<center></center> Directed by Danny Boyle | USA | 2010 | 94 min 127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director of last year’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65-foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clémence Poésy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? This film is a visceral, thrilling story that will take an audience on a never-before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life. - Adapted from Fox Searchlight Website
<center></center> Directed by Mike Leigh | UK | 2010 | 129min Through Mike Leigh’s lens, marriage becomes an emblem of the human condition, an opportunity to explore how we connect—or don’t—with each other. In his eleventh feature, Leigh focuses on Tom and Gerri (expertly played by Leigh regulars Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen). This relatively serene middle-aged couple displays a level of tenderness and good humor that makes them, by default, a sort of life raft for their mostly dysfunctional friends. The funniest and scariest of those is Gerri’s attractive coworker Mary (Leigh veteran Lesley Manville), whose desperate emotional neediness slowly turns her into a walking disaster area. This is Leigh at his calmly incisive best. Though brilliantly written, ANOTHER YEAR, like Leigh’s best films, feels organic in nature, refusing a single concession to tritely plotted melodrama, effortlessly accumulating the bittersweet truths of humans doing their best to live and love. - Telluride Film Festival
Clash of the Titans
<center></center> Directed by Desmond Davis | USA | 1981 | 118min CLASH OF THE TITANS is an American 1981 fantasy adventure film involving the Greco-Roman hero Perseus. Harry Hamlin stars as Perseus, a mortal who, due to the interference of the mighty god Zeus (Laurence Olivier), finds himself in the city of Joppa, far away from his island home. There, he falls in love with Andromeda (Judi Bowker), an imprisoned princess. To free her, win her hand, and thus half of the kingdom, Perseus solves a riddle, but Joppa’s enraged ruler orders Andromeda fed to the Kraken, a towering sea monster that is the last of the powerful Titans. In his quest to save Andromeda, Perseus must endure a series of trials with the help of the winged horse Pegasus and a friendly playwright, Ammon (Burgess Meredith). Released on June 12, 1981, it was a box office hit, grossing $41 million, the 11th highest grossing film of that year. - Adapted from Allmovie.com
<center></center> Directed by Christopher Nolan | USA / UK | 2010 | 148min Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi action film that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb is the best there is at extraction: stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind’s vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage but also has made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move—an enemy only Cobb could have seen coming. - Adapted from Warner Brothers Website
<center></center> Directed by Ted Mills, Robin Bisio | USA | 2011 Choreographer/filmmaker Robin Bisio (“The Last Solitude”) and filmmaker Ted Mills (“nowhereland”) along with Nik Blaskovich and the creative minds of Pescadrome turn the CAF into a surreal environment to wander and get lost in. Using video projection, lighting effects, layered sound and sculpture, the artists invite you to explore this video installation shot at Lotusland with dancer Erika Kloumann.
<center></center> Directed by John Cameron Mitchell | USA | 2010 | 91min RABBIT HOLE is a vivid, hopeful, honest, and unexpectedly witty portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of all situations. Becca and Howie Corbett are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort. The shifts come in abrupt, unforeseen moments. Becca hesitantly opens up to her opinionated, loving mother and secretly reaches out to the teenager involved in the accident that changed everything; Howie lashes out and imagines solace with another woman. Yet, as off track as they are, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness. - rabbitholefilm.com
The Kids Are All Right
<center></center> Directed by Lisa Cholodenko | USA | 2010 | 106min Nic and Jules (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) are married and share a cozy suburban Southern California home with their teenage children, Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson). Nic and Jules—or, when referred to jointly by Joni, “Moms”—gave birth to and raised their children, and built a family life for the four of them. As Joni prepares to leave for college, 15-year-old Laser presses her for a big favor. He wants Joni, now 18, to help him find their biological father; the two teenagers were conceived by donor insemination. Against her better judgment, Joni honors her brother’s request and manages to make contact with “bio-dad” Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an easygoing restaurateur. The family suddenly finds themselves in an unexpected new chapter as family ties are defined, re-defined, and then re-re-defined. The Kids Are All Right is directed by Lisa Cholodenko (High Art, Laurel Canyon) from an original screenplay that she wrote with Stuart Blumberg (Keeping the Faith). The movie combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth in a funny, vibrant, and richly drawn portrait of a modern family. - filminfocus.com
The King's Speech
<center></center> Directed by Tom Hooper | UK / AUSTRALIA | 2010 | 118min After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government, and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio address that inspires and unites his people. Based on the true story of King George VI, THE KING’S SPEECH follows the Royal Monarch’s quest to find his voice.
The Wild Bunch
<center></center> Directed by Sam Peckinpah | USA | 1969 | 134min Sam Peckinpah’s highly controversial film of the 1969, “THE WILD BUNCH” is a romanticized tale about the way things were, and the defiance it takes to remain there. An aging, yet still proud gang of outsiders, the Wild Bunch shares the same values of loyalty, and persistence, all the while holding onto the freewheeling days of the Wild West. However, times are changing, forcing the Wild Bunch and its unwavering leader, Pike Bishop (Willliam Holden), to come to the realization that their days of ruling the West are coming to an untimely end. Thus, in the hopes of going out on top, they choose to partake in one last stand against the fast-moving progression of the times, but are foiled by the expertise of the newly rejuvenated law. Now, Bishop and his compadres are faced with a decision, take a stand for their dignity, or choose to swallow their pride and join the new century. - Julia Speace