Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: November 2013 Edition

12 Years A Slave – AMC Loews Waterfront

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This festival favorite from director Steve McQueen is based on the incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life. 12 Years A Slave is now playing at AMC Loews Waterfront.

Blue Is The Warmest Color (La Vie d’Adèle) – Manor Theatre

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Acclaimed French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche’s latest, based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, was the sensation of this year’s Cannes Film Festival even before it was awarded the Palme d’Or. Adèle Exarchopoulos is a young woman whose longings and ecstasies and losses are charted across a span of several years. Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) is the older woman who excites her desire and becomes the love of her life. Kechiche’s movie is, like the films of John Cassavetes, an epic of emotional transformation that pulses with gestures, embraces, furtive exchanges, and arias of joy and devastation. Blue is the Warmest Color opens at the Manor Theatre on Nov. 8th.

Escape From Tomorrow – Hollywood Theater

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The most provocative film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival should not exist, and yet it does. In this trippy critique of the Disney empire, a middle-aged family man learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news a secret, he packs up his wife and children and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses.  As the manufactured mirth begins to haunt his subconscious, the idyllic vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of two sexy teenage Parisians. Randy Moore used guerilla filmmaking to shoot his directorial debut on location inside the happiest place on earth, and somehow avoided getting caught or sued in the process. Escape From Tomorrow screens at the Hollywood Theater on Nov. 8th and 9th.

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