Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: December 2015 Edition

Entertainment – Hollywood Theater

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A broken, aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters. In director Rick Alverson’s hallucinatory fugue, Gregg Turkington stars as The Comedian, caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation, occasionally challenged by an unexpected cast of characters played by Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz. Entertainment opens on December 4th at the Hollywood Theater.

Mediterranea – Harris Theater

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In director Jonas Carpignano‘s acclaimed debut, Ayiva leaves his home in Burkina Faso in search of a way to provide for his sister and his daughter. He takes advantage of his position in an illegal smuggling operation to get himself and his best friend Abas off of the continent. Ayiva adapts to life in Italy, but when tensions with the local community rise, things become increasingly dangerous. Determined to make his new situation work he attempts to weather the storm, but it has its costs. Mediterranea opens on December 11th at the Harris Theater.

The Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution – Regent Square Theater

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PBS presents the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, the film is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America. The Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution will open on December 14th at the Regent Square Theater.

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