May 24, 2018
Oh Lucy!May 25, 2018
Comedy / 2018 / 95 minutes
Japanese writer/director Atsuko Hirayanagi brings her wonderfully oddball sensibility stateside with the 2018 charmer Oh Lucy! Shinobu Terajima plays a lonely middle-aged Tokyo office worker who, after enrolling in an unconventional English language class and adopting a wig-wearing alternate identity, becomes infatuated with her handsome, emotionally open American instructor (Josh Hartnett, in a career-redeeming performance), ultimately following him to suburban California when he leaves suddenly with her niece. A soulful dramedy of identity, longing and miscommunication, Oh Lucy! is the sort of idiosyncratic, open-ended rumination that feels refreshing next to formulaic Hollywood fare and heralds the emergence of a strong cinematic voice. With Kaho Minami, Shiori Kutsuna and Megan Mullallay.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight And BamiMay 25, 2018
Documentary / 2018 / 115 minutes
Sophie Fiennes’s remarkable new documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami offers rare insight into one of the most enigmatic public figures of the last four decades – the incomparable singer/actor/performance artist/fashion icon Grace Jones. Centered by footage from Jones’ visually arresting stage shows, Fiennes’ film follows the diva through her life as an artist, performer, business woman, mother, crafting a portrait as stylish and unpredictable as the subject herself, both intimate and exalting. Interviews with bandmates, friends and loved ones give definition to a creative force that refuses to be defined or categorized, but in the end it is Jones’ fearlessness and unique, uncompromised charisma that leaves the viewer awed and electrified. Featuring eye-popping performances of some of Jones’ most notable repertoire, including “Slave to the Rhythm”, “Love is the Drug” and “Pull Up to the Bumper”.
Lean On PeteMay 25, 2018
Adventure / 2018 / 121 minutes
The fourth feature film from director Andrew Haigh, 2018’s Lean on Pete is a top-tier coming of age drama that sits comfortably among celebrated works like Francois Truffaut’s 400 Blows and Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout. Based on a novel by Willy Vlautin, the story concerns a 15-year old boy (Charlie Plummer) who, after moving to rural Oregon with his largely absentee father (Travis Fimmel), finds work at a stable where he bonds with a soon to be sold off racehorse, prompting him to escape with the animal on a cross-country odyssey. Plummer is a wonder as the soulful, naive lead, matched perfectly with Steve Buscemi’s world-weary owner/mentor and Chloe Sevigny’s hardened jockey, marvelous performances that are given space to live and breathe under Haigh’s confident directorial hand. A film that speaks honestly and with big emotion without ever descending into maudlin sentimentality. With Steve Zahn and Amy Seimetz.
Hook (35mm)May 26, 2018
Fantasy / 1991 / 141 minutes
Often compared to Peter Pan himself, it only made sense for Steven Spielberg to tackle the classic children’s fairy tale, which he did in style with 1991’s Hook. A sequel to the J.M. Barrie novel, Spielberg’s take finds Peter – played to perfection by master of mercurial Robin Williams – grown up with dreams of Neverland far behind him, at least until his own kids are kidnapped to the ageless magical realm by villainous pirate Captain Hook, played with scene-chewing gusto by Dustin Hoffman. Spielberg brings his filmmaking A-game as well as his mastery of cinematic wonder to the proceedings, taking full advantage of his magnificent cast of characters – Dante Basco as Lost Boy leader Rufio has emerged as something of a fan favorite over the years – and the splendid fantasy world production design of Norman Garwood. With Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts as a delightfully flighty Tinkerbell.