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Films & Schedules - Comedy

4SOME Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

4SOME

DIRECTOR: Jan Hrebejk - CZECH REPUBLIC

Two ostensibly ordinary middle-aged couples, Marie and Vitek and Dita and Ondra, are linked by more than just a lifelong friendship, a shared house in a small town, and same-aged adolescent children: they are linked by love. Both men, Ondra and Vitek, who are work colleagues, sincerely love their wives, but they each harbor a secret yearning for the other’s wife. When the two of them are offered a job together—restoring the electrical grid on a sparsely inhabited Caribbean island—they leap at the chance to enjoy a little tropical sunshine while launching the kind of cunning plan people in Czech...

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80 MILLION Buy Tickets

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 3 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

Mon, Feb 25, 2013
at 8:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

80 MILLION

DIRECTOR: Waldemar Krzystek - POLAND

80 Million is set in the autumn of 1981, 10 days before the proclamation of martial law in Poland. Three members of the anti-Communist union movement in Wroclaw miraculously manage to withdraw 80 million zlotys (circa $2 million US then) from the organization’s bank account, just before it is blocked by the authorities. With Security Service agents on their trail, a tense cat-and-mouse game that involves wily clergy, black market money changes, and committed Solidarity activists unfolds with inspirational drama and surprising twists and turns. Less a political film than a heist-thriller and dark comedy, this entertaining film is this...

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THE ANGELS’ SHARE Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE ANGELS’ SHARE

DIRECTOR: Ken Loach - GREAT BRITAIN

In his bittersweet caper-comedy, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, Loach turns his gaze on Robbie, a new father in trouble with the law. When he holds his newborn son for the first time, Robbie is determined that the boy will have a better life, one with opportunities. But Robbie must first sort out his life as a prison sentence looms. Given one more chance and sentenced to community service, he meets Rhino, Albert, and Mo, former criminals who also can’t find work. But, ironically, turning to drink changes their lives. Robbie, it turns out, has a rare gift—a...

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BARFI! Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 2 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 6:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

Sun, Feb 24, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

BARFI!

DIRECTOR: Anurag Basu - INDIA

In this timeless, enchanting fable, rising Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor gives a winning performance as a deaf-mute man whose life is a series of comic and tragic misadventures. Dedicated to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the nearly wordless Barfi! follows the resourceful title character as he falls in and out of love with the beautiful Shruti, whose parents pressure her into a respectable arranged marriage. Later, he finds love again with the autistic Jhilmil—whose father plots to defraud her of a sizable trust fund—only for Shruti to unexpectedly reenter his life. In between, Barfi finds himself caught up in a...

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BLANCANIEVES Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 7, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Newmark Theatre)

BLANCANIEVES

DIRECTOR: Pablo Berger - SPAIN

This year’s Spanish submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is a 1920s, silent-set reworking of the Brothers Grimm fairytale “Snow White,” offset by punchy Flamenco rhythms and full of imagination. Rejected at birth by her father, Carmencita (Macarena Garciá) is raised by her grandmother. But when her grandmother dies, the poor dark-haired maiden is sent to the lower depths of her evil stepmother’s villa. Maribel Verdú (Y Tu Mamá También) gives an ingeniously smart, campy performance as the villainess, hell-bent on keeping Carmencita from Prince Charming—here a bullfighting dwarf!—and thwarting her dreams of becoming a matador.“ While Michel...

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CARMINA OR BLOW UP Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 8:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

Sun, Feb 24, 2013
at 3:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

CARMINA OR BLOW UP

DIRECTOR: Paco León - SPAIN

Welcome to the surreal and wild world of Carmina, a crass 58-year-old bar owner in Seville. When the insurance company refuses to pay up following a series of robberies, Carmina (director León’s real-life mother) has to find an alternative way of getting the money back to support her family. While she waits in her kitchen for her plan to develop, the chain-smoking Carmina reflects on her life, deeds, and miracles and feeds the goat that lives with her. A box office phenomenon in Spain, León’s charming and wild film won the Special Jury Prize, Audience Award, and Best Actress Award...

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CHINESE TAKE-OUT Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 3 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Sun, Feb 24, 2013
at 10 AM (Whitsell Auditorium)

CHINESE TAKE-OUT

DIRECTOR: Sebastián Borensztein - ARGENTINA

Staunch loner Roberto, owner of a small hardware store in Buenos Aires, is shaken out of his solitary daily routine of collecting absurd newspaper clippings and visiting his parents’ grave when Chinese immigrant Jun literally falls into his life out of the back of a cab. Through a series of events that go against Roberto’s better judgment, the out-of-work Jun moves in with him, which proves a nightmare for Roberto as he makes increasingly desperate (and also touching and hilarious) attempts to get rid of his new roommate. Borensztein’s warm, endearing film offers a heartfelt reminder that friendship can crop...

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ENGLISH VINGLISH Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 1:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

ENGLISH VINGLISH

DIRECTOR: Gauri Shinde - INDIA

Shashi (Sridevi) is a beautiful, dedicated Pune homemaker, devoted wife, and mother. Yet because of her poor English, she is made to feel insecure by her husband and teenage daughter and by society at large. When she is called to New York to help prepare her niece’s wedding, Shashi overcomes her fears of traveling alone but is nevertheless overwhelmed. Humiliated for not being able to order a cup of coffee properly, she secretly enrolls in an accelerated English class and quickly becomes a dedicated student. With the other multi-ethnic students acting as a support system and boosted by the admiration...

