Category Archives: Arthouse & Indepedent Film

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WHIPLASH

Academy Award winner: Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Best Film Editing, Best Sound MixingFilm Independent Spirit Award winner: Best Supporting Male – J.K. Simmons, Best Editing
Golden Globe winner: Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons

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Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at its Sundance Film Festival premiere, WHIPLASH is a thrilling, kinetic jazz musical from filmmaker Damien Chazelle. Driven by searing performances from Miles Teller (THE SPECTACULAR NOW) and J.K. Simmons (JUNO) in an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning performance, the film explores the relationship between an eager young drummer at a cutthroat music conservatory and a brutally savage music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Under his ruthless direction, the promising drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost—even his humanity.

Directed By

Damien Chazelle

Written By

Damien Chazelle

Cast

Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

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STILL ALICE

Academy Award winner: Best Actress – Julianne Moore
Film Independent Spirit Award winner: Best Female Lead – Julianne Moore
Golden Globes winner: Best Lead Actress (Drama) – Julianne Moore

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PG-13  |  1 hour 39 minutes

Julianne Moore gives a powerful, Oscar winning performance as a professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s in the moving film STILL ALICE. A brilliant and renowned linguistics professor, Dr. Alice Howland is in a unique position to understand what her diagnosis holds in store. As her mental capacities decline, she is forced to rely on her family, including her youngest daughter (Kristen Stewart) who becomes her confidante, companion and lifeline to the past. Based on the bestselling novel by neuroscientist Lisa Genova, this portrait of a woman struggling to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.

Directed By

Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland

Written By

Richard Glatzer, Lisa Genova (novel)

Cast

Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart

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A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

R  |  2 hours 5 minutes 

From acclaimed filmmaker J.C. Chandor, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. Starring Oscar Isaac (INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS) and Jessica Chastain (ZERO DARK THIRTY), this gripping story plays out within a maze of rampant political and industry corruption plaguing the streets of a city in decay. Oscar nominee Chandor (MARGIN CALL) examines one immigrant’s climb up a morally crooked ladder, where simmering rivalries threaten his business, family, and hi unwavering belief in the righteousness of his path.

Directed By

J.C. Chandor

Written By

J. C. Chandor

Cast

Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

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BIRDMAN

Academy Award winner: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography
Film Independent Spirit Award winner: Best Feature, Best Male Lead – Michael Keaton, Best Cinematography
Golden Globe winner: Best Lead Actor (Comedy/Musical) – Michael Keaton, Best Screenplay
 

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Winner of 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, BIRDMAN is an exciting departure in style for Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (BABEL). Michael Keaton stars as a washed up actor who once played an iconic superhero, now attempting to mount his own Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and his sanity. A SAG Award winner ensemble including Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, and Andrea Riseborough also shine in this strange, dark, and outright hilarious meta-comedy.

Directed By

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Written By

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo

Cast

Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone

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THE IMITATION GAME

PG-13  |  1 hour 54 minutes 

Academy Award nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly star in the thrilling true story of Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist, and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of the some of the earliest computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal. Cumberbatch gives a masterful performance as the brilliant cryptologist in Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum’s (HEADHUNTERS) Oscar-worthy English-language debut.

Directed By

Morten Tyldum

Written By

Graham Moore, Andrew Hodges

Cast

Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode

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BOYHOOD

Academy Award winner: Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette
Film Independent Spirit Award winner: Best Director, Best Supporting Female – Patricia Arquette
Golden Globe Winner: Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette

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164 min | R
Filmed over a 12-year span with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is an unprecedented coming-of-age story that follows the ups and downs of childhood like no other film before. Ellar Coltrane gives a stunning breakthrough performance as the boy, Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Patricia Arquette in an Oscar winning performance alongside Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke (Linklater’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT) and newcomer Lorelei Linklater, this award-winning favorite is one of the best films of the year.

 

Directed By
Richard Linklater

Written By
Richard Linklater

Language
English

Cast Includes
Patricia Arquetter, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke

Official Site
boyhoodmovie.com

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WISH I WAS HERE

R  |  1 hour 47 minutes • Now Playing

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In the hotly anticipated, Kickstarter-funded follow up to his indie breakout hit GARDEN STATE, writer/director Zach Braff plays a 30-something man forced to examine his life, career, and family when he finds himself at a major crossroads. Originally premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, WISH I WAS HERE shows Aiden Bloom’s journey as a struggling actor trying to balance his childhood fantasies while raising two adolescent children. Also starring Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson, and Mandy Patinkin, this heartfelt indie comedy explores the chaotic journey of life and the unexpected lessons learned in the process.

Directed By

Zach Braff

Written By

Zach Braff, Adam Braff

Cast

Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson

Official Site