Can’t find the films you’re itching to see in the local movie theatre? Looking for more than the same old Hollywood Blockbusters? Tired of overpriced popcorn? Join us on Monday evenings throughout this season to experience the best in Independent and World cinema. Admission is free for Members only. 

Annual membership prices: Artist/Student/Senior $20 | Individual $25 | Family/Dual $35

The big Sick

January 29 |  7pm

Based on a true story, Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani (playing himself) and grad student Emily Gardner (Zoe Kazan) fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents (Ray Romano, Holly Hunter), his family’s expectations, and his true feelings. Co-written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gardner. R

“I fell hard for both Ms. Kazan and Mr. Nanjiani and The Big Sick, which tells a great story with waves of deep feeling and questions of identity and makes the whole thing feel like a breeze.” New York Times

“It’s a movie that not only puts human imperfections and incongruities on display, but also revels in them.” Washington Post

I, Daniel Blake

February  19 |  7pm

Title character Daniel is an affable, 59-year-old carpenter in Newcastle, fighting to collect his Employment and Support Allowance after falling ill. Waiting to sign on at the local Job centre, Daniel befriends Katie, a young single mother who is also being shoved around by the vagaries of the system, having just been relocated with her two kids from a London homeless shelter to an affordable council flat up north. A mutually beneficial alliance, and makeshift extended family, is formed. Directed by Ken Loach (Jimmy’s Hall), with a great cast of British actors led by Dave Johns in the lead role. R

“What makes the pain of this film bearable is Daniel’s unquenchable decency, courage and perseverance: Mr. Johns portrays him as a genuine working-class hero with a deep streak of kindness and generosity…” New York Times

The Glass Castle

March 12 |  7pm

Based on the 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle chronicles the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, weaving together the past and the present. A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother (Naomi Watts) who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic but joyfully wild father (Woody Harrelson) who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty and unstable family life. Oscar winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as she finds the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. PG-13

“Woody Harrelson steals the movie as a bad, mad dad… The movie comes alive in scenes with Harrelson and Larson” “The Glass Castle offers some well-earned weeping and respects the mystery of parents who screwed up astoundingly, and somehow also inspired their kid to work like crazy to escape them – and fulfill their thwarted creative ambitions a thousand fold” Tim Appelo