2017. USA. Dir: Sofia Coppola. With Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst. 93 min.
In the quiet gloom of a draughty plantation house, a small group of Southern ladies devote themselves to studies and survival while the Civil War engulfs the world outside their gates. This already repressive atmosphere grows even more tense with the arrival of a wounded Union solider, whom they meet with apprehensive charity and divisive curiosity.
1970. USA. Dir: Ossie Davis. With Godfrey Cambridge. 97 min.
This trailblazing Blaxploitation movie follows a tough-cop duo’s fight to bring a swindling preacher to justice. With on-location Harlem as their backdrop, they navigate an unjust system and a lively cast of con men, unafraid to crack jokes and be generally badass along the way. Intro by CFILM Chair Scott Higgins.
2016. USA. Dir: Kahlil Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles Carter et al. 66 min.
A year and a half after its surprise drop on HBO, Beyoncé’s “visual album” stands a bravura work of visual storytelling, lyrical prowess, and poetic reclamation. The film synthesizes dozens of directors’, writers’, and cinematographers’ visions into one comprehensive package: an exquisite portrait of both the singer’s individual life story and the universal experiences of Black women in America.
1985. Taiwan. Dir: Edward Yang. With Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Tsai Chin. 110 min.
The late Yang (Yi Yi, A Brighter Summer Day) directed fellow filmmaker Hou as one half of a young couple navigating the pushes and pulls of the Taiwanese capital’s growing pains. A new restoration elevates this quiet but powerful reflection on the modern Asian city and the allure of the American dream.
1950. USA. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. With Bette Davis. 138 min. 35mm print.
An aging slay queen with a air for drama takes a conniving young ingenue under her wing – with fabulously explosive consequences. Witness Ms. Davis’ overdue return to the Goldsmith in this classic saga of backstage ambition and betrayal. Seatbelts not included.
2017. USA. Dir: Patty Jenkins. With Gal Gadot, Robin Wright. 141 min.
For millennia, the Amazons have lived in utopian matriarchal isolation on the island of Themyscira. But when Chris Pine informs her that Hollywood has yet to produce a good superhero film with a female lead, Wonder Woman dons her crown and sets out to save the world.
2012. USA. Dir: Benh Zeitlin. With Quvenzhane? Wallis. 93 min.
Fierce, uninhibited six-year-old Hushpuppy grows up in a ramshackle bayou habitat, learning survival skills from her mercurial father in anticipation of an incoming flood. A commune of proud Wes alumni shaped this emotionally delicate and spiritually powerful indie jewel.
1967. France. Dir: Jacques Demy. With Catherine Deneuve. 120 min.
When a fair comes to town, the titular port whips up into a delectable, sherbet-colored spree of jazz and dance and love, for a weekend of crisscrossing missed connections and second chances. At the heart of the musical excitement are twin sisters – “a pair of carefree young things/waiting for the joys that love brings.”
2007. USA. Dir: Greg Mottola. With Michael Cera, Jonah Hill. 113 min.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Hill and buddy Cera must procure booze for the big senior-year party – how else will they get off the geek list? Plus, Oscar winner Emma Stone and that other girl will be there! Find fresh meaning (or at least rediscover old dick jokes) in this raunchy yet earnest comedy about best friends on the cusp of a new chapter in life.
2015. Tunisia. Dir: Leyla Bouzid. With Baya Medhaffer. 102 min.
On the brink of the Arab Spring, young Farah’s punk rock band seems to be her only escape from the tensions that dominate all facets of her life. With the Tunis underground arts and activism scene as her stage, Bouzid delivers a tender and powerful look at Arab girlhood in the face of overwhelming familial, societal, and even governmental upheaval.