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Radical Grace

By serving people in need, nuns have always been the heart and hands of the Catholic Church, often becoming savvy social justice activists in the process. In Radical Grace, the new documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon, we meet three American nuns who find themselves branded as "radical feminists" and censured for insubordination by the Vatican. Sister Chris Shenk, who trained with Cesar Chavez, is organizing for a future Church with women deacons. Sister Jean Hughes offers unconditional love in her daily work with ex-cons and the poor. And Sister Simone Campbell lobbies for the Affordable Care Act as humanitarian policy, despite Church opposition to birth control and abortion. Each woman faces possible excommunication and the loss of her identity, but a glimmer of hope ignites when liberation theologian Pope Francis gains office. Whether speaking before congressional representatives or facing angry Bishops, these sisters risk it all for the higher calling of social justice.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 8:15 PM
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 2:00 PM
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Winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard competition, this touching and wry Icelandic comedy wittily portrays the connection between man and beast. For brothers Gummi and Kiddi, who haven’t spoken to one another in 40 years, their lambs are their life. When Kiddi fires a bullet into Gummi’s window for being a poor loser in a sheep competition, the relationship fractures further. But after a mysterious outbreak of scrapie leads officials to decree that all local sheep must be slaughtered, the siblings are forced to work together in surprising ways to save their beloved creatures. Hakonarson’s second film, with its breathtaking photography, sly humor, and pathos, evinces a documentarian’s eye for the hardships and heartaches of rural farm life. From the put-upon sheepdog who serves as the brothers’ only mode of communication to the desperate acts each man takes to save his sheep, Rams offers an indelibly artful depiction of animal husbandry.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 5:30 PM
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 5:00 PM
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Zev (Christopher Plummer) is a man on a mission. A nursing home resident and recent widower, he is plagued with severe dementia that forces him to relive the painful discovery of his wife's death daily. But there are some memories that haunt him even more severely, and with the help of his kindred spirit and neighbor Max (Martin Landau), he sets off on a secret trip that promises to purge his demons and mete out some long overdue justice. Director Atom Egoyan is no stranger to characters with mysterious motivations and emotional landscapes informed by deep historical currents, and in this unforgettable thriller, anchored by a brilliant performance from Plummer, these echoes of the past propel Zev's avenging angel to an inevitable reckoning. Ultimately, Egoyan shows in this cross-country odyssey that lies, hate, and self-deception can linger for generations, but the truth is a force that has a resilient life of its own.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 2:30 PM
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 11:15 AM
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Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy

Poet Robert Bly stands out even among the celebrated, revolutionary generation of American artists who burst forth in the 1950s, and this loving documentary by Haydn Reiss (Rumi: Poet of the Heart, MVFF 1998) charts his singular path from second son to taciturn father on a wintry Minnesota farm to radical anti-Vietnam War activist to wild man of the 1990s men’s movement. The bespectacled, white-haired Bly is every inch the politically and spiritually engaged mystic, seeking each moment’s fervid heart as well as the eternal, intuitive bedrock beneath our cultivated ideologies and “personas.” He was one of the first to translate Pablo Neruda, Rumi, and the ecstatic Sufi poets, and his work with Joseph Campbellexploring the metaphorical, psychological terrain of myth and ritual—led to the unexpected pop culture phenomenon of Iron John. A confounding whirling dervish, Bly’s life embodies the quest for personal honesty and shared truth.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 8:00 PM
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 4:00 PM
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 2:30 PM
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Jack is five. He lives with Ma in Room. They can cook, exercise, read books, watch TV, sing songs, and “Do Scream.” Everything in Room is real; everything else is just TV. Room is Jack’s whole world. Until it’s not. Room is based on Emma Donoghue’s bestseller, which is told from Jack’s viewpoint. Fans of the novel take note: The film achieves the book’s intensity and emotional impact. Donoghue adapted her own work, and between her script and director Lenny Abrahamson’s attention to detail and excellent eye for framing, the story transforms for the screen and retains the immediacy of the boy’s experience. Jacob Tremblay is mesmerizing as Jack and the phenomenal Brie Larson conveys Ma’s complexity and emotional balancing act with the smallest change of expression, pause, or measured breath. Together they embody the incomparable bond between mother and child and bring to life this riveting story about defining one’s own world.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 7:00 PM
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 2:30 PM
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