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Thursday Film Series

This series of films are shown every Thursday at 2PM unless otherwise noted.

 

Upcoming Films:

June 25- Wild Tales (2014)

Foreign Film: Argentina, Spanish with English subtitles

Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world cause stress and depression for many people. The characters in this film react to these stimuli by crossing the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for 2014. 122 minutes.

July 2 – Yankee Doodle Dandy (Life of composer, playwright and actor George M. Cohan)
1942. Not rated. 126 minutes. Starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie and Walter Huston.

July 9 – Frida (Life of artist Frida Kahlo)
2002. Rated R. 123 minutes. Starring Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina and Geoffrey Rush.

July 16 – Ed Wood (Life of movie director Edward D. Wood Jr.)
1994. Rated R. 127 minutes. Starring Johnny Depp, Martin Landau and Sarah Jessica Parker.

July 23 – Veronica Guerin (Life of an Irish journalist Veronica Guerin)
2003. Rated R. 92 minutes. Starring Cate Blanchett and Colin Farrell.

July 30 – Malcolm X (Life of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader Malcolm Little)
1992. Rated PG-13. 202 minutes. Starring Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett.

Aug. 6 – Silkwood (Life of metallurgy worker Karen Silkwood)
1983. Rated R. 131 minutes. Starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell and Cher.

Aug. 13 – The Elephant Man (Life of Joseph Merrick)
1980. Rated PG. 124 minutes. Starring Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt and Anne Bancroft.

Aug. 20 – Capote (Life of author Truman Capote)
2005. Rated R. 114 minutes. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Clifton Collins Jr.

Aug. 27 – Gorillas in the Mist (Life of anthropologist Dian Fossey)
1988. Rated PG-13. 129 minutes. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown and Julie Harris

 

 

 

PREVIOUS TITLES

June 18- The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

Foreign Film: Argentina, Spanish with English subtitles

This story unearths the buried romance between a retired judiciary employee and a judge who worked together a quarter century ago. They recount their efforts on an unsolved 1974 rape and murder case that is an obsession not only for them, for the victim's husband and the killer. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for 2009. 129 minutes.

June 18- The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

Foreign Film: Argentina, Spanish with English subtitles

This story unearths the buried romance between a retired judiciary employee and a judge who worked together a quarter century ago. They recount their efforts on an unsolved 1974 rape and murder case that is an obsession not only for them, for the victim's husband and the killer. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for 2009. 129 minutes.

June 11- A Small Act (2010)

Jennifer Arnold's film focuses on Kenyan diplomat Chris as he searches for the Swedish woman whose donations ensured he could get through school. the documentary shows that any deed- no matte5r how small- can have a great impact. 88 minutes.

June 4- Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, isolated form the rest of wold, and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on earth. 91 minutes.

May 14: Cabaret (1972)

First appearing on the Broadway stage in 1966, this Bob Fosse musical uses decadent and vulgar cabaret as a reflection on German society sliding toward Nazism. The coupling of entertainment with history signaled a new social awareness of the movie musical. Directed by Sameh Abdel Aziz and Bob Fosse. Starring Liza Minelli, Michael York and Helum Griem. Rated PG. 124 minutes.

May 28: Hava Nagila (2013)

On a whirlwind of a trip, this documentary follows the journey of this party song from the shtetls of Easter Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the backywards of America. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy. Connie Francis and Glen Campbell. Not rated. 73 minutes.

May 21: All that Jazz (1979)A brilliant Broadway Choreographer and Hollywood director always pushes himself and those around him to give everything to the show. His exhausting career pace, dependance on drugs and wild personal life lead to a death scene that is a major productions. Starring Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange and Ann Reinking. Directed by Bob Fosse. Rated R. 123 minutes.

May 7: Damn Yankees (1958)
An adaptation of the stunningly successful Broadway musical, this film explores the lengths one fan will go to in order to see his team win the league pennant. Starring Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston. Directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen. Not rated. 111 minutes.

April 30: Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

A star pitcher and a fumbling catcher explore the boundaries of their friendship and the lessons of the game when the catcher is diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. Starring Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro and Vincent Gardenia. Directed by John D. Hancock. Rated PG. 96 minutes.

