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Included in MoMA’s permanent collection and considered to be among the most significant features ever by an African-American filmmaker, SWEET SWEETBACK is a brutal and shocking story of survival and is credited as one of the first blaxploitation films.
1976, the height of summer. A heat wave. Everybody is sweating. The wasps are even more aggressive than usual. In the midst of it all, a German family who are spending the dog days in their communal garden – just as they always do. Yet the passing of their overbearing matriarch Sophie reveals fine cracks in the family’s relationships while subtly changing how they interact.
Margaret is a fashion model with dreams of stardom, whose alter ego and rival, Jimmy, abuses and takes advantage of her to satisfy his rampant drug addiction. Unbeknownst to them, tiny, invisible aliens have landed on the roof above the squalor in which they live and begin killing anyone Margaret has sex with to feed on their pleasure-giving neurotransmitters. LIQUID SKY is an underground masterpiece of avant-garde DIY science fiction filmmaking.
After receiving an anonymous letter about a missing 12-year-old girl, devoutly Christian Police Sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) travels by seaplane to a remote Scottish island to investigate. But the islanders welcome neither his badge nor religious devotion, for Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee) and his devoted followers worship only the pagan gods of old - and those gods demand a sacrifice.
Enjoy two of Agnès Varda's mid-to-late-1960's films in this double feature. In LE BONHEUR, a young husband and father finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker. In BLACK PANTHERS, Varda turns her camera on an Oakland demonstration against the imprisonment of activist and Black Panthers cofounder Huey P. Newton.
Captured live from the National Theatre in London in 2012, this critically acclaimed production directed by Marianne Elliot (ANGELS IN AMERICA, WAR HORSE) has astonished audiences around the world and has received seven Olivier and five Tony Awards.
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. See Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature.
John Carpenter's 1983 horror film CHRISTINE, adapted from the book by Stephen King, focuses on a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury with an evil, indestructible vengeance. Dr. Joydeep Biswas of UMass Amherst will introduce the film, speaking on the radical future of self-driving cars.
SHAKEDOWN chronicles a series of parties in the underground lesbian strip scene in mid-00's Los Angeles, one of the few spaces for lesbian subculture, which brought together and galvanized a community of queer people of color. Director Leilah Weinraub in person!
Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming - despite the odds. Director RaMell Ross in person!
First Run Films - Coming Soon
First run films that are “coming soon” may not have a set release date. Tickets may not be available for “coming soon” films.
LIZZIE is a psychological thriller that reveals many layers of the strange and fragile Lizzie Borden, who stood accused of the infamous 1892 axe murder of her family in Fall River, Massachusetts.
MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS is a portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity.
Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen.
Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home.