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THE ASSISTANT United States. 2020. Directed by Kitty Green. (87 mins.) Not Rated. [CC,AD]
Julia Garner gives a star-turning performance in THE ASSISTANT, a timely, unsettling and minimalistic thriller!
"Ms. Garner transcends the inherent limits of her role to convey ineffable tenderness and wordless ferocity in a movie that's bigger than it seems." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Director Kitty Green brings a sharp, nuanced angle to a now all-too-familiar story in THE ASSISTANT, a tightly framed, quietly devastating and intense look at a complex work environment. Jane (Julia Garner, The Americans, Ozark) is a new assistant working the desk of a domineering film executive, and while there is nothing especially glamorous or rewarding about her job, she’s often reminded that any young aspiring film producer would kill to take her place. The office is teeming with oppression and misogyny, which Jane continues to bear stoically. But just when we think that nothing can be done about her growing discomfort in this land of self-importance, she takes action, and what follows is a treacherous indictment of those in power – and those who choose to look the other way.
Who is Bong Joon Ho? Director Bong Joon Ho's PARASITE just made history by being the first foreign language film to win an Oscar for Best Picture, but he has been an acclaimed filmmaker for over two decades!
For one week only, we are thrilled to offer the BONG HITS, four of Bong Joon Ho's past films!
Individual tickets available at regular admission price -OR-purchase a pass to see all four on the big screen for only $28:
Barking Dogs Never Bite, The Host, Mother and Okja
BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE
South Korea. 2000. Directed by Bong Joon Ho. (110 mins.) Not Rated. in Korean with English subtitles
Bong Joon Ho's First Feature Film! A man who has decided dogs are not his best friend takes matters into his own hands in this dark comedy from South Korea. A college professor (Lee Sung-jae), who with his wife is awaiting the birth of their baby, is being led to the end of his tether by the constant barking of a dog somewhere in the apartment complex they call home. In a fit of rage, he snaps and kills the dog in a nearby flat -- only to discover another dog is still barking somewhere in the building. Soon, one dog after another is disappearing, and the angry teacher is having to come up with new and creative ways to hide his grisly pastime. Meanwhile, the manager of the apartment building (Bae Doo-na) keeps getting more and more complaints about pets who've gone missing, and becomes increasingly determined to find the culprit.
South Korea. 2006. Directed by Bong Joon Ho.
(120 mins.) Rated R. in English and in Korean with English subtitles
When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River Han to wreak havoc on Seoul, her entire family sets out to locate the beast and bring their little girl back home to safety in South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's big-budget creature feature. Hee-bong is a man of modest means who runs a snack bar on the banks of the River Han. Along with his slow-witted eldest son, Gang-du; Gang-du's young daughter, Hyun-seo; archery champion daughter Nam-joo; and unemployed, shirker son, Nam-il, Hee-Bong has managed to maintain a close relationship with his family despite the hardships that come with being a single father. When a rampaging fiend erupts from the Han and throws the city of Seoul into a state of emergency, Gang-du is heartbroken to see his precious little girl scooped up by the scaly creature and spirited away to an unknown destination. This is one family that always sticks together, though, and as the rest of the city denizens scramble to take cover, Hee-bong, Gang-du, Nam-joo, and Nam-il set out to prove that they're not letting their little girl go without a fight.
South Korea. 2009. Directed by Bong Joon Ho.
(129 mins.) Rated R. in Korean with English subtitles
Hye-ja is a single mom to 27-year-old Do-joon. Her son is her reason to live. Though an adult in years, Do-joon is naïve and dependent on his mother and a constant source of anxiety, often behaving in ways that are foolish or simply dangerous. Walking home alone one night down a nearly empty city street, he encounters a young girl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. Thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force, Do-joon's case is quickly closed, but his mother refuses to let this be the end of the story.
South Korea/United States. 2017. Directed by Bong Joon Ho.
(120 mins.) Rated TV-MA. in English and in Korean and Spanish with English subtitles
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja--a massive animal and an even bigger friend--at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija's dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja...while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home. Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises--the bond between man and animal--and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all.
United States. 2020. Directed by Nat Faxon, Jim Rash. (90 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD]
With edgy performances and undeniable comedic chemistry from Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, DOWNHILL is hilariously unflinching and laugh-out-loud funny!
