IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Watch Trailer Director: Barry Jenkins (III)
Cast: Kiki Layne, Regina King, Stephan James

After her fiancée is falsely accused of raping a woman, a newly-engaged Harlem woman tries to prove his innocence before she gives birth to their child. Facing an uncertain future, the couple find themselves desperately clinging to survival at any cost.

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Running Time: 117 minutes117 MIN
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UNDER THE SILVERLAKE

Watch Trailer Director: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough

Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal, and conspiracy in the City of Angels.

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It's fascinating to watch Mitchell grasp for a bigger picture with the wild ambition of his scruffy protagonist.

Eric Kohn
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WILDLIFE

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
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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
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CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Watch Trailer Director: Marielle Heller
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jane Curtin, Richard E. Grant

In CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).

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THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST: Last Day Thursday, October 4th

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Watch Trailer Director: Desiree Akhavan
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Jennifer Ehle, Marin Ireland

Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs-but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.

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Running Time: 90 minutes90 MIN
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It beautifully articulates the need for young people to realize the validity of who they are, and even more beautifully crystalizes the moment when that starts to happen.

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BLACKKKLANSMAN: Last Day Thursday, October 11th

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Watch Trailer Director: Spike Lee
Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out.

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Running Time: 128 minutes128 MIN
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It was history written with lightning. BlaKkKlansman is a deafening roll of the thunder we've been waiting for ever since.

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Athena Welcome Week Open House

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Did you know there is an indie movie theater right on Court St.? Stop into the Athena Cinema at 20 S. Court St. and check out what we have to offer. Sign up for our email list and get a free, local popcorn. Check out the movies we are playing, get a limited edition student loyalty card and see Athens’ own 103 year-old movie theater!

Monday, August 27th-Friday, August 31st, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court St.

And check out The Miseducation of Cameron Post, playing Wednesday, August 29th at the Athena Cinema as part of Welcome Week.

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SORRY TO BOTHER YOU: Last Day Thursday, September 20th

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Watch Trailer Director: Boots Riley
Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Armie Hammer, Omari Hardwick, Danny Glover

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success – which propels him into a macabre universe.

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Running Time: 105 minutes105 MIN
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here's nothing safe about Boots Riley's film-nothing predictable, nothing derivative or generic, nothing routine. It is what we want from Sundance in that it's a confrontational, unforgettable announcement of a new talent.

Brian Tallerico
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EIGHTH GRADE: Last Day Thursday, September 20th

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Watch Trailer Director: Bo Burnham
Writer(s): Bo Burnham
Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson

Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school–the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year before she begins high school.

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Running Time: 94 minutes94 MIN
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Burnham's accomplished debut offers plenty for viewers of all ages, along with a filmmaking vision that is well beyond many of his comedy peers.

Nick Allen
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DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT

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Watch Trailer Director: Gus Van Sant
Writer(s): Gus Van Sant
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara

John Callahan has a lust for life, a talent for off-color jokes, and a drinking problem. When an all-night bender ends in a catastrophic car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment -with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill) -Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop an international following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful and often funny drama about the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar (R) nominee Gus Van Sant. Jack Black, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto and Kim Gordon also star.

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Running Time: 113 min113 MIN
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For an actor like Phoenix, for whom mannerism and body language are essential tools, the part presents a major new challenge, and it’s exciting to report—through wordplay the self-deprecating Callahan might appreciate—that he rises to the challenge.

A.A. Dowd
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