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New Titles – April 28th

Feature Films


Barking Water

Frankie, a proud Native American, is attempting to reconnect with his estranged family. Released from the hospital, but still very ill, he hits the road with his ex-lover Irene, who acts as Frankie’s nurse but refuses to offer forgiveness for his past indiscretions. As they travel through the sun-dappled country, they encounter various eccentric personalities. But his journey really begins when he reunites with his daughter and finally meets her newborn child.


The Croods

After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.


Four Sheets to the Wind

After his father’s untimely suicide, Cufe leaves his home in a Native American reservation in search of a more fulfilling life.


Fruitvale Station

The purportedly true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.



An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.



A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.


The Savages

A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.


Thor: The Dark World

When Jane Foster is possessed by a great power, Thor must protect her from a new threat of old times: the Dark Elves.

Also New This Week:

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Foreign Correspondent
A Serious Man

TV Series


True Blood: Season 4

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.
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The Waltons: Seasons 1-9

The life and trials of a 1930’s mountain family.



20 Feet From Stardom

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.


44 Daze: Managing a City Crisis on a Worldwide Scale

The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman occurred on February 26, 2012 in the community of Sanford, Florida. The incident caused huge waves throughout the world and raised many questions about the approach that was taken by the city officials of Sanford while investigating the incident. This documentary focuses on the 44 days directly after the shooting and the mounting pressure from around the nation that finally led to the arrest and charging of Zimmerman. The issues of social justice and judicial and municipal efficiency that were raised during this period are examined through in-depth interviews with Sanford city council and law enforcement officials.
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Children of the World

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China: Children of Chagan Lake

Chagan Lake is the greatest freshwater lake in Northern China. We visit with Mongols who are living near the lake which is full of ice and snow during the winter, and where the temperature drops to 50 below zero. We learn how they have survived the cruel winters here for 2,000 years, about their festival, and of the children who are living there.

Pakistan: Children of the Desert

The Cholistan Desert is a barren environment located in Southern Pakistan. The children here live a simple life with little to no schooling or toys. For one boy, the bond between him and his camel is very strong.

Philippines: Children of the Mangyan

In a remote area of the Philippines we visit the children of the Mangyan, a people who live as they did a thousand years ago. This is the story of the underprivileged, yet happy children that live there.


Cutie and the Boxer

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.


Dirty Wars

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America’s expanding covert wars.


Muscle Shoals

A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, and “When a Man Loves a Woman”.


Our Nixon

Never before seen Super 8 home movies filmed by Richard Nixon’s closest aides – and convicted Watergate conspirators – offer a surprising and intimate new look into his Presidency.


When the Mountains Tremble

A documentary on the war between the Guatemalan military and the Mayan population, with firsthand accounts by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.

Also New This Week:

Homo Academicus
Mouato the Life of Indigenous Women in Congo
The Tailenders
Une Vie Positive

Foreign Features



Amu is the story of Kaju, a twenty-one-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family and discover the place where she was born. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju stumbles against secrets and lies from her past. A horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins.


The Broken Circle Breakdown

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.


Free Fall

With a promising law enforcement career and a child on the way, Marc’s life is going according to plan until he meets the free spirited Kay. They start jogging together, bringing a breath of fresh air into Marc’s life, and for the first time, he develops feelings for a man. Torn between the life he knows so well and the exhilaration of this new adventure, Marc finds himself in a state of free fall, unable to make anyone happy anymore, least of all himself.



A short-term memory loss patient sets on his journey to avenge the death of his beloved girl.


The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

A teenage girl finds that she has the ability to leap through time. With her newfound power, she tries to use it to her advantage, but soon finds that tampering with time can lead to some rather discomforting results.


The Great Beauty

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.


The Hunt

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.


Jodhaa Akbar

A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.



A ‘Love Guru’ assists other males, woos a widowed single mother, but becomes embroiled in controversies.


Sarkar Raj

When Anita Rajan, CEO of Sheppard power plant, an international Company, brings a power plant proposal to set up in rural Maharashtra before the Nagres, insightful Shankar is quick to realize the benefits the power plant can bring to the people. After convincing Sarkar who is against it for various reasons, Shankar undertakes a journey along with Anita to the villages of Maharashtra to mobilize support from the masses. However, things are not what they seem to be and Shankar’s dream project gradually becomes a political minefield. It is in this backdrop the evil forces mightier than ever, mushroom and gang up to bring down the regime of Sarkar and obliterate Shankar’s name from the political horizon.


Suicide Room

After suffering extreme humiliation at school, Dominik holes himself up in his room and begins spending all his time in a virtual reality chat room.



A group of actresses performing in a production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” get caught up in a web of romantic intrigue and revelation.


You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

Based on two works by the playwright Jean Anouilh, this film opens with a who’s-who of French acting royalty being summoned to the reading of a late playwright’s last will and testament. This is an alternately wry and wistful valentine to actors and the art of performance from a director long fascinated by the intersection of life, theater and cinema.
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Also New This Week:

After the Night … Dawn
Akeli Mat Jaiyo
The American Soldier
Antarjali Yatra
Beware of a Holy Whore
Gods of the Plague
Goke Body Snatcher from Hell
Hariyali Aur Rasta
Himalay Ki God Mein
Hira Aur Patthar
Hong Yi Shao Nu
Jane Anjane
Jeena Teri Gali Mein
The Living Skeleton
Love is Colder Than Death
Prem Granth
Udhaar Ki Zindagi
The X from Outer Space

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