Holy Motors

Watch Trailer Director: Leos Carax
Writer(s): Leos Carax
Cast: Denis Levant, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue, and Eva Mendes
Awards: Cannes Film Festival (2012): Award of the Youth and Nominated for Palme d'Or

Over the course of a single day, protagonist Monsieur Oscar (Lavant), takes on 10 other guises, ranging from a gangster and aging millionaire to a trouble parent and a chaotic tramp, as he travels by limousine around Paris for a series of “appointments”.  Monster movie, film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller, and futuristic. Holy Motors encompasses a bit of everything for every audience.  It’s an inspirational, shape-shifting, dream of becoming story about unraveling and starting all over again.  Inspired by the filmmaker’s fascination with the after hours of life of stretch limousines, Holy Motors is a rarity, but above all a true original.

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Running Time: 115 minutes115 MIN

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How Ohio Pulled It Off

Watch Trailer Director: Charla Barker, Matthew Kraus, Mariana Quiroga
Writer(s): Charla Barker, Matthew Kraus, Mariana Quiroga
Cast: Cliff Arnebeck, Ron Baiman and Ken Blackwell

How Ohio Pulled It Off is a provocative documentary that provides evidence of election fraud in the United States. On election night 2004, U.S. citizens were glued to their television, impatiently waiting to discover which candidate wold claim 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. as their new home. Among fifty states, the decision ultimately came down to one: Ohio. What happened in Ohio, on that fateful day in November? What will happen on the same day in November 2012? This documentary archives the theft of the election and the public outcry of infuriated citizens that followed. Casting a shadow of uncertainty during the 2008 election, the same can be said for the election of 2012.

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Running Time: 52 minutes52 MIN

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Arbitrage

Watch Trailer Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Writer(s): Nicholas Jarecki
Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling

Arbitrage, the feature directorial debut of writer Nicholas Jarecki, is a taut and alluring suspense thriller about love, loyalty, and high finance. When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent Brooke (Brit Marling), Miller’s also balancing an affair with French art-dealer Julie Côte (Laetitia Casta). Just as he’s about to unload his troubled empire, an unexpected bloody error forces him to juggle family, business, and crime with the aid of Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker), a face from Miller’s past. One wrong turn ignites the suspicions of NYPD Detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth), who will stop at nothing in his pursuits.  Running on borrowed time, Miller is forced to confront the limits of even his own moral duplicity. Will he make it out before the bubble bursts?

*The 7:20 screening of Arbitrage will be canceled on Friday, November 2nd*

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Running Time: 107 min107 MIN
R Rated

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V/H/S

Watch Trailer Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard
Writer(s): Simon Barrett, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Nicholas Tecosky, Chad Villella, Ti West
Cast: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, and Adam Wingard

Special Athens screenings.  Playing through November 1st

When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.

Bringing together some of the top filmmakers in the game today, this wickedly conceived horror anthology sends the viewer through a gauntlet of suspense, terror, shock, and downright brutality—instantly distinguishing itself from a sea of lackluster found-footage horror flicks. The diverse and deviously creative minds behind V/H/S shatter any preconceived notions about the genre, making it feel inventive and captivating once again.

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Running Time: 116 min116 MIN
Rating: R11

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Watch Trailer Director: Alison Klayman
Writer(s): Alison Klayman
Cast: Ai Weiwei, Danqing Chen, and Ying Gao
Awards: Won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival
Language: Egnlish, Mandarin

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

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Running Time: 91 minutes91 MIN
R Rated

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Dads Weekend: ANIMAL HOUSE

Watch Trailer Director: John Landis
Writer(s): Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, and Chris Miller
Cast: John Belushi, Karen Allen, and Tom Hulce
Awards: Won the 1979 People's Choice Award

Join us for ANIMAL HOUSE, everyone’s favorite raunchy college comedy! Playing Dad’s weekend (November 9-11) each day at 9:00 p.m. and additional Saturday and Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m., this college classic is the perfect way to get in some quality laughs with Pops.

