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What’s Playing @ The Civic (Sept. 19 – 25)

What’s playing @ the Civic (Sept. 19 – 25)

This week at the Civic, Manet paints a portrait of Pierce Brosnan while grooving to the funky musical genius of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.  

Playing aside ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux, (Pierce Brosnan) code-name, The November Man, (rated 14A) Alex Gibney’s, (winner of Best Feature Documentary for his film Taxi to the Dark Side) Finding Fela, tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance.  

Had Fela been kicking it almost a century earlier, he would most certainly been documented in the portraiture of Edouard Manet, which comprised around half of the artist’s artistic output. He painted family, friends and the literary, political and artistic figures of the day. On Wed. Sept. 24th, Manet: Portraying Life, uniquely documents the Royal Academy of Arts first ever retrospective devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet.  Aside from over 50 works, the film reveals exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the exhibition’s preparation, which normally go unseen by the public, and interweaves a detailed, superbly crafted biography of Manet and 19th century Paris.  Host Tim Marlow and special guests looked at the craft of one of the all-time great artists, the ‘father of modern art’.

Adapted from the novel of Stanislaw Lem (Solaris) and directed by Ari Folman, director of the acclaimed Waltz With Bashir, our Thursday film highlights another type of portraiture in The Congress (rated PG) where aging actress Robyn Wright, The Princess Bride, playing herself agrees to sell the film rights to her digital image to Miramount Studios in exchange for a hefty sum and the promise to never act again. After her body is digitally scanned, the studio will be able to make films starring her using only computer-generated characters.  The consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider.

Pretty as a picture.

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Finding Fela
Fri. Sept. 19 @ 7:00pm, Sat. Sept. 20 @ 9:00pm, Sun. Sept. 21 @ 2:00pm, Tues. Sept. 23 @ 7:00pm[/one_half][one_half_last]TheNovemberMan_Poster-637x920

The November Man
Fri. Sept. 19 @ 9:30pm, Sat. Sept. 20@ 7:00pm, Sun. Sept. 21 @ 7:00pm, Tues. Sept. 23 @ 9:30pm[/one_half_last][one_half]Layout 1

Manet: Portraying Life
Wed. Sept. 24 @ 7:00pm[/one_half][one_half_last]the-congress-movie-poster-2014

The Congress
Thus. Sept. 25 @ 7:30[/one_half_last]

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