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MUN Cinema Series
All screenings are at 7:00 pm, Thursday, in
Studio 12 Cinemas in the Avalon Mall.
|Full season pass:
||$72.00 regular / $66.00 students and seniors
||$45.00 regular / $40.00 students and seniors
|| $10.00 regular / $9.00 students and seniors
All films are open to the public. MUN Cinema sets up a table near the Empire
Cinemas' box office about an hour before each MUN Cinema screening where
tickets and passes may be purchased. Tickets and passes cannot be purchased
at other times.
There is no guaranteed seating for passholders.
A pass may be used to admit at most two people to any single screening.
If two people are admitted on a single pass, the pass will be punched
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September 12 Before Midnight (USA 2013) 109 min.
Directed by Richard Linklater
With Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, et al.
Even if you haven't seen the two films preceding this one (Before Sunrise
and Before Sunset) you will appreciate the amazing grace of Linklater's
latest exploration of the course of true love. This might be the film of the
decade, an unflinching look at what has happened to Jesse and Celine, the two
gorgeous creatures who met on a train some nine years ago in the happy kingdom
of film. What really appealed to us about the two earlier films is that they
brought together characters whose humanity and longing were instantly recognizable.
We totally got what they were about, and hoped their special kind of romance would
last to the end of celluloid. BEFORE MIDNIGHT satisfies our need to know
what happened to them, but it does so in powerfully realistic ways. As it does
for any couple who know each other almost too well, time simply changes the
nature of that earlier romance. Love is a temporary insanity curable by
marriage, said Ambrose Bierce, and so it is that Jesse and Celine are even
more recognizable now, still utterly human, and, thank goodness, lovable,
after all these years.
September 19 The Reluctant Fundamentalist (USA/UK/Qatar 2012) 130 min.
Directed by Mira Nair
With Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Keifer Sutherland, Om Puri, et al.
This is the kind of film that has mainstream appeal but not mainstream
distribution. The story centres on a man caught on the horns of a dilemma.
Changez settles back in his Pakistan homeland after a successful career in
New York. America gave him an Ivy League degree and a job on Wall Street but
after September 11 everything changes. His privileged life is radically
altered by the turn of events, and in America he becomes an easy object of
profiling. In Lahore where his father lives and where he returns, Changez is
also mocked for having bought into Western values. Where, after all, is home
in light of such conflict? The film is a fascinating treatment of the East/West
divide following 9/11, as seen through the eyes of one stuck in the middle.
There's nothing reluctant about filmmaker Nair, who deftly handles the
journey back and forth, past and present, here and there, with skill and insight.
September 26 Frances Ha (USA 2012) 86 min.
Directed by Noah Baumbach
With Greta Gerwig et al.
We loved Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale and so we expect good stuff
here. We get it and more. The film centres on the friendship of two young NY City
girls. If you're thinking Lena Denham's Girls you're half right. The
setting and demographic are the same, but this film explores two much more
likeable characters than the ones we see weekly on HBO. Indeed, they are actually
funny, not just laughable. Clearly, the film is homage to the New Wave French
cinema of the 'sixties. Shot in a velvety black and white, it has an arty
Godardian feel to it, while conveying the sense that we are eavesdropping on
two young people in the throes of early adulthood. The script is crisp and
smartass and NY never looked more hip. It all makes you want to run down
Broadway in your Converse high tops accompanied by a David Bowie tune.
October 3 Beyond the Hills (Romania/France/Belgium 2012) 150 min.
Directed by Cristian Mungiu
With Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta et. al.