April 23: Bull Durham (1988) A sub-Minor League baseball team fan makes it her mission each season to choose one young player and teach him about life, love and baseball. Starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Directed by Ron Shelton. Rated R. 108 minutes.

 

April 16: The Natural (1984) Considered by some to be one of the greatest sports films of all time, The Natural tells the story of dreams lost and regained through desire and determination. Starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall and Glenn Close. Directed by Barry Levinson. Nominated for four Academy Awards. Rated PG. 138 minutes.

 

April 9, 2015- The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne  Timid and self-deprecating, Judith permits herself to yearn over her new boarding-house neighbor, hotel entrepreneur Bob Hoskins. Hoskins thinks that Judith has enough money to bankroll his latest scheme, so he decides to return her affections. 1987. R. 116 minutes.

April 2. 2015 -  The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie    An inspiration to the young girls she teaches and a challenge to the 1932 Edinburgh school who retains her services, Jean Brodie espouses her wisdom on art and music, defends fascism and otherwise encourages fierce independent thinking in her students. 1968. Unrated. 115 minutes.

March 26, 2015- Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing - American Walter Elbertson, in his late teens, is feeling lost within his family of overachievers. Thirty-something Englishwoman Lila Fisher is emotionally repressed. The two meet on their respective vacations in Spain, when, on the spur of the moment, Walter decides to ditch his overly regimented cycling tour group and join the bus tour group of which Lila is a part. 1973. Rated R. 110 Minutes.

March 19, 2015 - The Trials of Henry Kissinger. A documentary that asks is Henry Kissinger, Nobel laureate and the most famous diplomat of his time, also a war criminal? Unrated. 2002. 80 minutes.

 
March 12, 2015- Missing. A fictionalized retelling of a real disappearance of American writer and filmmaker, Charles Horman, during a South American military coup. Rated PG. 1982. 123 minutes.

February 26, 2015- Resurrection.  A woman (Ellen Burstyn) experiences clinical death and returns to life with ability to heal others. Rated PG. 104 minutes.
February 5, 2015 - Pleasantville
Two 1990s teenagers are transported into the black-and-white realm of Pleasantville,
a 1950s sitcom where everything appears to be perfect. Starring Tobey Maguire, Reese
Witherspoon, William H. Macy and Joan Allen. Directed by Gary Ross. Rated PG-13.
1998. 124 minutes.
 
February 12, 2015 -  Peggy Sue Got Married
While attending her 25th high school reunion, a middle-aged mother and housewife gets
the chance to revisit her past and reexamine the choices she has made. Starring Kathleen
Turner and Nicolas Cage. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Rated PG-13. 1986. 103 minutes.
 
February 19, 2015 - The Hot Rock
A master thief rallies a group of quirky fellow pros to help him steal a rare diamond from
a Manhattan museum. Starring Robert Redford and George Segal. Directed by Peter Yates.
Rated PG. 1972. 101 minutes.

January 22, 2015 - Across the Universe

The music of the Beatles forms the backdrop of this fictional love story set in the 1960's amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock & roll.  Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess and Joe Anderson. Rated PG-13. 2007. 133 minutes.

January 15, 2015 - Young Man with a Horn

A talented young jazz musician rebels against the dullness of the "respectable" orchestras for whom he works. Forming his own group, he rises in popularity and along the way falls under the spell of a wealthy jaz patroness. Troubles of the heart and with the bottle almost cost him his music. Starring Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall. Not rated. 1950. 112 minutes.

December 18, 2014 - The First Deadly Sin
Just as NYPD detective Edward X. Delaney is set to retire, a serial killer starts stalking his city.  Starring Frank Sinatra.  Rated R. 1980. 112 minutes.

December 11, 2014 - Some Came Running
A writer and army veteran returns to post-war Indiana, where he struggles with his life's path and unrequited love.  Starring Frank Sinatra. Not rated. 1958. 137 minutes.

December 4, 2014 - Good Morning Vietnam

Assigned to the U.S. Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam, disc jokey Adrian Cronauer quickly becomes the favorite rock jock of the troops. His unorthodox ways and spontaneous outbursts of humor cannot protect him from the realities of war. Directed by Barry Levinson. Starring Robin Williams and Forest Whitaker.

