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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Moonrise Kingdom

Watch Trailer Director: Wes Anderson
Writer(s): Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Cast: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman
Awards: Cannes
Language: English

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, the film follows a young boy and girl falling in love. When they are moved to run away together, various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down – which might not be such a bad thing. From the director of RUSHMORE, this film has a star filled lineup with features from Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Jason Schwartzman. The talented cast compliments a beautifully written comedic romance flick that was a fan favorite at Sundance.

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Running Time: 94 minutes94 MIN
R Rated
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Safety Not Guaranteed

Watch Trailer Director: Colin Trevorrow
Writer(s): Derek Connolly
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni, and Jeff Garlin
Language: English

When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.

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Running Time: 86 minutes86 MIN
R Rated
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Ruby Sparks

Watch Trailer Director: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Writer(s): Zoe Kazan
Cast: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas
Language: English

Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.  From the directors of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, this film features Paul Dano, one of the best young actors working today, alongside the talented Zoe Kazan (who also wrote the film).  Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, and Steve Coogan round out the supporting cast.

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Running Time: 104 minutes104 MIN
R Rated
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