Nov 7 2014 - 6:00pm

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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Nov 7 2014 - 6:30pm

A docent-led, twenty-minute tour of the galleries is available at 6:30 pm. Admission to the galleries is $10, $4 for students and seniors, free for Modern members. On First Friday, gallery admission is free for Star-Telegram Press Pass Holders.

Nov 7 2014 - 8:00pm

Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon delivers her finest performance to date in this extraordinary adaptation of Cheryl Strayed best-selling memoir, about a shattered woman who sets off on a perilous 1100-mile hike in the hopes of piecing her life back together. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (The Dallas Buyers Club) and written by Nick Hornby (About a Boy), Wild is at once epic and intimate -- a thrilling Woman-vs-Nature survival story that also vividly illuminates the interior life of its deeply conflicted main character.
120 minutes, R

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Nov 8 2014 - 1:00pm

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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Nov 8 2014 - 5:00pm

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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Nov 9 2014 - 2:00pm

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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Nov 9 2014 - 5:00pm

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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Nov 11 2014 - 7:00pm

November 11Eric Fischl, a painter, sculptor, and printmaker featured in Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s, gained acclaim in the 1980s with large-scale paintings depicting middle-class American life with themes of adolescent sexuality and voyeurism.

Image: Eric Fischl, Bad Boy, 1981. Oil on canvas, 66 x 96 inches. Private Collection, Courtesy Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich

 

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