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Films - January 2019














Directed by James Wan
(Australia/U.S., 2018, 143 min.)

Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


On the Basis of Sex

Directed by Mimi Leder
(U.S., 2018, 120 min.)

This is the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema


If Beale Street Could Talk

Directed by Barry Jenkins
(U.S., 2018, 119 min.)

A newly engaged Harlem woman races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema


Bird Box

Directed by Susanne Bier
(U.S., 2018, 124 min.)

In the wake of an unknown global terror, a mother must find the strength to flee with her children down a treacherous river in search of safety, but due to unseen deadly forces, the perilous journey must be made blindly.

West End Cinema


Bohemian Rhapsody

Directed by Bryan Singer
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 134 min.)

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Directed by Marielle Heller
(U.S., 2018, 106 min.)

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer who finds herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, so she turns her art form to deception.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema


At Eternity's Gate

Directed by Julian Schnabel
(Switzerland/U.K./France/U.S., 2018, 110 min.)

"At Eternity's Gate" is a journey inside the world of a man who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world's most beloved and stunning works of art. It is based on Vincent van Gogh's (Willem Dafoe) personal letters and common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay and moments that are just plain invented.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Directed by David Yates
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 134 min.)

The second of five all-new adventures in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World finds the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings (English and French).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


The Favourite

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
(Ireland/U.K./U.S., 2018, 119 min.)

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. But when a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema


Free Solo

Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
(U.S., 2018, 100 min.)

Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

West End Cinema


Green Book

Directed by Peter Farrelly
(U.S., 2-18, 130 min.)

When Tony, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger — as well as unexpected humanity and humor — they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime (English, Italian, Russian and German).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Directed by Oren Rudavsky
(U.S., 2018, 84 min.)

Joseph Pulitzer spoke of "fake news" over 100 years ago and fought the dangers that the suppression of news augured for democracy long before our present threats to press freedom. Oren Rudavsky's riveting account traces Pulitzer's unlikely rise from a penniless Jewish immigrant to a baron of the press.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Thu., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.


Maria by Callas

Directed by Tom Wolf
(France, 2018, 113 min.)

This intimate look at the life and work of Greek-American opera singer Maria Callas is told in her own words (English, French and Italian).

Angelika Pop-Up


Mary Queen of Scots

Directed by Josie Rourke
(U.K., 2018, 124 min.)

Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Queen of Scots defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema


The Mule

Directed by Clint Eastwood
(U.S., 2018, 116 min.)

A 90-year-old horticulturist and World War II veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.

Angelika Mosaic


Stan & Ollie

Directed by Jon S. Baird
(U.K./Canada/U.S., 2018, 97 min.)

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly bring their brilliant comedic chops to bear as legendary comedy duo Stan "Laurel" and Ollie "Hardy" in this hilarious road movie recounting the pair's famed 1953 "farewell" tour of Britain and Ireland.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Jan. 18



Directed by Adam McKay
(U.S., 2018, 132 min.)

"Vice" explores how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as vice president to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways still felt today.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic


Vox Lux

Directed by Brady Corbet
(U.S., 2018, 110 min.)

"Vox Lux" follows the rise of Celeste from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop super stardom. The film spans 18 years and traces important cultural moments through her eyes, starting in 1999 and concluding in 2017.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema



The Graveless

Directed by Mostafa Sayari
(Iran, 2018, 73 min.)

Fulfilling their recently deceased father's final wishes, four adult siblings transport his body across the harsh Iranian desert to the remote village where he wanted to be buried. As the temperature rises, the body begins to decompose, and tempers flare as old family secrets and resentments boil to the surface.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Jan. 18, 7 p.m.


A Man of Integrity

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
(Iran, 2017, 117 min.)

With an as-yet-unexecuted prison sentence hanging over his head, Mohammad Rasoulof secretly filmed this movie in rural northern Iran. Its title character, Reza, is a Tehrani who moves to the country to live a peaceful, principled life running a goldfish farm. Instead, he finds himself in a corrupt town run by a mysterious company that has designs on his property.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Jan. 27, 2 p.m.



Directed by Kamal Tabrizi
(Iran, 2018, 90 min.)

This political spoof is a hilarious takedown of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a religious hard-liner who ruled for eight years before running afoul of the country's top clergy. Kamal Tabrizi's film portrays Ahmadinejad as a malapropism-prone buffoon who lucks into office by accidentally saving hundreds of people from a bomb at a rock concert, and remains in power only as long as his handlers deem him useful.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Jan. 20, 2 p.m.




Directed by Nabil Ayouch
(Belgium/France/Morocco, 2017, 119 min.)

In this heartfelt and mesmerizing drama, five Moroccans from different social and religious strata are pushed to the fringes by their government and social circumstances. We encounter the stunning Salima, who refuses the traditional stereotypes of wife, mother and woman; a Jewish café owner caught between honoring his past and his desires; the troubled bourgeois teen Inès; and part-time singer and full-time Freddie Mercury fan Hakim (French and Arabic).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Wed., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.



Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine
(Japan, 2019, 100 min.)

Goku and Vegeta encounter Broly, a Saiyan warrior unlike any fighter they've faced before.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Wed., Jan. 16



Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
(Japan, 2018, 121 min.)

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets and tests the bonds that unite them.

The Avalon Theatre


Street of Shame

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
(Japan, 1956, 85 min.)

Kenji Mizoguchi brought a lifetime of experience to his final film, the heartbreaking tale of a brothel full of women whose dreams are constantly shattered by their socioeconomic realities. Set in Tokyo's red-light district (the literal translation of the film's Japanese title), "Street of Shame" was deeply cutting and hugely popular. In fact, when an anti-prostitution law was passed in Japan a few months after its release, some said the film had been a catalyst.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., Jan. 2, 2 p.m.


The Quake

Directed by John Andreas Andersen
(Norway, 2018, 106 min.)

Two years ago, geologist Kristian Eikjord warned everyone about the potential for a catastrophic tsunami in the breathtaking disaster thriller "The Wave." Now he's back with another warning even more terrifying: that a massive earthquake is about to strike Oslo, with its vulnerable urban infrastructure and large population. But no one will listen to his frantic warnings. As the quake strikes, Kristian desperately attempts to rescue his scattered family members, braving collapsing skyscrapers and creaking elevator shafts.

West End Cinema



I Was Born, But...

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
(Japan, 1932, 90 min.)

Join pianist Andrew E. Simpson as he accompanies one of Yasujiro Ozu's most popular films. This charming comedy is a blithe portrait of one family's toils from the rascally perspective of stubborn little boys. Before the screening, Simpson will demonstrate his process for creating live scores for classic silent movies.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Jan. 13, 2 p.m.




Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
(Mexico/U.S., 2018, 135 min.)

The most personal project to date from Academy Award-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón, "Roma" follows a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

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