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
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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
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Death By China

Watch Trailer Director: Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro, director of DEATH BY CHINA (and based on the book he co-wrote with Glenn Hubbard, “Seeds of Destruction”) will present and discuss his film on Monday, September 17, at 7:00 pm. The film confronts the economic trade relationship between the U.S. and China, as well as the attendant labor, pollution and cultural ramifications. Since China began flooding U.S. markets with illegally subsidized products in 2001, over 50,000 American factories have disappeared, more than 25 million Americans can’t find a decent job, and America now owes more than 3 trillion dollars to the world’s largest nation. Through compelling interviews with voices across the political spectrum, DEATH BY CHINA exposes that the U.S.-China relationship is broken and must be fixed if the world is going to be a place of peace and prosperity.

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Running Time: 64 Minutes64 MIN
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Last Call at the Oasis

Watch Trailer Director: Jessica Yu

Developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, the company responsible for AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC. and WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”, LAST CALL AT THE OASIS presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. Illuminating the vital role water plays in our lives, exposing the defects in the current system and depicting communities already struggling with its ill-effects, the film features activist Erin Brockovich and such distinguished experts as Peter Gleick, Alex Prud’homme, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon.

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Running Time: 105 minutes105 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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The Island President

Watch Trailer Director: Jon Shenk

The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.
The film captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies—leveraging the Maldives’ underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. (On February 7, 2012, Nasheed resigned the presidency under the threat of violence in a coup d’etat perpetrated by the security forces loyal to the former dictator.)

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Running Time: 101 minutes101 MIN
PG Rated
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The Queen of Versailles

Watch Trailer Director: Lauren Greenfield
Awards: Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival

With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.

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Running Time: 100 minutes100 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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Take This Waltz

Watch Trailer Director: Sarah Polley
Writer(s): Sara Polley
Cast: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman
Awards: Best Actress, Vancouver Film Critics Circle

When Margot, 28, meets Daniel, their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou, a cookbook writer. When she learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Swelteringly hot, bright and colorful like a bowl of fruit, Take This Waltz leads us, laughing, through the familiar, but uncharted question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves.

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Running Time: 116 minutes116 MIN
R Rated
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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Watch Trailer Director: Benh Zeitlin
Writer(s): Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Cast: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry, Gina Montana
Awards: FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes Film Festival, Grand Jury and Cinematography Award, Sundance Film Festival

 

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

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Running Time: 93 minutes93 MIN
PG-13 Rated
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Athena Reopens

We’ve returned from our summer break full of upgrades and improvements! Starting August 24, 2012 come back and join us for a movie!

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