Louisville Exclusives/New Releases
 


SNOWPIERCER (R)                 July 4 - July 24
 

In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet except for a lucky few that boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system evolves.


AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE (NR)                 July 18 - July 24
Ai Weiwei The Fake Case is a provocative new documentary about Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei, named the worldís most powerful artist by Art Review Magazine. In April 2011, Ai is kidnapped by the Chinese authorities and detained at a secret location for 81 days, then put under house arrest. He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss, 18 cameras are monitoring his studio and home, police agents follow his every move, and heavy restrictions from the Kafkaesque Chinese authorities weigh him down. Picking up where Alison Klaymanís Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry left off, Ai Weiwei The Fake Case is more explicitly political, reflecting Aiís battle against the gigantic lawsuit thrust upon him by the Chinese government in an effort to silence him.  Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during his year on probation he steadily finds new ways to provoke and challenge the mighty powers of the Chinese authorities in his fight for human rights and free expression.  The film also features the creation of S.A.C.R.E.D., a new work depicting Aiís time in prison, which premiered during the Venice Biennale. Directed by Andreas Johnsen. (Partially subtitled)
 
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ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (R)                 July 25 - July 31
Only Lovers Left Alive
is the best film in years by writer/director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Mystery Train, Down By Law). Stylish, hip and droll, it's the nocturnal tale of two vampires in love, and their quest for amusement and an untainted supply of blood. Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Marvel's The Avengers and the Thor films) and the ageless Tilda Swinton (I Am Love, Michael Clayton) play Adam and Eve, vampires who have been lovers for centuries. He's a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of Detroit; she's a lover of knowledge residing in Tangieróbut they're soulmates. Adam's music is eagerly received by the zombies (i.e. humans) such as rock promoter Ian (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek), whose adulation threatens his need for solitude. Sensing Adam's growing angst and despair, Eve makes a transatlantic journey to see him, despite the difficulties of travelling by day. Their joyful reunion is interrupted by the uninvited arrival of Eve's carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right), who brings trouble in her wake. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music by Jarmusch's band Squrl, and sly humor, Only Lovers Left Alive is a hypnotic meditation on art, science, memory, and the mysteries of everlasting love. With John Hurt and Jeffrey Wright.
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LIFE ITSELF (R)                July 25 - July 31
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebertóa story that is by turns personal, funny, painful and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, the film explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
 
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AS IT IS IN HEAVEN (R)                August 1 - August 7
After the death of the Prophet, a man is called to lead his small religious sect as they anxiously await the end of the world they were promised. Director Joshua Overbay deftly leads audiences down a twisting path of passion and devotion, envy and manipulation in this sympathetic portrayal of a modern-day cult leader and his spiritual convictions. Devoted to a simple life of faith in unforgiving Kentucky backcountry, a small religious sect seeks spiritual awakening as their Prophet (John Lina) nears death and his son, Eamon (Luke Beavers), prepares to step forward as their new leader. But, in his last moments, the Prophet instead names newcomer David (Chris Nelson) as his spiritual successor.
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SUPERMENSCH (R)               
In his directorial debut, Mike Myers (Austin Powers, Wayne's World) documents the astounding career of a Hollywood insideróthe loveable Shep Gordon, who fell into music management by chance after moving to L.A. straight out of college and befriending Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Shep managed rock stars such as Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Alice Cooper, and later went on to manage chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, ushering in the era of celebrity chefs on television. Stuffed with fantastic archival footage, the film traces Shep's transformation from the 1970s hedonist to today's practicing Buddhist, yearning for a family of his own.
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