Held Over: FRUITVALE STATION & THE WAY WAY BACK; Wednesday’s Classic: APOCALYPSE NOW; Poetry Explosion Tuesday

Final week for Fruitvale Station, catch it before it’s gone!

Special Event: POETRY EXPLOSION, Tuesday at 6:30pm. $5 admission to benefit Lexington Roots and Heritage Festival.

apocalypse-now1One of a cluster of late-1970s films about the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW adapts the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness to depict the war as a descent into primal madness. Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen), already on the edge, is assigned to find and deal with AWOL Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), rumored to have set himself up in the Cambodian jungle as a local, lethal godhead. Along the way Willard encounters napalm and Wagner fan Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall), draftees who prefer to surf and do drugs, a USO Playboy Bunny show turned into a riot by the raucous soldiers, and a jumpy photographer (Dennis Hopper) telling wild, reverent tales about Kurtz. This hallucinatory, Wagnerian project has produced admirers and detractors of equal ardor; it resembles no other film ever made, and its nightmarish aura and polarized reception aptly reflect the tensions and confusions of the Vietnam era. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi Wednesday August 7 at 1:30 and 7:15 trailer

cabaret-blu-rayADDITION TO THE SUMMER CLASSIC SCHEDULE! Mark your calendars for September 5th when we present CABARET! At the time of its release, CABARET shattered the saccharine reputation of the movie musical with its edgy take on anti-Semitism, Nazism, abortion and bisexuality. Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, this groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical was in turn based on Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin. Fosse uses the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis, and this intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. Starring Joel Grey and Lisa Minnelli, CABARET gathered 8 Academy Awards. trailer

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