WILDLIFE: Starts Friday, November 16th

Viewing: November 16, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Paul Dano
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould,

Sensitive 16-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry–a housewife and golf pro in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job-and his sense of purpose he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother embark on her own adventure, as she transgresses into an affair with an older man.

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Running Time: 104 minutes104 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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The result is a careful, deliberate, slightly distanced treatment of stormy emotions - but it's appropriate, because the characters are often as not driven not to action but to inaction by their circumstances.

Steve Pond
TheWrap
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SUSPIRIA

Todays Show Times: 7:05 9:20

Watch Trailer Director: Luca Guadagnino
Writer(s): David Kajganich
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz

From the director of Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino, comes a nightmarish re-imagining of one of Italian cult horror’s true cinema classics.

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director (Swinton), an ambitious young dancer (Johnson), and a grieving psychotherapist (Ebersdorf). Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

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Running Time: 152 minutes152 MIN
R Rated
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Wednesday 11/147:05 9:20
Thursday 11/157:05 9:20

It’s so good, it’s scary.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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BEAUTIFUL BOY

Todays Show Times: 5:15 7:30 9:45

Watch Trailer Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Cast: Steve Carell, Amy Ryan, Timothée Chalamet

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

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Running Time: 112 minutes112 MIN
R Rated
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Wednesday 11/145:15 7:30 9:45
Thursday 11/155:15 7:30 9:45

Parents will feel heard by this movie in a way that few other films have tried. Everyone else should go for the kid, who's a rocket taking off. You want to be able to say you were there when it happened.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Sustainability Series: NIGHT OF SHORTS

Viewing: November 14, 2018

Athena Cinema, Environmental Studies, and the Alden Library present the sixth year of the Sustainability Film Series, working in partnership with many sponsors. Our vision and goal are those of years past: to offer attendees the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of the current issues related to global environmental and sustainable challenges and solutions. We aim to bring together students, faculty and regional community members. The program recognizes the strength of this integration, coming together and learning from each other. Following each screening, we invite audience members to join us for a panel discussion hosted by faculty members, students, and community members. Please join us for a conversation following these beautiful, thought-provoking and timely films. All admissions free.

Person of the Forest (17 mins)

In the vanishing lowland rainforests of Borneo, research is underway to uncover and understand the unique cultural behaviors of wild orangutans before it’s too late.

Letter to Congress (3 mins)

The film was created as an homage to Wallace Stegner and the words he wrote in his famous ‘Wilderness Letter’ to Congress in 1960. In this current political climate, his words began to take on new meaning. His plea for what wilderness can do for us is now more relevant than ever.

Other shorts playing this night are TBA.

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One Night Only: THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

Viewing: November 28, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Lars Von Trier
Cast: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman

Lars von Trier’s THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT has its North American premiere Wednesday, November 28, with a special one-night-only show of the director’s cut—the same version that was shown at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and prompted both a 10-minute standing ovation and more than a few disturbed walkouts.

USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack (Matt Dillon) through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer.

We experience the story from Jack’s point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances. The goal is the ultimate artwork: A collection of all his killings manifested in a House that he builds.

Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult maneuvers.

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Running Time: 155 minutes155 MIN
R Rated
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Dillon might have trouble putting this one at the top of his resume if he wants to do a Disney film, but there’s no question he delivers an impactful movie monster, with darting eyes and a toothy smile that makes Jack at once seem empathetic and bonkers.

Eric Kohn
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Sustainability Series: TAKING ROOT

Viewing: November 28, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Lisa Merton/Alan Dater
Cast: Larisa Eryomina, Njogu Kahare, Leah Kisomo

Athena Cinema, Environmental Studies, and the Alden Library present the sixth year of the Sustainability Film Series, working in partnership with many sponsors. Our vision and goal are those of years past: to offer attendees the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of the current issues related to global environmental and sustainable challenges and solutions. We aim to bring together students, faculty and regional community members. The program recognizes the strength of this integration, coming together and learning from each other. Following each screening, we invite audience members to join us for a panel discussion hosted by faculty members, students, and community members. Please join us for a conversation following these beautiful, thought-provoking and timely films.

All admissions free.

The story weaves a compelling and dramatic narrative of one woman’s personal journey, Wangari Maathai in the context of the turbulent political and environmental history of her country. Raised in the rural highlands of Kenya, educated in the United States during the 1960s civil rights era, and the first woman to receive a PhD in East and Central Africa, Maathai discovered the heart of her life’s work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up. They told her that their daily lives had become intolerable: they were walking longer distances for firewood; clean water had become scarce; the soil was disappearing from their fields; and their children were suffering from malnutrition. Maathai thought to herself, “Well, why not plant trees?” Trees provide shade, prevent soil erosion, supply firewood and building materials, and produce nutritious fruit to combat malnutrition. With this realization Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organization encouraging rural women to plant trees.

