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Playing This Week

I Am Somebody/Namibia: Independence Now! (1970/1985)

5/23/22 @ 7:00 PM

Madeline Anderson/Pearl Bowser | DCP/Digital | 83m

In I am Somebody, Madeline Anderson, the first Black woman to make a televised documentary, chronicles a 100-day strike by Black women hospital workers in Charleston, SC. Namibia: Independence Now!, made by the storied Third World Newsreel collective, highlights women's centrality to the Namibian liberation movement against South African exploitation through scenes of life in exile and the testimonies of South West Africa People’s Organization members.

Light Sleeper (1992)

5/24/22 @ 7:00 PM

Paul Schrader | 35mm | 103m

John Letour (Willem Dafoe) is a recovering addict who still works as a deliveryman for high-class drug dealer Ann (Susan Sarandon). Letour’s life begins to unravel as he faces threats of retirement from his boss and unwanted attention from a murder investigation. Writer/Director Paul Schrader has called this film the 1990s installment of his “man in the room” series such as Taxi Driver (1976) and the more recent film The Card Counter (2021).

Ishtar (1987)

5/25/22 @ 7:00 PM

Elaine May | 35mm | 107m

35 years after its legendary initial failure, May's final feature to date has re-emerged as another comedic masterwork and a biting political satire. Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty star as two monumentally untalented songwriters trying to be the next Simon and Garfunkel but end up pulled into civil unrest in the fictitious nation of Ishtar. A musical, a buddy comedy, a political thriller, and more, Ishtar has to be seen to be believed.

Burn After Reading (2008)

5/26/22 @ 7:00 PM

Coen Brothers | 35mm | 96m

Even the best-laid schemes go astray, in this 2008 black comedy follow-up to the Coen Brothers' double Oscar winner No Country for Old Men. After CIA analyst Osborne Cox’s (John Malkovitch) memoirs make it into the hands of two dim witted fitness trainers (Francis McDormand and Brad Pitt) they attempt to turn a profit by getting into the espionage game. Burn After Reading is a fantastic spy/thriller only without all the explosions.

Multiple Maniacs (1970)

5/26/22 @ 9:30 PM

John Waters | DCP | 90m

Fallen Angels (1995)

5/27/22 @ 7:00 PM

Wong Kar-wai | DCP | 99m

A story centering around a hitman trying to escape his partner and a mute delinquent building a life after escaping prison, Fallen Angels is a neon-noir crime thriller that follows two loosely-interlocked narratives in an exhilarating, disorienting homage to Hong Kong at night. The plot was initially set as the third narrative in Chungking Express, but was expanded into its own movie to showcase the real character of these two films: Hong Kong itself.

Anthropoid

5/28/22 @ 2:30 PM

Sean Ellis | DCP | 120m

Starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan as Slovak and Czech soldiers Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, this film follows the events of Operation Anthropoid, the Allied plan to assassinate SS mastermind Reinhard Heydrich in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. With limited outside help, Jozef and Jan carry out the attack, but a terrible reprisal is still to follow. Anthropoid was praised for its realism and close retelling of events, as historical reports were used to recreate the assassination scene.

Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)

5/28/22 @ 7:00 PM

Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert | DCP | 146m

At once a heartfelt family drama and an irreverent, multiverse-hopping sci-fi comedy, Everything Everywhere All at Once centers around a frazzled Chinese-American mother (Michelle Yeoh) tossed into the center of an interdimensional whirlwind of chaos. Rife with thoughtful details of Asian-American life, stuck-on googly eyes, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis as a diabolical IRS inspector, this film has a little something for everyone.

Waitress (2007)

5/29/22 @ 7:00 PM

Adrienne Shelly | Digital | 104m

This dark comedy stars Keri Russell as a small-town waitress, unhappily pregnant by her abusive husband (Jeremy Sisto) but in love with her obstetrician (Nathan Fillion). An ingenious baker, she channels her emotions into pies, like the I Hate My Husband Pie, Pregnant Miserable Self-Pitying Loser Pie, and Lonely Chicago Pie. Waitress was the only feature film by the late Adrienne Shelly, who also wrote, acted in, and co-designed sets and costumes for it.