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FOXCATCHER – Interview with Bennett Miller

November 25, 2014

Friend of the Angelika Blog Mark Walters recently sat down with director Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL, CAPOTE) to discuss his electrifying new film FOXCATCHER, starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum. Check out the interview below for insight into the casting the film, the extensive makeup for Carell’s dramatic transformation, and how the actor never broke character while filming on set.

 

ABOUT THE FILM:
A searing true-life account of three men grappling with the American Dream. FOXCATCHER tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont and Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz. The wrestler seizes an opportunity to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at du Pont’s lavish country estate, but du Pont’s mercurial personality and psychological gameplay begins to weigh heavily on Mark’s shaky self-esteem, undermining his abilities on the mat.

 

FOXCATCHER opens Wednesday 11/26 at the Angelika Dallas. Also playing at the Angelika at Mosaic.

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THE IMITATION GAME – Exclusive Clip!

Benedict Cumberbatch and Oscar winner 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.

In this exclusive clip, featuring Matthew Goode and Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech, the team of codebreakers are in a race against time to decode the Germans’ wartime communications using a captured Enigma machine — but the encryption cypher is reprogrammed by the Germans every 24 hours.

 

THE IMITATION GAME opens 11/28 exclusively at the Angelika New York and the Paris Theatre (NYC), 12/12 at the Angelika at Mosaic, and 12/25 at the Angelika Plano.

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Independent Spirit Award nominees

Awards season is here! Film Independent’s Spirit Award nominees were announced today, kicking off the awards season by honoring the best independent films of the year. Winners will be announce the night before the Oscars, February 21, 2015.

Top nominees BIRDMAN, WHIPLASH, NIGHTCRAWLER, CITIZENFOUR, FORCE MAJEURE and more are now playing at the Angelika Film Center.

 

BEST FEATURE
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
Love is Strange
Selma
Whiplash

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
Ava DuVernay – Selma
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
David Zellner – Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

BEST SCREENPLAY
Big Eyes
A Most Violent Year
Nightcrawler
Only Lovers Left Alive
Love is Strange

BEST FIRST FEATURE
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Dear White People
Nightcrawler
Obvious Child
She’s Lost Control

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Appropriate Behavior
Little Accidents
The One I Love
She’s Lost Control
Dear White People

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD  (best feature made for under $500,000)
Blue Ruin
It Felt Like Love
Land Ho!
Man From Reno
Test

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Marion Cotillard – The Immigrant
Rinko Kikuchi – Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
Tilda Swinton – Only Lovers Left Alive

BEST MALE LEAD
André Benjamin – Jimi: All Is By My Side
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
John Lithgow – Love is Strange
David Oyelowo – Selma

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Carmen Ejogo – Selma
Andrea Suarez Paz – Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Riz Ahmed – Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Alfred Molina – Love is Strange
Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Immigrant
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
It Felt Like Love
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Selma

BEST EDITING
Boyhood
Whiplash
Nightcrawler
A Most Violent Year
The Guest

BEST DOCUMENTARY
20,000 Days on Earth
CITIZENFOUR
Stray Dog
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Force Majeure (Sweden)
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Mommy (Canada)
Norte, the End of History (Philippines)
Under the Skin (United Kingdom)

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THE GREAT INVISIBLE

October 27, 2014

In this thought-provoking documentary which impressed audiences and won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival, Peabody Award winning documentarian Margaret Brown (THE ORDER OF MYTHS) explores the fallout of the explosion of Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art offshore drilling rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. Interweaving personal stories with insight from industry insiders and news footage of the disaster and its aftermath, Brown creates an intimate and emotional look at the many people still haunted by the explosion long after the story has faded from the front page. Watch the trailer below:

 

ANGELIKA POP-UP at UNION MARKET – opens 11/7
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VILLAGE EAST CINEMA (NYC) – opens 10/29
Wednesday 10/29 following the 7:40PM show – Q&A with filmmaker Margaret Brown, led by Greenpeace’s Jesse Coleman
Thursday 10/30 following the 7:40PM shows – Q&A with filmmaker Margaret Brown, led by 350.org’s Jamie Henn
Saturday 11/1 following the 2:00PM show – Q&A with filmmaker Margaret Brown, led by Oxfam America’s Will Fenton
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ANGELIKA DALLAS – opens 11/7
Saturday 11/8 following the 7:30PM show – Q&A with filmmaker Margaret Brown
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PSYCHO – Special screening + FREE goodie bags

October 24, 2014

We’re joining forces with Chef Spike Mendelsohn (Spike’d Events, Good Stuff Eatery, Béarnaise and We The Pizza) for a special Halloween screening at the Angelika Pop-Up!

