Rfor strong sexual content, language throughout and some drug use.
This fall, Universal Pictures proudly presents the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They're both very busy. From the ferocious comic mind of Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street, 2019's The Lion King, Difficult People, Impeachment: American Crime Story) and the hitmaking brilliance of filmmakers Nicholas Stoller (the Neighbors films, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Judd Apatow (The King of Staten Island, Trainwreck, The Big Sick), comes Bros, a smart, swoony and heartfelt comedy about finding sex, love and romance amidst the madness. Starring Billy Eichner, the first openly gay man to co-write and star in his own major studio film, Bros is directed by Nicholas Stoller from his screenplay with Eichner. The film is produced by Judd Apatow, Stoller and Joshua Church (co-producer Trainwreck, Step Brothers). The film is executive produced by Eichner.
Dragon Inn (King Hu, 1967, 111 min, Taiwan, in Mandarin with English subtitles) Followed by: Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, 2003, 82 min, Taiwan, in Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles) After the runaway success of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Wuxia — a genre of martial arts cinema — became a household name for cinephiles in the United States. The genre far predates Lee’s film, however, with roots that extend to the very beginnings of the modern Taiwanese film industry. A milestone in Wuxia filmography, King Hu’s Dragon Inn (1963) is a beautifully shot and choreographed movie that showcases a vibrant filmmaker at the height of his powers. Tsai Ming-liang’s Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) is a haunting meditation on the cinema, its history, and its place at the cross-section of various Taiwanese subcultures. The film unfolds at a languid pace, connected by long takes and tightly framed shots that depict a smattering of viewers on the last night of a movie theater’s run. A love letter and an elegy to a film culture that had largely disappeared, Goodbye, Dragon Inn is a moving and mysterious portrait of the end of an era. (MT + RS)
FILIBUS (1915) DIR. MARIO RONCORONI We’re celebrating the second annual Silent Movie Day in style with a special evening of films presented by Tom Whiteside of Durham Cinematheque. The program begins with an eclectic selection of shorts from the earliest days of film history, presented in 16mm, followed by FILIBUS: THE MYSTERIOUS AIR PIRATE. A mystifying, cross-dressing jewel thief who descends from her iron-clad blimp to commit cool crimes and outwit the best detectives of her day. Presented in a gorgeous restoration with a lovely score from Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
When a grieving college professor confronts two hunters she catches trespassing on her property, she's drawn into an escalating battle of wills with catastrophic consequences.
PG-13for some sexual images/nudity, brief strong language and smoking.
Moonage Daydream illuminates the life and genius of David Bowie, one of the most prolific and influential artists of our time. Told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances and music, Brett Morgen’s (The Kid Stays in the Picture, Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane) feature-length experiential cinematic odyssey explores David Bowie’s creative, musical and spiritual journey. The film is guided by David Bowie’s own narration and is the first officially sanctioned film on the artist.
PG-13for some violence/bloody images and a sexual reference.
In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and eager rookie Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) takes on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theater underground, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril.
The first 24 hours as an MFA. Palace (Diamond Stingily) is a tall black Aquarius and a sculptor on the up. She was in the Venice Biennale, among other shows, which pisses people off; they think her success is not because of her art, but other attributes. She is exhausted, frustrated, and wants to go home to see her family. She plans a silent protest to not attend the graduation party, even though she has promised DJ. In her first feature film, artist Martine Syms applies her celebrated conceptual grit, humor, and social commentary to the cinematic form, where the natural beauty of upstate New York abuts the Day-Glo druggy haze of an art party. With a banging soundtrack and cinematography that references street photography, giddy gonzo cinema and 1990s high-school romcoms, The African Desperate ultimately chronicles the need for release and emancipation from mental slavery.
Academy Award Winner Javier Bardem stars as Blanco, proprietor of Básculas Blanco, a Spanish company producing industrial scales in a provincial Spanish town, which awaits the imminent visit from a committee that will decide if they merit a local Business Excellence award: everything has to be perfect when the time comes. Working against the clock, Blanco pulls out all the stops to address and resolve issues with his employees, crossing every imaginable line in the process.