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The Armstrong Lie

Widely regarded as one of the most prominent figures in the history of sports, Lance Armstrong had brought global attention to cycling as the man who had triumphed over cancer and went on to win bicycling’s greatest race, the Tour de France, a record seven consecutive times.

Charting Armstrong’s life-story (and given unprecedented access to both the Tour and the man), in 2008, Academy Award® winning filmmaker Alex Gibney set out to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to the world of competitive cycling chronicling Armstrong’s return from his 2005 retirement and his attempt to win his eighth Tour.  An unprecedented scandal, however, would rewrite both the Armstrong legend and Gibney’s film.

By early 2013, Lance Armstrong had admitted to using performance enhancing drugs following a federal criminal investigation and an investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency. Setting out to chronicle a comeback, Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie instead emerges as a riveting insider’s view, chronicling the collapse of one of the greatest legends of our time.

“It’s a fascinating film that points the finger at a charismatic master of deception – as well as our willingness to buy his deceit.” – Entertainment Weekly
“A layered inquiry into the culture of competitiveness, celebrity, moral relativism and hypocrisy.” – Variety
“A Brilliantly Executed Myth-Buster” – Village Voice
 
“Explores the elusive nature of truth.” – Miami Herald
Showtimes
Thurs, Jan 2nd @ 7pm & 9:15pm
Fri, Jan 3rd @ 7pm & 9:15pm
Sat, Jan 4th @ 2pm, 4:15pm, 6:30pm, & 8:45pm
Sun, Jan 5th @ 2pm, 4:15pm, 6:30pm, & 8:45pm
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Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?
From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mindand The Science of Sleep
, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky.
Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art.

CRITICAL PRAISE!

” intellectually and visually groundbreaking” – Los Angeles Times

“This is a film to see and then see again, to soak in and marvel at” – The VIllage Voice

 “Blissfully unconventional as a documentary and as an intellectual endeavor”  – The New York Times

Showtimes

Thurs, Jan 2nd @ 9:30pm

Fri, Jan 3rd @ 9:30pm

Sat, Jan 4th @ 6pm

Sun, Jan 5th @ 1pm & 6pm

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THE GREAT BEAUTY

Shortlisted for Best Foreign Film Oscar!

Provocative Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino reunites with his IL DIVO star Toni Servillo for this portrait of a world-weary journalist searching for his long-lost idealism while drifting through the dolce vita of Rome’s high spots and fleshpots.  Italy’s official submission to the Academy Awards has already been shortlisted for the Best Foreign Film Oscar!

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

THE GREAT BEAUTY is a grand indictment of a man, and a society, that has lost its way. Toni Servillo, as always, dazzles in the lead role, serving Sorrentino’s grandly ambitious vision perfectly.  As the year comes to an end, critics around the country and the globe are excitedly listing The Great Beauty among their top 10 films of the year, and it’s no surprise why.  It’s a fantastic cinematic journey that deserves our attention. 

“A fantastic journey around contemporary Rome and a riot of lush imagery 
juggling past and present, sacred and profane, gorgeous and grotesque.” – NPR

Showtimes

Thurs, Jan 2nd @ 7pm

Fri, Jan 3rd @ 7pm

Sat, Jan 4th @ 8:00pm

Sun, Jan 5th @ 3pm & 8pm