Receive a one-of-a-kind goodie bag when you attend PSYCHO on Friday 10/31 @ 7PM or 9:30PM. Treat bags include Chocolate Bacon, Sushi Popcorn and more!

 

ABOUT THE FILM:
Alfred Hitchcock’s landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. When Marion Crane, spectacularly played by Janet Leigh, ends up at the Bates Motel after making off with $40,000 cash, there’s hardly a film fan alive who doesn’t know what happens next. First a private detective, then Marion’s sister, search for her as the horror and suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed.

 

Friday 10/31 @ 7PM & 9:30PM | Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market | tickets on sale now at angelikapopup.com

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Angelika After Hours: October

October 1, 2014

Brave the night and join us at After Hours for some of our favorite tales of terror, featuring zombies, vampires, poltergeists, and more to get you in the Halloween spirit:

 

THE LOST BOYS (1987) – 10/3 & 10/4
Joel Schumacher’s teen vampire thriller blends horror, humor, and plenty of visual style with standout performances from a cast full of young 1980s stars. Sam and his older brother Michael are average, everyday teens. But after they move with their mother to peaceful Santa Clara, California, things mysteriously begin to change. THE LOST BOYS reshapes vampire tradition, deftly mixing heart-pounding terror, rib tickling laughs and a body–gyrating rock soundtrack. The marvelous cast includes Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Barnard Hughes, Edward Herrmann and Dianne Wiest.

THE SHINING (1980) – 10/10 & 10/11
THE SHINING is Stanley Kubrick’s psychological horror masterpiece, a stylized classic which continues to influence the entire genre. Inspired by Stephen King’s bestselling novel, the film stars Jack Nicholson in one of his most iconic roles – Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel. Kubrick’s signature visuals turn the cavernous, empty hotel into one of the most terrifying settings of all time, while classic horror moments from REDRUM to “Heeeeere’s Johnny” to the creepy twins continue to draw rabid fans to this enduring horror favorite.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) – 10/17 & 10/18
Wes Craven’s intelligent horror classic, complete with the terrifying visual appearance of Freddy Krueger, still causes nightmares to this day. In A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, a group of teenagers are terrorized by an evil being from another world who gets to his victims by entering their dreams and killing them with gloves that have knife blades attached to each finger.

POLTERGEIST (1982) – 10/24 & 10/25
A modern horror classic from producer Steven Spielberg, POLTERGEIST presents the dark side of middle class suburbia. The film centers on a typical family living in the peaceful Cuesta Verde Estates. Soon strange things begin to happen around the house, and five year old Carol Ann is repeatedly drawn to the television before being sucked into a closet, prompting the family to consult with a para-psychologist and an exorcist about the phenomena in their home. They make a horrifying discovery: Carol Ann is alive and in the house, but is being held on another spectral plane.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) – 10/31 & 11/1
George A. Romero’s 1968 cult classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD set the template for zombie films for years to come, with tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent. Following a bizarre event which causes a small town to be overrun by a horde of zombies, the remaining survivors of the local theatre troupe barricade themselves in the building, fighting for their lives. The ensemble cast features a variety of quirky characters, who together must fend off zombie attacks as well as confront their own personal issues if they are going to have any chance of survival.

 

Cult favorites return to the big screen Friday and Saturday nights, exclusively at the Angelika Dallas and Angelika at Mosaic. Tickets are just $7, on sale now at angelikafilmcenter.com.