At a 1962 College, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi fraternity, but the troublemaking members have other plans for him.

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Running Time: 109 minutes109 MIN
R Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

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Damnationland

Watch Trailer Director: Allen Baldwin, Regina Bartholomew, The Sisters Grumbling, Kyle Rankin, and R.J. Wilson

Damnationland is an annual showcase of terrifying new Maine-made short films, highlighting the dark arts of independent filmmaking from New England’s haunted figurehead state. In this third year of the series, producers Eddy Bolz and David Meiklejohn proudly present five films from Maine filmmakers Allen Baldwin, Regina Bartholomew, the Sisters Grumbling, Kyle Rankin, and R.J. Wilson. Screening in theaters both in Maine and around the country, Damnationland 2012 will chill audiences with its disturbed visions of life in the northeast.

One night only, Thursday, October 25th at 7:00pm!

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Running Time: 80 minutes80 MIN
Not Rated

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Bill W.

Watch Trailer Director: Dan Carracino and Kevin Hanlon
Writer(s): Dan Carracino, Patrick Gambuti Jr., and Kevin Hanlon
Cast: Bill Wilson, Dr. Bob, and Blake J. Evans

Bill W. tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine’s “100 Persons of the 20th Century.” Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women – a success that made him an icon within A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world.

$1.00 of each ticket purchased will be donated to Athens recovery center, Clem House.

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Running Time: 104 minutes104 MIN
Rating: Unrated

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The Master

Watch Trailer Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer(s): Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams
Awards: Won "Best Director" and "Best Actor" (for both Hoffman and Phoenix) at the Venice Film Festival

THE MASTER stars Joaquin Phoenix as a psychologically damaged war veteran who finds himself working for Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a charismatic figure building his own religion. As the alcoholic, self-destructive former soldier becomes more deeply involved with the leader of this cult-like organization, his natural instincts keep him from embracing his new position as strongly as others in the group would hope.

P.T. Anderson’s latest film is sure to join the long line of critical successes that the director has amassed throughout his career.  Films such as BOOGIE NIGHTS, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, PUNCH DRUNK LOVE, and MAGNOLIA have cemented Anderson as one of America’s best living directors.  Amy Adams and Jesse Plemons also star.

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Running Time: 137 minutes137 MIN
R Rated

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Science on Screen®: IDIOCRACY

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How Evolution by Natural Selection Could Produce a Human Race of Idiots

An exploration of how evolution by natural selection could produce a human race of idiots, featuring some of Dr. Molly Morris’s current research on how mate preferences are important in evolution, as well as her hypotheses on why the human brain has been getting smaller over the past 20,000 years.

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Private Joe Bowers (Wilson), the definition of “average American”, is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program, set 545 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he’s easily the most intelligent person alive.

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A short bio from Dr. Molly R. Morris of Ohio University’s Department of Biological Sciences:

My research interests are in sexual selection, variation in female mate preferences, and the evolution of alternative reproductive strategies. In my laboratory, we are interested in the evolutionary processes that both constrain and drive biological diversity. We examine the evolution of diversity both within and across species of Xiphophorus fishes. These small livebearing fish, native to freshwater streams in Mexico, present a diversity of behaviors and morphologies that are ideal for examining the evolution of behavioral plasticity, female mate preferences, nutritional programming, maternal effects, and the evolution of alternative reproductive strategies. We observe behavior in the field as well as in the laboratory, incorporating molecular techniques to conduct paternity analyses and examine gene expression profiles.

 

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Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Science on Screen program pairs films with a short talk with a scientist or technology expert. The free Science on Screen events are fun and engaging, offering dynamic speakers an unexpected jumping point to teach their field of expertise in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience.

 

Free admission to this event is provided by Arts for OHIO.

 

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Running Time: 84 Minutes84 MIN
R Rated
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There's a good chance that Judge's smartly lowbrow Idiocracy will be mistaken for what it's satirizing, but good satire always runs the risk -- of being misunderestimated.

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