The Babadook – Melwood Screening Room
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. As his hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him. The Babadook will screen at Melwood Screening Room from Dec. 5th through Dec. 8th.
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya – Row House Cinema
Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya will screen on Dec. 12th and 13th, and Dec. 15th through Dec. 17th at Row House Cinema. Part of the GKIDS Animation Festival.
Goodbye to All That – Hollywood Theater
Otto Wall (Paul Schneider in an award-winning role) is your typical suburban husband and father, domesticated into a state of placidity. When his wife (Melanie Lynskey) pulls the rug out from underneath him and announces she is filing for divorce, Otto is thrust into the uncharted territory of single fatherhood and – even more frightening – getting back into the rather unpredictable dating pool. Goodbye to All That will screen from Dec. 26th through Dec. 28th at the Hollywood Theater.
National Gallery – Harris Theater
Frederick Wiseman takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. This documentary is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. National Gallery opens at the Harris Theater on Dec. 26th.