Boom!

(1968 Joseph Losey) John Waters’ pick for the first Maryland Film Festival, Boom stars Elizabeth Taylor as the filthy-rich, terminally-ill absolute ruler of her own Mediterranean island onto which a mysterious visitor has washed up. His friends call him “Angelo del Morte”. An adaptaion of Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train more »

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Magic in the Moonlight

LAST DAY 9/18! Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth), a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists' claims. Persuaded by his friend, Howard Burkan more »

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A Five Star Life

A Five Star Life is the sophisticated and delightful story of one woman's quest for personal and professional fulfillment set against some of the most stunning cities and opulent hotels of the world. Stylish and independent, Irene (Margherita Buy) is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel c more »

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Boyhood

Filmed from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood covers 12 years in the life of a family. Mason and his older sister, Samantha, learn to face the realities of growing up, while their divorced parents cope with the ongoing challenges of parenting in an ever-evolving landscape. more »

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Love is Strange

After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and - victims of the relentless New York City real estate market - temporarily live apart until t more »

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The Trip To Italy

Michael Winterbottom's largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon-or semifictionalized versions thereof-on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets more »

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My Old Lady

Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he's shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager - an ancient French real estate system with complex ru more »

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

With his unique vision, writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth that is THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY. Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to und more »

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Accident

(1967 Joseph Losey) “To preserve the movie’s whomp of an impact, we’re just going to give you the barest facts—the first scene will do. It’s nighttime, and offscreen, a car violently crashes. In the eerie stillness, a sweater-clad, middle-aged Brit runs to the wreck, extracting a dazed young woman (but not her date, blee more »

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Dr. Strangelove

(1964 Stanley Kubrick) “Like most of his work, Stanley Kubrick's deadly black satirical comedy thriller on cold war madness and its possible effects has aged well: the manic, cartoonish performances of George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and Peter Sellers (in three separate roles, including the title part) look as brilliant more »

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Lolita

(1962 Stanley Kubrick) “Wild, marvellously enjoyable comedy, adapted from Nabokov's novel. James Mason is the lover of little girls, the smiling, obsequious, phony Humbert Humbert; Shelley Winters is Charlotte Haze, the culture vulture rampant; Sue Lyon is her sexy daughter, Lolita; and Peter Sellers (at his most inspire more »

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Nas: Time is Illmatic

Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album ‘Illmatic,’ NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-ho more »

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Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded a more »

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The Notebook

Towards the end of World War II, a desperate young mother leaves her 13‐year‐old twin sons at their grandmother's house in the Hungarian countryside, despite the fact that this grandmother is a cruel and bestial alcoholic. Previously pampered, the twins must learn how to survive alone in their new, rural surroundings. They reali more »

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Je t’aime, je t’aime

(1968 Alain Resnais 1922-2014) “A failed suicide agrees to become a guinea pig for scientists exploring time travel and is caught, not just in a given moment, but in an infinite variety of given moments, all variations on one another. And time’s winged chariot will never come to his rescue...” (Raymond Durgnat) “Cinema is more »

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Men, Women & Children

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, inf more »

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Paris, Texas

(1984 Wim Wenders) “The plot of Paris, Texas is disarmingly simple, focusing on the dramatic after-effects of a marriage’s breakdown on young Hunter, his father and mother. Travis is found wandering in the desert by his brother, is reunited with Hunter, and sets off with Hunter to find Jane... What turns this fairly ordinar more »

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Pride

PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mi more »

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The Card AKA The Promoter

(1952 Ronald Neame) “Denry the audacious, the opportunist who rises from washerwoman's son to town mayor through devious and ingenious scheming, is one of Alec Guinness's most winning roles--he even gets the girl. His performance is neatly matched against Glynis Johns's portrait of a female opportunist--a babyfaced, hu more »

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20,000 Days on Earth

(2014 Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard) “An unclassifiable and frequently spectacular documentary made by British visual artists and videomakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, in close collaboration with Nick Cave. Although it’s in no way a standard biographical picture or music documentary, the film is extremely intimate and more »

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The Ladykillers

(1955 Alexander Mackendrick) “This sinister black comedy of murder accelerates until it becomes a grotesque fantasy of murder. The actors seem to be having a boisterous good time getting themselves knocked off. Alec Guinness, almost done in by great, hideous teeth-so enormous they give him master-criminal status-is the lea more »

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Blood Feast

(1963 Herschell Gordon Lewis) “The first genuine gore film, Blood Feast became a grassroots phenomenon and enshrined director H.G. Lewis and producer David F. Friedman in the drive-in hall of fame. Bereft of the qualities which characterize ‘good’ movies, this twisted camp classic instead delivers an avalanche of gruesome more »

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Force Majeure

A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year's Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family-handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children-on a skiing h more »

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Finding Fela!

Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Kuti's life (1938 - 1997), his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) brings audiences close to Mr. Kuti's fight against the dictatorial Niger more »

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The Skeleton Twins

When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they're at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship. more »

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