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ALGORITHMS Filmmakers in Person at the TC5 for Q&A's

In India, a group of boys dream of becoming chess grandmasters. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. ALGORITHMS is a documentary that transports us into the little known world of blind chess. Filmed over three years in different parts of India, ALGORITHMS follows three boys and an adult champion who not only aspires to bring global recognition to India's blind chess players, but also wants to encourage all blind children to play chess. ALGORITHMS director Ian McDonald and producer Geetha J will participate in Q&A's at our Town Center 5 theater after the 7:10 screenings on Friday and Saturday, October 17 and [...]
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Pillar of the French New Wave, Long Unavailable for Exhibition in the U.S., HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR is Spectacularly Restored

HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR is the late Alain Resnais' seminal debut film. A pillar of the French New Wave, long unavailable for exhibition in the United States due to rights issues, HIROSHIMA has been spectacularly restored. We open the film on October 17 at the Royal, Playhouse and Town Center. Employing a radical use of voice-over narration and quickly-flashbacked scenes, the film tells the story of a brief relationship in post-war Japan between a French actress, played by Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), and a Japanese architect, played by Eiji Okada (Woman in the Dunes). The Oscar-nominated screenplay was written by Marguerite Duras, wh [...]
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Opening Next Week: ONE CHANCE, the Winning New British Bio-Pic

Next week we'll be opening the winning new British bio-pic ONE CHANCE. From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, the movie's the marvelous true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for 'Britain's Got Talent.' Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win the show and the hearts of millions. Writing in the L.A. Times, Annlee Ellingson called it "a sweet, funny, heartfelt film, and while we may know all along how it all turns out, Paul's signature performance still gives us chills. [...]
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Interview: "Viggo Mortensen on THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY, LOTR and What His Movies Teach Him"

On Sunday the Newark Star-Ledger published a very good piece by film critic Stephen Whitty about actor Viggo Mortensen and his excellent new thriller THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY. It provides a glimpse into his unusual history and thoughts on acting, including what he likes about his latest role: "What's great about this kind of story, it leaves a lot of questions unanswered. It provokes conjectures about meaning and motivation. It's always great as an actor to play someone with a secret, but here you have secrets inside secrets... all the characters are lying to some degree, at least to themselves, and that makes for some very interesting roles. [...]
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Laemmle's Culture Vulture Mondays... and Tuesdays...Starts Monday!

A reminder that Laemmle’s Culture Vulture Mondays starts this Monday! We pick the best from the world of ballet, opera, stage, and fine art to feature on the big screen every Monday* at 7:30PM at every Laemmle location! Can’t make it Monday at 7:30PM? No problem! Catch discounted encore presentations Tuesdays at 1PM. Future presentations include LA TRAVIATA from the Opera National de Paris, the ballet LA BAYADERE from Russia's Mariinsky Theatre, and a guided tour through the works of MATISSE from London's Tate Modern museum. Visit our oft-updated Culture Vulture page for the latest information on upcoming selections. Laemmle’s Cultur [...]
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