62 years of excellence




July 11 thru July 17


Directed by Nadav Lapid,  Political Thriller, Israel, Hebrew w/English subtitles, 105 min


Yaron, an elite special operations squad leader, is the spiritual leader among his peers, a small, highly trained anti-terrorism unit. As the men contend with an unforgivable accident resulting from a miscalculation during a recent rescue mission. The story shifts, the antagonists are introduced: a small group of young, passionate, idealist, and politically extreme individuals with their own vision of how Israeli society should be.

A “hypnotic, slow-building shocker from Israel.”   -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"One issue starting to come to light is the large economic disparity that exists among Israelis themselves, resulting in many protests against the abnormally high cost of living. In his assured debut POLICEMAN, journalist/novelist Nadav Lapid tackles this very problem with a reserved strength rarely seen in a filmmaker so green ... A strong, topical script can work on its own without any pizazz, but the filmmaker's insistence on using the form to strengthen his ideas (something that most in the medium, especially novices, don't do) makes for a much more sophisticated and uniquely moving picture. Every stroke the director makes is well thought out, from the general anatomy of the movie right down to its blocking and framing ... "   -Christopher Bell, The Playlist











July 11 thru July 17


Directed by Jim Mickle, Crime/Drama, NR, USA 110 min


How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Shortly after Dane kills the home intruder, his life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Twists and turns continue to pile up as the film reaches its inevitable destination.

Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled "badasses" portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson.  Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action films; one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Cold in July is hard to shake as an east Texas summer.














July 18 thru July 24


Directed by Megan Griffiths, Dramedy, Rated R, USA, 97 min

More interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine’s editor:  a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long lost rock god Matthew Smith, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend.  Teaming up with an eccentric amateur documentary filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church in a delightful performance), Ellie hits the road in search of answers. Includes a finale cameo by an uncredited mega-star!


"Toni Collete radiates smarts, humor and a world-weary cool in LUCKY THEM. Director Megan Griffith’s charming little indie is pleasing on a number of levels, but much if its allure comes from the sexy, flawed, complicated woman at its center. Collette’s Ellie Klug, a veteran alt-rock journalist in Seattle, has been around the block more than a few times, made her share of mistakes and is unapologetic. Strong but vulnerable, and always interesting, she is a rare find in movies these days."   -Christy Lemire, Roger














July 18 thru July 24







Directed by Kat Candler, Drama, Not Rated, USA, 98 min


The unfortunate title suggests a casual misimpression of the emotional affect of this incredibly densely packed drama. As gripping and authentic a consideration of the American male psyche as you are likely to see this year. Includes star turns by Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis.

“A well-observed and patiently told story, with one good scene after another, featuring amazing performances across the board, but particularly from newcomer Josh Wiggins.”    -Sheila O’Malley,

" ... few recent dramas have captured people trying to pull themselves from emotional quicksand as rivetingly as Kat Candler’s HELLION."














July 25 thru July 31


Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof,  Drama/Political Thriller, Iran, Persian w/English subtitles, 125 min


Clandestinely produced in disavowal of a 20-year filmmaking ban passed down by the Iranian authorities, the scathing Manuscripts Don't Burn brings a whole new level of clarity and audacity to Mohommad Rasoulof's already laudable career. Drawing from the true story of the government's attempted 1995 murder of several prominent writers and intellectuals, Rasoulof imagines a repressive regime so pervasive that even the morally righteous are subsumed or cast aside. A lacerating and slow-burning thriller filmed in a frigid palate of blues and greys, MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN is perhaps the most subversive and incendiary j'accuse lodged against anauthoritarian regime since the fall of the Soviet Union.


“The existence of this film is a luxury not to be taken for granted, and its dissemination and debate in America even more so. Surreptitiously shot on location in Tehran after Rasoulof was sentenced in 2010 to a 20-year prohibition from filmmaking, MANUSCRIPTS DON’T BURN was clandestinely made under the nose of the Ahmadinejad regime. Rasoulof is being held captive in Iran after the government confiscated his passport. As of today, he is still unable to leave.”    -Sam Fragoso, The Dissolve










July 25 thru July 31


Directed by Jan Ole Gerster, Drama, Germany, English subtitles, 90 min

Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A COFFEE IN BERLIN, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his 'emotional imbalance'. Meanwhile, a former classmate insists she bears no hard feelings toward him for his grade-school taunts when she was “Roly Poly Julia,” but it becomes increasingly apparent that she has unfinished business with him. Unable to ignore the consequences of his passivity any longer, Niko finally concludes that he has to engage with life. Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience.











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