Cinema Art Theater: THIS WEEK

Hampstead

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Hampstead is a buoyant, sparklingly witty tale based on an inspiring true story of two underdogs who took on the system and showed a nation that heart is where the home is.

Though Emily (Diane Keaton) and Donald (Brendan Gleeson) live in the same idyllic London neighborhood of Hampstead, the worlds they inhabit could not be more different. She is an American widow occupying a posh apartment she can no longer afford and filling her time with charity work as she struggles to figure out a next step. He is a gruff Irish loner who lives off the land in a makeshift cabin and wants nothing more than to be left in peace. When his home is threatened by greedy real estate developers, Emily believes she has found her new cause—but gets more than she bargained for when unexpected romance blossoms. [2019, US, 103 minutes, Rated: PG-13].

“It's a pleasant film that makes fine use of its likable leads - Keaton's oddly regal klutziness matches well against Gleeson's gruff moral rectitude - and an appealing setting,” praises Bilge Ebiri of New York Times. Charlotte O’Sullivan of London Evening Standard writes, “Keaton and Gleeson are sweet together. It's also nice to see London's housing crisis being discussed.”

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Click here to enjoy Film Critic Bill Newcott's interview with Diane Keaton

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The Biggest Little Farm

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The Biggest Little Farm is a powerful documentary that follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land.

When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County outside of Los Angeles, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they've chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind - including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. When the farm's ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chesters’ hope - but as their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.  [2019, US, 91 minutes, Rated: PG-13].

“This powerful, deeply personal documentary is both a memoir and an exploration of the Chesters' quest to make their dream of living on a fully sustainable farm come true,” exclaims Sandie Angulo Chen of Common Sense Media. Janice Paige of the Boston Globe praises, “It's truly food for the soul.”

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Echo in the Canyon

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Echo In The Canyon is a wonderful documentary which celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon.

In the mid-60s as folk went electric, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a period (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.

Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene. Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today. Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones. [US, 2018, 82 minutes, Rating: PG-13]

“Amazing access to the mid '60s music heroes who changed music forever helps the plodding pace of this extraordinary film,” states Linda Lerner of Movies and Shakers. Peter Rainer of Christian Science Monitor exclaims “What makes this more than just a movie for fans of that music -- and what music! -- is that it delves into what made that era such a creative cauldron.”

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

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The Last Black Man is San Francisco is a remarkable drama directed and produced by Joe Talbot (his feature directorial debut) based on a story by Jimmie Fails and Talbot which, in turn, is partly based on Fails' own life.

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation.

A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them. [US, 2019, 121 minutes, Rating: R]

“Luminously beautiful and absolutely unforgettable, this tale of an ordinary man crushed by extraordinary pressures may be the best movie about San Francisco ever made,” writes Joyce Slaton of Common Sense Media. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times states “an indelibly beautiful story of love, family and loss in America from two childhood friends turned filmmakers.”

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Wild Rose

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Wild Rose is a musical drama about a rebellious country singer Rose-Lynn Harlan (played by Jessie Buckley) who dreams of trading the working-class streets of Glasgow for the Grand Ole Opry of Nashville.

Fresh out of prison, Rose-Lynn juggles her menial job, two children, and committed mother, expertly portrayed by Oscar®-nominee Julie Walters, as she pursues her bold ambition of a one-way ticket to musical stardom. With the support of her boss (Sophie Okonedo), Rose-Lynn embarks on a life-changing journey that challenges her sense of self and helps her discover her true voice.

Complete with an electrifying soundtrack performed by Buckley, Wild Rose is a joyous human story steeped in music, courage, family, and achieving your dreams - no matter how far away they may appear. After all, all you need are three chords and the truth. [US, 2019, 101 minutes, Rating: R]

“A dynamic, inspiring tale of setbacks and unexpected victories, set to a vibrant, raucous country soundtrack full of old classics and new original songs,” claims Anne Cohen of Refinery29. Samuel R. Murrian of Parade Magazine writes, “I was completely enthralled by every inch of Wild Rose. This is a really special, affecting film that leaves a mark. It's one of the best films of 2019.”

American country music has its roots in the songs of Old World balladeers, and the folks across the Pond have never forgotten it — just get a load of Ringo Starr belting out Buck Owens’ ‘Act Naturally.’ Wild Rose, the tuneful, uplifting tale of a single British mom with dreams of making it big in Nashville, brings that relationship full circle. Jessie Buckley, with a winsome smile and megaton voice, brings star-is-born power to the role, and two-time Oscar nominee Julie Waters (Billy Elliot, Educating Rita) is transfixing as the Taylor Swift wannabe’s conflicted mom. The dance-inducing soundtrack features songs written by Country royalty including John Prine, Emmylou Harris Anna McGarricle and Hank Snow. 














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The Spy Behind Home Plate

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The Spy Behind Home Plate is a fascinating documentary by award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner about Moe Berg, an enigmatic Jewish catcher, who joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to spy for the U.S. on the Nazis’ atomic bomb program.

From the streets of Newark to five major league teams during baseball’s Golden Age to his secret life spying for the OSS during WWII, Berg’s improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an All-Star roster from the worlds of history, sports and spy craft. Berg may have had only a .243 batting average during his 15-year major league career, but it was the stats he collected for the OSS that made him a most valuable player to his country. [US, 2019, 101 minutes, Rating: NR].

“A satisfying combination of baseball and WWII history but works on its own as a biographical documentary about a fascinating subject,” says Raquel Stecher of Quelle Movies.  Elias Savada of Film International exclaims, “A solid triple and a worthwhile salute to a great baseball star, a true American hero...and a spy.”

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is an artful and intimate documentary. The film is a meditation on legendary storyteller Toni Morrison as she examines her life, her works, and the powerful themes confronted throughout her literary career. 