Romanian with English subtitles [IMAGE]
Now here's a thriller for a cold autumn evening. Ever wonder what would happen if
the basic narrative of classic horror (The Exorcist et al) would be in the
hands of a brilliant art-house director? BEYOND THE HILLS answers the
question. Two young women friends have traveled paths divergent. One visits the
other who has chosen monasticism, living severely and self-denyingly in a mountain
convent. When younger, they were, we assume, friends with benefits. Voichita
has now chosen Christ as her love, however, and she is intent on bringing Alina
over to that faith-based side. Alina will have nuner, none of it, and
what ensues is a bone-tingling battle between two equally beautiful and
passionate forces. The film is stunningly shot on location in Romania, the
natural landscape emerging as a dramatic element in this study of the beauty
of passion itself. Be prepared to be somewhat shocked and surprised, never
October 10 I'm So Excited! (Spain 2013) 90 min.
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spanish with English subtitles [IMAGE]
The title's exclamation point pretty well sums up the spirit of Almodóvar's
approach to making movies. Do it with gusto and a fierce sense of play! The word
"romp" was probably coined for his movies. This is no exception.
Harkening to his reputation-building Women on the Verge of a Nervous
Breakdown, this film works hard towards the genre of farce. It's so in your
face you practically have to wear a mask. It's full of colour, music, and
impossibly outrageous prostitutes. The gimmick is cute: a plane is in near-crashing
limbo somewhere over La Mancha and the three flamboyantly gay stewards have to
keep everyone calmor sedatedwhile they confront the possible end of
everything. Performing a superbly choreographed version of the Pointer Sisters'
famous tune is one way, sure. The rain in Spain actually does fall mainly on
October 17 The Hunt (Denmark 2012) 115 min.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
With Mads Mikkelsen at al.
Danish with English subtitles [IMAGE]
You know Vinterberg. He's the guy who gave us the brilliantly crafted
Celebration/Festoon. THE HUNT is the same film, in some ways, but
from another point of view. And, as with that drama and its Dogme aesthetic,
Vinterberg uses natural light and a hand-held camera to intensify the realism
of his story, bringing us so close to the action we can almost taste the danish.
The story is about a man who is falsely accused of child abuse and so becomes
the real victim in a community that cannot possibly comprehend a child's
deception. It's a thrilling study of perception and reality, and how quickly
one can become helpless in the face of so much collective illusion. The film is
also, as the director himself has put it, a response to what he sees as a crisis
in Scandinavian masculinity. That's something to chew on, for sure.
October 24 Hannah Arendt (Germany/Luxembourg/France 2012) 113 min.
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
With Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, et al.
German/French/Hebrew with English subtitles. Screened in collaboration with the 24th St. John's International Women's Film Festival, [IMAGE]
Not many directors would have the guts to make a movie about one of the more
famous philosophers of the modern age, but von Trotta has been nothing but
fearless throughout her career. Most famous for coining the phrase "the banality
of evil" to describe Adolf Eichmann and the events of the Nazi Holocaust,
Arendt is here imagined as the writer who covered the trial over a period of
four years for The New Yorker. Harrowing archival film of Eichmann
himself is intercut to lend veracity and chills to the proceedings. While
Arendt was covering the trial she was also deeply involved with the highly
influential German philosopher Martin Heidegger, still controversial for his
own Nazi sympathies. What a pair of brainy thinkers. Someone had to do the
biopic, after all.
October 31 Museum Hours (Austria/USA 2012) 107 min.
Directed by Jem Cohen
With Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits et al.
German with English subtitles [IMAGE]
Oh, this is such a lovely movie. Ever wonder about the lives of the people who
keep watch on all the precious art in museums? Here's a story about one of
these characters, a quiet unassuming figure named Johann who keeps watch at
the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. One day he encounters a pleasant
Canadian woman who needs some help discovering the city. Johann steps up to
fill her void while she in turn serves to dull his loneliness. He takes her to
many of the non-touristy corners of Vienna, while they get to know each other
and exchange adult commentary. Johann is gay, and so cut the romance. What's
left is two people discovering something new, unencumbered by sexual tension.
If your travel budget is tight this is one easy way to see Vienna,
coffeehouses and all.
November 7 Muscle Shoals (USA 2013) 111 min.
