Category: Limited Releases

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: February 2017 Edition

Neruda – Harris Theater

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It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betrayal and is swiftly impeached by President Videla. Police Prefect Óscar Peluchonneau is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife Delia del Carril, but they are forced into hiding. In the struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau, Neruda sees an opportunity to reinvent himself. He plays with the Prefect, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse more dangerous, more intimate. In this story of persecution, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend. Neruda opens on February 3 at the Harris Theater.

Things to Come – Regent Square Theater

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Director Mia Hansen-Løve’s fifth feature follows Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert), a philosophy teacher at a Parisian high school. She is deeply passionate about her job and enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking to others. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her eccentric mother, leading a life of personal and intellectual fulfillment. Unexpectedly, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With a newfound freedom suddenly thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent herself and establish a new way of living. Things to Come opens on February 3 at Regent Square Theater.

Julieta – Manor Theatre

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In the latest feature from filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antía. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antía’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart. When Antía turns 18 she abandons her mother, without a word of explanation. Julieta looks for her in every possible way, but all she discovers is how little she knows of her daughter. Julieta opens on February 10 at the Manor Theatre.

I Am Not Your Negro – Harris Theater

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In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter and questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. I Am Not Your Negro opens on February 17 at the Harris Theater.

Toni Erdmann – Manor Theatre

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Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. Enter flashy “Toni Erdmann” – Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, wig and fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all. Toni Erdmann opens on February 24 at the Manor Theatre.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: January 2017 Edition

Goodnight Brooklyn ­- The Story of Death By Audio – Hollywood Theater

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The feature-length film brings viewers inside the last underground venue for music and art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a neighborhood once defined by its cultural contributions to the city of New York. It chronicles the origins, community­-building, influence, and ultimate closure of one of Brooklyn’s best DIY venues, ironically at the hands of a former champion of their efforts. Goodnight Brooklyn ­- The Story of Death By Audio opens on January 6 at the Hollywood Theater.

Silence – Regent Square Theater

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The latest feature from Martin Scorsese tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) — at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life. Silence opens on January 13 at Harris Theater.

20th Century Women – Manor Theatre

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Acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills presents a richly multilayered celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. 20th Century Women opens on January 20 at the Manor Theatre.

Elle – Harris Theater

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When Michelle (Isabelle Huppert), the CEO of a gaming software company, is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she refuses to let it alter her precisely ordered life. She manages crises involving her 75-year-old sex kitten mother, her imprisoned mass murderer father, her spoiled and immature son, her ex-husband and her lover, all with the same icy equanimity. This is the approach she brings to the situation when it appears that her assailant is not finished with her. As the mysterious stalker hovers in the shadows of her life, taunting her, Michelle cooly stalks him back. What emerges between Michelle and her stalker is a kind of game, a game that soon spirals out of control. Elle opens on January 20 at the Regent Square Theater.

Paterson – Manor Theatre

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Paterson (Adam Driver), a New Jersey bus driver, adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him. He writes poetry into a notebook. He walks his dog. He stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. The latest feature from Jim Jarmusch quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Paterson opens on January 27 at the Manor Theatre.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: December 2016 Edition

The Handmaiden – Regent Square Theater

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Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Stoker) presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women – a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, The Handmaiden borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience. The Handmaiden opens on December 9 at Regent Square Theater.

Tower – Harris Theater

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On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, Tower reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. Tower opens on December 9 at the Harris Theater.

Evolution – Harris Theater

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Ten-year-old Nicolas (Max Brebant) lives in a remote seaside village populated only by boys his age and adult women. But when he makes a disturbing discovery beneath the ocean waves—a dead boy with a red starfish on his stomach—Nicolas begins to question everything about his existence. The new film from writer-director Lucile Hadzihalilovic is awash in the haunting, otherworldly images of a nightmare. Evolution opens on December 26 at the Harris Theater.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: November 2016 Edition

Christine – Regent Square Theater

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Rebecca Hall stars in director Antonio Campos’ story of a woman who finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a spiraling personal life and career crisis. Christine, always the smartest person in the room at her local Sarasota, Florida news station, feels like she is destined for bigger things and is relentless in her pursuit of an on-air position in a larger market. As an aspiring newswoman with an eye for nuance and an interest in social justice, she finds herself constantly butting heads with her boss (Tracy Letts), who pushes for juicier stories that will drive up ratings. Plagued by self-doubt and a tumultuous home life, Christine’s diminishing hope begins to rise when an on-air co-worker (Michael C. Hall) initiates a friendship which ultimately becomes yet another unrequited love. Disillusioned as her world continues to close in on her, Christine takes a dark and surprising turn. Christine opens on November 4th at the Regent Square Theater.

Moonlight – Manor Theatre

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Filmmaker Barry Jenkins delivers a groundbreaking exploration of masculinity through the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality. Moonlight opens on November 11th at the Manor Theatre.

