By Brian Belak
Amour (April 13, April 14 matinee)
It’s rare that a foreign language film is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, it’s worth taking note that Amour did just that. Although Amour ultimately lost the award this year to Argo (also showing at Doc Films on April 4), the Austrian-directed, French-language film did walk away with Best Foreign Language Film, as well as countless other awards from other organizations (including the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2012). Heart-wrenching and perfectly human in the best and worst possible ways, the film follows two retired music teachers, Georges and Anne, and the struggles that befall their relationship when Anne suffers a devastating stroke. Showing as part of Doc Films’ New Releases series every Saturday.
The Godfather (April 26) and The Godfather: Part II (May 3)
Commonly ranked among the best films ever made, Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather completely revolutionized the gangster film genre upon its release in 1972. Al Pacino stars as Michael Corleone, an initial black sheep to the Corleone Mafia family, headed by patriarch Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). Over time, however, Michael slowly rises to power as a ruthless boss himself. On the following weekend, The Godfather Part II serves as a prequel and a sequel to the first film, revealing through flashbacks Vito’s first climb from immigrant to Mafia boss as the main plot follows Michael’s slow and inglorious decline. Showing as part of Doc Films’ New Hollywood series every Friday.
Harper Theater (for more information visit harpertheater.com)
Admission (now playing)
Based on the novel of the same name by Jean Hanff Korelitz, Admission stars Tina Fey as Portia Nathan, a Princeton admissions officer whose straightforward professional life is turned around when Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), the son she once put up for adoption and subsequently forgot about, reappears in her life and wants to attend Princeton. Unfortunately, Jeremiah is not Princeton material academically, forcing Portia to decide between her career and her newfound motherhood. Paul Rudd plays the charming head of Jeremiah’s high school, with whom Portia becomes romantically involved during her crisis, and Wallace Shawn, Lily Tomlin and Michael Sheen round out the supporting cast.
Doc Films (for more information visit docfilms.org)