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Oscar Nomination Shorts: Live Action
)   107 minutes

Ave Maria – dir. Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany, 15 minutes

Synopsis: Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters’ vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.

Shok – dir. Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK, 21 minutes

Synopsis: In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.

Everything Will Be OK – dir. Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria, 30 minutes

Synopsis: Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.

Stutterer – dir. Benjamin Cleary, UK/Ireland, 12 minutes

Synopsis: For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.

Day One – dir. Henry Hughes, USA, 25 minutes

Synopsis: On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man’s pregnant wife when she goes into labor.


Oscar Nomination Shorts: Animated
)   91 minutes

Sanjay’s Super Team – dir. Sanjay Patel, USA, 7 minutes

Synopsis: In SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

World of Tomorrow – dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 17 minutes

Synopsis: A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity’s fate.

Bear Story – dir. Gabriel Osorio, Chile, 11 minutes

Synopsis: Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos – dir. Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 minutes

Synopsis: Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.

Prologue – dir. Richard Williams, UK, 6 minutes

Synopsis: Clocking in at six minutes, PROLOGUE describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself). Williams – who is best known for his work as animation director on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, his unfinished feature “The Thief and the Cobbler” and Academy Award-winning “A Christmas Carol “adaptation – has worked on PROLOGUE for many years in between other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman Studios in Bristol, U.K.

*Note: “Prologue,” one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. It has violence and some nudity, and it is not recommended for young children. There will be a Parental Guidance warning prior to this final short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they choose. The rest of the program is family friendly.


Oscar Nomination Shorts: Documentary
)   187 minutes

Body Team 12 – dir. David Darg, Liberia, 13 minutes

Synopsis: BODY TEAM 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the strain they emerge as heroes while the film explores their philosophy and strength. The story is told on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of the only female member of the team, who reveals the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt transmission of the disease.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – dir. Sharmen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan, 40 minutes

Synopsis: Every year, more than 1,000 girls and women are the victims of religiously motivated honor killings in Pakistan, especially in rural areas. Eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle but survived to tell her story.

Last Day of Freedom – dirs. Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman, USA, 32 minutes

Synopsis: When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime, he agonizes over his decision; should he call the police? LAST DAY OF FREEDOM is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. This film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day; veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice.

Chau, Beyond the Lines – dir. Courtney Marsh, USA/Vietnam, 34 minutes

Synopsis: Chau, a teenager growing up in a Vietnamese care center for children disabled by Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist. In Vietnamese, with English subtitles. Directed by Courtney Marsh.

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah – dir. Adam Benzine, USA, 40 minutes

Synopsis: From British filmmaker and journalist Adam Benzine, this film explores the life and work of French director Claude Lanzmann. Directed by Adam Benzine. In French, English, and German, with English subtitles


Where To Invade Next
)   120 minutes

In Michael Moore’s provocative and hilarious documentary, he'll stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again. Where to Invade Next is an expansive, rib-tickling and subversive comedy in which Moore, playing the role of “invader,” visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America’s most entrenched problems already exist in the world—they’re just waiting to be co-opted.

MPAA Rating: R for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity


45 Years
)   105 minutes

45 Years is a moving and profound look at marriage and the secrets we keep. There is just one week until Kate Mercer’s (Rampling) 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband (Tom Courtenay, Dr. Zhivago, The Dresser). The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. Kate and Geoff’s marriage is shaken by the discovery, which calls into question the life they’ve built together. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate. 45 Years is a new take on relationships, old age, forgiveness and jealousy, from acclaimed director and co-writer Andrew Haigh (Weekend, HBO’s “Looking”).

Academy Award Nominee: Best Actress (Charlotte Rampling)

MPAA Rating: R for language and brief sexuality


)   130 minutes

Cate Blanchett (Truth, Blue Jasmine) and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) are  two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves feeling a forbidden attraction in 1950s Manhattan. Carol (Blanchett), an alluring older woman, is trapped in a loveless marriage; Therese (Mara) is a young working woman and aspiring photographer who dreams of a more fulfilling life. They meet at a department store sales counter, and sparks fly. As their relationship intensifies, Carol’s well-to-do husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her fitness as mother of their young daughter.  Adapted from the groundbreaking novel The Price of Salt directed by Todd Haynes.

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Blanchett), Supporting Actress (Mara), Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Score and Adapted Screenplay.

MPAA Rating: R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language


The Revenant
)   165 minutes

“As long as you can grab a breath, you fight.” Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In the 1820s, deep in the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by a traitorous member of his own hunting team, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy, Mad Max: Fury Road). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a hostile environment, a vicious winter and warring tribes in a relentless pursuit to live and exact revenge. Also starring Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter, The Revenant is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker and Academy Award winner Alejandro G. Ińárritu (Birdman, Babel, 21 Grams).

Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor (DiCaprio), Supporting Actor (Hardy) and Cinematography.

MPAA Rating: R for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity


The Big Short
)   135  minutes

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), with a screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers), The Big Short is a high stakes, breathless thriller. The outstanding cast includes Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, with support from Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock and Marisa Tomei.

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Bale), Editing and Adapted Screenplay.

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity


)   120  minutes

Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan, Atonement, Hanna), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Directed by John Crowley (Boy A, Intermission) from a screenplay by Nick Hornby (Wild, An Education, About a Boy), Brooklyn also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

Nominated for 3 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Actress (Ronan) and Adapted Screenplay.

MPAA Rating: PG13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language


)   140  minutes

Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci star in Spotlight, the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent), Spotlight is a tense investigative thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest crime stories in modern times.

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Ruffalo), Supporting Actress (McAdams) and Original Screenplay (Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy).

MPAA Rating: R for some language including sexual references



Matinee Rates (before 6 pm) 

General Admission: $7.50
(with valid ID): $6.75
Seniors:  $6.50
Children (Under 12):  $6.50

General Admission: $9.75
(with valid ID): $8.75
Seniors:  $8.75
Children (Under 12):  $8.75

Evening Rates (after 6 pm)

General Admission: $9.75
(with valid ID): $8.75
Seniors:  $7.75
Children (Under 12):  $6.50

General Admission: $11.75
(with valid ID): $10.75
Seniors:  $8.75
Children (Under 12):  $8.75

Doors open 1/2 hr before the first show of the day


Group rates available