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New Titles – March 17th

Feature Films


About Time

At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.


Before Midnight

We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.


The Canyons

When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.



The film spans three continents, three languages, three races, two sexual orientations and an infinitely comic variety of misunderstandings. The film begins in New York City with the story of Bill, whose girlfriend gives him an ultimatum a few hours before leaving for a trip to Paris: make a commitment or end the relationship. It then proceeds to tell a variation of the same basic story two more times.


Frances Ha

A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles.



A long weekend brings four women together in the countryside. Virtual strangers, the women are forced to navigate the depths of social interaction. On the surface all seems placid. But the atmosphere of calm is a facade.


Nights and Weekends

A man and woman must face the tension that builds between them during a long-distance relationship.


Romeo & Juliet

Romeo and Juliet secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each another. It is not long, however, before a chain of fateful events changes the lives of both families forever.



The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Television Series


Ally McBeal: Seasons 2-5

Ally McBeal is a single young lawyer looking for love and fulfillment in life. She works for a Boston Law firm with her ex-lover and his wife, a money loving boss and an annoying receptionist. With all that is going on she must contend with her feelings and her over active imagination.


Breaking Bad: Seasons 3-5

To provide for his family’s future after he is diagnosed with lung cancer, a chemistry genius turned high school teacher teams up with an ex-student to cook and sell the world’s purest crystal meth.


The Fades: Season 1

Paul, a young man, is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that neither his therapist nor his best friend, Mac, can provide answers for. Worse still, Paul has started seeing the Fades, the spirits of the dead, all around him. They’re everywhere, but normally can’t be seen, heard, or touched, until now.


The IT Crowd: Seasons 3-4

The comedic adventures of a rag-tag group of technical support workers at a large corporation.


Little Britain: Series 1-3

Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators of this character-comedy sketch show, delight in all that is mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain. (image from Roadshow Entertainment)




Interviews with members of the U.S. Women’s Ski Jumping Team tells the story of the rise of the sport and its eventual inclusion in the upcoming 2014 Olympics.


Beat Generation

This film tells the story of the wonderful and long-lasting friendship between Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs that gave birth to the Beat Generation movement. It focuses on the correspondence between the writers and unique archives to give an insider’s account, from New York to Paris, San Francisco to Tangiers, of this exceptional literary adventure. (image from Center Pompidou-Metz)



A discussion on the keeping of intelligent creatures in captivity. Employs the story of Tilikum, the notorious performing whale who, unlike orcas in the wild, has taken the lives of several people while in captivity.


Cultural Land

A documentary about the Taroko National Park in Taiwan. Various artists share works and thoughts inspired by the magnificent scenery of the park. (image from


The Imposter

A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.



An espionage tale from inside the CIA’s long conflict against Al Qaeda, as revealed by the remarkable women and men whose secret war against Osama bin Laden started nearly a decade before most of us even knew his name. (image from Wikipedia)


My Brooklyn

Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey as a Brooklyn ‘gentrifier’ to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. The film reframes the gentrification debate to expose the corporate actors and government policies driving displacement and neighborhood change. (image from San Antonio Current)


One Tree Three Lives

One Tree Three Lives, an intimate film on the novelist Hualing Nieh Engle, who has been a major influence on generations of writers in the Chinese Diaspora, and beyond. The director has known the author and her family since the Seventies. The film reveals a woman of unusual charisma, integrity and determination, and a person in continual exile. She is the author of 24 books. She also co-founded the International Writing Program in Iowa, USA, with her now deceased husband, the poet Paul Engle. One Tree Three Lives is also their love story. (image from


Our Lips Are Sealed

When two male New Jersey college students attempt to set a new world record for Longest Continuous Kiss, they amass an audience of thousands from around the world supporting them. (image from


Romeo et Juliette

Two tragic young lovers from opposing families in Verona, Italy cannot survive the feud.
(image from Tower Video)


Soul Food Junkies

Filmmaker Byron Hurt looks at the past and future of soul food, covering its roots in Western Africa, its incarnation in the American South, and the role it plays in the health crisis in the African American community. Examines the socioeconomics of the modern American diet, and how the food industry profits from producing cheap calories while healthy options remain expensive and hard to find.


