafleur, Drama / Comedy,  Unrated, Canada, French, 2015, 93 min.

 

Making the most of the family home while her parents are away, Nicole, 22 years old, is enjoying a peaceful summer with her best friend Véronique. When Nicole's older brother shows up with his band to record an album, the girls' friendship is put to the test. Their vacation takes an unexpected turn, punctuated by a heatwave, Nicole's growing insomnia and the persistent courtship of a 10-year-old boy

 

2015 Cannes Festival Selection

 

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WELCOME TO NEW YORK   

June 19 – June 25 

 

 

dir. Abel Ferrara, Drama, Rated ‘R’, USA, English, 2015, 125 min.

 

 Inspired by one of the most high-profile public implosions in recent memory, Welcome to New York follows a prominent international banker (Gérard Depardieu) as he spirals out of control during a drug and sex-fueled trip to America—culminating in a shocking incident involving a hotel maid and his subsequent arrest. 

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ONE CUT, ONE LIFE 

June 26 – July 2 

 

 

 

dir. Ed Pincus & Lucia Small, Documentary, U.S., English, 2015, 107 min.

 

When seminal documentarian Ed Pincus, considered the father of first person non-fiction film, is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he and collaborator Lucia Small team up to make one last film, much to the chagrin of Jane, Ed’s wife of 50 years. Told from two filmmakers’ points of view, One Cut, One Life challenges the form of first person documentary. Ed and Lucia’s unique approach to filming offers a vulnerability and intimacy rarely seen in non- fiction, questioning whether some things might be too private to be made public. The film is an intense, raw, and sometimes humorous exploration of the human condition which invites the viewer to contemplate for themselves what is important, not only at the end of life, but also during

 

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RESULTS 

June 26 – July 2 

 

 

dir. Andrew Bujalski, Comedy, Unrated, U.S., English, 2015, 105 min.

 

 Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny’s well-funded ennui is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

July 3 – July 9

dir. Roy Andersson, Drama/ Comedy, Not Rated, Germany / France / Norway / Sweden, in English and Swedish, 2015, 101 min.


Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, take us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy, unfolding in absurdist episodes: a sing-along at a 1940s beer hall, a randy flamenco teacher, a thirsty King Charles XII of Sweden en route to battle, and a diabolical metaphor for the horrors inflicted by European colonialism. It is a journey that unveils the beauty of single moments, the pettiness of others, life’s grandeur, and the humor and tragedy hidden within us all.

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La Sapienza

July 3 – July 6

 

 

 

dir. Eugene Green, Drama, Not Rated, France / Italy, French / Italian, 2015, 101 min.

 

At the height of his career, Alexandre decides to set off for Italy with the idea of completing his draft – interrupted years earlier – of a book on Borromini. He is accompanied by his wife Alienor who feels her relationship with her husband gradually slipping away along with the passion it used to inspire. Having reached Stresa they happen to meet Goffredo and Lavinia, a pair of siblings who live there: the former is about to embark in architectural studies, the second is suffering from a nervous disorder. Reviving a maternal instinct that has lain dormant within her for so many years, Alienor feels the need to stay by Lavinia’s side to help her overcome her anxiety and suggests that her husband continue on his travels with Goffredo. This separation will be the start of an inner journey for both Alexandre and Alienor


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   RETURNING FROM A SOLD OUT PERFORMANCE

                     

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