Special Showing

Phantom Boy

September 10 and 11

The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York.

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Phantom Boy

Starring: Featuring the voices of Jared Padalecki, Fred Armisen, Vincent D’Onofrio

The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York.

Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he befriends Alex, a New York City cop injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective work to foil the plot and save New York from destruction. Phantom Boy continues Gagnol and Felicioli’s fascination with animated film noir, in a heart-thumping adventure that pushes their trademark visual style to literal new heights, as Leo swoops and soars above the greatest skyline in the world.

  • Director: Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

“With its vibrant colors muted for a NYC noir aesthetic and every 2D field shaded by roughly textured shadows in constant motion, the frames literally flicker off the screen to leave a lasting impression.”

– The Film Stage

Bright Young Things is our monthly family-friendly series. All ages are welcome.

Special Showing

Reasonable Doubt

Monday, September 12 at 5:30pm

Scenes from the lives and works of René Descartes and Kristina, Queen of Sweden

As an experiment to audio-visualise thought, this project stages scenes from two lives, briefly crossing in an intellectual friendship. It is not a biography but a series of scenes that constitute a double portrait. Some of scenes are historical, some my fictionalising way of doing justice to historical ideas relevant for today.

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Reasonable Doubt

Starring: Marja Skaffari, Thomas Germaine, Johanna ter Steege

After a relationship by correspondence, philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) met and briefly interacted with Queen Kristina (1626-1689) in Stockholm, where he died six week after arriving, due to the cold. Once Descartes had reached Sweden, the two didn’t see each other much. Kristina’s philosophical interest was genuine enough. But he was there in a more or less decorative function, to adorn Kristina’s ambitious project of creating an Academy that would put Sweden’s intellectual elite on the European map.

Descartes left Western thought with a burden and a treasure. The burden: a misconstrued dualistic tradition. In my view, he accepted the dualism of the Catholic Church, but fought against it all his life because it is not reasonable. The treasure: a decisive advance in rational thought that, precisely, did not excise the body; nor religion for that matter. The (in)famous cogito can be interpreted in the opposite direction, an attempt to embody thought. In this project I look back from his last book, The Passions of the Soul and see the ongoing struggle against dualism in different episodes of his life.

This struggle is of concern to me because, among the many tenacious dualisms we continue to use whereas merging the issues would be beneficial to all, are those between cultural and economic values; and between academic and artistic, in other words, intellectual and sense-based expressive thought, analysis, and reasoning. In these dualisms I live and work. In order to help overcoming them, I look at the discrepancies between the Descartes we have abused and the one who was the point of origin of a non-dualistic mode of thinking. Queen Kristina is not only capricious but also philosophical, instantly thinking about life, and the bearer of the after-effects of this different Descartes.

My interest focuses on the complexity of the alleged rationalism these figures represent. The productivity of the dialectical relationship between reason and a certain kind of madness in both Descartes and Kristina was never fully recognized. Through this project I want to suggest that reason and “madness” can go very well together. The persistent progressivism in our thinking is fond of the qualifier "post-Cartesian", as something we have happily left behind. But it is that "post-" thinking itself that betrays us as, "pre-Cartesian". Caught in a world where dogma ruled and disbelieving it was severely punishable, Descartes spent his life doubting dualism and attempting to overcome it, rationally as well as in his capricious behaviour. Had we really listened to him, that vexed preposition post- itself would be used with more (Cartesian) caution.

  • Director: Mieke Bal
  • Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
  • Genre: Theoretical fiction, docu-drama

This film is presented by the Clark Art Institute.

Special Showing

Double Indemnity

Monday, September 19 at 7pm

Billy Wilder's noir classic is presented by Wesley Morris, Critic at Large for the New York Times.

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Double Indemnity

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson

Wesley Morris, Critic at Large, Culture for the New York Times, will present Double Indemnity and lead a post-screening discussion.