Certain Women – Regent Square Theater

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Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) directs a remarkable ensemble cast in this look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Laura Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Michelle Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Kristen Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand (newcomer Lily Gladstone). As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves. Certain Women opens on November 25th at the Regent Square Theater.

The Eagle Huntress – Harris Theater

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Actress Daisy Ridley narrates the story of Aisholpan, a real-life role model on an epic journey in a far away world. Follow this 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl as she battles to become the first female to hunt with a Golden Eagle in 2,000 years of male-dominated history. The Eagle Huntress opens on November 25th at the Harris Theater.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: October 2016 Edition

Girl Asleep – Regent Square Theater

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The world is closing in on Australian teen Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning 15 she can’t bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world. She floats in a bubble of loserdom with her only friend Elliott, until her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and she’s flung into a parallel place; a world that’s weirdly erotic, a little bit violent and thoroughly ludicrous – only there can she find herself. Girl Asleep opens on October 7th at Regent Square Theater.

The Greasy Strangler – Hollywood Theater

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Helmed by first-time feature director Jim Hosking, the surreal, Los Angeles-set midnight-horror comedy follows Ronnie, a man who runs a Disco Walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attention. It also signals the appearance of The Greasy Strangler, an oily, slimy inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent. The Greasy Strangler screens on October 7th and 8th at the Hollywood Theater. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

Phantasm: Ravager – Hollywood Theater

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Directed by Emmy-nominated animator David Hartman, the final chapter of Don Coscarelli’s mind-bending Phantasm series finds ex-ice cream vendor Reggie (Phantasm regular Reggie Bannister) in pursuit of his nemesis, the Tall Man (the late horror icon Angus Scrimm). Phantasm: Ravager opens on October 7th at the Hollywood Theater. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: September 2016 Edition

My King – Regent Square Theater

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Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on a turbulent relationship that she experienced with Georgio (Vincent Cassel). Why did they love each other? Who is this man that she loved so deeply? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion? For Tony, a difficult process of healing is in front of her, physical work which may finally set her free. My King opens September 2nd at Regent Square Theater.

Complete Unknown – Regent Square Theater

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The latest entry from filmmaker Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace, The Forgiveness of Blood) stars Michael Shannon as Tom, a New York agriculture lobbyist who’s startled to see a woman from his past turn up at his birthday party. Jenny — or Alice (Rachel Weisz), as she now calls herself — first denies even knowing Tom, but as the evening progresses, she reveals a shocking secret. After disappearing from Tom’s life 20 years earlier, she began to reinvent herself every few years, taking on a new name, a new career and a new life each time. After giving Tom a glimpse of what life could be like if he lets go of the safety and security he has so carefully created, Alice asks him to make a choice that will change everything. Complete Unknown opens on September 9th at Regent Square Theater.

Morris from America – Harris Theater

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Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Chad Hartigan (This is Martin Bonner), Morris from America centers on Morris Gentry (newcomer Markees Christmas) a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis (Craig Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water—a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world. To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious, 15-year-old classmate Katrin. Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams. Morris from America opens on September 30th at the Harris Theater.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: August 2016 Edition

Life, Animated – Hollywood Theater

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Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams tells the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Life, Animated opens on August 5th at the Hollywood Theater.

Cosmos – Harris Theater

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The late Andrzej Zulawski’s final film, a literary adaptation suffused with his trademark freneticism, transforms Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz’s novel of the same name into an ominous and manic exploration of desire. Witold who has just failed the bar, and his companion Fuchs, who has recently quit his fashion job, are staying at a guesthouse run by the intermittently paralytic Madame Woytis. Upon discovering a sparrow hanged in the woods near the house, Witold’s reality mutates into a whirlwind of tension, histrionics, foreboding omens, and surrealistic logic as he becomes obsessed with Madame Woytis’s daughter Lena, newly married to Lucien. Cosmos opens on August 12th at the Harris Theater.

Indignation – Manor Theatre

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Based on Philip Roth’s late novel, Indignation takes place in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus’s growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college’s imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family’s best laid plans to the ultimate test. Indignation opens on August 12th at the Manor Theatre.

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World – Regent Square Theater

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Oscar-nominated director Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships. (It’s worth mentioning that Herzog shot some of the film in Pittsburgh, where he spoke with robotics and tech experts at Carnegie Mellon University.) Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World opens on August 19th at the Regent Square Theater.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: July 2016 Edition

Almost Holy – Regent Square Theater

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In this documentary from the Pittsburgh-based production company Animal, Ukrainian pastor Gennadiy Mohknenko has taken up the fight against child homelessness by forcibly abducting street kids and bringing them to his private rehabilitation center. Gennadiy’s ongoing efforts and unabashedly tough love approach to his city’s problems has made him a folk hero to some, and a lawless vigilante to others. The film is directed by Steve Hoover (Sundance Grand Jury prize winner Blood Brother), executive produced by Terence Malick and Nicolas Gonda, and features a score by Atticus RossAlmost Holy opens on July 8th at the Regent Square Theater.

