• Thursday, October 2nd, 8:00 pm Noises Off

    Actor’s Life. A cast of American actors is in the final rehearsals for their out-of-town opening of a British sex farce. But the leading lady can’t remember when to put down the sardines, the actor playing the crook is always drunk, and the British accents are all over the place. Michael Frayn’s stage hit has been cleverly adapted to the screen by Peter Bogdanovich with the hilariously game cast of Michael Caine… [read more]

  • Friday, October 3rd, 8:00 pm The Organizer

    Labor. “Labor unions. Don’t be afraid. This is a funny movie.” Thus described in its original publicity, The Organizer (actually, Comrades) has been hailed as one of the great Italian films of the 1960s. It features Marcello Mastroianni as a socialist labor organizer in turn-of-the-century Turin who helps textile workers fight for better working conditions… [read more]

  • Saturday, October 4th, 8:00 pm The Congress

    Actor’s Life. Rochester Premiere. The impact of digital filmmaking on our culture—and on artist rights—is explored in this remarkable blend of fact, fiction, live action, and animation. Director Ari Folman began his work on The Congress in 2008, basing it loosely on The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem. Incorporating aspects of Robin Wright’s personal and professional lives… [read more]

  • Sunday, October 5th, 2:00 pm Salt of the Earth

    Labor. Rightfully featured in the National Film Registry, Salt of the Earth has fulfilled the hope of its blacklisted creators that it be recognized as “the first feature film ever made in this country of labor, by labor, and for labor”—a film that celebrates the greatness of minorities and the worth and dignity of working-class women. The film recounts the saga of Mexican-American zinc miners striking for equal pay and shows the daring efforts of their wives… [read more]

  • Tuesday, October 7th, 8:00 pm 7th Heaven

    Silent Tuesdays.Winner of three Academy Awards (best actress Janet Gaynor, best director Frank Borzage, and best writing, adaptation, Benjamin Glazer), 7th Heaven was one of the highest grossing American silent films and one of the most beloved. A romance set in Paris on the eve of the First World War… [read more]

  • Wednesday, October 8th, 8:00 pm Pirate Radio

    Hoffman. Based on the true adventures of the unlicensed radio stations that broadcast rock-and-roll across the UK from boats in the North Sea at a time (the mid-1960s) when BBC Radio wouldn’t touch the stuff, director Richard Curtis’s (Love Actually) fictionalized romp follows a motley crew of daring DJs… [read more]

  • Thursday, October 9th, 8:00 pm Coco avant Chanel

    Fashion. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s rise to the top of the fashion world is a fascinating and inspiring story that is more relevant today than ever before. Her determination to free women from the confines of harsh corsets and the voluminous petticoats of the Victorian age was fierce and all-encompassing… [read more]

  • Friday, October 10th, 8:00 pm Made in Dagenham

    Labor. Reminiscent of Norma Rae, this film chronicles an historic 1968 strike at a British Ford factory. Led by spunky Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), the women walk out when they learn that management has classified them as unskilled workers and capped their wages. Bob Hoskins delivered another memorable performance shortly before he retired… [read more]

  • Saturday, October 11th, 8:00 pm The Devil Wears Prada

    Fashion. This is a must-see for anyone truly interested in what drives fashion—or for those who disparage the business but still buy the goods. Based on Lauren Weisberger’s tell-all roman à clef about working for the fashion editor from hell… [read more]

  • Tuesday, October 14th, 8:00 pm Longtime Companion

    ImageOut of the Archives! Longtime Companion takes its title from the words chosen by the New York Times to describe the surviving partner of a same-sex union in its obituaries. A group of New Yorkers, tangentially connected, is touched by a deadly virus that appears to target the gay community. With compassion, humor, and honesty, Norman René guides a superb cast through this sad… [read more]

  • Wednesday, October 15th, 8:00 pm Owning Mahoney

    Hoffman. Though overlooked at the time by most audiences, this incisive portrait of a compulsive gambler (Philip Seymour Hoffman) wound up on numerous critics’ best-of lists, including that of Hoffman’s great champion, Roger Ebert. Closely based on a real-life Toronto bank VP who committed one of the largest cases of bank fraud in Canadian history, Hoffman’s Mahowny is an unassuming workaholic in a beat-up car… [read more]

  • Thursday, October 16th, 8:00 pm Ganja and Hess

    Bloodsucking Freaks! While excavating the ancient city of Myrthia, archeologist Hess Green (Duane Jones in his only role after Night of the Living Dead) is stabbed by a dagger carrying mysterious, ancient germs. He awakens to find himself with an insatiable appetite for human blood and struggles to keep it a secret from Ganja, who has fallen in love with him despite the mystery surrounding her missing husband. Originally titled Blood Couple[read more]

  • Friday, October 17th, 8:00 pm Live Nude Girls Unite!