Spies of Mississippi

Enter the chilling world of anti-civil rights espionage. The film reveals in shocking detail the state of Mississippi’s effort to undermine the civil rights movement using a vast network of spies. Their identities will be shocking. Whites and Blacks spied for Old Dixie. And the Sovereignty Commission would stop at nothing, even murder, to retain the ‘Mississippi way of life.’


The Stories We Tell

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Foreign Features


Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault

A policeman, who is fearless to death, can do anything for just one truth, while a gangster, who fears death the most, has drew life threats from his risky action all for love. One policeman and one gangster can be great partners that you have never imagined. Somehow, rescue of the world now is entirely relying on the partners. Within 36 hours, they must resolve the crisis that could destroy the Harbor City.


Finding Sayun

“The film, which interweaves the past and the present, portrays Taiwan’s rich indigenous culture and speaks of the Atayal people’s desire to return to Ryohen Village, their ancestral home. Representing the past is an Atayal girl name Sayun. In 1938, the 17-year-old Sayun was helping her Japanese teacher carry his luggage across the Nao-ao South River in Yilan County, when she slipped, fell into the river, and drowned. Her teacher continued on his course to fight in what the Japanese called the Great East Asia War.”–Taiwan Today.
(image from filmasiaent,


 Forever Love

“The 1960s was a golden age for Taiwanese films. Qi-sheng Liu tells his granddaughter Xiao-jie “I was the most famous screenwriter at that time!” However, Xiao-jie does not believe that Taiwanese films used to be popular and doubts the story told by her grandfather. Xiaoe-jie’s grandmother has amnesia and confuses reality with dreams. She thought she was the wife of Bao-long Wan, who was a Taiwanese film star at that time. Only when her grandfather tells Xiao-jie a love story that happened at that time does Xiao-jie finally understood that reason why her grandmother could not forget Bao-long Wan.”–Wikipedia. (image from


A Hometown in Heart

In a small temple in the mountains, child monk Do Seong lives a simple life of prayer and learning with the head monk. The boy develops a bond with a young widow who prays at the temple. She hopes to take Do Seong as her son, but problems arise when Do Seong’s real mother appears. (image from


Landscape After The War

The Landscape After the War  is a series of four films from the 1950s to 1960s that reflect life and society in postwar Korea. (image from


Love in the Buff

Former lovers Jimmy and Cherie discover that getting over each other isn’t as easy as they thought in this sequel to the romantic comedy Love in the Buff.


Return Ticket

“Explores the lives of migrant workers in Mainland China … Cai Li [is] a migrant worker from Fuyang who returns to Shanghai after losing her factory job down south. There, she meets an old friend whose latest money scheme involves taking a group of Fuyang migrant workers back to their hometown by bus. As Cai Li becomes involved with the business plan, she also has to decide whether to go home or to continue wandering in the big city. (image and description from



Family drama about a bird watcher who longs to be as free as the birds he adores.
(image from


A Story About Banana

“Inspired by the history of Greater Kaohsiung’s Chishan District, which was once the country’s largest producer and exporter of bananas, A Story about Banana tells the story of a poor farmer’s triumph over a greedy plutocrat.”–Taipei Times.
(image from

Video Games


Grand Theft Auto V (PlayStation)

Three very different criminals team-up for a series of daring yet very profitable heists in the corrupt city of Los Santos.


Just Dance 4 (Wii)

The latest edition of the record-breaking franchise takes the party to a whole new level of fun, with over 40 all-new chart-topping hits, the coolest dances and unique features for every platform. (image and description from


The Last of Us (PlayStation)

 A couple of survivors brought together by disaster must journey across a post-pandemic U.S. in hopes of freedom from the brutal world left behind.


The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Xbox 360)

First-person action game that allows players to assume the role of the mysterious, crossbow-wielding survivor Daryl Dixon on an unforgiving quest to the supposed safety of Atlanta.

*Images and synopsis from unless otherwise noted.

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