September 17, 2019
Tampopo – In Collaboration with Great JonesSeptember 18, 2019
Comedy / 1985 / 114 minutes
Food taken as a metaphor for life is a well-worn arthouse predilection, one of the greatest examples of his being Japanese director Juzo Itami’s 1985 masterpiece Tampopo – and what better food to build a story around than that dietary staple ramen noodles? The story of a noodle shop widow who is guided by a band of “ramen ronin” on a sexy and surreal quest to find the prefect recipe, Itami’s offbeat, comedic confection boasts the distinction of being the first “ramen western”, a vanguard work in the subgenre of culinary adventure films. Inventively deploying love story vignettes to affectionately satirize Japanese culture, Itami’s film manages to blend joy and sadness into a perfectly satisfying broth, resulting in possibly the most gleeful, anarchic, erotic and thoroughly original food stories ever committed to film. With Nobuko Miyamoto and Ken Wantanabe.
The Roxy Cinema as partnered with cookware brand Great Jones to present a food on film series!
The HarvestersSeptember 18, 2019
Drama / 2019 / 106 minutes
In what is being hailed by critics as an impressive debut, Greek-South African filmmaker Etienne Kallos views the Cain and Abel through a uniquely modern lens with his film The Harvesters. Set on the oppressive Bible Belt farmlands of South Africa's Free State province, Kallos' film centers on a young man (Brent Vermeulen) whose hard life on an Afrikaner farm is made all the harder by the arrival of an adopted streetwise teen (Alex van Dyk) who threatens his position as family alpha male. Kallos masterfully brings tensions to a slow boil, exploring the realities of toxic masculinity and repressed homosexuality as it relates to South African society, his performers rising to the dramatic challenge – in particular Vermeulen who manages to deftly convey simmering anger and deep internal struggle with understated ease. With Juliana Venter and Morbe Visser.
Where’d You Go, BernadetteSeptember 19, 2019
Comedy / 2019 / 104 minutes
The arrival of a new Richard Linklater film is always cause for celebration, with this year’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette all the more special due to the inclusion of one of the great actors of our time, the incomparable Cate Blanchett. Based on the novel by Maria Semple, Linklater’s adaptation follows a loving, self-sacrificing mom (Blanchett) who embarks on a sudden journey of self-discovery that relights her artistic passions but leaves her family – in particular her schoolgirl daughter (Emma Nelson) – to unravel the mystery behind her disappearance. The first in his filmography to center on a female lead, Linklater’s 20th (!) feature film bears his distinctive artistic sensibility – notably an emphasis on story through dialogue – and Blanchett is spectacular as always, creating a compelling yet inscrutable character that in lesser hands could register unsympathetically. With strong supporting turns from Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne, Judy Greer and Billy Crudup.
LuceSeptember 20, 2019
Drama / 2019 / 110 minutes
Certain to be one of the most talked-about films of the year, LUCE is a smart psychological thriller that will leave audiences breathless. An all-star high school athlete and accomplished debater, Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is a poster boy for the new American Dream. As are his parents (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth), who adopted him from a war-torn country a decade earlier. When Luce’s teacher (Octavia Spencer) makes a shocking discovery in his locker, Luce’s stellar reputation is called into question. But is he really at fault, or is Ms. Wilson preying on dangerous stereotypes?
Stacked with amazing performances and adapted from JC Lee’s acclaimed play, director Julius Onah has created an intense, multi-layered and deeply entertaining look at identity in today’s America.