Summer breeze, makes me feel fine… and so does a good virtual movie
We have two new virtual movies this week: Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly (NR) and Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (NR). We’ll be keeping: Waiting for the Barbarians (NR), My Stupid Dog (NR), Flannery (NR), The Last Tree (NR), Sometimes Always Never (PG-13), The 11th Green (NR), Mr. Jones (NR), Fisherman’s Friends (PG-13), Phoenix,Oregon (R), Marona’s Fantastic Tale (NR), and Balloon (NR). We regret that the virtual screenings do not come with the option to view the movies with captions, except for movies where the dialogue is in a foreign language. If you have any technical issues with the virtual screenings, please reach out to us at 585.271.1786 or email us.
Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly was directed by Cheryl Hines and stars the artist Ai Weiwei. Human rights become profoundly personal when dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s monumental exhibition on Alcatraz inspires thousands of visitors to connect with prisoners of conscience worldwide. We can all be agents of change. But sometimes the challenges that surround us make it hard to know where to begin. This film aims to inspire viewers to take action in the struggle for human rights, both at home and abroad. It starts with a simple and direct expression of empathy: the sending of a postcard. This documentary earned a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can rent the movie for $10. You’ll have three days to view it.
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets was directed by Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross. Co-directors Bill Turner Ross’s genre-bending docudrama focuses on a Las Vegas dive bar named “The Roaring 20s” as it prepares to close its doors forever. Its longtime bartenders and patrons come together for one last night of alcohol-charged camaraderie, commemoration and consolation as they contemplate their place in a fracturing and downcast late-2016 America. This docudrama earned a rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can rent the movie for $9 (use promo code “rochester”). You will have two days to view it. The studio sent these instructions: “Customers need to first create an account on Altavod and enter their credit card info. But then once that’s done, they can simply proceed to rent the film. At checkout, they should enter promotional code ‘rochester’ (minus the quotes) and receive a $1 discount to get a ticket for $9.”
Waiting for the Barbarians was directed by Ciro Guerra and stars Mark Rylance, Robert Pattinson and Johnny Depp. The Magistrate (Mark Rylance) of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll (Johnny Depp), whose task it is to report on the activities of the “barbarians” and on the security situation on the border. Joll conducts a series of ruthless interrogations, which leads the Magistrate to question his loyalty to the empire. Adapted by Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee from his own book. You can rent Waiting for the Barbarians for $12. You’ll have three days to view it.
My Stupid Dog was directed by and stars Yvan Attal. Other actors are Charlotte Gainsbourg and Eric Ruf. Henri is a middle-aged writer in crisis. Just at a time when he assesses of his life, an enormous gray dog, impolite and smelly, sneaks into Henri’s house. Despite the attempts of the whole family to throw him out, this dog (whom they decide to call “Stupid”), becomes Henri’s best friend. In French with English subtitles. Variety ran a positive review of the movie, calling it “A well-played and melancholic remarriage dramedy”. You can rent My Stupid Dog for $10. You’ll have three days to view it.
Flannery was directed by Mark Bosco and Elizabeth Coffman. The movie stars Mary Steenburgen and Richard Rodriquez. Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress / Lavine Family / Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery is the lyrical, intimate exploration of the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. With her family home at Andalusia (the Georgia farm where she grew up and later wrote her best known work) as a backdrop, a picture of the woman behind her sharply aware, starkly redemptive style comes into focus. Including conversations with those who knew her and those inspired by her (Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, Hilton Als and more), Flannery employs never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered personal letters and her own published words (read by Mary Steenburgen) alongside original animations and music to examine the life and legacy of an American literary icon. You can rent Flannery for $12. Once you start streaming it, you will have 24 hours to complete the viewing.
The Last Tree was directed by Shola Amoo and stars Sam Adewunmi, Gbemisola Ikumelo and Tai Golding. The movie follows the story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London. The movie earned a rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can rent The Last Tree for $10, and you will have two days in which to view it.