From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels The Bluest Eye, Sula and Song of Solomon, her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature, and her time teaching at Princeton University. [US, 2019, 119 minutes, Rating: R].

Gary Goldstein of Los Angeles Times takes special note, “Moving and profound. Look for this to be front and center come Oscar® time.” Monica Castillo of RogerEbert.com says “Morrison's legacy is more than just the titles on a reading list, and this documentary will likely help many viewers see just how monumental her accomplishments remain.”

You don’t need to have read a word of Toni Morrison’s novels — nor even seen Beloved, the 1998 drama based on her Nobel Prize-winning book — to become enraptured by the drama of her life, and her special brand of good-natured genius. Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (PBS’s The Black List) enlists pals like Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, and Fran Lebowitz to sing the author’s praises.But it’s Morrison herself, regal and witty, who inspires with her tales of growing up in Ohio, where the landlord set fire to their home — and the family responded by laughing at him. That smile in the face of hatred enlivens this heartfelt portrait.












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Sword of Trust

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Coming Soon!

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Starts Friday, July 26; the full schedule of screenings will be posted Tuesday, July 23.

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Maiden

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Maiden is the true story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity.

But Tracy refused to give up: she re-mortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. Although blessed with tremendous self-belief, Tracy was also beset by crippling doubts and was only able to make it through with the support of her remarkable crew. With their help she went on to shock the sport world and prove that women are very much the equal of men. [US, 2019, 97 minutes, Rating: PG]

Loren King of Newport This Week comments, “Maiden beautifully captures a time and an experience, and transcends it.” Josh Slater Williams of Little White Lies exclaims “An exhilarating and inspiring watch.”

Through sheer determination, 24-year-old Tracy Edwards in 1989 became skipper of the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round The World Race (now known as the Volvo Ocean Race). Inspired by a chance meeting with King Hussein of Jordan, young Edwards became obsessed with the notion of showing the male-dominated world of yacht racing that women could do a lot more than rustle up grub for macho sailor men. The rampant sexism of the era is reflected in news clips (“How will they avoid cat fights?”) and in the dismissive comments of male counterparts. Still they plug along, eyes on the horizon, through seas both smooth and scary. Edwards and her cohorts, interviewed for the film and looking ready to set sail again on a moment’s notice, provide the film’s heartfelt narration.














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Click here to enjoy Film Critic Bill Newcott’s interview with former Skipper Tracy Edwards of the MAIDEN

Starts Friday, August 9. The full schedule of screenings will be posted Tuesday, August 6.

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David Crosby: Remember My Name

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David Crosby: Remember My Name is a deeply, personal documentary that reflects on his life of music stardom, while forging new oaths to relevancy at his age of 77.

With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of music, singer-songwriter David Crosby shares his often challenging journey. Crosby speaks with candor about all the drugs he did, the women he “didn’t love enough,” the abuse he handed out to his body and soul. Yet he’s not apologizing; he’s testifying. Crosby is more than just a rock ‘n’ roll survivor nursing a lifetime of second thoughts. He’s a romantic witness to a time that was genuinely about following the road of excess to the palace of wisdom. Remember My Name is the portrait of an irascible legend who finally figured out how to age gracefully.  [US, 2019, 95 minutes, Rating: R]

“An affectionate and moving chronicle of a story well worth telling,” praises Steve Pond of The Wrap. Owen Gleiberman of Variety exclaims, “A terrific movie! A shamanistic parable of pleasure and pain, beauty and loss.”

There are nostalgic marvels aplenty in this searching biography of the man who, aside from perhaps Art Garfunkel, possessed the sweetest voice of the 60s. But for Crosby Stills and Nash fans, the most heart-stopping moment comes when David Crosby points to a modest dwelling and says, “That’s the house ‘Our House’ was written about.” Now 77, Crosby has survived three heart attacks and a crippling cocaine habit. He looks frail and his voice is thin — except when he steps on stage or into a studio, when the decades seem to melt away. It’s clear that everyone around him senses any day could be David Crosby’s last, and that makes this glimpse into his troubled, tuneful life all the more delicately beautiful.













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Starts Friday, August 23. The full schedule of screenings will be posted Tuesday, August 20.)

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Aquarela

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Aquarela is a film that takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. From massive waves to melting ice, filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky travels around the world to capture the stunning images portrayed in this film.

Water is the main protagonist, seen in all its great and terrible beauty. Mountains of ice move and break apart as if they had a life of their own. Kossakovsky's film travels the world, from the precarious frozen waters of Russia's Lake Baikal, to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma, to Venezuela's mighty Angel Falls, hence painting a portrait of this fluid life force in all its glorious forms. Fragile humans experience life and death, joy and despair in the face of its power. [US, 2019, 89 minutes, Rating: PG]

“The film Aquarela takes a deep dive into watery realms around the world, offering up an experience that can truly be described as immersive,” states Leslie Felperin of Hollywood Reporter. Kevin L. Lee of Film Inquiry writes, “Aquarela is fascinating, designed to be played on repeat as an occasional screensaver and to be digested seriously as a window to nature's raw power.”

A glacier calves in a cataclysmic deluge…a hurricane roars ashore with terrifying frenzy…a camera glides beneath an ice sheet, capturing an otherworldly vision of blue, green, and white light. Russian director Victor Kossakovsky is the world’s modern master in capturing nature’s most evocative moments and framing them in ways that are reassuringly familiar yet tantalizingly (and sometimes terrifyingly) original. This epic documentary about water in all its forms — shot with state-of-the-art, 92 frame-per-second cameras — doesn’t preach to us about the environment; it simply, and magnificently, re-introduces us to the element that shapes and sustains life on Earth.














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Starts Friday, September 27. The full schedule of screenings will be posted Tuesday, September 24.

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