November 20, 2014 - The World According to Garp
Garp's feminist single mother writes a book about male lust and develops a following of strange and wonderful characters who influence Garp's life. Based on the John Irving novel. Directed by George Roy Hill. Starring Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hart, Glenn Close and John Lithgow. Rated R. 1982. 136 minutes.  Join us for a special guest appearance by Mary Beth Hurt, who will talk about her experiences in making this film.

November 13, 2014 - The Comfort of Strangers
A young English couple hoping to repair their damaged relationship with a vacation in Venice, fall under the disturbing spell of a glamorous older man and his wife. Directed by Paul Schrader. Starring Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson and Helen Mirren. Rated R. 1997. 102 minutes. Join us for a special guest appearance by Paul Schrader, who will talk about directing this film.

November 6, 2014 - In Darkness
The dramatization of the true story about survival in the sewers underneath the Nazi-occupied Polish town of Lvov. A sewer worker profiting form hiding Jews is drawn into their plight and develops an unlikely alliance with them as they face terror and danger deep underground for 14 months. Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Rated R.  2011. 145 minutes.

October 30, 2014 - Katyn
Based on a novel by Andrzej Mularczyk, this film exposes the fate of almost 20,000 Polish soldiers who were executed by Stalin's secret police in the spring of 1940. Through the eyes of four fictional families, it tells the story of the Katyn POW camp where they met their fate. The film was nominated for an Oscar for the Best Foreign Language in 2008. Directed by Andrej Wajda. Not Rated. 2007. 121 Minutes.

October 23, 2014 - The Contender
After the unexpected death of the U.S. vice president, the president names a female senator to replace him. A DC power broker, who is vehemently opposed the appointment, digs up sexual secrets from her past. Starring Joan Allen, Gary Oldman and Jeff Bridges. Rated R. 2000. 126 minutes.

October 16, 2014 - The Upside of Anger
After being deserted by her husband, a smart and savvy suburban housewife faces the challenge of raising four daughters as well as relearning the art of romance. Starring Joan Allen and Kevin Costner. Rated R. 2005. 118 minutes.

October 9, 2014 - Purlie Victorious (Gone are the Days!)
A self-ordained minister, with more than a touch of showmanship, returns to the Georgia Plantation where he grew up to buy an old barn and convert it into a church. Based on a successful play, this is a comedy though it deals with turbulent issues of racism and civil rights. Starring Ossie Davis, Godfrey Cambridge, and Alan Alda. Not Rated. 1963. 97 minutes.

October 2, 2014 - Hackers
After he nearly created a major stock market crash, a young boy is banned from using a computer until he is 18. As an adult, that boy uncovers a plot to release a dangerous computer virus and along with his friends brings his computer skills back into play to try and stop it, all the while being pursued by the U.S. Secret Service. Starring Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Wendell Pierce, Lorraine Bracco.  Rated  PG-13. 104 minutes.

September 18, 2014 - Simon
A group of scientists nab psychology professor Simon for a brainwashing experiment in this comedy that pokes fun at academia, television and the military. After being convinced that he is an alien from another planet, Simon  escapes to a commune that uses the TV Guide as their bible.Starring Alan Arkin, Austin Pendleton, Madeline Kahn. 1980. Rated PG. 97 minutes.

September 11, 2014 - The Dream Team
A humorous story about a sanitorium’s field trip to a baseball game. The supervising doctor inadvertantly gets mixed up in a crime-in-progress and must be hospitalized. His charges find themselves stranded in New York City, where they must deal with people and situations that are more bizarre than those in the sanitarium. Starring Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd, Lorraine Bracco. 1998. Rated PG-13. 113 minutes.

September 4, 2014 - The Girl of Your Dreams
In 1938 Spain, a civil war is raging. Against this background, General Franco and Adolph Hitler are working on developing a harmonious relationship. To encourage this, a Spanish film crew is invited to Nazi Germany to make two versions of a popular Andalusian musical. Starring Penelope Cruz. 1998. Rated R. Spanish and German with English subtitles. 121 minutes

August 28, 2014 - L.A. is My Lady
Recording session. 120 minutes.

August 7, 2014 -  Suddenly
Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason. Various Sinatra performances taken from the Frankfest 1997 compilation. Total time: 129 minutes.

July 31, 2014 -  Meet Danny Wilson
Frank Sinatra, Shelly Winters. 1955, 84 minutes.

