Nas: Time Is Illmatic – Row House Cinema
Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, Nas: Time Is Illmatic takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City — and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 20. Featuring interviews with his Illmatic producers (Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier) and musical peers (including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys), the documentary from One9 offers a thrilling account of Nas’s evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC. Nas: Time Is Illmatic opens Nov. 1st at Row House Cinema. The film is presented as part of Row House’s Documentary Films week.
Bad Turn Worse – Hollywood Theater
After a weekend of partying with stolen money, three Texas teens (Jeremy Allen White, Logan Huffman, and Mackenzie Davis) find themselves indebted to a sociopathic criminal named Giff (Mark Pellegrino in a breakout performance). To pay their debt, Giff forces the teens to steal from his boss, a money-laundering gangster named Big Red (William Devane). Things go from bad to worse when betrayal, distrust, and corruption complicate an already dangerous plan. This stylish and emotional crime thriller is the stunning directorial debut of Simon and Zeke Hawkins. Bad Turn Worse screens from Nov. 14th through Nov. 17th at the Hollywood Theater.
Memphis – Harris Theater
A strange singer drifts through the mythic city of Memphis, surrounded by beautiful women, legendary musicians, a stone-cold hustler, a righteous preacher, and a wolf pack of kids. Under a canopy of ancient oak trees and burning spirituality, his doomed journey breaks from conformity and reaches out for glory. Directed by Tim Sutton and starring Willis Earl Beal. Memphis opens at the Harris Theater on Nov. 28th.