This Week at The Civic…
…the offerings are so diverse that I can’t even think of a clever connector.
On the split this weekend and Tuesday run, The Gift (rated 14A) puts an original twist on the psychological thriller genre where someone creepy turns up into a nice couples lives to make life uncomfortable indeed. And no one plays better dead pan discomfort than Jason Bateman. On the flip-side of the evening of films, Lake Bell joins Owen Wilson in the ranks of indie stars gone action. In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.
See Van Gogh’s art like never before. Exhibition on Screen’s Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing offers a unique high definition big screen look at the art and the story behind the art. What better artist to see on the big screen than Van Gogh with paint texture that jumps off the screen.
Wednesday’s film is the second in our newly launched bi-weekly documentary series and is sure to be a great follow up to last week’s Amy. The Wolfpack (rated PG) won best documentary at Sundance and is cinematic from topic to execution. Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood.
Thursday’s independent/international film comes from India where it cleaned up at festivals around the world including Venice for best first feature film. Court, tells the story of an apparent ‘suicide’ of a sewage cleaner leading to the arrest of Dalit activist/folk singer. The 65-year old is held on grounds of abetting the suicide through his lyrics. The film follows the personal lives of the Judge, the Public Prosecutor & the activist’s lawyer as the case meanders its away across months courtesy of numerous excuses and delays.
I told you. It is all over the place, but all at the right place for great cinema; The Civic Theatre.
Coming next: Mazerunner: The Scorch Trials.
Fri. Sept. 18 @ 7pm, Sat. Sept. 19 @ 9pm, Sun. Sept. 20 @ 4:00pm, Tues. Sept. 22 @ 7pm [/one_half] [one_half_last]No Escape
Fri. Sept. 18 @ 9pm, Sat. Sept. 19 @ 7pm, Sun. Sept. 20 @ 6:45pm, Tues. Sept. 22 @ 9pm [/one_half_last][one_half]
Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing
Mon. Sept. 21 @ 7pm
Wed. Sept. 23 @ 11am (Babes in Arms) [/one_half_last][one_half] The Wolfpack
Wed. Sept. 23 @ 7:30 [/one_half] [one_half_last] Court
Thurs. Sept. 24 @ 7:30