Spring 2019

2/11 My Neighbor Totoro / Tonari no Totoro (1988, Japan, d. Hayao Miyazaki) 86 G

***30th Anniversary of the animation classic***

Cinema 10 is proud to present this timeless Miyazaki classic. The film follows two sisters who discover a forest full of magical creatures after they move to the countryside to be near their sick mother. “Miyazaki so effectively captures the feeling of a child’s life, inside as well as out, that little ones are often mesmerized by the movie, and adults are returned to a time when they could enjoy mystery for its own sake” (Sam Adams, The AV Club). (may be scary for young children)

2/18 Roma (2018, Mexico, d. Alfonso Cuarón) 135 min R

Set against the backdrop of social unrest in Mexico, Roma is a year in the life of a maid who serves a family that is as unsettled as the city around them. Written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Y Tu Mamá También), Roma is a semi-autobiographical story that’s been praised not only for its cinematography but also for its beautiful depiction of the ordinary. The film is nominated for ten Oscars. “Alive in a way that few movies are, Roma is a sumptuous piece of filmmaking, a gorgeous look at life on a grand scale told through the prism of one family” (Adam Graham, Detroit News).

(graphic nudity, some disturbing images, and language)

2/25 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018, USA, d. Barry Jenkins) 119 min R

Director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) brings to life the stunning prose of James Baldwin in If Beale Street Could Talk. The film follows a Harlem woman as she attempts to clear her lover’s name after he is arrested for a crime he did not commit - all before their baby is born. An exploration of race and corruption, Beale Street “works as a timeless romance, a family drama, a legal thriller and a poignant social commentary. A great American novel has been turned into a great American film” (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times). (language and some sexual content)

3/4 Three Identical Strangers (2018, UK, d. Tim Wardle) 96 PG-13

When triplets separated at birth are reunited after nearly two decades apart, their lives take a wild turn as the three become a media sensation. The brothers learn that they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. A thrilling, heartbreaking documentary that explores the concept of nature vs. nurture, Three Identical Strangers is “a story so outlandish it might well have been rejected by a Hollywood studio had a screenwriter pitched it as the basis of a fictional movie” (Peter Howell, Toronto Star). (mature themes)

3/25 Night Comes On (2018, USA, d. Jordana Spiro) 86 min NR

When Angel (Dominique Fishback, The Deuce, The Hate U Give) is released from juvenile detention before her 18th birthday, she sets out with her 10 year old sister to avenge their mother’s death. Night Comes On marks the feature directorial debut of actress Jordana Spiro (Ozark, Dexter) in a film that is “restrained, affecting and tenderly observed” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter). Intense and compassionate, Night Comes On draws on electric performances from its young leads to deliver a story that “burns with a smoldering fire” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times). (some disturbing images, mature themes)

4/1 Burning / Beoning (2018, South Korea, d. Chang-dong Lee) 148 min NR

From the mind of novelist Haruki Murakami comes the spell-binding Burning. Aspiring writer Lee Jong-su begins to fall in love with a childhood friend only to discover that her new boyfriend is a serial arsonist. When the girl goes missing, Jong-su begins to unravel a complicated mystery that will leave viewers debating for hours after the credits roll. Starring Steven Yuen (Sorry to Bother You, The Walking Dead), Burning is “a languorous, catlike psychological puzzle from one of the essential international masters” (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune). (graphic sexual content, violence, blood)

4/8 At Eternity's Gate (2018, Switzerland | UK | France | USA, d. Julian Schnabel) 110 min PG-13

At Eternity’s Gate stars Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh and focuses on the artist’s self-imposed exile in Arles and Auvers-Sur-Oise. Exploring the renowned painter’s final days as he struggles with mental illness and religion, the film “dust[s] off a century's worth of global celebrity to both animate a suffering soul and rescue a radical artistic mission from the museum gift shop.” (Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail). Critics have praised both the filmmaker’s imaginative approach and Willem Dafoe’s astute performance, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. (some thematic content)

4/15 I Am Not A Witch (2017, UK | France | Germany | Zambia, d. Rungano Nyoni) 93 min NR

I Am Not a Witch is the story of an 8 year old girl exiled to a camp of witches in Zambia. Inspired by first time director Rungano Nyoni’s observations of a real witch camp in Ghana, the film was nominated for 10 awards and won 3 at the 2017 British Independent Film Awards. Odie Henderson of RogerEbert.com praised the film, saying “[the director] does an excellent job of keeping an absurd tone while losing none of the gravity of the situation.” (mature themes)

4/22 The Sisters Brothers (2018, France | Spain | Romania | USA | Belgium, d. Jacques Audiard) 121 min R

When the Sisters Brothers set out to kill their latest bounty, Eli (John C. Reilly) starts to wonder if there’s a normal life to be had without bloodshed, the trail… or his brother (Joaquin Phoenix). Equal parts savage comedy and introspective drama, the latest genre-bending film by director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Dheepan) also features stellar performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Carol Kane. Ty Burr of The Boston Globe writes “The movie works… because the four main characters come together in ways we could never have foreseen, and the actors themselves seem surprised at the twists the story takes and where their characters fall on the curve.” (violence including disturbing images, language, some sexual content)

4/29 Elephant Path / Njaia Njoku (2017, USA | Central African Republic | Israel. d. Todd McGrain) 80 min NR

Q & A with director Todd McGrain after the film

In Partnership with the LoKo Arts Festival

An indelible tale of friendship and commitment set against the luminous beauty of the Central African Rainforest. Together, elephant behavioral biologist, Andrea Turkalo, and indigenous tracker, Sessely Bernard, will be tested by the realities of war and the limits of hope for the majestic animals they have committed their lives to study and protect. (mature themes)