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‘The Red Turtle’ trades speech for an external, visual language

I have a bone to pick with movies like Cast Away (2000): why does Tom Hanks feel the urge to talk to himself and inanimate objects? Perhaps there’s something intrinsic, something with anthropological substance, through which humans are compelled to fill dead space, whether in the real world or on screen. The Red Turtle (2016) […]

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Antonio Sanchez brings his BiRDMAN LiVE to the Englert

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) is a movie of blown-out proportions, equal parts mesmerizing and befuddling. The movie will make sure you know. But that’s no surprise to those familiar with director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s catalog. Centered around protagonist Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), best known for his role in a superhero trilogy, […]

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Oscar-nominated short films bring a highly recommended unique experience to FilmScene through Feb. 23

Oscar Shorts FilmScene — through Thursday, Feb. 23 Blue Carpet Bash FilmScene — Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. For decades, now, the office Oscar pool has been won or lost by whomever can score an uneducated guess in the three Short Film categories: Animated, Live-Action and Documentary. But this year’s fifteen nominees are not […]

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The poetry of the everyday echoes in Jim Jarmusch’s genuinely great ‘Paterson’

Paterson FilmScene — Opens Friday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. In a recent interview with WHYY’s Terri Gross, director Jim Jarmusch discussed his new film, Paterson, about a poet-cum-bus driver named Paterson (Adam Driver), living in Paterson, New Jersey. Because his stoic poet protagonist prefers observation to engagement, Jarmusch felt driving a bus was an […]

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‘Do Not Resist’ documentary to screen at FilmScene for Vino Vérité series

Vino Vérité series presents Do Not Resist FilmScene — Sunday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Social Exchange/Vino Vérité screening of Do Not Resist presented by Bread Garden and Little Village FilmScene — Monday, Jan. 9 at 12:00 p.m. The new documentary Do Not Resist (2016) will offer film-goers an uncompromising view of the ongoing militarization […]

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ closes out its Picture Show run at FilmScene

It’s a Wonderful Life FilmScene — Thursday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. I remember being a wary, intransigent teenager the first time I saw It’s a Wonderful Life. I didn’t want to go to the small retro theatre a few towns over on a cold, snowy, winter’s night. […]

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The Center for Afrofuturist Studies closes out a stellar year with Interstellar 3

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Interstellar 3 FilmScene — Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10:30 p.m. Pack away your year of cares and get ready to dance — the Center for Afrofuturist Studies is celebrating! With a year under their belt now, the center is closing out 2016 the same way they welcomed it in: with a dance party of epic […]

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‘Moonlight’ in Miami: The new coming-of-age film is powerfully quiet

Moonlight FilmScene — through Thursday, Dec. 1 Loud American cars can sometimes suggest loud, American problems. The opening scenes of Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight feature Mahershala Ali as Juan, a high-placed drug dealer, rolling onto a typical drug corner in a growling, powder blue Chevy Impala with massive rims and an equally massive cd collection mounted […]

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‘Torrey Pines,’ a new film, comes live-scored to FilmScene

Torrey Pines, live scored by Your Heart Breaks FilmScene — Monday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. Clyde Petersen’s stop motion film Torrey Pines, which was Kickstarted into life in 2013, will be making a stop next week, on Monday, Oct. 24, at FilmScene. Torrey Pines is just coming off its world premiere as an official […]

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Film ‘The Way We Talk’ to raise stuttering awareness in Iowa City

The Way We Talk: Screening and Discussion FilmScene — Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. A movie event on Saturday will work to raise awareness and address social stigmas surrounding stuttering. The film, The Way We Talk, will be shown at FilmScene in Iowa City, with proceeds going towards scholarships for the University of Iowa’s […]

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‘Starving the Beast:’ Film, discussion event asks whether public universities should be businesses or a public good

Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities Englert Theatre — Monday, Oct. 17 A free screening and discussion of the film Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities at the Englert Theatre tonight will look at the political and economic issues facing America’s public universities […]

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After Birth: With Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ a page has decisively turned

The Birth of a Nation FilmScene — opens Friday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. A century after D.W. Griffith released The Birth of a Nation (1915), one of the most groundbreaking of all movies, as well as a classic of American racism, we now get Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, an overwhelming, sympathetic […]

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