New and Noteworthy
Senior Cinema Thursday
WOMAN IN GOLD is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.
Small-time crook Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) tries to steal a car and winds up with its owner’s daughter, dissatisfied small-town girl Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway). Their crimes quickly spiral from petty theft to bank robbery, but tensions between the couple and the other members of their gang–hapless driver C.W. (Michael J. Pollard), Clyde’s suave older brother Buck (Gene Hackman) and Buck’s flibbertigibbet wife, Blanche (Estelle Parsons) –could destroy them all.
African-American Philadelphia police detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is arrested on suspicion of murder by Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger), the racist police chief of tiny Sparta, Mississippi. After Tibbs proves not only his own innocence but that of another man, he joins forces with Gillespie to track down the real killer. Their investigation takes them through every social level of the town, with Tibbs making enemies as well as unlikely friends as he hunts for the truth.
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy reprise their roles in this entertaining follow-up to the original hit film.
Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and, back at his parents’ house, he’s trying to avoid the question everyone keeps asking: What does he want to do with his life? An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), a bored housewife and friend of his parents. But what begins as a fun tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman Mrs. Robinson demanded he stay away from, her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross).
Wed, Apr 29 at 8PM
Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and the criminals of Jaffa don’t want to see him leave either… This satirical film confronts social dilemmas from the perspective of a good-hearted, beleaguered Israeli Everyman. On the eve of his retirement, frustrated beat cop Avram Azoulay (Shaike Ophir) encounters religious zealots, comes to the aid of a prostitute, and unwittingly solves a crime staged for his benefit.
Lions of Czech Film
Set in 1983 Czechoslovakia, eighteen-year-old sprinter Anna dreams of making the Olympics. In preparation, her coach puts her on a secret “special care” program, through which she receives injections of stromba. After learning that stromba is a dangerous drug, Anna rejects the injections and her performance levels begin to decline. With the Olympics in jeopardy, Anna’s mother decides to secretly administer the drug to her daughter in order for her to have a chance not only for the Olympics but also to escape from behind the Iron Curtain.
Hadas Yaron returns to the big screen in Maxime Giroux’s FÉLIX and MEIRA, a story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different lives mere blocks away from one another. Meira (Yaron), a young Hasidic housewife and mother, and Félix (Martin Dubreuil), a man lost in mourning the death of his father, unexpectedly meet at a local bakery in Montreal. What starts as an innocent friendship becomes more serious as the two wayward strangers find comfort in one another.
Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid (POLICEMAN) directs his second feature, an ambitious and aesthetically potent drama that is at once bizarre, beautiful and deeply unsettling. A teacher, Nira (Sarit Larry), becomes convinced that her five-year old student Yoav (Avi Shnaidman) is a child prodigy with his talent for composing poetry. Nira begins to write it down and tries to persuade his family to have it published, even taking Yoav to readings and pressing him to join a world that vastly exceeds his understanding.