Opens April 12th at the Regent Square Theater
A tragicomedy initially set in the jianghu-criminal underworld-setting, ASH IS PUREST WHITE is less a gangster movie than a melodrama. With a three-part structure, it begins by following the quick-witted Qiao (Tao Zhao) and her mobster boyfriend Bin (Fan Liao) as they stake out their turf against rivals and upstarts in 2001 postindustrial Datong before expanding out into an epic narrative of how abstract forces shape individual lives, and continues Jia Zhangke's body of work as a record of 21st-century China and its warp-speed transformations.
150 minutes / Not Rated / Drama directed by Jia Zhangke / Starring Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi'nan Diao / 2018 China
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Opens April 12th at the Harris Theater
She is one of the most transformative yet misunderstood women in history, alternately vilified as a sinner and canonized as a saint. For the first time, the incredible story of Mary Magdalene is told through her own eyes. In the first century A.D., the free-spirited Mary (Rooney Mara) flees the marriage her family has arranged for her, finding refuge and a sense of purpose in a radical new movement led by the charismatic, rabble-rousing preacher Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix). The sole woman among his band of disciples, Mary defies the prejudices of a patriarchal society as she undergoes a profound spiritual awakening and finds herself at the center of an earth-shaking historical moment. Boldly challenging received wisdom, Mary Magdalene is a rapturous, moving account of a miraculous woman who risked everything to follow her faith.Read more
Opens April 19th at the Harris Theater
Legendary action director Yuen Wo Ping draws on a stellar cast (Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa, and Max Zhang) to create a hard-hitting martial arts blast worthy of its place in the celebrated IP MAN universe. Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi (Zhang), tries to make a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats. But it’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money, and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight.
Playing April 21st at the Regent Square Theater
Dissecting a controversial social phenomenon, Corman directed The Trip, the first major studio film to deal with the effects of LSD. Scripted by Jack Nicholson, The Trip follows Paul Groves, a commercial director (Peter Fonda) experimenting with LSD to transcend his unfulfilling life. Among the highlights (groovy Electric Flag soundtrack, Dennis Hopper’s stoned dialogue, fantastic cinematography and editing) are the visual effects employed to graphically render Paul's hallucinations - a cinematic funhouse unfettered by the laws of narrative logic. Screened at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival, The Trip remains an incredibly vibrant document of 1960's counter-culture.
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85 Minutes / Not Rated (Suggested for Mature Audiences) / Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern / 1967 USA
Listen to the sound of love. Feel purple. Taste green. Touch the scream that crawls up the wall!Read more