13 ASSASSINS2010. Japan. Dir: Takashi Miike. With Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada. 141 min
The director of AUDITION and ICHI THE KILLER builds on Kurosawa's model, crafting the dark samurai epic you've always wanted. Blood! Guts! Glory! Existential dilemmas! Come for the heady musings on honor and violence, stay for the hour-long battle scene that pits the titular baker's dozen against an entire army.
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS)2009. Argentina. Dir: Juan Jose Campanella. With Ricardo Darin. 129 min
A retired investigator attempts to resolve both an old murder case and a deferred romance in this stylish Argentine thriller. The riveting Oscar-winner boasts more than just a twisty plot – it reveals humor, vivid characters, and a jaw-dropping chase scene that may be the greatest single shot of the past decade.
STOP MAKING SENSE1984. USA. Dir: Jonathan Demme. With Talking Heads. 88 min
Demme and pioneering new wavers Talking Heads craft a stylish cinematic event that serves as a deconstruction of the archetypal rock show as well as a downright good time. Seeing this seminal concert film on the big screen is a "Once in a Lifetime" experience, sure to thrill and captivate die-hard fans and newcomers alike. We dare you not to dance.
CONTEMPT1963. Italy/France. Dir: Jean-Luc Godard. With Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli. 103 min
A writer’s marriage crumbles as he reworks the script of a film adaptation of "The Odyssey" for Fritz Lang (playing himself). Part cheeky autobiography, part Homeric epic, CONTEMPT has enough of Godard's radical energy, Jack Palance's smolder, and Brigitte Bardot to delight any cinema lover.