July 24, 2014 - Man with the Golden Arm
Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Shelly Manne. 1955, 119 minutes.

July 17, 2014 -  Pal Joey
Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Shelly Manne.  1955, 111 minutes.

July 10, 2014
Sinatra lecture at Yale University hosted by Sidney Zion and Floyd Abrams (never televised); two Sinatra appearances on The Dinah Shore Show (1953, 1958). About 120 minutes combined.

June 26, 2014 - Koch
Edward I. Koch was the quintessential New Yorker: ferocious, charismatic and hilariously blunt. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, this documentary chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world's most powerful city. 95 minutes. 2013.

June 19, 2014 - Hop
All Justin and his father want is to enjoy a soccer game together. This sparks a chain of events that leads to his father's deportation and Justin finding himself alone and on the run. Enlisting the help of a former anarchist, Justin embarks on a thrilling adventure to re-unite with his father. To fight the system, he will need apply the secret of the Hop. French with English subtitles. 104 minutes. 2003.

June 12, 2014 - Venus Beauty Institute
A romantic comedy that follows Angele, a 40-something woman who works at a Parisian spa and whose life has been a series of hedonistic and reckless one-night stands.  French with English subtitles. 104 minutes. 2003.

June 5, 2014 - The Jewish Cardinal
A docu-drama that tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his Jewish identity even after converting to Catholicism and joining the priesthood.  French with English subtitles. 96 minutes. 2014.

May 29, 2014 - Megamall  
The Palisades Center in West Nyack is one of the largest shopping malls in America. When the developer broke ground in 1996 on the toxic dump where it now sits, a citizen uprising was ignited which lasted almost 20 years. Written by West Nyack residents Vera Aronow and Sara Mondale. 2009. Documentary. 81 minutes.May 1- Mishima
A look at the life and work fo the most celebrated Japanese novelist of the last five decades. The film begins with Yukio Mishima's youth and moves forward to his 1970 suicide. Directed by Paul Schrader. Produced in Japan by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.1985. Rated R. 120 minutes.

May 22, 2014 - Head in the Clouds 
As the world drifts towards war in the 1930s, a hedonistic photographer in Paris tries to hold onto her lifestyle, career and friends. Starring Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend and Penelope Cruz. 2004. Rated R. 173 minutes.

May 15, 2014 - North Country 
Set in the Minnesota iron mines of the 1980s, this film is fictionalized account of one of America's most groundbreaking sexual harassment lawsuits. Starring Charlize Theron, Sean Bean, Sissy Spacek and Woody Harrelson.
2005. Rated R. 167 minutes.

May 8, 2014 - The Yakuza 
A former solider returns to Japan to help rescue the daughter of a friend, who was kidnapped by the Japanese mafia. Sydney Pollack directed this little-seen thriller from a script by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne. Starring Robert Mitchum,. Brian Keith and Ken Takakura.  1975. Rated R. 112 minutes.

March 6, 2014 - Matewan
In the 1920s, the coal town of Matewan, West Virginia is controlled by the powerful Stone Mountain Coal Company. When the company introduces immigrants and minorities as cheaper labor, union organizer Joe Kenehan must somehow unite all miners in a strike -- igniting a powder keg of racial hostility, corruption and betrayal. Won 1987 Best Cinematography Independent Spirit Award. Nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Screenplay and James Earl Jones and David Strathairn were nominated for Best Supporting Actor. 1987, Rated PG-13, 130 minutes

March 13, 2014 - The Take
Argentina’s economy went into a tailspin in the late 1990s, forcing much of its industry to shut down. This documentary follows former employees of an Argentinean auto plant as they return to the abandoned factory where they once worked and announce their plans to run it as a business cooperative. This action sets up a standoff between the displaced laborers and the private and public forces uniting against them. Won the Grand Jury Prize of the AFI Film Festival, Best Documentary of the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Best Justice & Human Rights Film of the Vermont International Film Festival. 2004, Not Rated, 84 minutes

March 20, 2014 - Waking Ned Divine
When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money. The film won Best Feature at the New York Comedy Festival and the cast received many nominations from the SAG Awards.  1998, PG, 91 minutes