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Angelika After Hours: John Hughes High School

September 15, 2014

Flashback to the 80s and go back to school with the unforgettable teen comedies of John Hughes:

 

WEIRD SCIENCE (1985) – 9/5 & 9/6
Two teens transform their virginal frustrations into a computerized reality in one of the most insanely goofy comedies of the ’80s. Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith play a pair of high-school geeks who are hapless with members of the opposite sex. Using Wyatt’s computer, they create what they believe is the ideal woman. A lightning storm brings that woman to life. Lisa (played by Kelly LeBrock) sets about building their self-confidence, but trouble begins brewing when Wyatt’s older brother (Bill Paxton) begins to realize that something is not as it should be.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985) – 9/12 & 9/13
John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald); Andrew, the jock (Emilio Estevez); John, the criminal (Judd Nelson); Brian, the brain (Anthony Michael Hall); and Allison, the basket case (Ally Sheedy). These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the students bond together when faced with the villainous principal (Paul Gleason), and they realize that they have more in common than they may think.

SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984) – 9/19 & 9/20
It’s Samantha Baker’s Sweet Sixteen and no one in her family remembers the important occasion. John Hughes shows how coming of age can be full of surprises in this warm hearted teenage comedy starring Molly Ringwald. She’s your average teen, enduring creepy freshmen, spoiled siblings, confused parents and the Big Blonde on Campus who stands between her and the boy of her dreams. This sparkling film features a dynamic score, and outstanding performances by Paul Dooley, Emmy winner Blanche Baker, and Oscar nominee Justin Henry.

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) – 9/26 & 9/27
Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows”; a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. Dogging Ferris’ trail at every turn is high-school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch Bueller in the act of class-cutting. Iconic 80s writer/director John Hughes weds satire, slapstick, and social commentary in this high school classic.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) – 8/29 & 8/30
This Coen Brothers cult classic follows the Dude – an unemployed slacker with a penchant for bowling, played by Jeff Bridges. After a case of mistaken identity he goes on a quest to get a new rug and gets pulled into a ransom scheme involving the Big Lebowski’s kidnapped trophy wife. The all-star cast includes John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymor Hoffman and John Turturro.

 

Cult favorites return to the big screen every Friday and Saturday night, exclusively at the Angelika Dallas and Angelika at Mosaic. Tickets are just $7, on sale now at angelikafilmcenter.com.

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PAY 2 PLAY – Q&As with the filmmakers and local experts

September 12, 2014

PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, the cycle where Politicians reward their donors with large sums from the public treasury through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy.

 

Join us opening week for a Q&A following select screenings:

Fri 9/12 @ 7:30PM – Producer Holly Mosher
Sat 9/13 @ 7:30PM – Producer Holly Mosher
Sun 9/14 @ 7:30PM – special guests
Mon 9/15 @ 7:30PM – Brendan Fischer, Center For Media & Democracy
Tue 9/16 @ 7:30PM – Aquene Freechild, Public Citizen
Wed 9/17 @ 7:30PM – Shara Smith, Move To Amend
Thu 9/18 @ 7:30PM – Barbara Lawton, Americans For Campaign Reform

 

PAY 2 PLAY is now playing at the Angelika Pop-Up.

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LOVE IS STRANGE – Interview with Ira Sachs

September 5, 2014

Full Post on SeligFilmNews.comLove Is Strange Interview with Co-Writer/Director Ira Sachs | Selig Film News

 

ABOUT THE FILM:
A multi-generational story of love and marriage, LOVE IS STRANGE depicts the delicate nature of two people trying to build a life together. Filmmaker Ira Sachs (KEEP THE LIGHTS ON) crafts the story Ben and George, played by Oscar nominee John Lithgow and Alfred Molina (AN EDUCATION), who upon returning from their honeymoon learn that Ben has been fired from his lifetime job at co-ed Catholic school. With no real savings to count on, the couple suddenly can’t afford their small New York City apartment and they are forced to call upon their tight-knit community of family and friends.

 

LOVE IS STRANGE is now playing at the Angelika Dallas, Plano, and New York.

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ALIVE INSIDE

August 15, 2014

Winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, ALIVE INSIDE follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music and Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

Read Mary Poole’s article in the Dallas Morning News here.

ALIVE INSIDE opens Friday 8/22 at the Angelika Dallas and Plano.