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Love & Mercy

Friday, 6/19 – Thursday, 7/2

Starring: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

Paul Dano and John Cusack play younger and older iterations of Brian Wilson in this chronicle of the Beach Boys founder’s decades-long struggle with mental health and substance abuse.

Under the visionary leadership of singer-songwriter Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys redefined the sound of American popular music in the 1960s. But their joyful harmonies and ingenious arrangements concealed Wilson’s private struggle with addiction and mental illness, and by the early seventies he had descended into drug-fuelled isolation. Love & Mercy is an intimate rendering of Wilson’s mercurial genius, illustrating both his musical mastery and the psychological pain it disguised.

As the younger Wilson, Paul Dano gives a superb performance that conveys the artist’s prodigious gifts as well as his increasingly precarious mental state; the scenes of creative exploration during the Pet Sounds sessions are exhilarating. John Cusack is equally compelling, burrowing into himself as Dano’s middle-aged counterpart. The actors are joined by the ever-excellent Paul Giamatti, very much in his element as Wilson’s Svengali-like therapist, and by Elizabeth Banks as Melinda Ledbetter, the Cadillac saleswoman who would become Wilson’s second wife and spiritual saviour, as well as a chief catalyst in his late-career revitalization.

Drawing on a script by Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner, this is an empathetic portrayal of Wilson’s personal experience. From the dark side of his creativity to the love that helped him heal, Love & Mercy gives us a rare understanding of the music and the mind of a twentieth-century icon.

  • Director: William Pohlad
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2 hours
  • Genre: Drama, Music, Biography

Showtimes

  • Thu, 7/2 — 7 & 9:15 pm

“A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.”

– Variety

Next Week

I'll See You in my Dreams

Friday, 7/3 – Thursday, 7/9

Starring: Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott, Martin Starr, Mary Kay Place, Rhea Perlman, June Squibb, Malin Akerman

Blythe Danner stars in the warm and delightful I'll See You in my Dreams as Carol Petersen, a widowed retiree in her early 70s. She had fruitful careers as a musician in Greenwich Village in the 60s and later as a schoolteacher in Southern California, but that, as Carol says, “is all in the past tense.” Now, 20 years after the death of her husband, she spends her days quietly reading books, golfing and playing cards with her feisty friends Sally, Rona and Georgina (Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place and June Squibb).

When Carol's world is turned upside down by a series of unexpected events, she finds herself venturing outside her comfort zone for the first time in years, making friends with Lloyd (Martin Starr), an aimless poolboy and dejected poet in his 30s, and, more excitingly, Bill (Sam Elliott), a handsome, cigar-toting fellow retiree. Suddenly, Carol is navigating more plans than she’s had in years.

Writer/director Brett Haley combines winning performances with a sharp script in this charming dramedy that proves it’s never too late to begin again.

Following the 7pm screening of I'll See You in my Dreams, writer/director Brett Haley will join Images Executive Director Doug Jones for a Skype Q&A.

  • Director: Brett Haley
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy

Showtimes

  • Fri, 7/3 — 4:30 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat, 7/4 — 4:30 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun, 7/5 — 3 & 5:30 pm
  • Mon, 7/6 — 3 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Tue, 7/7 — 7 & 9 pm
  • Wed, 7/8 — 4:30 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Thu, 7/9 — 7 & 9 pm

“A modest, quietly touching portrait of an older woman radiantly embodied by Blythe Danner.”

– New York Times

Coming Soon

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Friday, 7/10 – Thursday, 7/16

Starring: Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler, Thomas Mann

Winnner of Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award

Greg, a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoids deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl, with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom insists he spend time with Rachel – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.

  • Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

Showtimes

  • Fri, 7/10 — 4:30 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat, 7/11 — 4:30 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun, 7/12 — 3 & 5:30 pm
  • Mon, 7/13 — 3 & 9 pm
  • Tue, 7/14 — 7 & 9 pm
  • Wed, 7/15 — 4:30 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Thu, 7/16 — 7 & 9 pm

“What begins as a spirited but safely familiar pastiche of John Hughes and Wes Anderson is compelled to become its own thing, Gomez-Rejon’s film embracing the most tired tropes of stereotypical YA weepies so that it can kiss them goodbye.”