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Running Time: 81 minutes81 MIN
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...presents an awe-inspiring profile of one woman's three-decade journey of courage to protect the environment, ensure gender equality, defend human rights and promote democracy—all sprouting from the achievable act of planting trees.

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Holiday Film Series: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

Viewing: November 29, 2018

Director: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
Writer(s): Dr. Seuss, Irv Spector
Cast: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray

November 28th thru December 22nd, Ohio University’s Athena Cinema will partner with the Department of Real Estate Management, Community Engagement and Economic Development to show popular holiday family films! The price of admission will be a minimum donation of one canned or non perishable food good per ticket to be donated to Athens city food pantries and other hunger relief programs. Cash donations are also accepted. As part of the event patrons will also receive a complimentary snowflake cookie to enjoy during the movie.

Chuck Jones’ animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas originally aired on television in 1966 and has since become a holiday family favorite. Voiced by Boris Karloff (who also narrates), the Grinch lives on top of a hill overlooking Whoville with his dog, Max. Each year at Christmas time, the Grinch’s hatred grows stronger toward those insufferably cheerful Whos down in Whoville. Content to exchange presents, eat large banquets, and sing songs in the town square, the Whos live in a blissful ignorance of the Grinch’s contempt. One year, he gets the idea to stop Christmas from coming by dressing up as Santa Claus. He cobbles together an outfit and makes his dog drag him around on a sleigh while sneaking into the Whos’ homes and stealing their presents, food, and decorations. After he has stolen every last thing, the Whos wake up on Christmas morning to sing in the town square, causing the Grinch to question the basis of his nefarious plan.

Plays after the uptown tree lighting ceremony!

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Running Time: 26 min26 MIN
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Holiday Film Series: ELF

Viewing: December 1, 2018

Watch Trailer Director: Jon Favreau
Writer(s): David Berenbaum
Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, and Bob Newhart

November 28th thru December 22nd, Ohio University’s Athena Cinema will partner with the Department of Real Estate Management, Community Engagement and Economic Development to show popular holiday family films! The price of admission will be a minimum donation of one canned or non perishable food good per ticket to be donated to Athens city food pantries and other hunger relief programs. Cash donations are also accepted. As part of the event patrons will also receive a complimentary snowflake cookie to enjoy during the movie.

For his sophomore stab at directing, actor/writer/director Jon Favreau (Swingers, Made), took on this holiday comedy starring Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell. Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Elf also stars James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, and Bob Newhart.

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Running Time: 107 Minutes107 MIN
PG Rated
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A charming, wholesome Christmas film with a lot of holiday spirit.

Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
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Affrilachian Identities: COAL BLACK VOICES

Viewing: December 4, 2018

Director: Jean Donohue and Fred Johnson
Cast: Bernard Clay, Ricardo Narzario Colon, C. Daniel Dawson

Affrilachian Identities presents a special one day screening of Coal Black Voices.

Coal Black Voices is an intimate mosaic of images, poetry, and storytelling by the Affrilachian Poets as they give glimpses of life in the American Black South and Appalachian region. The ensemble of African-American writers challenge simple notions of an all white Appalachian region and culture while drawing on traditions such as the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and experiences of the African Diaspora. The poetry of the Affrilachian Poets celebrates their African heritage and rural roots while encompassing themes of racism and Black identity. In this documentary they give voice to the pleasures of family, land, good food, artistic community, music and transformation.

Coal Black Voices was produced with support from the KET Fund for Independent Production, The Wexner Center Media Arts Program, The Ohio State University, Kentucky Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, Kentucky Humanities Council, Ohio Humanities Council and Media Working Group.

Free Admission

Showing will be followed by a panel discussion exploring African American identity in Appalachia.

Co-sponsored by: LGBT Center, Appalachian Studies Certificate, Cutler Scholars, D&I, HTC, MCC, BSCPB, OMSAR, UCM, Appalachian Rural Health Institute, Alden, Athena, Critical Studies, Diversity Studies, and WGSS

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Running Time: 57 minutes57 MIN
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MID90s

Todays Show Times: 5:05 7:35 9:55

Watch Trailer Director: Jonah Hill
Cast: Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Na-kel Smith

Mid90s follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

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Running Time: 84 minutes84 MIN
Not Rated
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Wednesday 11/145:05 9:55
Thursday 11/155:05 7:35 9:55

The first feature from writer-director Jonah Hill shows some of the best qualities of veteran actors who step behind the camera, with nuanced performances so real the characters practically fall off the screen.

Eric Kohn
IndieWire
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