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Nov 05, 2014

 

As World War II code breaker Alan Turing, SHERLOCK star Benedict Cumberbatch gives the performance of a lifetime – a tender, nuanced study of a man racing to save the world, all the while wrestling with his own personal demons. Directed with intelligence and breakneck speed by Morten Tyldum (HEADHUNTERS), and featuring superb supporting turns by Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, THE IMITATION GAME is poised to be a major contender in this year’s Oscars derby.

114 min

Films
Nov 05, 2014 - Nov 09, 2014

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Christopher Kelly’s Modern Cinema will take place as part of the 2014 Lone Star Film Festival, with Kelly programming six films at the Modern over the course of the weekend. The full Modern Cinema schedule and lineup is available here

Films
Nov 06, 2014

November 6, 7 pm 
A Conversation with Julian Schnabel

November 6, 8 pm
Film screening of Before Night Falls

Please join the Modern’s Chief Curator Michael Auping and Texas Monthly film critic Christopher Kelly for a conversation with renowned artist and award-winning filmmaker Julian Schnabel.

Films
Nov 07, 2014

“Art lives on the right side….Jean-Michel Basquiat seems to have spent most of his brief life on the right side of the brain. Only another artist could understand that, and Basquiat is the confident, poetic filmmaking debut of the painter Julian Schnabel.” Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun Times.

Films
Nov 07, 2014

“In his memoir Mr. Bauby performed a heroic feat of alchemy, turning horror into wisdom, and Mr. Schnabel, following his example and paying tribute to his accomplishment, has turned pity into joy.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times.

Films
Nov 07, 2014

A highlight of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the debut feature by Cambodian-born writer-director Hong Khaou is a tender, quietly affecting portrait of divides – both linguistic and generational. Ben Whishaw (BRIGHT STAR) plays a heartbroken young Londoner struggling to make amends with his late boyfriend’s mother (Pei-pei Cheng), a Cambodian-Chinese immigrant who speaks no English, and who refuses to acknowledge her son was gay.

91 min.; In English and Mandarin with English subtitles

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Films
Nov 08, 2014

The legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman (TITICUT FOLLIES, WELFARE) has long been obsessed with inner-workings of complex institutions. Here he turns his camera on London’s National Gallery, introducing us to administrators, curators, teachers, and docents, all trying to keep a tradition-bound organization relevant in the 21st century. The result is more than just a kalediscopic portrait of a great museum – it’s also an exhilarating, visually ravishing inquiry into the enduring power of art to alight all of our senses. 

171 min.

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Films
Nov 08, 2014

In a bureaucratic office on a remote military base in Israel, Daffi (Nelly Tagar) finds unexpected ways to shred documents, while her best friend Zohar (Dana Ivgy) wonders if she’s ever going to lose her virginity. So begins this uproariously funny, unexpectedly touching comedy – a cross between OFFICE SPACE, MASH and THELMA AND LOUISE (with a little bit of GHOST thrown in for good measure). Written and directed by newcomer Talya Lavie, ZERO MOTIVATION won the World Cinema prize at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

101 min.; In Hebrew with English subtitles

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Films
Nov 09, 2014

The peerless Mike Leigh (SECRETS & LIES, TOPSY-TURVY) serves up his decades-in-the-making passion project: a warts-and-all biography of British master J.M.W. Turner. As the title character, Leigh regular Timothy Spall is a wonder – a grunting, growling genius willing to do anything, and hurt anyone, in order to create transcendent art. Featuring soon-to-be-legendary cinematography by Dick Pope, whose painterly, light-suffused images are every bit as beautiful as Turner famed canvases.

148 min. 

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Films
Nov 09, 2014

In 1788, German poet Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter) falls for the shy, cash-strapped aristocrat Charlotte (Henriette Confurius) – only to soon realize that it’s Charlotte’s married sister Catherine (Hannah Herzsprung) who really lights his fire. Germany’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, BELOVED SISTERS – directed by Dominik Graf – plays like a deliciously entertaining mash-up of Jane Austen, BARRY LYNDON and THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF WEIMAR. 173 min. In German with English subtitles.

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