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The Great Beauty

the great beauty

April 17-20
Thursday/Saturday, 9:00 pm
Friday/Sunday, 6:30 pm

(Italy/France 2013, 142 min.) STC

In Italian with English subtitles

Winner of Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globe Awards 2014.

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city`s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagance to find Rome in all its glory. “It’s a beauty, all right. It’s more a style show than a deep philosophical treatise, but with surfaces this sleek and faces this interesting, I’ll take style over substance any day. Director and co-writer Paolo Sorrentino, who worked with [Toni] Servillo on, among others, “Il Divo,” has given us a “La Dolce Vita” for a new century, and a different, swirling collection (in widescreen color this time, as opposed to Fellini’s black and white) of artists, actors, poseurs, striptease artists, performance artists, the rich, the famous, the sacred, the profane.” Chicago Tribune

Particle Fever

particle fever

April 17-20
Thursday/Saturday, 7:00 pm
Friday/Sunday, 9:00 pm

(USA 2013, 99 min.) STC

If you see one cool, sensational science movie this week, make it Particle Fever! Edited by Walter Murch (The Godfather trilogy; Apocalypse Now) and directed by physicist-turned-filmmaker Mark Levinson, see for the first time an inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries join forces in pursuit of a single goal: recreate the conditions that existed moments before the Big Bang and find “the god particle”. “[T]his movie about one of the greatest scientific ventures in history is a mind blower…The perspective is so dizzying that you come away from the film reminded that the problems of the tiny specks known as human beings are infinitesimal while applauding those teeny creatures for accomplishing what seemed impossible.” The New York Times

Amazing Grace


April 16
Wednesday, 7:00 pm

(117 minutes, 2006) PG
Based on the life of William Wilberforce, his passion, and perseverance to pass a law ending the slave trade in the late 18th century and the people, including his minister, who pushed him to pursue it to the end.