Author Archives: Film Board

Film Series: Christmas in Connecticut

1945. USA. Dir: Peter Godfrey. With Barbara Stanwyck. 102 min.

 

Bachelor gal Stanwyk is a domestic life- style columnist who’s been faking it her whole career. But when a veteran is invited to spend Christmas with her, she must pretend to be the perfect housewife she’s only written about. Ask any prof – this is exactly the kind of feel-good farcical fun that happens here while we’re on break.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Die Hard

1988. USA. Dir: John McTiernan. With Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman. 131 min.

The action film that launched a thousand knock-offs might also be one of the finest Christmas movies ever made. When a scenery-chewing Professor Snape takes an office tower hostage, good ol’ Bruce must shimmy up the chimney (er… elevator shaft) to reach his wife and save the holidays. It’ll have you shouting “Yippee-ki-yay!”

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

2012. USA. Dir: Terence Nance. With Nance, Namik Minter. 93 min.

 

After a date bails at the last minute, Nance does what any of us would: obsessively overanalyze the situation, his past dating history, and his perceived person- al flaws. Unlike you, his introspection takes the form of a poetic and engagingly vivid hybrid of doc, fiction, and animation.

Presented in conjunction with The Ankh.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Terence Nance.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: The City of Lost Children

1995. France. Dir: Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With Ron Perlman. 112 min.

 

In a darkly surreal storybook world, an orphaned girl and her gentle giant confront a mad scientist who abducts tiny tots to steal their dreams. Before the sweetness of Ame?lie, Jeunet had a healthy appetite for the macabre, and the kinds of twisted fairy tales that children are perhaps not really meant to see…

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Zaytoun

2012. Israel/UK/France. Dir: Eran Riklis. With Stephen Dorff. 110 min. 

During the 1982 Lebanon War, a captured Israeli pilot forms a tentative pact with a Palestinian boy to escape back over the border.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Eran Riklis.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2000. USA. Dir: Joel and Ethan Coen. With George Clooney. 106 min. 

Three dopey cons flee a chain gang to claim a buried treasure, beginning a hilarious journey on which they encounter blind prophets, sexy sirens, overnight radio fame, and John Goodman. It’s The Odyssey meets the Depression-era rural South meets musical-adventure-satire, with a killer folky soundtrack to boot.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Mother of George

2013. Nigeria/USA. Dir: Andrew Dosunmu. With Danai Gurira. 107 min.

Newlywed Nigerian immigrants living in Brooklyn face the pressures of marriage and cultural expectations as they struggle to conceive a child. Stunning visual style situates this tense, emotional story of matrimonial strife in a dreamily reimagined and richly realized New York City.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: I Was Born, But..

1932. Japan. Dir: Yasujiro? Ozu. With Tatsuo Saito?, Tomio Aoki. 100 min.

This self-described “picture book for grownups” follows two young brothers making a name for themselves as leaders of the neighborhood gang. Meanwhile, their father sits amongst the dregs of the business world as a lowly office clerk. Revered director Ozu offers a tender reminder of the richness in Japan’s largely unseen silent filmmaking tradition.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Back to the Future

1985. USA. Dir: Robert Zemeckis. With Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. 116 min. 

Fire up the flux capacitor and take a trip back with this quintessential time-travel tale. Shenanigans (and near-incest) en- sue when slacker Marty accidentally finds himself 30 years in the past. Can he return to the future before he pre- vents his own existence? Man, this is heavy.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5