Life Itself – Regent Square Theater
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert—a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, the film explores the legacy of Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. Life Itself opens at the Regent Square Theater on July 18th.
Sorcerer – Hollywood Theater
Director William Friedkin‘s Sorcerer, the cult suspense thriller that has been largely overlooked since its 1977 release, was recently acquired and fully restored by Warner Bros. Derived from the same Georges Arnaud novel that inspired Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 French classic, The Wages of Fear, the film tells the story of four men who, for various reasons, cannot return to their own countries and end up in a dismal South American town where an American oil company is seeking courageous drivers willing to haul nitroglycerin through 200 miles of treacherous terrain. The four displaced men have nothing to lose so they agree for a small payment of cash. Stars Roy Scheider (Jaws), Bruno Cremer (Under the Sun), Francisco Rabal (Dagon) and Amidou (Ronin). The theatrical re-release of Sorcerer will screen at the Hollywood Theater on July 23rd, July 25th, and July 27th.
Dance of Reality – Melwood Screening Room
Legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert, where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations. Dance of Reality screens at the Melwood Screening Room from July 25th to July 29th.