Monday, August 28, 7 p.m.
Concussion (USA, 2015)
Director: Peter Landesman Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 123 minutes
Cast: Will Smith, Stephen Moyer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Marsan
A doctor discovers a brain disease in former football players, but the NFL denies his claims.
A dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu's emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.
Monday, September 4, 7 p.m.
Scarecrow (USA, 1973)
Director: Jerry Schatzberg Rated: R Runtime: 112 minutes
Cast: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan, Ann Wedgeworth, Richard Lynch
An ex-con learns the value of friendship in Jerry Schatzberg's picaresque road movie: Trying to hitch a ride on a desolate California road, ex-con Max (Hackman) meets ex-sailor Lion (Pacino). They are both headed east, as Max dreams of opening a deluxe car wash in Pittsburgh and Lion believes that the wife and child he left behind will still welcome him home. The two decide to journey together, forging an increasingly deep yet uncertain friendship. When the pair hits Detroit, Max must decide if he should forge on alone or sacrifice his carefully guarded savings to help his friend.
Pacino's first film after his triumph in "The Godfather" (1972), and Hackman's follow-up to "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) and his Oscar for "The French Connection" (1971), "Scarecrow" won the 1973 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Monday, September 11, 7 p.m.
Ashes and Diamonds (Poland, 1958)
.Director: Andrzej Wajda Rated: NR Runtime: 103 minutes, B&W
Cast: Zbigniew Cybulski, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski
On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki, who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar. But a mistake stalls his progress and leads him to Krystyna, a beautiful barmaid who gives him a glimpse of what his life could be. Gorgeously photographed and brilliantly performed, Ashes and Diamonds masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time
Monday, September 25, 7 p.m.
Amy (UK, 2015)
Director: Asif Kapadia
Runtime: 128 minutes
Cast: Amy Winehouse, Yasiin Bey, Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett, Pete Doherty
A look at the life of talented but troubled British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011. The film includes rare interviews with the subject and previously unreleased songs.
Despite just two albums to her name, Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. With a voice often described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul; a once in two generational musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines.
The film has received 33 nominations and has won a total of 30 film awards, including for Best European Documentary at the 28th European Film Awards, Best Documentary at the 69th British Academy Film Awards, Best Music Film at the 58th Grammy Awards, the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 88th Academy Awards and for Best Documentary at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. The success of the film and the music from the soundtrack of the same name also led to Winehouse's second posthumous nomination at the 2016 BRIT Awards for "British Female Solo Artist."