They don’t get any more hard-boiled than this classic film noir from the great Billy Wilder. Barbara Stanwyk plays a scheming young wife with murder on her mind who finds the perfect partner in crime in Fred MacMurray’s jaded insurance investigator. Beautifully cynical about life and love, Double Indemnity has often been imitated, but it’s never been surpassed.

  • Director: Billy Wilder
  • Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Noir, Crime

This event is part of 100 Years of Images: A Centennial Film Series.

Special Showing

Kubo and the Two Strings

Saturday October 8 and 9

An epic action-adventure stop-motion animated film set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA (Coraline, ParaNorman).
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Kubo and the Two Strings

Starring: Art Parkinson, Brenda Vaccaro, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Charlize Theron, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara

Clever, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living, telling fantastical stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a mythical spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King and the evil twin Sisters, to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and claim his heroic destiny.

  • Director: Travis Knight
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Staggeringly beautiful and immensely true, the best animated film of 2016 — one of the year’s best films of any kind, really... A Kurosawa-inspired epic about the supreme power of storytelling, Laika’s largest movie to date is also their most emotionally acute.”

– Indiewire

This film is showing as part of Bright Young Things, our monthly family-friendly film series. All ages are welcome.

Special Showing

Bringing Up Baby

Monday, October 10 at 7pm

The funniest film ever made, according to Executive Director Doug Jones!

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Bringing Up Baby

Starring: Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant

One of Hollywood’s greatest comedies, starring two of its greatest stars and directed by one of its greatest directors, Bringing Up Baby is pure gold. Cary Grant’s paleontologist and Katharine Hepburn’s heiress may be destined to be together, but they have to endure a lot of screwball misadventures before they can end up in each other’s arms.

  • Director: Howard Hawks
  • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance

“One of the funniest, wackiest and most inspired films of all time with its characteristic breathless pace, zany antics and pratfalls, absurd situations and misunderstandings, perfect sense of comic timing.”

– Filmsite

This event is part of 100 Years of Images: A Centennial Film Series.

Special Showing

Safety Last

Wednesday, November 30 at 7pm

To celebrate Images’ anniversary, we will present silent classic Safety Last accompanied by live music on November 30, 2016—100 years to the day that the first film was presented here at 50 Spring Street.

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Safety Last

Starring: Harold Lloyd

This Harold Lloyd comedy gave cinema one of its most celebrated images — Lloyd dangling off the hands off a clock tower, high above a New York City street. How the bespectacled Lloyd gets himself in this famed predicament and what happens next makes Safety Last one of the great silent comedies and a film that continues to delight and amaze.

Acclaimed silent film accompanist Donal Sosin has been enthralling audiences in the US and Europe with his silent film music for over thirty years. He was the resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art in the late ’70s, and returns there frequently as a guest pianist. He performs regularly at major film festivals including New York, San Francisco, Telluride and TriBeCa. He is the resident pianist for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, BAM and the Museum of Moving Image, and has appeared at other film repertory house and archives include the Pacific Film Archives, Symphony Space, Harvard Film Archives, the National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Berlin Filmmuseum, MASS MoCA, and Film Forum.

Joining Sosin at Images Cinema will be actress and singer Joanna Seaton, whose credits include leading roles in over 70 productions of musicals and plays, in New York and at regional and stock theatres across the country, including the Kennedy Center. Most recently, she sang the title role in Patience with the Light Opera Company of Salisbury and appeared in The Vagina Monologues at Barrington Stage Studio Space in Great Barrington, Ma. and the Studio  Theater in Lindenhurst, NY. As a singer, she has also been heard at Symphony Space’s Wall-to- Wall Richard Rodgers, the St. Regis Hotel, and the Rainbow Room. The New York Times has praised her “silvery soprano.”

  • Director: Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
  • Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy

“Safety Last! is one of the best comedies, and I’m not qualifying this statement by placing it in the context of the silent era. It is a comedy with the type of raw energy and inventiveness that anyone can, and will, enjoy.”

– Roger Ebert

This event is part of 100 Years of Images: A Centennial Film Series.