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Sat, Feb 14, 2009
at 6:30 PM (B3)

Wed, Feb 18, 2009
at 7 PM (B3)

The Garden

DIRECTOR: Scott Hamilton Kennedy - United States

The focal point of Scott Hamilton Kennedy's impassioned film is a 14-acre community garden, once the nation's largest, in South Central Los Angeles.  Following the riots of 1992, an embattled group of mostly Latin-American immigrants known as the South Central Farmers turned a vacant lot at the corner of 41st and Alameda into a repository of civic pride, beans, corn, papaya trees, and more--along with seeds of hope for their families.  But five years ago, a developer began making plans to raze their oasis and thus their dreams.  Kennedy takes us into the heart of the battle to save the...

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Fri, Feb 6, 2009
at 6:30 PM (WH)

Mon, Feb 9, 2009
at 6 PM (WH)

Gomorrah

DIRECTOR: Matteo Garrone - Italy

"From Roberto Saviano's bestselling 2006 book about the international influence of the Italian organized crime empire known as the Camorra, Garrone has made an electrifying mob mobie set in Naples that will impress an unnerve even the most demanding aficionados of the genre.  In this deft interweaving of five stories, the Camorra's reach extends from the heights of haute couture to the depths of toxic waste, and Garrone coolly observes all the attendant brutality.  The great Neapolitan director and actor Toni Servillo heads a strong cast as a lethally smooth businessman in a sharp suit who specialize in the illegal...

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Tue, Feb 17, 2009
at 6:15 PM (WH)

Goodbye Solo

DIRECTOR: Ramin Bahrani - United States

Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane) is a loquacious Senegalese taxi driver living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who dreams of becoming a flight attendant.  One night he strikes up an unlikely rapport with a taciturn older passenger, William (Red West), who cryptically asks Solo to pick him up again in two weeks and take him up to Blowing Rock, a cliff-top view point.  Solo suspects that William plans to jump, and takes it upon himself to try to befriend the man and help him find a new lease on life.  Solo's cajoling is unappreciated, and his efforts are complicated by the demands...

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Thu, Feb 19, 2009
at 9 PM (WH)

Sat, Feb 21, 2009
at 3 PM (B1)

The Great Buck Howard

DIRECTOR: Sean McGinley - United States

Troy, a young law school dropout, answers an ad for a "personal assistant to a celebrity performer," hoping it will catapult him into a glamorous career in the entertainment industry.  Little does he know that the performer is a "mentalist" prima donna infamous for his 61 performances on the Tonight Show.  John Malkovich revels in his over-the-top performance as Howard, who is counting on the debut of an astounding new trick to trigger a comeback.  In an inspired bit of casting, Tom Hanks plays Troy's father, who ironically disapproves of show business, and Emily Blunt is the fiery publicist hired...

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