June 30, 2015
Directed by Yael Melamede
90 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
This documentary feature film explores the human tendency to be dishonest. Inspired by the work of behavioral economist, Dan Ariely, the film interweaves personal stories, expert opinions, behavioral experiments, and archival footage to reveal how and why people lie.
Official Selection: 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
July 6, 2015
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
160 min | 1968 | UK | Rated G
*Film beings at dusk.
My late film critic counterpart, Jeff Michael Vice, revered Stanley Kubrick’s vision of evolution, technology, and philosophy as one of the greatest movies of all-time, and I would be a fool to disagree.
Forty-seven years ago, Kubrick forced audiences to look three decades into the future and question what life would be like and what it means to be human as you witness space travel at its finest. Kubrick’s awe-inspiring visuals still leave me in a state of wonderment and I still quote HAL 9000 at every given chance in Douglas Rain’s terrifying monotone voice. The running time may appear daunting at first, but trust me, you will be reminiscing about this cinematic experience for much longer.
July 7, 2015
Directed by Nickolas Dylan Rossi
104 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in—Portland, New York City, Los Angeles—this film presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer’s prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians.
Official Selection: 2014 AFI Docs Film Festival, 2014 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival and 16 other international film festivals
July 9, 2015
Director by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
83 min | 2014 | USA| Not Rated
*Post-film Q&A with directors Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, moderated by RadioWest’s Doug Fabrizio.
(T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Taut, stark, and controversial, (T)ERROR illuminates the fragile relationships between individual and surveillance state in modern America, and asks who is watching the watchers?
Winner: Special Jury Award for Breakout First Feature – 2015 Sundance Film Festival; Official Selection – 2015 Tribeca Film Festival
July 10, 2015
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July 13, 2015
Directed by Steven Spielberg
137 min | 1977 min | USA | Rated PG
*Film begins at dusk.
It only takes five musical notes to be reminded of why Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest directors living today (only two if you’re watching Jaws). Some believe this film is a sincere reaction to Kubrick’s 2001’s question of man’s first contact with alien life.
Spielberg sets you in the shoes of simpleton Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) and captures an intimate look at a family coping with the possibilities of either the existence of extraterrestrial life or their father/husband’s insanity. As wild as the film’s concept is, Spielberg keeps everything grounded and approachable, and therefore believable. Would you believe a loved one’s claim about coming into contact with an alien life form, or would you make reservations at the local Ramada before they finished their sentence?
July 14, 2015
Directed by Jon Amiel
108 min | 2009 | UK | Rated PG-13
*Post-film discussion with Dr. Alan Rogers, author of The Evidence for Evolution and professor of anthropology and biology at the University of Utah.
This is the extraordinary story of Charles Darwin and how his masterwork, The Origin of Species came to light. It tells of a global revolution played out in the confines of a small English village, a passionate marriage torn apart by the most provocative idea in history—evolution, and a theory saved from extinction by the logic of a child.
July 20, 2015
Directed by Steven Spielberg
115 min | 1982 | USA | Rated PG
*Film begins at dusk.
In most cases in cinema, an adults’ reaction to alien contact is met with fear and/or aggression, while a child sees the opportunity to have a cool new friend. Spielberg stepped up to the science-fiction plate again five years after Close Encounters of the Third Kind and cranked it out of the galaxy with this masterpiece.
There are only a few films out there that captured the true essence of being a kid in the 1980s. We hung out, rode BMX bikes, collected action figures, and said curse words. It was glorious, and Spielberg was quoted as saying, “I didn’t pretend E.T. was anything other than a kids movie, about kids, for kids, of kids, I was still a kid then. I still am.” Prepare to be transported back to that radical time as John Williams’ unforgettable score induces as many goose bumps as it does smiles.
July 21, 2015
Directed by Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein
85 min | 2014 | Canada | Not Rated
An in-depth, intimate exploration of the true story behind Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning film ARGO. In this gripping new documentary, the story of the “Canadian Caper” is told by the man who knows it best: Ken Taylor, Canada’s former ambassador to Iran, who hid the six Americans in his official residence and obtained the counterfeit documents that allowed them to make their dramatic escape from Tehran.
July 27, 2015
Directed by Luc Besson
126 min | 1997 | USA | Rated PG-13
*Film begins at dusk.
Unlike the other films in this series, Luc Besson’s over-the-top space adventure contains action sequences, explosions, romance, and good ol’ fashion comedy. The creativeness with the variety of alien species, unique costume designs and the realistic vision to a futuristic overpopulated New York City, complete with flying cars, forces one to imagine what’s in store for us down the road.
As with multiple Besson projects, it’s always a pleasure to witness a strong female character in a grand scale production, and Milla Jovovich rocks it as the alien weapon with her physical capabilities and comedic timing. Sure, Chris Tucker’s Ruby Rhod is a walking, squealing cartoon character, but no one can deny the compelling charisma that Bruce Willis brings to the project, blonde hair and all.
July 28, 2015
Directed by Dave LaMattina & Chad N. Walker
90 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated
I Am Big Bird profiles Caroll Spinney, the 80-year-old puppeteer who has been behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show’s first season. Relying heavily on Caroll’s incredible archive of home videos dating
back to the 1950s, the film captures how the love radiating from Caroll has created a worldwide cultural icon.
Official Selection: 2014 Hot Docs Documentary Festival, 2014 AFI DOCS Film Festival, 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival.
July 29, 2015
Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk
131 min | 2014 | Netherlands | Not Rated
Presented in English, Dutch, French, and Spanish with English subtitles.
In 2003, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, one of the world’s preeminent art institutions launched a massive renovation project. From the beginning the project was opposed by unyielding bureaucratic forces and public resistance and the landmark was slowly transformed into a seemingly perpetual building site. This film is a behind the scenes look at all of the activity.
If free UMFA visitor parking and the adjacent pay lot are full, filmgoers may park in the LDS Institute lot or the lot at Guardsman Way-500 South. UTA bus and TRAX stops are also a short walk to the Museum. Visit http://umfa.utah.edu/directions for more information.
July 31, 2015
Directors: Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider
Not Rated | 60 min. | 2014 | USA
Recommended for ages 11+
Thirteen-year-old Mica takes to heart his Rabbi’s dictate to help “heal the world,” and launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba—a country with a mysterious pull. He knows only that Cubans have few resources, love baseball, and gave his Jewish grandpa refuge during the Holocaust.