– Time Out New York

Coming Soon

The Wolfpack

Friday, 7/17 – Thursday, 7/23

Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, The Wolfpack tells the stranger than fiction story of six brothers who grew up with movies as their primary link to the outside world. A serendipitous encounter with director Crystal Moselle the shooting of this film over five years.

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood.

Armed with unprecedented access into the subjects’ world, as well as their vast archive of home movies, director Crystal Moselle crafts a captivating portrait of an extraordinary family and inquires into the true nature of identity and creativity. By fully immersing herself into their world, she allows their remarkable story to naturally unfold without judgment.

  • Director: Crystal Moselle
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

Showtimes

  • Fri, 7/17 — 4:30 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat, 7/18 — 4:30 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun, 7/19 — 3 & 5:30 pm
  • Mon, 7/20 — 4:30 & 9 pm
  • Tue, 7/21 — 7 & 9 pm
  • Wed, 7/22 — 4:30 & 7 & 9 pm
  • Thu, 7/23 — 7 & 9 pm

“Winner of Sundance's Grand Jury Prize, it tells a story irresistible to our age of rampant voyeurism and reality TV, yet it also has a potent emotional core that cannot be denied.”

– LA Times

Coming Soon

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch...

Saturday, 7/18 – Monday, 7/20

Starring: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Charlotta Larsson, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Törnos, Jonas Gerholm, Ola Stensson, Oscar Salomonsson, Roger Olsen Likvern

The most distinctive Swedish filmmaker since Ingmar Bergman, cinematic visionary Roy Andersson brings his trademark absurdist humour and singular vision to this winner of the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion.

Zipping back and forth through time and peopled with a bizarre cast of characters, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence—fifteen years in the making—concludes the trilogy Andersson began with the acclaimed Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living, although you don't need to have seen the two earlier films to enjoy Pigeon's unique pleasures.

Presented as a series of darkly comic vignettes, Pigeon shifts between two loose narrative strands: in one, two hapless novelty salesmen wander around town trying to sell their inventory of vampire fangs and rubber masks; in the other, Charles XII, Sweden's most bellicose king, reappears in modern times to carry on his series of disastrous defeats. Shifting between nightmare, fantasy, reverie, and even an impromptu musical number, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is a dazzling, provocative and very disturbing critique of our times.

  • Director: Roy Andersson
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • Genre: Absurdist comedy

Showtimes

  • Sat, 7/18 — 2:30 pm
  • Sun, 7/19 — 1 pm
  • Mon, 7/20 — 7 pm

“It's cinephile Christmas. It brings Roy Andersson into the company of Beckett and TS Eliot and captures the awful, glorious absurdity of being a human.”

– The Playlist

Coming Soon

Irrational Man

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone

Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe gets involved with two women: Rita Richards, a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard, his best student, who becomes his closest friend. While Jill loves her boyfriend Roy (Jamie Blackley), she finds Abe's tortured, artistic personality and exotic past irresistible. Even as Abe displays signs of mental imbalance, Jill's fascination with him only grows. Still, when she tries to make their relationship a romantic one, he rebuffs her.

Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger's conversation and become drawn in.

Once Abe makes a profound choice, he is able to embrace life to the fullest again. But his decision sets off a chain of events that will affect him, Jill and Rita forever.

  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
  • Genre: Mystery, Romance

“Allen's dialogue is witty, his plotting zings along with forward momentum in all the right places, and his observation of elastic moral principles in flux is both mischievous and unsettling, yielding a tasty final-act Hitchcockian twist.”

– The Hollywood Reporter

Coming Soon

The End of the Tour

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel

The End of the Tour tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide.

  • Director: James Ponsoldt
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Intimate, soul-baring, and winning, The End Of The Tour is a special, lovely little gem.”

– The Playlist