    Labor. This challenging and funny film documents the efforts of a group of Bay Area strippers to form the first union of exotic dancers in the United States. These sex workers confront the workplace problems faced by most workers without union contracts: long shifts, unsafe conditions, no job security, and the fear of termination for taking sick days. Fed up with these conditions, Query picks up her camera, organizes her sisters… [read more]

  • Sunday, October 19th, 2:00 pm Trouble Every Day

    Bloodsucking Freaks! Newlyweds Shane and June Brown (Vincent Gallo and Tricia Vessey) have just arrived in Paris for their honeymoon when Shane begins acting strange. Disappearing for long periods of time, he is distant and despondent. As he visits clinics in search of a mysterious, exiled Dr. Leo, Shane struggles with an illness that seems to be outside of human understanding. Meanwhile, Leo keeps his wife (who may or may not be among the undead) locked… [read more]

  • Tuesday, October 21st, 8:00 pm Der Liebe Pilgerfahrt

    Silent Tuesdays. This lyrical drama filled with romantic imagery was made by seminal pioneer Russian director Yakov Protazanov during a period in which he fled his homeland after the 1917 Revolution to make films in France and Germany. This was his last expatriate production before returning to the Soviet Union to make his most famous film, the surreal Aelita, Queen of Mars (1924), and eventually… [read more]

  • Wednesday, October 22nd, 8:00 pm The Master

    Hoffman. Paul Thomas Anderson’s mesmerizing survey of America’s bruised post-WWII psyche stands as one of the finest films of 2012 for many reasons: the dreamy cinematography, the exquisite production design, and Joaquin Phoenix’s startling, Oscar-nominated turn as Freddie Quell, a psychologically damaged vet who falls under the sway of charismatic cult leader Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Not-so-loosely based on Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, Dodd is both spiritual savior and dangerous charlatan… [read more]

  • Thursday, October 23rd, 8:00 pm Childhood

    Siegfried Kuhn in Person! Based on Kühn’s childhood experiences in Silesia near the end of World War II, Childhood views a dark period in our history through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy. Alfons (Marc Poser) has been sent to the rural home of his grandparents while his mother remains in Berlin. Kühn’s retelling of his wartime memories, especially those with his grandmother, raise the question of what is a real memory and what is a child’s distorted fantasy… [read more]

  • Sunday, October 26th, 2:00 pm The Wages of Fear

    Labor. A group of exiles living in a poor, underdeveloped section of Venezuela is offered only one prospect for escaping the torpor and tensions of their lives: transporting a ton of highly explosive nitroglycerine over treacherous terrain. The four disparate men chosen to drive the explosive-laden trucks must face their task with knowledge that, according to the values of the American oil company that hired them, their lives are worth nothing. The Wages of Fear is… [read more]

  • Tuesday, October 28th, 8:00 pm The Bat

    Silent Tuesdays. Based on a 1920 hit Broadway play, The Bat was the prototype of the “old, dark house” horror/mystery film. Thought to be a lost film, a sole surviving and extremely fragile print was discovered in Oregon in the 1980s and was the basis for this UCLA restoration. Visually influenced by German expressionism, this film features many wonderful sets, both life-size and miniature. Starring Jack Pickford (Mary’s younger brother) and Louise Fazenda… [read more]

  • Wednesday, October 29th, 8:00 pm Björk: Biophilia Live and When Björk Met Attenborough

    Special Event! First conceived as an album and an app, Björk’s eighth studio recording becomes a concert film from the artist’s live performance at the Alexandra Palace in London. A master class in avant-garde psychedelia for the twenty-first century, it earned a memorably wild review from British newspaper The Guardian: “There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more of an opera, where Björk and… [read more]

  • Thursday, October 30th, 8:00 pm Double Feature: The Addiction and Habit

    Bloodsucking Freaks Double Feature! In Abel Ferrara’s (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York) The Addiction, Lili Taylor plays Kathleen Conklin, an NYU philosophy student bitten by someone on her way home from a late-night screening. As her illness takes hold, she becomes sensitive to the sun, has trouble keeping food down, and worst of all, begins to have an insatiable thirst for blood. When she meets Peina (Christopher Walken), an older “vampire,” she begins to fully understand her addiction. Larry Fessenden directs and stars in Habit, the story of a recently heartbroken man who meets… [read more]

  • Friday, October 31st, 8:00 pm The Changeling

    Halloween! Reputedly, ghosts have reasons for staying in the earthly realm: they want to finish an uncompleted task, or they want to impart information to someone. And there is the possibility that a ghost may want a bit of revenge for having been hard done by when they were alive. Peter Medak’s The Changeling is a ghost story that deftly combines all three. George C. Scott is a man mourning a terrible loss who happens to rent a lovely, cavernous mansion while he picks up the threads of his life… [read more]