Wednesday, February 23
Animal Kingdom2010. Australia. Dir: David Michod. With With Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce. 113 min.
seventeen-year-old is sucked into his family’s life of armed robbery and drug
dealing just as the Sydney police begin to close in on them, forcing him to
decide whether or not he’s ready for a life of crime. Action, twists, and
arguments in Aussie accents abound in this acclaimed international hit.
Thursday, February 24
Ajami2009. Israel/Germany. Dir: Dir: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani. With With Fouad Habash. 120 min.
Five stories of
everyday life overlap in the religiously mixed city of Ajami. This Best Foreign
Oscar nominee offers a raw, nuanced examination of the tensions simmering
within Israel’s Arab, Jewish, and Christian populations and the violence that
can erupt when they intersect. Speaker:
film critic Laura Blum.
Friday, February 25
Eddie Murphy: Raw1987. USA. Dir: Robert Townsend. With Eddie Murphy. 93 min.
"Well, tell Bill
Cosby I said have a Coke and a smile and shut the f**k up. Jello pudding-eating
motherf**ker." Believe it or not, before he sold his soul Eddie Murphy was
one of the funniest, most original comedians in the business. This legendary
stand-up performance delivers a non-stop string of punch lines and profanity as
he takes on fame, race, relationships, and his mother.
Saturday, February 26
Woman Under the Influence1974. USA. Dir: John Cassavetes. With Gina Rowlands, Peter Falk. 155 min.
Cassavetes paints a stark, heartbreaking portrait of a housewife’s decline into
madness and the toll it takes on her husband and family. Anchored by Rowland’s
iconic performance, this remains among the most influential, affecting works in
American independent cinema.