New and Noteworthy
Featuring rare and exclusive footage, Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film explores The Beatles’ phenomenal early career – the period in which the band captured the world’s acclaim and laid the foundation for the globalization of culture. It examines the effects touring had on their relationships, musical evolution and lifestyle. The film also looks at “Beatlemania” and the young people who turned the Beatles’ music into a movement the world had never seen before.
Rachel (Emily Blunt) is devastated by her recent divorce. She spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple (Haley Bennett, Luke Evans) who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Starring Sam Neill. Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush.
Wed, Oct 26 at 8PM
In the 1960’s, a group of Holocaust survivors are living together in a hostel in Jerusalem. At night they meet in the corridor to drink cognac and play cards. The inn is run by Mrs. Pracht, whose insistence on order and discipline (and her disdain for Yiddish) enrages the residents. Her insistence on order and discipline is all too familiar to former concentration camp inmates who now perceive freedom only in anarchy, an inner battle that will grow into a vengeful climax. An adaptation of Aharon Appelfeld’s novel Night after Night.
An irritable, elderly busybody (Rolf Lassgård) spends his days making his neighbors miserable with his grousing and demands for order, but his crabbiness hides a deep grief for his deceased wife, whom he hopes to soon join. His clumsy attempts at suicide bring him into contact with the Persian family next door, and his growing friendship with them helps him reconnect with life. Bahar Pars and Tobias Almborg co-star. Based on the best-selling novel by Swedish writer Fredrik Backman.
As he did in his acclaimed debut, SLEEPWALK WITH ME, writer/director/actor Mike Birbiglia (THIS AMERICAN LIFE) captures universal human experiences that happen in the lives of professional funny people. With a top-flight ensemble of comic actors including Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard and Tami Sagher, DON’T THINK TWICE tells a nuanced story of friendship, aspiration and the pain and promise of change.
Sat, Oct 29 at 10AM
For the twelfth year, John Henry brings his playful musical style to the Avalon for our annual Halloween concert party. Children are encouraged to come in costume (adults too!) and sing and dance along during the show! Treats will be distributed afterwards.
Wed, Nov 2 at 8PM
OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE explores the experiences of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.
Wed, Nov 9 at 8PM
Post-screening Q&A with the director! In 2012 journalist Theo Padnos slipped into Syria and was promptly kidnapped by Al Qaeda’s branch there. Because he spoke fluent Arabic, his captors suspected he worked for the CIA and brutally tortured him. But his fluency also led to an extraordinary engagement with, and understanding of, his captors. By the time of his release, twenty-two months later, he had become a confidante of al-Qaeda’s top commander in Syria. In THEO WHO LIVED, Padnos returns to the Middle East and retraces the physical and emotional steps of his harrowing journey.
Wed, Nov 16 at 8PM
Fascinated and horrified by the rise in ‘home grown’ radicals, ambitious journalist Sam goes undercover in an extremist cell in Paris, determined to uncover the roots of the phenomenon. Following his initiation into the group, events accelerate at an alarming rate and soon Sam finds himself in mortal danger as the wildly unpredictable leader of the cell plans an attack in the heart of Paris.
Directed by Tom Ford. Susan’s idyllic life as a successful Los Angeles art-gallery owner is marred by her husband’s constant travel. While he is away, she is shaken by the arrival of a manuscript written by her long-estranged first husband. The manuscript tells the story of a teacher who finds a trip with his family turning into a nightmare. As Susan reads the book, it forces her to examine her past and confront some dark truths.
Wed, Nov 30 at 8PM
The films of Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski’s THREE COLORS trilogy were immediately recognized as cinematic masterpieces upon their release in the early 1990s. RED closes the trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, a splendid final statement from a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers.
Wed, Dec 14 at 8PM
In this comedy, parents Igor and Irena set sail across the Indian Ocean with the family dog Otto, and leave their teenage children at home alone. No sooner have they left than the teens invite their best friends to the house. Meanwhile, the parents’ boat capsizes at sea, and the dog soon becomes an important player in their survival. When the teens lose contact with their parents, unexpected dramas begin to rapidly unfold.