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Movies with Sean Means opening January 8 2016

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Artsies:

River of Fundament (Unrated) 5 HR -No Review

Set across the American landscape, the film RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is an epic story of regeneration and rebirth. Loosely based on the 1983 Norman Mailer novel Ancient Evenings, with an ancient Egyptian protagonist who sought reincarnation three times in the hope of achieving immortality, RIVER OF FUNDAMENT borrows its structure from Mailer’s text, corresponding to the seven stages the Egyptian soul undergoes in its journey toward new life. Conceived as a nontraditional opera written in collaboration with longtime collaborator Jonathan Bepler, the film combines documentary footage of three live acts performed outdoors in Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York with live-action cinema largely set in a careful recreation of Mailer’s Brooklyn brownstone apartment, where the late author’s wake is underway.

Director: Matthew Barney, Jonathan Bepler

Starring: Jennies Knaggs, Eugene Perry

Hitchcock/Truffaut (PG-13) 1 HR 20 MIN – 3 Stars

In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and a 30-year-old Fran├žois Truffaut sequestered themselves in a windowless Hollywood office for a weeklong conversation. The result: the seminal book “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” published a half century ago, dissecting every film Hitchcock had made until then, illuminating his masterful techniques, making the case for the popular director as an artist, and influencing generations of filmmakers. Kent Jones brings “the Bible of Cinema” to invigorating life. He interviews filmmakers whose work has been profoundly influenced by Hitchcock-Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Olivier Assayas, and many others.

Director: Kent Jones

Starring: David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson

Fartsies:

The Forest (PG-13) 1 HR 35 MIN – 2 Stars

Against the backdrop of Japan’s Aokigahara forest, where people go to end their lives, an American woman braves the mysterious, uncharted terrain to search for her missing sister.

Director: Jason Zada

Starring: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa

Carol (R) 1 HR 58 MIN – 3.5 Stars

Adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt.” She also wrote “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”

Director: Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven)

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Kyle Chandler, Rooney Mara

The Revenant (R) 2 HR 36 MIN – 3.5 Stars

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 an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. THE REVENANT is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Academy Award (R) winner Alejandro G. I├▒├írritu (Birdman, Babel).

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter

Next Week:

-In Jackson Heights

-Mustang

-Norm of the North

-Ride Along 2

-13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi


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