Sometimes Always Never was directed by Carl Hunter and stars Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, and Alice Lowe. Alan (Bill Nighy) is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. However, he’s spent years searching for his missing son Michael, who stormed out over a game of Scrabble and hasn’t been seen since. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair his relationship with his youngest son. Worst of all, he must solve the mystery of an online player who might just be Michael – and find the right words before it’s too late. You can rent Sometimes Always Never for $6, and you will have two day to view it.
The 11th Green was directed by Christopher Munch and stars Campbell Scott, Agnes Bruckner and Leith M. Burke. The 11th Green is a UFO tale that’s built from the connection of two events. In Palm Desert, California, Laurie Larkspur (Agnes Bruckner), the assistant to an elderly retired Air Force general named Nelson Rudd, finds him dead on the floor of his home; she calls the general’s estranged middle-aged son, Jeremy Rudd (Campbell Scott), an investigative journalist in Washington, D.C., and summons him to Palm Desert to dispose of his late father’s estate. Jeremy, whose subject of interest (and source of estrangement from his father) is the military-industrial complex, happens to be reporting on a possible leak of classified aerospace technology—an anti-gravity device that, Jeremy suspects, may have been developed and brought by aliens from outer space. You can rent The 11th Green for $8.00, and you’ll have two days in which to watch it.
Mr. Jones was directed by Agnieszka Holland and stars James Norton, Vanessa Kirby and Peter Sarsgaard. This thriller, set on the eve of WWII, sees Hitler’s rise to power and Stalin’s Soviet propaganda machine pushing their “utopia” to the Western world. Meanwhile an ambitious young journalist, Gareth Jones (James Norton) travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind the propaganda, but then gets a tip that could expose an international conspiracy, one that could cost him and his informant their lives. Jones goes on a life-or-death journey to uncover the truth behind the façade that would later inspire George Orwell’s seminal book Animal Farm. The movie earned a critics’ score of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can rent Mr. Jones for $12. You’ll have three days to view it.
Fisherman’s Friends was directed by Chris Foggin and stars Daniel Mays, James Purefoy and David Hayman. A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Danny Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life, he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means. You can rent Fisherman’s Friends for $12. You’ll have three days during which you can view the movie.
Phoenix, Oregon was directed by Gary Lundgren and stars James Le Gros, Lisa Edelstein and Kevin Corrigen. Defying midlife haze, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza”. Filled with warmth and populated with likable characters, Phoenix, Oregon is well worth a visit. You can rent the movie for $6.50. You’ll have two days to watch it. Buy a pizza buy, get a bottle of red wine and sit back and enjoy this movie.
Marona’s Fantastic Tale was directed by Anca Damian and stars Lizzie Brochere and Bruno Salomone. Marona is a half-breed Labrador whose life makes a big impact on the humans she encounters. After an accident, she reflects on all the homes and different experiences she’s had. As Marona’s memory journeys into the past, her unfailing empathy and love brings lightness and innocence into each of her owners’ lives. This movie earned a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The dialog is in French with English subtitles. You can rent Marona’s Fantastic Tale for $9.99. You will have three days to watch the film.
The Roc’n Drive-In has been so successful that we’ve extended it for two more weeks! Admission is $25 per car, and tickets need to be purchased online, in advance. There will be no ticket sales at the door. Fri 7/31 is Clerks (rated R) and Dazed and Confused (rated R). Sat 8/1 is The Wiz (rated G) and The Goonies (rated PG). And last, but not least on Sun 8/2 Grateful Dead – “Truckin Up to Buffalo”, a 1989 concert film.
We have suspended our membership program for the time being. But if you wish to support us, please consider purchasing some books of movie passes, or perhaps making an outright gift to the Cinema. There is no expiration date on the movie passes, but we regret that they are not valid for the online “virtual” screenings that we are now offering.
– Audrey Kramer and Alex Chernavsky
Co-owners of the Cinema Theater
The Cinema community has been incredibly supportive, and we thank everyone who has purchased books of movie passes or made an outright donation to us. We love our customers! We fully intend to return to business-as-usual as soon as we can do so safely.