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Opens December 14th  

 

ARRANGED centers on the unconventional friendship between two women who are faced with standing up to cultural clashes and religious differences in a post 9/11 contemporary world.

 

Set in Brooklyn, ARRANGED is the insightful story of first-year New York City school teachers, Rochel (Zoe Lister-Jones), an Orthodox Jew, and Nasira (Francis Benhamou), a devout Muslim. The two young women discover that they have more in common with each other than anyone else as they begin their careers in their multi-ethnic school. The women become allies in battling the forces that insist on calling their beliefs and lifestyles backwards and oppressive.

 

Upholding their family traditions and their faith, both women are going through the struggles of matchmaking and dating to find a husband through the traditional practice of arranged marriage. As tensions in Jewish woman’s home push her to question her religious and family expectations, her Muslim friend’s support, despite her own issues at home, is a touching testament to their blossoming friendship and that co-existence is possible.

 

        with Zoe Lister-Jones, Francis Benhamou, John Rothman, Mimi Lieber, Marica Jean Kurtz

 

Running time: 90 Minutes

 

 

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Joe Wright, the BAFTA Award-winning director of Pride & Prejudice, has reunited with his filmmaking team and his Academy Award-nominated actress, Keira Knightley, for another classic British romance, starring James McAvoy (BAFTA Award nominee for The Last King of Scotland) opposite Ms. Knightley. Christopher Hampton (Academy Award winner for Dangerous Liaisons) has written the screenplay adaptation of Ian McEwans best-selling 2002 novel Atonement. Shot on location in the U.K., the films story spans several decades. In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Brionys vivid imagination. Robbie Turner (Mr. McAvoy), the educated son of the familys housekeeper, carries a torch for Brionys headstrong older sister Cecilia (Ms. Knightley). Cecilia, he hopes, has comparable feelings; all it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony who has a crush on Robbie is compelled to interfere, going so far as accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but he is arrested and with Briony bearing false witness, the course of three lives is changed forever. Briony continues to seek forgiveness for her childhood misdeed. Through a terrible and courageous act of imagination, she finds the path to her uncertain atonement, and to an understanding of the power of enduring love.

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Badland takes a shocking, yet poignant look at the aftermath of war on one returning Iraq war veteran and his family. It is the story of a man who loses his soul and how a daughter’s love and faith brings redemption to his unspeakable crimes.  Through the quiet desperation of the returning veteran, we see that it is neither the big explosions nor the catastrophic acts on the battlefield that tell the inner story of war, but the inescapable, haunting memory of their war experiences that breaks the hearts and minds of our soldiers.

Badland costars Jamie Draven, Grace Fulton, Joe Morton, Vinessa Shaw and Chandra West.

Running time: 160 minutes                                 Unrated.  But an “R” rating is expected.

film's website is www.badlandfilm.com

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Hairspray

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Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky), an overweight teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny (Amanda Bynes)run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin (Zac Efron), much to Tracy's mother Edna's (John Travolta) dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins (Jason Marsden) holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed (Elijah Kelly), Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle (Brittany Snow) and her mother Velma (Michelle Pfieffer). Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah), her father (Christopher Walken) and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her hair 'do

Rated "PG" the film's website is www.hairspraythemovie.com
 

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September Dawn

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        September Dawn" is a Romeo and Juliet love story told against the background of the real-life infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre in which 120 men, women and children pioneers were massacred by Mormons in Utah on September 11, 1857. The film stars Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Lolita Davidovich, Dean Cain and Terence Stamp. The Black Diamond Pictures release was directed and co-produced by Christopher Cain ("Young Guns").  Screenplay is by Carole Whang Schutter and Christopher Cain. Producers are Scott Duthie, Cain and Kevin Matossian.  Executive Producers are Michael Feinberg, Patrick Imeson and Wendy Hill-Tout. Rated "R" the film's website is www.septemberdawn.net.


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The lives of Others

At once a political thriller and human drama, THE LIVES OF OTHERS begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before Glasnost and the fall of ... all » the Berlin Wall and ultimately takes us to 1991, in what is now the reunited Germany. THE LIVES OF OTHERS traces the gradual disillusionment of Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Muhe, best known for his lead roles in Michael Haneke’s FUNNY GAMES and as Dr. Mengele in Costa-Gavras’ AMEN), a highly skilled officer who works for the Stasi, East Germany’s all-powerful secret police. His mission is to spy on a celebrated writer and actress couple, Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck).

Writer:    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Martina Gedeck ... Christa-Maria Sieland

Ulrich Mühe ... Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler

Sebastian Koch ... Georg Dreyman
Ulrich Tukur ... Oberstleutnant Anton Grubitz

Thomas Thieme ... Minister Bruno Hempf

Hans-Uwe Bauer ... Paul Hauser

Volkmar Kleinert ... Albert Jerska

 

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Fiona and Grant are an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years. Now, in the oncoming twilight of their years, they are forced to face the fact that Fiona's "forgetfulness" actually is Alzheimer's Disease. After Fiona wanders away and is found after being lost, they agree she must go into a nursing home. For the first time in the five decades their relationship has spanned, they are forced to undergo a long-time separation since the nursing home has a "no-vistors" policy for the first 30 days of a patient's stay, so they can adjust to their new surroundings. When Grant visits Fiona after the orientation period, he is devastated to find out that not only can has she seemingly forgotten him, Fiona has transferred her affections to another man. The other man is Aubrey, a wheel chair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home. As the distance between husband and wife grows, Grant must draw upon his love for Fiona to perform an act of self-sacrifice in order to ensure her happiness

CAST:


Julie Christie ... Fiona

Michael Murphy ... Aubrey


Gordon Pinsent ... Grant

Olympia Dukakis ... Marian


Kristen Thomson ... Kristy

Wendy Crewson ... Madeleine

 

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7 Years

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ROCKY BALBOA

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The 44th New York Film Festival

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September 29 - October 15, 2006

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The Knights of Prosperity

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World Trade Center

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Present

A NOW Productions and  SNOWBIRD FILMS production

Boynton Beach Club

Starring:

Joseph Bologna
Dyan Cannon
Len Cariou
Sally Kellerman
Michael Nouri
Renee Taylor
Brenda Vaccaro

Running time 1 hour 44 minutes

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Suicide Killers

 

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