The Stanford Prison Experiment - Opens July 31st
Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.
"Alvarez’s clinical but deeply engrossing execution of the drama is mesmerizing in its directness." - The Playlist
"Using real transcripts, and with the involvement of Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who was the psychologist who designed the project in the first place, Talbott and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez have opted to aim for something authentic and honest." - Hitflix
"Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez deserves all the praise in the world for the way he cranks up this pressure cooker script. The Stanford Prison Experiment begins with giggles but ends in full psychological break." - The Guardian
122 min., Rated R.
Infinitely Polar Bear - Opens August 7th
Maya Forbes autobiographically inflected Infinitely Polar Bear stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, he attempts to rebuild a relationship with his two daughters, and win back the trust of his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana). When Maggie decides to go to business school in New York, they decide that he will move back in and take care of the day-to-day care for the kids. Due to his mercurial nature, this leads to a series of quirky, funny, and sometimes frightening episodes.
"Ruffalo, a master of rumpled befuddlement, finds his signature role here-it can't be overstated how deftly he eases into the tricky creation, a blue-blooded slacker who aches when the world won't hug him back." - Time Out.
"Mark Ruffalo gives one of his most appealing performances in writer-director Maya Forbes' irresistible feature debut." - Variety.
"Infinitely Polar Bear stands as a reassurance that even in imperfect households, everything can still turn out all right. The key, maybe, is in laughing at what's truly ridiculous, and in laughing your way through what hurts, too." - Village Voice.
90 min., Rated R.
The Tribe - Opens August 14th
Somewhere in Ukraine, Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf. Alone in this new and unfamiliar place, he must find his way through the school's hierarchy. Sergey quickly encounters the tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals and being inducted into the group, he takes part in several robberies and begins to work his way up the chain of command to become pimp-protector for two of the girls, who turn tricks at the local truck stop. Finding himself in love with one of them, Sergey ultimately breaks all the unwritten rules of the tribe, with tragic consequences.
"Actions, emotions and desperate impulses speak far louder than words in The Tribe, a formally audacious coup de cinema that marks a stunning writing-directing debut for Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy." - Variety.
"The use of sign language, deafness and silence itself adds several heady new ingredients to the base material, alchemically creating something rich, strange and very original." - Hollywood Reporter.
"Beyond the film-stealing, hypnotic use of sign-language, what we get is a bleak vision of a society gone to pot."- Time Out.
134 min., Unrated.
Digging for Fire - A New York Film Critics Series Preview Screening
Wednesday, August 19th, Pre-Show at 7:00 PM, Feture at 7:30
$15 General, $10 Members, No Passes Accepted
Cinema Center is excited to continue our participation in the New York Film Critics Series with a screening of the latest film from Joe Swanberg, DIGGING FOR FIRE!
The discovery of a bone and a gun send a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend. Featuring a Stellar Cast including: Comedian MIKE BIRBIGLIA, ORLANDO BLOOM, JAKE JOHNSON (Jurassic World), ROSEMARIE DEWITT (Mad Men), SAM ELLIOTT, ANNA KENDRICK, BRIE LARSON, RON LIVINGSTON, MELANIE LYNSKEY, JENNY SLATE, and SAM ROCKWELL.
"The movie delivers a bewitching dissection of happiness and unhappiness in love. Digging for Fire is a promising peek into the future of Swanberg, and one that only signals more to come." - Indiewire
"Digging For Fire is low-lit and pitched in a minor key, a quiet meditation on compromise, individuality, the loss of identity within a marriage, and the aftermath of disorientation that comes with having children and losing touch with your former life." - The Playlist
"A lovely slice of everything and nothing." -Variety
85 mins., Rated R.
The Third Man (1949)
August 21st, August 22nd & August 23rd - Limited Engagement
In its first major digital restoration, The Third Man tells the story of pulp novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Written by Graham Greene, The Third Man is an essential classic, made even more so by the insistent zither music of Anton Karas.
"Like many, I have loved this thriller of conscience and betrayal most of my moviegoing life." - Chicago Tribune.
"It transformed the way I looked at the world." - Newsweek.