MELANCHOLIA (2011) & TAKE SHELTER (2011)
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, 2012:
2011, Denmark/France, 136 minutes, 35mm, Magnolia Pictures
Written and directed by Lars von Trier
Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg,
Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Spurr, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Jesper Christensen,
Stellan Skarsgård, Brady Corbet, Udo Kier
Fri: 7:30 pm; Sat: 2:45 & 7:45 pm
PLUS, on the same double feature:
2011, USA, 121 minutes, 35mm, Sony Pictures Classics
Written and directed by Jeff Nichols
Starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Katy Mixon, Shea Whigham, Kathy Baker, Ray McKinnon, Lisa Gay Hamilton
Fri: 10:10 pm; Sat: 5:25 & 10:25 pm
What the critics say about MELANCHOLIA:
"A GIANT ACHIEVEMENT.A WORK OF GENIUS.A MOVIE MASTERPIECE.A profound emotional depth that transcends words.STUNNING.A MOVIE THAT LEAVES THE VIEWER IN A STATE OF ECSTACY.A moving masterpiece, marked by an astonishing profundity of vision."
- Lisa Scwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A SPECTACLE IMPOSSIBLE TO TURN AWAY FROM.A MONUMENTALLY AMBITIOUS MOVIE. When I left the theatre, I felt light, rejuvenated and unconscionably happy."
- J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"AMAZINGLY ROMANTIC LUSH, RIPE, RICH, DELICIOUS, CERTAINLY THE DIRECTOR'S MOST BEAUTIFUL FILM. EXCESSIVE IN EVERY WAY, AND YET RESTRAINED. EVERYTHING AND NOTHING THAT YOU'D EXPECT A FILM CALLED "MELANCHOLIA" TO BE.
This is where you begin to see why Dunst is getting the well-deserved raves for her performance, one that will no doubt earn her an Oscar nomination if not a win. It is quite extraordinary to see the life literally being extinguished in her eyes, even when the face is still doing its best to smile. Witnessing her emotional demons take hold, her descent into the tortured grip of depression, is as breathtaking as it is heartbreaking. Never has the actress been more naked, more emotionally exposed.
Von Trier has created a stunning treatise on family, relationships, expectations, tradition and depression that is as rich and layered as the towering wedding cake."
Betsy Sharkey, LA Times
"ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST.A career-defining performance from Kirsten Dunst"
ManohlaDarghis, NY Times
"A FILM THAT SWEEPS YOU UP AND TAKES YOU OUT OF YOURSELF with haunting themes expressed by gorgeous images, and a superlative performance by Kirsten Dunst. Sitting there watching pictures charged with strange poignancy, I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN HAPPIER."
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"MAGNIFICENT. The glorious prologue was OVERPOWERING, UNLIKE ANYTHING I HAD EXPERIENCED BEFORE AT THE MOVIES. Kirsten Dunst gives her career performance."
Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"AMAZING." Richard Corliss, Time
"SURELY ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR SCREEN ACHIEVEMENTS OF RECENT YEARS. Gorgeous, profoundly emotional, often very funnyand one of the most potent and effective visions of science-fiction apocalypse ever brought to the screen. Von Trier's made something tender and exquisite and metaphysical and vulnerable."
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
"Lars von Trier's new spellbinder may be his most restrained, clear-minded, visionary work, AS WELL AS THE YEAR'S BEST FILM."
Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"THE INSPIRING WORK OF AN ARTIST OF SEEMINGLY BOUNDLESS IMAGINATIVE POWER.A masterwork of grandeur, millennial angst and high romantic style. Von Trier knows how to make pictures that move."
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A WONDER TO BEHOLD. Perhaps the most visually stunning picture you'll see this season."
Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline
"A POTENT BEAUTY OF A FILM.The luminous Dunst deservedly won the Best Actress prize at Cannes. Her incomparable performance, a slow accumulation of moods from despair to euphoria, never strikes a false note."
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"**** How wonderful it is that us dyed-in-the-wool Von Trier-haters will now require a rethink. Melancholia marks the major return of the artist's vitality. He's back, bruised, AND THAT MUCH CLOSER TO BRILLIANT."
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"IT'S WORTH THE ADMISSION PRICE JUST TO SEE THE STUNNING SPECIAL EFECTS. One of the year's most emotionally resonant art movies. Kirsten Dunst gives one of 2011's most affecting performances."
Lou Lumenick, NY Post
THE RAVISHING, MYSTERIOUS, AT ONCE BEAUTIFUL AND UNSETTLING IMAGES AREN"T ONLY MEANT TO THRILL, ALTHOUGH THEY DO. The wonder of Von Trier's achievement is that 'Melancholia' doesn't feel miserable or depressing; IT'S NOT AN ORDEAL, BUT A JOURNEY.
Karen Durbin, Elle
"IN THE FACE OF SUCH AN ACHIEVEMENT, WHAT CAN YOU DO BUT SURRENDER TO MELANCHOLIA?"
David Edelstein, New York
"RIVETING.DEVASTATINGLY BEAUTIFUL. Von Trier is an artist we can't ignore."
Christy Lemire, AP
"**** A MASTERPIECE. Part disaster epic, part dysfunctional family drama, all effective, it resonates lone after the big bang."
Mara Reinstein, US Weekly
"VISIONARY. My favorite film of the Cannes Film Festival." Karina Longworth, LA Weekly
Amy Taubin, Film Comment
"IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF A MASTERPIECE. I can't wait to see it again. It is, in every way, an astonishing achievement." Mark Rabinowitz, CNN
"It is one of the most beautiful, visually stunning, emotionally affecting films I have ever seen and is truly a masterpiece."
Mark Rabinowitz, CNN
THE PROLOGUE IS FILMMAKING AT ITS MOST MAGNIFICENT, TRIPPY, MOMENTOUS, APOCALYPTIC, AND JUST SHOCKINGLY BEAUTIFUL. The performance from Dunst runs the spectrum chart of emotions. Ambivalence, dread, depression, giddiness, desire, eerie calm . . . it could have been all over the map, but Dunstinhabits this young woman as if she has known her all her life."
Stephen Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Von Trier's most amazingly haunting film, a truly beautiful work of art."
E. Nina Rothe, Huffington Post
"MASTERFUL." Howard Feinstein,Filmmaker
"There are sure to be many who choose not to view yet another controversial film from a director who likes to antagonize his audience. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE MISSING."
Mark Rifkin, This Week in New York
Synopsis of TAKE SHELTER from Sony Pictures Classics' website:
When Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) begins having nightmares of an encroaching, apocalyptic storm, he refrains from telling his wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain). To protect her and their six-year-old daughter Hannah, who is deaf, Curtis starts channeling his anxiety and money into the obsessive building of a storm shelter in their backyard. While Hannah's healthcare and special needs education has resulted in financial struggle for the modest family, Curtis' seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns and confounds Samantha, and provokes intolerance among co-workers, friends and neighbors. However, the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within the community doesn't compare to Curtis' private fear of what his dreams may truly signify.
Faced with the proposition that his disturbing visions signal disaster of one kind or another, Curtis finally opens up to Samantha, testing the power of their bond against the highest possible stakes.
This is a double feature:
your ticket admits you to BOTH films!
The box office opens approx. 15 minutes before the first film and then re-opens shortly before the second film for those who wish to only see the second film.
If you wish to only see the second film and purchased ticket(s) through Brown Paper Tickets, you will be able to claim your ticket(s) to the second film about 10 minutes before the second film starts.
New Beverly Cinema
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036