Tickled – Harris Theater

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When New Zealand reporter David Farrier stumbles upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, he reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Tickled opens on July 8th at the Harris Theater.

De Palma – Harris Theater

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One of the most talented, influential, and iconoclastic filmmakers of all time, Brian De Palma’s career started in the 60s and has included such acclaimed and diverse films as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way, andMission: Impossible. In this lively, illuminating and unexpectedly moving documentary, directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow engage in a personal and candid discussion with De Palma, exploring not only his life and work but also his singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his remarkable experiences navigating the film business, from his early days as the bad boy of New Hollywood to his more recent years as a respected veteran of the field. In the end, what emerges is a funny, honest, and incisive portrait of a truly one-of-a-kind artist, and an exhilarating behind-the-scenes look at the last 50 years of the film industry through the eyes of someone who has truly seen it all. De Palma opens on July 15th at the Harris Theater.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Hollywood Theater

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The new comedy from director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) stars Julian Dennison as Ricky, a defiant city kid raised on hip-hop and foster care who gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec (Sam Neill) and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Hunt for the Wilderpeople opens on July 15th at the Hollywood Theater.

Wiener-Dog – Regent Square Theater

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The latest biting comedy from Todd Solondz is a twisted Lassie for misanthropes. It follows the wayward adventures of a dachshund who passes from oddball owner to oddball owner—including the world’s worst mom, a beleaguered screenwriter, and the grownup incarnation of Welcome to the Dollhouse’s Dawn Wiener—whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn and Zosia Mamet, Wiener-Dog is a tragically funny, wondrously warped look at the absurdity of life (and death) from one of contemporary cinema’s most fearless and unique voices. Wiener-Dog opens on July 15th at Regent Square Theater.

The Fits – Harris Theater

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A psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni—a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is twisted. The Fits opens on July 22nd at the Harris Theater.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: June 2016 Edition

The Lobster – Manor Theatre

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A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man (Colin Farrell) escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules. The Lobster opens on June 3rd at the Manor Theatre.

Franocofonia – Regent Square Theater

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Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, master director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) applies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for this fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation. These two remarkable men – enemies then collaborators – share an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. Franocofonia opens on June 10th at the Regent Square Theater.

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made – Harris Theater

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Thirty-five years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a years-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark. They finished every scene except one – the film’s explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, the film chronicles the friends’ dedication to their artistic vision—mixed in with some movie magic—to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made will open on June 23rd at the Harris Theater.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: May 2016 Edition

The Family Fang – Hollywood Theater

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Adult siblings Baxter (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Nicole Kidman), scarred from an unconventional upbringing, return to their family home after an unlikely accident. When their parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett) — performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes — suddenly go missing under troubling circumstances, Baxter and Annie investigate. Unsure whether it’s foul play or just another elaborate ruse, nothing can prepare them for what they discover. The Family Fang opens on May 6th at the Hollywood Theater.

Born to Be Blue – Harris Theater

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In the 1950s, Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker’s life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame (Carmen Ejogo). Born to Be Blue will open on May 6th at the Harris Theater.

Elstree 1976 – Harris Theater

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When George Lucas began work on a mysterious project named Star Wars in North London back in 1976, no one could have predicted how it would go on to shape cinema as we know it, least of all the legions of on-screen extras. In this affectionate, crowdfunded documentary, we meet ten of those bit performers who appeared, however fleetingly, in Lucas’ box office behemoth. The film paints an intimate portrait of these performers, examining how their brushes with Lucas shaped the paths of their lives. With a cast ranging from Darth Vader himself, David Prowse, to a performer whose character was cut entirely from the finished film, this is not so much a film about Star Wars as the story of a group of people united by one life-changing experience. Elstree 1976 opens on May 13th at the Harris Theater.

Tale of Tales – Harris Theater

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In one yarn, the Queen of Longtrellis (Salma Hayek) desperately yearns for a child, which she and her husband the King (John C. Reilly) are willing to go to dark extremes to conceive and protect. Meanwhile, the King of Highhills (Toby Jones) is so obsessed with raising a giant flea that he barely notices his own daughter (Bebe Cave), whom he mistakenly marries off to a brutish monster. And in Strongcliff, two impoverished old sisters mistakenly attract the attention of the womanizing king (Vincent Casell) who is drawn to their song but has not yet seen their faces. Tale of Tales opens on May 20th at the Harris Theater.

Franocofonia – Regent Square Theater

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Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, master director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) applies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for this fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation. These two remarkable men – enemies then collaborators – share an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. Franocofonia opens on May 27th at the Regent Square Theater.