The latest drama from acclaimed director Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return) features Kolya (Alexi Serebriakov), an auto-repair shop owner who lives with his lovely young wife Lilya (Elena Liadova) and his son Roma (Sergui Pokhodaev) by the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. Follow Kolya and his family as they attempt to navigate the brutal political landscape of Russia through this action packed film critics are calling the creme de la creme of social satires. (R, 2 hr 20 min)
Please join Ben Steelman of the StarNews on Monday, July 6 at 7 PM in the MC Erny Gallery for a discussion with New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry about her new novel "The Idea of Love."
Please join Ben Steelman of the StarNews on Monday, June 8 at 7 PM in the MC Erny Gallery for a discussion with Civil War buff and widely acclaimed author, Chris Fonvielle, about his newest novel "To Forge a Thunderbolt."
"Dr. Fonvielle is a most entertaining historian...he commands a truly encyclopedic knowledge of Wartime Wilmington. " - Kemp Burpeau, Civil War News
Join Ben Steelman of the StarNews on Monday, May 11 at 7 PM in the MC Erny Gallery as he chats with worldwide traveler and photographer, Lynn Seldon about one of his life's greatest challenges, his recent novel Virginia's Ring.
Featuring an Academy-Award winning performance by Julianne Moore, this gripping drama introduces us to Alice Howland, a happily married mother of three and renowned linguistic professor, who starts forgetting words. Her momentary forgetfulness quickly unfolds into a diagnosis for Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. In a battle in which Howland proves herself at once brave and sensitive, she fights the loss of her family, her career and eventually herself. (PG-13, 101 min)
Featuring an award-winning performance by Timothy Spall and directed by legendary filmmaker Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies, Life is Sweet, Another Year) the film Mr. Turner follows the eccentric artist J.M.W. Turner through the last quarter century of his life. Follow Turner as he paints, travels, is strapped to the mast of a ship so he can paint a snowstorm, visits brothels and finds himself to be a subject of both celebration and derision for the British aristocracy. (R, 2 hr 29 min)
Settled peacefully in the dunes on the outskirts of Timbuktu, Kidane and his family live happily, undeterred by the Jihadists that are causing so much trouble for the population of Timbuktu. Within Timbuktu, everything from music to laughter is banned, women are forced to have little to no function in society and the new, improvised law is enforcing more tragic and absurd rules everyday. In this stunningly rendered film, Kidane and his family are abruptly thrown in the ring against these seemingly insurmountable forces in a fight that leaves viewers both enamored and empowered.
Set in 1981, statistically one of the most corrupt and violent years in the history of New York City, this film follows an immigrant and his family as they try to tie down the American Dream. Swept up in the circumstances of the times, the surrounding decay and destruction threaten to suck the family in, and destroy everything they have worked so hard for. Don't miss out on this gripping, gritty story known as a masterpiece of filmography. (R, 2 hr 5 min)
Caught in a downward spiral after the death of her mother and her marriage, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) has lost all hope. After years of destructive behavior, Strayed decides to throw caution to the wind and head out alone, on a one thousand mile hike down the Pacific Crest Trail. Don't miss this chance to follow Strayed through the pleasures and pitfalls of her adventure in a film, that is both visually invigorating and powerfully moving. (R, 1 hr 55 min)