Rated PG-13, 103 min. Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer.
In this devastating follow-up to The Act of Killing, documentarian Oppenheimer gets up close and personal with the Indonesian genocide of the Sixties. Now nominated for an Oscar.Read a full review of The Look of Silence.
Rated R, 147 min. Directed by Wim Wenders. Starring Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément and Hunter Carson.
Austin Film Society: Wim Wenders Retrospective: The road trips undertaken by Wenders' characters are like no others. After an absence of several years, a man tries to recover his relationship with his absent wife and son. The roundabout screenplay written by Sam Shepard and adapted by L.M. Kit Carson, the dreamy cinematography by Robby Müller, and the dessicated performances of the living dead all leave their memorable residue.
Not rated, 106 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and Jessie Royce Landis.
Classics: Cary Grant plays a reformed cat burglar on the French Riviera who vindicates himself from new suspicions with the help of the beautifully bedecked Grace Kelly. Hitchcock tools this mistaken-identity tale as more of a romantic comedy than a thriller. It was during this location shoot that Kelly met Prince Rainier.
Rated PG-13, 135 min. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker.
It’s decades after the destruction of the Death Star, and that good old scoundrel Han Solo (Ford) and former Princess – now General – Leia (Fisher) are getting a bit long in the tooth, but, as ever, there’s an evil empire to thwart. Easily the most anticipated (and critic-proof) film of the year, J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens is a rollicking hybridization of everything that made Lucas’ original trio of Star Wars films so thrillingly watchable, bolstered by the addition of memorable new core characters: lone scavenger Rey (Ridley), and Finn (Boyega), an Imperial Stormtrooper who decides that mass murder isn’t his style. There’s much to love about this particular chapter of the rebooted franchise, although to say much more might engender spoilers, and you’re likely going to see the film for yourself very soon. The Force Awakens is exactly what it needs to be: an old-school Saturday afternoon sci-fi matinee writ big. Read a full review of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
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