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Just Booked at The Nightlight: Kedi, Opens 3/10

Strutting ankle-high amid the many glittering wonders of Istanbul are countless feline wanderers. Considered the “keepers of the city,” these cats prowl the streets freely alongside their fellow pedestrians. In Kedi, we glimpse the private lives of these independent creatures, as well as the humans who’ve become attached to them – 96% on Rotten Tomatoes!

Kedi (2016), Opens March 10th
http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/kedi/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VC9kfwDEBU

Even the gruffest fisherman melts while brushing his furry companion and describing their mutual devotion. But these are not pets in the way that we in the West think of them: The cats’ attachment is ultimately to the city itself. We marvel at the resourcefulness of these creatures via agile camerawork that tracks their movements along terraces and tiled rooftops, whether they’re sunbathing on a balcony or stopping by the local market for their daily morsel. Kedi reveals the surprisingly complex community that has developed between the citizens of Istanbul and the cats that share their neighborhood.

~~ RM, Full Frame Fest




Just Booked at The Nightlight: The Salesman, Opens 3/10

The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s distinguished filmography. – 97% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Salesman (2016), Opens March 10th
http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/the-salesman/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7Ei_i0YYyk

Academy-Award winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest film is a simmering drama steeped in intellect and nuance that premiered at Cannes in 2016, taking home the awards for Best Actor and Best Screenplay. The film follows young couple Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), who are forced to find a new apartment in Tehran. While fate seems to finally smile on them in the form of a recently vacant apartment owned by their acting buddy, an incident linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life. Set against the lead up to the production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” the film draws a Hitchcockian web around the anger, fear and moral anxiety that stem from the young couple after the seemingly isolated incident.




Just Booked at The Nightlight: Toni Erdmann, Opens 3/3

[Toni Erdmann is] a stunningly singular third feature by German writer-director Maren Ade that transports the intricately magnified human observation of her previous work to a rich, unexpected comic realm. (#variety)

Toni Erdmann (2016) Opens March 3th
http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/toni-erdmann/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXkMqh_F-mc

Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy “Toni Erdmann”: Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.

Toni Erdmann pairs carefully constructed, three-dimensional characters in a tenderly funny character study that’s both genuinely moving and impressively ambitious.

–– 93% on Rotten Tomatoes




Just Booked at The Nightlight, In Protest of “Alternative Facts”: 1984, One Day Only, April 4th

“Alternative facts,” are just falsehoods, and we don’t intend to forget that.

1984 (1984), Opens April 4th
http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/1984/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pedJwukIKio

On April 4th, the same day that Orwell’s novel opens on protagonist Winston Smith jotting down thoughts in a forbidden diary, more than 90 art house movie theaters will each screen the cinematic adaptation of 1984 from the year 1984, starring John Hurt. And The Nightlight Cinema is holding it down for Northeast Ohio.

We’re joining in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of “The United State of Cinema,” who’ve made the following statement:

Less than one month into the new presidential administration, theater owners collectively believe the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier. The endeavor encourages theaters to take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.’




Just Booked at The Nightlight: The NYFCS Presents: Glitter Tribe (2016), Opens 2/20

Finally, a documentary about REAL burlesque. Glitter Tribe is a feast for the eyes, heart and soul. Join Film Critic Shawn Levy for an advanced, pre-release screening of Glitter Tribe. He’ll join in conversation with Director Jon Manning, and Key Cast Dancers as Bonus On-Screen Talk-Back Following the Film.

Glitter Tribe (2016), Opens February 20th
http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/glitter-tribe-exclusive-NYFCS-preview/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ9TB_EprQE

Burlesque is art. It’s life. It’s the heart and soul of the performer. It doesn’t need to follow the raw, political, sensual or beautiful traditions of the past. It can be what the performers need it to be.

Respectfully revealing, Glitter Tribe explores how and why performers got started on the burlesque trail, the demons they’ve faced and conquered, costume creation, their journeys to find their own unique stage presence… and so much more.

One of the many great triumphs of Glitter Tribe is how it gives a really diverse range of performers their voice. Burlesque isn’t just for women – it’s for anyone of any gender who want to perform their heart out. Male neo-burlesque performers offer a counterpart which explores masculinity without defining it, acknowledging and exploring stereotypes.

~~ mookychick.co.uk

About the NY Film Critics Film Series: A regular series of ongoing preview screenings is established in approximately 50 selected major markets. Audiences experience all of the excitement of live Q&A sessions held in New York City, hosted by Peter Travers. The big screen events deliver 9-13 curated pre-release films per year to discerning audiences on a monthly basis. Each movie in the Screening Series is introduced live by Peter Travers. Audiences then see award contenders prior to their release followed by live, HD Q&A between Travers, audiences and talent from the films. Each piece brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings for nationwide audiences to interact with stars and directors via two way simulcast.




Just Booked at The Nightlight: I Am Not Your Negro, Opens 2/24

“The people, in general, cannot bear very much reality. They prefer fantasy to a truthful recreation of their existence.”

I Am Not Your Negro (2016) Opens February 24th
http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/i-am-not-your-negro/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyUP1NeQZ6o

In Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, that line is said by author/civil rights activist/sometimes narrator James Baldwin. A variation on the famous quote by T.S. Eliot, it’s a line that gathers in the back of the mind as one watches this extraordinary new film about Baldwin’s intertwined existence with the struggles of the civil rights movement. Here is a film that eschews easy answers while presenting an intimate story framed against the cosmic struggle of a nation fighting itself. I hesitate to call it a documentary. It should be a required history lesson.

