At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films. PG / 97 min.
Twenty-one years ago, she ran away. And twenty-one years later, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film's protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel). The character is a nod to the ghost of another of Desplechin's creations, the brother of Paul Dédalus, three-time hero of MY SEX LIFE... OR HOW I GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT, A CHRISTMAS TALE, and MY GOLDEN DAYS. A film within a film - and then some, Desplechin layers narrative upon narrative. With ISMAEL'S GHOSTS, Desplechin returns once more to the past, creating film after film as his way of stepping back in time, and proving yet again that his brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places. R / 135 min. In French w/ subtitles.
The Sea Hawk
A Tuesday Night Classic. As Spain prepares an armada to invade England, British privateer Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) embarks on a mission to loot Spanish ships. When he captures the vessel carrying ambassador Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba (Claude Rains), the dashing captain falls for his niece, the beautiful Dona Maria (Brenda Marshall), who settles comfortably in England. Dedicated to protecting British interests, Thorpe heads out to sea on a dangerous expedition that may determine the country's fate. NR / 127 min.
Prairie Fire Theatre Presents: Baobob
Enjoy a FREE performance of Baobob. A giant lone tree, has anchored the peaceful island kingdom of La Bella Luna for thousands of years. But Baobob’s very existence is threatened when fortune hunter Dubuque La Crosse sails in with a treasure map, the first clue to the puzzle, and a gleam in his eye. After misinterpreting the puzzle, Dubuque rushes to cut down the revered and ancient Baobob tree. Who can thwart his vile plan? Papaya and Olive are the last descendants of the Ancient Order of Tree Keepers but they don’t seem up for the task. And what about Dubuque’s sidekick Smoot—will he go with the darkness or see the light filtering through the branches? Is an ancient tree even worth fighting for? With the help of the audience, this 40-minute musical romp comes to a riotous, operatic conclusion. Along the way, and with the audiences’ help, everyone learns that it helps to be prepared, it’s good to be brave, and trees are magnifique!
This funny but heartfelt opera features short selections from classical music repertoire presented in a way children love. The audience will also learn a couple of hints on writing their own stories. Baobob asks how we value natural resources and things that grow.
05/23 @ 10:00am, 11:15am & 12:30pm
The Great Buddha+
Underlining the gap between the worlds of the have-nots and the elites by switching between black and white and glamorous colors, THE GREAT BUDDHA+ vividly illustrates a corrupted village in rural southern Taiwan with memorable style, heartfelt empathy, and whimsical humor. Security guard Pickle and his trash collector friend Belly Button kill time together in night shifts watching the American-educated boss's dash-cam recordings. Against the buddies’ will, something horrifying reveals. NR (Mature) / 102 min. In Minnan w/ subtitles.
06/03 @ 4:00pm
The Late Show, presented by the American Genre Film Archive.
What's in the basket? The debut gutter-trash symphony from Frank Henenlotter (BRAIN DAMAGE, FRANKENHOOKER), stealthily filmed in the toilet bowls of Times Square and chock-full of demented fury. Hilarious, disgusting, and over-the-top in every way possible, this movie plays out like Herschell Gordon Lewis directing FREAKS on the set of TAXI DRIVER. A true homemade classick.
Duane and his brother Belial are ex-siamese twins who arrive in New York with a purpose -- REVENGE! Against everyone! That's enough to propel any movie, but here the deal is even sweeter because Belial is a telepathic monstrosity who lives in a wicker basket. BASKET CASE features an incredibly grotesque monster puppet that will burn its essence on the surface of your brain until the day you die. It's also filled with real-life 42nd Street sleazers, stop-motion shocks and non-stop sicko fun. NR / 91 min.
05/25 @ 10:00pm
Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn’t as young men, they’re forced to reconsider the cult’s beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. As the members prepare for the coming of a mysterious event, the brothers race to unravel the seemingly impossible truth before their lives become permanently entangled with the cult. NR / 112 min.
06/10 @ 4:00pm
Red Dawn (1984)
The Late Show. Set in an alternate history timeline in which the United States is invaded at the onset of World War III, RED DAWN follows a group of teenagers that flee into the mountains as Soviet, Nicaraguan, and Cuban paratroopers begin landing on their high school football field. Armed only with hunting rifles, pistols, and bows and arrows, the teens struggle to survive the bitter winter and the Soviet K.G.B. patrols hunting for them. The high school students resist the occupation through guerrilla warfare, calling themselves Wolverines, after their high school mascot. This 1984 American war film was directed by John Milius and stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, and Harry Dean Stanton. Red Dawn is noteworthy for being the first movie released with the PG-13 rating. PG-13 / 114 min.