New and Noteworthy
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.
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.
From first rehearsal to world premiere, BALLET 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work. With unprecedented access to an elite world, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create Paz de la Jolla, NYCB’s 422nd new ballet. BALLET 422 is an unembellished vérité portrait of a process that has never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety.
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.
Wed, Apr 8 at 8PM
This directorial debut by renowned actor Miroslav Krobot centers on life in a small Moravian village. Former German teacher Maruna (Tatiana Vilhelmová) has returned home to live with her mother and run the local pub. She hopes to get married, but potential suitors include a hunting obsessed mayor, grave digger, and a Don Juan roofer. Her sister Jaruna finds a way out, but Maruna seems stuck in her mother’s ways. One day, though, something unexpected happens in the middle of “nowhere.”
Wed, Apr 15 at 8:00PM
This drama from renowned French director François Margolin follows a Jewish woman who embarks on a journey to recover family paintings stolen by the Nazis. During her investigation, she discovers some family secrets are best kept hidden. Star Anna Sigalevitch gives a captivating performance as a desperate woman searching for the truth in a past shrouded in mystery. Completing this stellar French cast are Louis-Do de Lencquesaing and Michel Bouquet.
Wed, Apr 22
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.