March 27, 2014 - Bread & Roses
A grim contemporary drama about office cleaners in L.A. Maya is reuniting with her older sister Rosa after a harrowing  journey from Mexico. After being groped as a barmaid and then extorted as a janitor, she happens upon a muckraking lawyer and union agitator. Together the two sisters fight for their right to unionize. Winner of the Phoenix Prize. Nominated for the Golden Palm Reward in 2000. 2000, Rated R, 110 minutes

February 27, 2014 - I’m All Right Jack
Set in Britain in the 1950s, this comedy is about a naïve aristocrat who unlike others in his social circle, actually wants to work. Stanley’s uncle hires him to work in his munitions factory, and he soon  becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labor union. Peter Sellers won the 1959 Best British Actor Award for his role in this film. The film itself also won the Best British Screenplay Award. 1959, Not Rated, 105 minutes

February 20, 2014 - Blue Collar
With gritty realism, this film focuses on three car plant assemblymen who are living paycheck to paycheck. Their frustration with corporate bureaucracy and union corruption provokes them into planning a desperate heist of the union’s safe. A surprise take in the robbery is information they can use to bribe the union. However, they soon discover just how powerfully malevolent this organization is. 1978, Rated R, 114 minutes

February 6, 2014 - The Organizer
With a documentary-like approach, this film looks at the appalling working conditions in Italy at the turn of the 19th century. When Professor Sinigaglia visits a friend in Turin, he is confronted with the horrors of the local textile mill. Despite hostilities and violence, he rallies the exploited workers into a powerful union. Nominated for Oscars for the Best Foreign Film and Best Original Screenplay in 1964. 1963, Not Rated, 130 minutes. Italian w/English subtitles

January 30, 2014 - Desk Set
Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn team up in this romantic comedy about the computerization of a television network's research department. Not rated. 103 minutes. 

January 23, 2014 - Party Girl
Free-spirited, irresponsible Mary throw parties to cover her rent. When one is broke up by the cops, she calls her librarian godmother to borrow bail money. To pay her back she takes a job as a library clerk. Not rated. 96 Minutes.

January 16, 2014 - Only Two Can Play
Welsh library John Lewis (Peter Sellers) is bored with his job and his marriage, but after a series of comic complications ultimately concludes that adultery simply isn't worth the bother. Not rated. 96 minutes.

January 9, 2014 - You're a Big Boy Now
Teen Peter Kastner undergoes his coming-of-age rites when he strikes out on his own and moves to New York City, where his father is a philandering rare books librarian and the New York Public Library. Not rated. 97 minutes.

December 12, 2013 - My Favorite Year 
This charming comedy is loosely based on the Sid Caesar show and its Hall of Fame staff of writers. Rated PG.

December 5, 2013 - Primo
A one-person play based on Primo Levi’s writings about his Auschwitz experience. Not Rated.

November 21, 2013 - Weapons of the Spirit
The saga of the tiny French village of Le Chambon that defied the Nazis and provided a safe haven for thousands of Jews. Not Rated.

November 14, 2013 - Stranger Among Us
Melanie Griffith, a NYPD detective, goes undercover in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn to find a murderer. Rated PG-13.

November 7, 2013 - Adam Resurrected
A story of Holocaust survivors living in a sanitarium in the Israeli desert. Jeff Goldblum performs the best acting of his career as a former Berlin vaudeville performer and later a degraded captive of a Nazi concentration camp director (Willem Dafoe). Rated R.

October 31, 2013 - Kadosh
Concerned with the struggle between secular and religious Jews, this film questions what will become of a marriage between two people who love each other but cannot conceive. Not Rated.

October  24, 2013 - Close to Home
Contemporary Israel is seen through the eyes of two former Israeli Defense Forces women soldiers who actually wrote and directed this fictional film in order to make sense of their military experience. Not Rated.

October 17, 2013 - Watermarks
A documentary about a group of Jewish women swimmers who escaped from Nazi Austria and not only lived to tell the tale, but go back for a visit. These athletes are as extraordinary as their triumphant tales. Not Rated.

October 10, 2013 -  Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi
A feel-good coming-of-age Israeli movie about a teen trying to make sense of his world. This 16-year-old underachiever doing so poorly in school is actually a genius, but his interests are focused on his dysfunctional family and the beautiful girl next door. Not rated.

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