Formed by director Peck from the unfinished draft of writings by James Baldwin entitled “Remember This House,” I Am Not Your Negro unmistakably channels the voice and attitude of its author. Elegantly loquacious and incisively smart about how he says things, the film intersperses photos and videos of Baldwin and his immersion into the civil rights story in the late 50’s after returning from living in Paris due to his disillusion with American Jim Crow tactics.

Becoming friends with all the key players, including Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers, Baldwin provides a front row recollection of this time, stirring up so many feelings, emotions and mundane historical suggestions that it’s one of the most heartfelt memoirs I can imagine.

~~ Joe Baker, dallasfilmnow.com




Just Booked at The Nightlight: Elle

Genre subversive Paul Verhoeven, director of Basic Instinct and Black Book, teams up with the great Isabelle Huppert to craft this provocative, blackly comic thriller.

Elle (2016), Opens February 3rd
http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/elle/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlN3zsKidDI

Paul Verhoeven’s Elle saw Cannes Competition 69 out on a high note. This beautifully judged drama/thriller is all about a provocatively powerful woman, much like Verhoeven’s last Competition entry – Basic Instinct, which played back in 1992. Elle is that picture’s equal, and, in a similar way, captures a new moment for film’s femme fatale.

Elle, starring the unrivalled Isabelle Huppert, threads sexual intrigue with knife-edged danger, punctuated by the occasional relief of unexpected, uneasy humour. It’s a film which could only have come from the hands of the Dutch master, back after a 10-year-absence since Black Book – and how we have missed him.

Huppert has rarely been better as the head of a videogame company who is attacked and raped in her home by a masked intruder. This plays out, however, at the onset and is just a launchpad for Verhoeven to examine his career-long themes of power and domination afresh.

~~ Fionnuala Halligan, Screendaily




Just Booked at The Nightlight: Oscar Shorts 2017

Oscar-Nominated Short Films come to Akron on February 10th, in advance of this year’s Academy Awards (February 26th). Be the one at your Oscar party who knows what’s up!

Oscar Shorts 2017, Opens February 10th
http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/oscar-shorts-2017/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vrjpJhlYtU

For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 10th. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 26th.

Live Action Shorts (Running Time: 132 minutes)

Ennemis Interieurs – dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes
Silent Nights – dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes
Sing – dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes
Timecode – dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes
La Femme et la TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes

Documentary Shorts “Program A” (orders TBD, Running Time: 72 minutes)

Extremis – dir. Dan Krauss, USA, 24 minutes
4.1 Miles – dir. Daphne Matziaraki, USA, 22 minutes
Joe’s Violin – dir. Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes

Documentary Shorts “Program B” (Running Time 82 minutes)

Watani: My Homeland – dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, 39 minutes
The White Helmets – dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, 41 minutes

Animated Shorts (Running Time: 86 minutes)

Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes
Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes
Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes
Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes
The Head Vanishes (additional film) – 9 minutes
Asteria (additional film) – 5 minutes
Happy End (additional film) – 6 minutes
Pear Brandy and Cigarettes – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes




Just Booked at The Nightlight: All Nighter – Exclusive NYFCS Preview, Opens 3/20

The fastest way to get over an EX? Stay up all night with her dad! Join Film Critic Shawn Levy for an advanced, pre-release screening of All Nighter. He’ll join in conversation with stars Emile Hirsch, Analeigh Tipton and J.K. Simmons.

All Nighter (2017), Opens March 20th
http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/all-nighter/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaLcSR–fmo

Meeting your girlfriend’s father is always tough, especially if you’re Emile Hirsch, but especially if her father is a particularly intimidating J.K. Simmons.

When a globe trotting, workaholic father (J.K. Simmons) trying to visit his daughter (Analeigh Tipton) on a last minute layover in Los Angeles discovers that she’s disappeared, he forces her awkward, nervous ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) to help him find her over the course of one increasingly crazy night.

About the NY Film Critics Film Series:
A regular series of ongoing preview screenings is established in approximately 50 selected major markets. Audiences experience all of the excitement of live Q&A sessions held in New York City, hosted by Peter Travers. The big screen events deliver 9-13 curated pre-release films per year to discerning audiences on a monthly basis. Each movie in the Screening Series is introduced live by Peter Travers. Audiences then see award contenders prior to their release followed by live, HD Q&A between Travers, audiences and talent from the films. Each piece brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings for nationwide audiences to interact with stars and directors via two way simulcast.




Just Booked at The Nightlight: MOONLIGHT, Re-Opens 1/27

The year’s best film (we think), and one that’s breathtaking to behold, is back. We’re lighting the projector up with Moonlight in honor of this week’s Oscar nominations.

Moonlight (2016), Re-Opens January 27th
http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/moonlight/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdgri11J_4M

A film so beautiful in story, struggle, love, connection, danger, drugs, race, masculinity, black masculinity, and one made more poetic by cinematography and performance, particularly by Trevante Rhodes, that one leaves the theaters with images and thoughts lingering. As Rhodes told Out Magazine: “Being a black person in America right now is shit, being a homosexual in America right now is shit, and being a black homosexual is the bottom for certain people. That’s why I’m so excited for people to see Moonlight. I don’t feel like there’s a solution for our problems, but this movie might change people. That’s why you do it — because you feel like you’re doing something that matters. This is someone’s story.”

~~ Kim Morgan, Sunset Gun