Liberal Arts

Watch Trailer Director: Josh Radnor
Writer(s): Josh Radnor
Cast: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, and Zac Efron
Awards: Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2012

Opening October 12 at the Athena Cinema.

Newly single, 35, and uninspired by his job, Jesse Fisher (writer/director Josh Radnor) worries that his best days are behind him. But no matter how much he buries his head in a book, life keeps pulling Jesse back. When his favorite college professor invites him to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the chance. He is prepared for the nostalgia of the dining halls and dorm rooms, the parties and poetry seminars; what he doesn’t see coming is Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen)—a beautiful, precocious, classical-music-loving sophomore. Zibby awakens scary, exciting, long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection that Jesse thought he had buried forever.

There will be no 7:20 screening of Liberal Arts on Wednesday, October 17th.

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Running Time: 97 minutes97 MIN

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Your Sister’s Sister

Watch Trailer Director: Lynn Shelton
Writer(s): Lynn Shelton
Cast: Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt

Leaving Thursday, October 11th

YOUR SISTER’S SISTER is a new comedy about romance, grief and sibling rivalry. A year after his brother Tom’s death, Jack is still struggling emotionally. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Tom’s best friend Iris offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek catharsis in solitude. Once there, however, he runs into Iris’ sister Hannah who is reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship and finds solace in Tom’s unexpected presence. A blurry evening of drinking concludes with an awkward sexual incident, made worse by Iris’ sudden presence at the cabin the next morning. A twisted tale of ever-complicated relationships is set in motion with raw, hilarious and emotional performances from the all-star cast.

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Running Time: 90 Minutes90 MIN
R Rated

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Killer Joe

Watch Trailer Director: William Friedkin
Writer(s): Tracy Letts
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple

When 22-year-old Chris finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie. Chris finds Joe Cooper, a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, “Killer Joe” Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie’s Cinderella.

Director William Friedkin, no stranger to controversy and censorship during his career (THE EXORCIST spurred protests across the country), has made a triumphant return with KILLER JOE.

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Running Time: 102 minutes102 MIN
NC-17 Rated

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Bernie

Watch Trailer Director: Richard Linklater
Writer(s): Richard Linklater
Cast: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey

In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder. From the director who brought you DAZED AND CONFUSED and WAKING LIFE, starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine.

 

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Running Time: 104 min104 MIN
PG-13 Rated

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All Fall Down: Ashes to Ashes

Taking place Saturday, September 30th at 7:00pm, the Athena will be showing a film by local filmmaker, Dane McCarthy. The horror flick “All Fall Down” features an all-star cast of local actors! Don’t miss this thriller, complete with government conspiracies, femme fatales and a psychopathic killer with a nervous twitch!

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School of Film First Year Screenings

The Athena Cinema will be hosting a free screening of first-year School of Film students. Selected works will be presented by students from their first year in the School of Film’s MFA class.

 

Selections are made from each student’s portfolio which includes two 13-minute narrative films and one 35-minute documentary. The students were given strict parameters and budgets for their projects and acted as editor, producer, screenwriter, and costume designer.

 

The First-Year Screening will take place on Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Athena Cinema on 20 South Court St.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

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The Intouchables

Watch Trailer Director: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
Writer(s): Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
Cast: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, and Anne Le Ny
Awards: Best Actor (Omar Sy) Cesare Awards, Best Cast and Tokyo Grand Prix, Tokyo International Film Festival
Language: French with English subtitles

An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility,The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy),The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. Directed Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the film was nominated for a total of nine 2012 César Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, including Best Picture, and winning Best Actor for breakout star Omar Sy, and won the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival.

Please note that the 9:40 screening of The Intouchables will be canceled on Saturday, September 29th.

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Running Time: 112 minutes112 MIN
R Rated

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Bully

Watch Trailer Director: Lee Hirsch
Writer(s): Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen

Bullying has become something of an epidemic in our society. This year alone, over 5 million American kids will fall victim to it, whether it’s at school, over the Internet, on the street, or in their own homes. In one way or another, we have all been affected by bullying, either as victims, perpetrators, or silent witnesses.

For those 5 million kids, the first day of school is one filled with fear, anxiety and dread. This is where The Bully Project opens. The documentary follows five children and families over the course of a school year in hopes that their stories will become a catalyst for a change in the way we deal with the issue of bullies.

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Running Time: 98 min98 MIN
Not Rated

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Watch Trailer Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Writer(s): Graham Chapman, John Cleese
Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Eric Idle

A theatrical re-release of the 1975 Python classic, with a new print, additional footage, and remastered soundtrack. Monty Python and the Holy Grail loosely follows the legend of King Arthur. Arthur (Chapman) along with his squire, Patsy (Gilliam), recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise (Jones), Sir Lancelot the Brave (Cleese), Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot (Idle) and Sir Galahad the Pure (Palin). On the way Arthur battles the Black Knight (Cleese) who, despite having had all his limbs chopped off, insists he can still fight. They reach Camelot, but Arthur decides not to enter, as “it is a silly place”. They are instructed by God (represented by an animated photograph of cricket figure W. G. Grace) to seek out the Holy Grail.

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Running Time: 91 minutes91 MIN
PG Rated

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Sleepwalk With Me

Watch Trailer Director: Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish
Writer(s): Mike Birbiglia
Cast: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Marc Maron, David Wain
Awards: Audience Award - Sundance

Leaving Thursday, October 11th

Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. It’s also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by “This American Life.” The story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. SLEEPWALK WITH ME features Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Carol Kane (“Taxi”), James Rebhorn (“Meet the Parents”), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway’s “Once”), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jessi Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain.

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Running Time: 90 minutes90 MIN
Not Rated

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