QUEEN OF VERSAILLES

 

With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES follows billionaires Jackie and David's rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream. The documentary opens on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000 square foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Financed on a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. The two years following this turn of fortune is documented in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor. 

THE GRADUATE 

 

Oscar-winner for director Mike Nichols (among seven nominations), Dustin Hoffman's star-making breakout role, with Simon & Garfunkel's score starting a new trend in soundtrack music, THE GRADUATE was a cultural touchstone of the 1960's that is as timely today as it was 45 years ago. The prophetic word "plastics" has chilling resonance, while the screenplay's skewering of our emphasis on appearances and social propriety is more relevant than ever. The iconic 1967 masterpiece returns to the big screen in celebration of its 45th anniversary for a limited time. 

NUIT # 1  

 

At least three stars are born in the sizzling French Canadian film NUIT #1, which won audience raves at the Toronto Film Festival. Not the least of the trio is first time feature director Anne Emonds, who follows a one night stand evolving into a potentially longterm relationship. She explores the transition with candor, psychological probity and emotional dignity. Emonds' directing style resembles dance movements ranging from sweeping balletic nuances to rave-inspired romps, and her two radiant stars, Catherine de Lean and Dimitri Storoge, exquisitely capture the hesitation and hopefulness of two single players who long for something more enduring.  

KILLER JOE 

 

Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, KILLER JOE is a garish, provocative black comedy from Academy Award winning director William Friedkin (THE FRENCH CONNECTION). Matthew McConaughey stars as a renegade Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. Hired by failed drug dealer Chris (Emile Hirsch, INTO THE WILD) to take out his mother for her life insurance policy, the hit man sets his sights on Chris' virginal sister Dottie for collateral payment. Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, and Thomas Haden Church costar in this totally twisted, unforgettable trailer park murder story. 

THE INTOUCHABLES 

 

An unprecedented box office phenomenon in France, wher e it shattered records to become the second most successful French film of all time, THE INTOUCHABLES tells the fact based story of the unlikely friendship between a handicapped white millionaire and his unconventional Senegalese caretaker. Paralyzed from the neck down and weary of the pitying attentions of his live-in help, Philippe (François Cluzet, TELL NO ONE) hires a recently paroled convict -- who only applied for the job in order to continue receiving his welfare payments. Gradually, these two men from very different worlds grow close, sharing in the joy and pain of each other's lives in this hilarious and heartwarming crowd-pleaser. 

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD 

 

A Sundance Film Festival sensation, this stunning film is destined to be one of 2012's most hotly discussed features. With an incredible cast of non-professionals, the film tells an inspiring story of survival in the southernmost marshes of Louisiana known as The Bathtub. Focusing on a resilient six-year-old girl, magnificently played by Quvenzhane Wallis, the film salutes the tenacity and camaraderie of the Bathtub dwellers. They must endure not only the ravages of nature but also the attacks of predatory creatures thawed by ice marshes. Each frame reveals director Zeitlin's fascination with the environment and his regard for human spirit.  

MOONRISE KINGDOM 

 

Opening the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, MOONRISE KINGDOM is the latest from Oscar nominee Wes Anderson (THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, FANTASTIC MR FOX) - the director's first in nearly four years. The film tells the story of two 12 year olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. Chaos ensues as their small coastal New England town searches for them. Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand (FARGO), Tilda Swinton and Edward Norton join Anderson favorites Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman in this quirky, warm-hearted, and visually stunning film. 

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED

 

From the producers of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, this whimsical indie was inspired by an unusual, real-life classified ad seeking a time travelling companion. Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation") and Jake Johnson ("New Girl") star as cynical magazine employees who set out to discover the story behind the ad, uncovering an eccentric supermarket clerk (played by Mark Duplass, YOUR SISTER'S SISTER) who believes he's solved the riddle of time travel. Together they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you. 

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