"Ferrell is quite funny in an understated role devoid of his typical over-the-top antics, and Louis-Dreyfus turns in a multi-layered performance as the malcontent matriarch of the family, full of rage, lust, fear, sadness and countless other emotions." - Brent Hankins, The Lamplight Review
Inspired by Ruben Ostlund's 2014 Swedish film FORCE MAJEURE, this wickedly biting comedy is as hilarious as it is mercilessly truthful. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star in this Sundance hit about a married couple thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives after barely escaping a disastrous event. Billie, Pete and their sons are on a balcony during an idyllic family ski vacation in the Alps when an avalanche suddenly strikes, but Pete’s actions during the crisis reveal a side of him that leaves them all in a state of shock. Co-directors and writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (THE WAY WAY BACK) make Billie the heart of this relationship drama, and Louis-Dreyfus delivers a brilliant performance that captivates and delights in every searing, cringe-inducing scene. A fiercely observational tale of modern masculinity and human frailty, DOWNHILL is the story of a natural catastrophe that prompts a metaphorical landslide within a family.
PARASITE South Korean. 2019. Directed by Bong Joon-ho. (132 mins.) Rated R. in Korean with English subtitles
If you can, go in not knowing too many details! However, PARASITE, the best reviewed movie of the year, is a sarcastic, clever, brilliant and unabashedly frenzied thriller!
"Let's just say it: the South Korean auteur Bong Joon Ho is some kind of genius and he tops himself with 'Parasite' – it's explosive filmmaking on every level and one of the cinema high points of 2019. You won't know what hit you." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Academy Awards Winner! Best Picture, Best International Feature Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay
Golden Globe Winner! Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Online Winner! Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay
Los Angeles Film Critics Award Winner! Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor - Song Kang Ho
Critics' Choice Awards Winner! Best Director (tie), Best Foreign Language Film
Film Independent Spirit Awards Winner! Best International Film
Screen Actors Guild Awards Winner! Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Hollywood Critics Association Winner! Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Film
South Korean master filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s fiendishly clever Palme d’Or winner is an unpredictable comic suspense thriller for this age of class division and income inequality. The Kims, a poverty-stricken family of four, reside in a cramped basement apartment where they struggle to make ends meet. They craftily set their sights on manipulating their way into the good graces of the Park family, a wealthy but sometimes clueless clan of yuppies. But simmering class tensions are not so easily suppressed and an unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait. Casting an elegant, pitiless gaze on the complacent rich and the resentful poor alike, PARASITE is a dark, funny and palpably urgent tale of economic disparity, social polarization and human desperation. Watch for multiple award nominations... Oscar's already got his eye on this one!
JOJO RABBIT United States/Germany. 2019. Directed by Taika Waititi. (108 mins.) Rated PG-13. [CC,AD]
One of the best films of the year, JOJO RABBIT nimbly zips through the full gamut of emotions, by turns uproarious, warm, heart-rending, horrifying, silly, surreal, scary and joyous!
"A sprightly, attractively composed coming-of-age comedy set in World War II Germany, "Jojo Rabbit" is an audacious high-wire act." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A smart, accessible, inclusive film that opens doors at a time when many are slamming them shut. It's a celebration of the gift of life that's inviting you to dance with it. So dance with it." - Adam Graham, Detroit News
Academy Awards Winner! Best Adapted Screenplay
Critics' Choice Awards Winner! Best Young Actor or Actress - Roman Griffin Davis
Hollywood Critics Association Winner! Best Adapted Screenplay
A dazzling takedown of fascist thinking and the violence it fuels, this riotous comedic satire from director Taika Waititi (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS) delivers surprising emotional impact. Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) is a precocious, socially awkward kid in World War II Germany. A proud member of the Hitler Youth, Jojo passes much of his time with his imaginary friend Adolf (Waititi), a cuddly, energetic, pep-talking version of the Führer. Having completely given his blind allegiance to Nazi propaganda, Jojo is incensed when he discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) has been working for the resistance, helping to keep safe the Jewish people he's been taught to hate. With Germany on the brink of collapse, the young boy is faced with the choice of clinging to his misguided beliefs or embracing his humanity. A wild and irreverent comedy infused with an abundance of heart and charm, JOJO RABBIT is a deeply funny and surprisingly touching depiction of our capacity for loathing and loving. This is a movie for the ages and is not to be missed!
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