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FLICKER Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 9:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

FLICKER

DIRECTOR: Patrik Eklund - SWEDEN

Eklund’s surreal, acid-drenched film has been described as being like a Coen Brothers version of “The Office.” A deadpan comedy about phone towers, online dating, the odd tarantula, and a militant group of people allergic to electricity, Flicker is set in the small town of Backberga where a local telecom company is planning to freshen up its profile under a clueless CEO. Meanwhile, the accounts person is trying to find love online, the cleaning lady fancies herself an inventor, and, out in the field, the linesman toys with death. Weaving in and out of these individual stories, Eklund offers a...

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KEEP SMILING Buy Tickets

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

KEEP SMILING

DIRECTOR: Rusudan Chkonia - GEORGIA

Writer/director Chkonia brings a woman’s eye to this satiric tragicomedy, set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, that tells the story of 10 desperate housewives and their fierce rivalry to win a beauty contest—one open only to mothers with three or more children. Competing in five categories pigeonholing women, including “Best Cook” and “Super Mom,” the grand prize is a coveted apartment and $25,000. But dreams soon vanish as realization dawns that the competition is a scam and all they are getting are media hounds, chauvinist pigs, and their own domestic nightmares. This heartfelt story, filled with equal measures of...

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KEY OF LIFE Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

KEY OF LIFE

DIRECTOR: Kenji Uchida - JAPAN

“Kenji Uchida’s brilliantly entertaining comedy-drama is essentially a riff on Trading Places, but it takes the notion that we all play roles every day much further than John Landis ever dreamed. A failed actor, unlucky in love, steals the identity of an accident victim and finds himself prey to the attentions of the mob—he discovers that he’s now a famously ruthless fixer for the underworld. Meanwhile the actual fixer wakes in the hospital with amnesia and has to learn to live anew as a failed actor. Perhaps fortunately, a needy woman executive (having set herself a two-month deadline to get...

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MASQUERADE Buy Tickets

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 7 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

MASQUERADE

DIRECTOR: Choo Chang-min - SOUTH KOREA

During King Gwang-hae’s reign in 17th century Korea, conspiracies abound. Driven by paranoia, Gwang-hae (Lee Byung-hun) orders his councilor to find him a body double. Soon after finding the perfect lookalike in the form of Ha-sun, a simple jester and mimic, the king is poisoned and Ha-sun is forced to take the stage. The ensuing events form the dramatic, and often comedic, heart of Masquerade, a riff on the classic Prince and the Pauper story. Instead of Gwang-hae’s rigid policies and demeanor, the new king has charisma and rules on far more personal and humanitarian grounds, thus risking discovery—not to...

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MODEST RECEPTION Buy Tickets

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 2:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MODEST RECEPTION

DIRECTOR: Mani Haghighi - IRAN

Leyla and Kaveh are a mysterious pair from Tehran, traveling the mountainous countryside in their Lexus coupe to push big bags of money on the locals. This turns out to be not so easy but fascinating to watch as the cagey couple invent increasingly brazen stratagems to place cash in the hands of the wary, proud, or indifferent. Will they push things too far? Are they losing sight of their mission? What exactly is their mission? This bold, perversely fascinating comedy-drama unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power, privilege, and corruption. “Setting the scene is a brilliantly shot...

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OFF-WHITE LIES Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 1:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 2:15 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 10)

OFF-WHITE LIES

DIRECTOR: Maya Kenig - ISRAEL

A deadbeat Israeli inventor and his estranged teenage daughter try to reconcile their differences in this delicate blend of poignant coming-of-age drama and offbeat comedy. After years living in California with her mother and stepfather, sharp-witted but introverted 13-year-old Libi returns to Israel to spend time with her unemployed and homeless father Shaul. With the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, Shaul devises a scheme to put a roof over their heads by posing as war refugees until they are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem. As the masquerade wears thin, the bemusing circumstances give way to a...

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REALITY Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower 6)

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 5:45 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

REALITY

DIRECTOR: Matteo Garrone - ITALY

Garrone takes a critical swipe at contemporary Italian society and the powerful role of television and the media in instilling obsessive envy and lust for fame. After seeing a former reality star make an electrifying surprise appearance at his cousin’s wedding (one of several paid appearances for the enterprising self-promoter), common man Luciano decides to try out for the Italian version of “Big Brother.” Sure he will soon get the call, Luciano begins to conduct his life as if he’s already being watched. Playing Luciano’s delusions not only for laughs but for thoughtful, ethical examination, Garrone blends a Fellini-esque love...

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SIGHTSEERS Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 3:15 PM (Cinema 21)

SIGHTSEERS

DIRECTOR: Ben Wheatley - GREAT BRITAIN

Lovey-dovey Tina and Chris set out on an erotic holiday in their camper through the North of England, aiming to take in Yorkshire, the Lakes, and hit such must-sees as the Ribblehead Viaduct and the Keswick Pencil Museum. But things get off to a bloody start when Chris casually rolls over a litterbug at the Crich Tramway Village, revealing a certain antisocial behavior. As more people meet his disapproval, Tina, initially confused, quickly opts to stand by her man, joining him on a rolling murder spree that whacks anyone who happens to intrude on their bliss. As this Midlands Bonnie...

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