“**** … one of the best documentaries of the year … works in equal measure for those who know a great deal about Jane Goodall and those people who don’t know a thing … the genius of both the subject and the filmmaker make JANE a rewarding experience.” –RogerEbert.com
Drawing from more than 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, Oscar-nominated director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goddall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists. (U.S., 2017,)
Rfor language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying.
“***** … filled with heart, smarts and the wry wisdom of distance … a sweet, deeply personal portrayal of female adolescence.” –Time Out
In order to show the world she’s not her mother’s daughter, a senior in a Catholic high school (Saoirse Ronan) takes the name Lady Bird. Her overworked and underpaid mom (Laurie Metcalf), the, can’t help but respond with her bitterly sharp tongue. The gifted actress Greta Gerwig (FRANCES HA, TO ROME WITH LOVE, JACKIE) makes her debut as a writer-director, coaxing superb performances that show the mother and daughter’s comic fury and mutual misrecognition. The wonderful Lois Smith and Tracy Letts provide superb accompaniment in a passionate, convincingly nostalgic work. (U.S, 2017, 93m)
PG-13for thematic material including some violent images
“Spectacular … Paints a powerful picture of a vibrant culture and people under stifling repression; it has monsters and plucky kids and colorful adventures like other animated films, but at heart it is a beautiful but troubling look at a people’s fight to survive.” –The Wrap
From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated THE SECRET OF KELLS and SONG OF THE SEA comes the adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ bestselling novel, following Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom–and danger. It’s an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times.
Rfor sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language
Winner, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
“Critic’s Pick … Ms. Hawkins, giving a silent performance in a sound film, will perhaps inevitably evoke Charlie Chaplin, and she moves her body and her facial features with Chaplinesque elegance, narrowing the distance between acting and dancing, turning physical comedy into corporeal poetry.” –New York Times
In this otherworldly fairytale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, the master storyteller Guillermo del Toro (PAN’S LABYRINTH, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE) a lonely cleaning woman (the unforgettable Sally Hawkins, from MAUDIE) works in a high-security government laboratory. Her life is forever changed when she and a friend (the Oscar-winning Octavia Spencer) discover a classified experiment: a creature who is the subject of experiments from a cruel scientist. The phenomenal cast also includes the Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg. (U.S.-Mexico, 2017, 123m, Fox Searchlight)