February 18, 2020
Bringing Out the Dead (35mm)February 19, 2020
Drama / 1999 / 121 minutes
The combination of director Martin Scorsese, writer Paul Schrader and star Nicolas Cage likely seemed like a potent one in 1999, and while that year's Bringing Out the Dead perhaps fell short of its pedigree, it stands as a fascinating work and one worthy of re-examination. Set in early 90s New York, the film chronicles a 56 hour period in the life of a graveyard shift EMT (Cage) in which the years of dealing with the dead and dying bring him to the brink of a full-scale spiritual and emotional collapse. Cage – taking a welcome step back from the blockbuster precipice – delivers the kind of edgy, manic and utterly compelling performance that put him on the map, and having Scorsese and Schrader back in the gritty milieu that birthed Taxi Driver is a thrill for any film lover. But what pushes the experience over the top are the disturbing, chaotic images that Scorsese, near the height of his power, unleashes in visualizing the descent of a man hurtling towards what will either be madness or redemption. With Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames and Tom Sizemore.
Uncut Gems (35mm)February 19, 2020
Drama / 2019 / 135 minutes
The indie success of 2017’s Good Time established New York filmmakers the Safdie brothers as a talent to watch, a promise delivered on spectacularly with their follow-up Uncut Gems, resulting in a 2019 nominee for Best Picture. Set in the winner-takes-all world of high stakes betting, the film follows a charismatic, fast-talking jeweler (Adam Sandler, reminding the world that he’s a great actor given the right material) as he navigates business, family, and adversaries on all sides of the law as he hunts for the score to beat all scores. Pushing the tense, hyper-realistic filmmaking style perfected in their previous film to the next level, Josh and Bennie Safdie unleash a full-on audio visual assault, setting an explosive Sandler loose on a rushing tide of dizzying highs and terrifying lows and crafting an indelible portrait of late state capitalism that is impossible to ignore. With Julia Fox, Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch and LaKeith Stanfield.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (35mm)February 20, 2020
Superhero / 2012 / 96 minutes
Johnny Blaze, tortured by the Ghost Rider's curse, gets a chance of redemption through protecting the Devil's son, whose father is pursuing him.
Marriage StoryFebruary 20, 2020
Drama / 2019 / 135 minutes
MARRIAGE STORY is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta co-star.