New Titles – March 3rd

Feature Films

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Alexander the Last

A married actress, her musician husband, her on-stage lover, and her impulsive sister all get caught up in a sexual and creative tangle of commitments, temptations, and performances.

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Born in East L.A.

When a native-born American citizen of Mexican descent is mistakenly deported to Mexico, he has to risk everything to get back home.

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Computer Chess

A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.

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The East

An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.

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Fay Grim

When the CIA asks Fay to travel to Paris to retrieve notebooks that belonged to her fugitive ex-husband, her mission turns into a sprawling con-game in a world of international espionage. Sequel to Henry Fool.

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 My Family

Presents the three-generation saga of the Sanchez family as told by the eldest son. From the beginnings of his father’s journey from Mexico to California in the 1920s, to his brother Chucho’s tragic rebellion of the 1950s, to the stark realities of modern day, the struggle to live the American dream is sometimes darkened but never diminished for Paco Sanchez and his family.

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The Order

A young priest is sent to Rome to investigate the troubling death of the head of his order.

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Pacific Rim

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

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Surviving Desire

A look at the relationship between a misanthropic college professor and a student in one of his English literature classes. The two shorts are Theory of achievement which follows the lives of a group of Brooklynites who would love to make something of their lives, and Ambition, about a day in the life of a young artist who longs for professional success and the attention of beautiful women.

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White House Down

While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

TV Series

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The Big Bang Theory: Seasons 3-6

A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Documentaries

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The Act of Killing

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

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Brooklyn Castle

Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school’s champion chess team.

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Kūmāré

A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all.

 

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Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush

Tells the story of Charlotte O’Neal–or Mama C as she is known– poet, musician, visual artist, spoken word artist and ex-member of the Kansas City Black Panther Party. Mama C, whose life was formed growing up in the artistically and politically vibrant atmosphere of the African American community in Kansas City, has lived for more that forty years in the Tanzanian village of Imbaseni in the shadow of Mount Meru.

 

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Project Nim

Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.

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Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Feature documentary exploring the concept of heroic women from the birth of the superhero in the 1940s to the TV and big screen action blockbusters of today. Heroic role models are important in childhood development, yet there are a dearth of these for girls. Wonder Woman provides a rare example of a female heroine who doesn’t require rescue, determines her own missions, and possesses uniquely feminine values. Featuring Gloria Steinem, actors Lynda Carter and Lindsey Wagner, and a colorful cast of scholars, writers, and fans, the film challenges pop culture’s gender biases by looking at how Wonder Woman’s storyline changed over time while considering how women are rarely depicted as heroic, powerful, or world-changing.

Foreign Features

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Duo Sang (A Borrowed Life)

Sega, a Taiwanese born in the years of Japanese rule, felt closer to Japanese nationality and culture than to the Mainland Chinese authorities who took over in 1945. The Japanese contributed to the development of the island and its social infrastructure, leaving behind efficient and popular education and health-care systems. Conversely, Wen-Jian is typical of the sons born to Sega’s generation. Born and raised under Chinese government, their natural allegiance is to Chinese culture. They are inevitably mystified by and impatient with their parents’ fondness for Japanese culture and rule, their bafflement intensified by all they are taught about Japanese imperialist ambitions and wartime atrocities. This is a generational conundrum with no solution, doubtless unique to Taiwan.

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Snowfall in Taipei

Xiao Muo is a young man who is brought up in an old Taipei neighborhood. One day, a beautiful young girl appears in Xiao Muo’s neighborhood. Suffering from a voice problem and desperate to hide herself, she seeks help from Xiao Muo, who offers her a place to stay, finds her a job at a local diner, and even takes her to a Chinese doctor for treatment. His kindness seems to touch her heart, but does not help to lift her melancholic mood. Xiao Muo finds himself falling in love with the girl.

*Images and film synopsis from imdb.com