Directed by Greg "Freddy" Camalier
The title is the Alabama town smack in the muddy waters of the Mississippi
Delta where so much awesome music was born. In the 'sixties and 'seventies
many hugely soon-to-famous musicians found the place a haven from the busy
world of the city and relocated there to compose their notes and record their
hearts. At the centre of this strangely powerful social phenomenon was
Ricky Hall who founded FAME Studios. As music historians know, Hall did much
to change the way music was made and distributed. His first hit was Percy
Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" which, in turn, led to the success of an
Aretha Franklin and many other soul singers whose music became intimately
tied to a new race-conscious America. It's a head-bobbing toe-tapping wash
of nostalgia: MUSCLE SHOALS, in the corner of your soul, for sure.
November 14 The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium 2012) 111 min.
Directed by Felix Van Groeningen
Flemish with English subtitles [IMAGE]
Here's another toe-tapping film, this one a drama set in Ghent in Brussels.
A banjo-playing singer and his gorgeously tattooed partner are told their
6-year-old has cancer. This horribly bad news is balanced against extended
flashbacks to the earlier worry-free days in the couple's relationship, and
so the film moves from happier to sadder times, back and forth. The cutting
is breathtaking, the music uplifting, even while the narrative is moving to
an inevitable tragedy. Meanwhile, there is a political current to all this
involving stem cell research and George W's right-wing faith-based
prohibitions against it. Yup, it makes for one serious musical ride, but
there is humour and lightness here, too. Bring both your handkerchief and
your funny bone.
November 21 Twenty Feet From Stardom (USA 2013) 91 min.
Directed by Morgan Neville
With Darlene Love, Mary Clayton, and a whole bunch of back-up singers.
Has anyone ever really longed for a career as second fiddle? 20 FEET is
about the people behind the central star, the men and women who sing their
hearts out in hopes of a solo career. The footage in this unique documentary
will blow you away. Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson and many more
are featured front and centre while their back-ups croon and sway, punctuating
the music with their gloriously necessary supporting sounds. It's a fascinating
look at the non-stars, the ones who dream of making it and who never imagined
they'd ever be front and centre in a documentary about their supporting roles.
November 28 Much Ado About Nothing (USA 2012) 120 min.
Directed by Joss Whedon
With Alex Denisof, Amy Acker et al.
This film is so brilliant it's worth an exclamation point! Whedon sets the
Shakespearean romp in modern dress and wisely turns it into a screwball comedy.
And as in those black and white masterpieces of the genre, this adaptation
runs at breakneck speed through witty lines uttered by foolishly comic
characters. The plot is familiar. Love and lust comingle in equal measure.
Well-meaning romantics are foiled by blocking characters who can't tolerate
anyone else's happiness. Identities are mistaken, eavesdropping and
miscommunication abide. The two central lovers are matched by their
supporting players and in the end everyone gets exactly what he, she, and
they all deserve. MUCH ADO is definitely about something. "For man
is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion."
December 5 Fruitvale Station (USA 2013) 85 min.
Directed by Ryan Coogler
With Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer et al.
Oscar Grant, ex con, father and son, was fatally shot one night after a hard
day's life, just trying to do the right thing. The film, named after the
California site of Grant's execution, won all the big prizes at Sundance,
deservedly so. The film traces those last 24 hours of Grant's life, lending
him dignity and his unworthy death a troubled context. It's 2009 and you can
barely hear freedom ringing. The film has become a lightning rod for all
kinds of opinions about how best to represent racism, but those Sundance
audiences were powerfully moved by the story and voted with their hearts.
It's a true story, after all. The achievement here is that the film doesn't
preach or rant; it just shows a man's life. Yes, it's emotional, but that's
the very human point.
Our thanks to Paul Fardy for designing and maintaining the
MUN Cinema Series web pages from 1997 to 2004.
For more information contact:
- Noreen Golfman
- phone: 864-2478