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2007’s Best Underrated Films


March 2 - April 2

2007's Best Underrated Films

This series is an Aero Theatre exclusive!

2007 was one of the best years in recent memory for American filmmaking, with mavericks like Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers doing some of their best and most celebrated work. Yet not all of 2007's masterpieces found the audiences that they deserved, so the Aero will give viewers one more chance to see the best of the year's overlooked movies on the big screen. From audacious movies by an up-and-coming generation of directors like Richard Kelly and Mike Cahill (KING OF CALIFORNIA) to new works by old masters Sidney Lumet (BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD) and Francis Ford Coppola (YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH), this series presents the best of 2007 in all its range and depth. And for all you ZODIAC fans, we’ll be running it in a David Fincher retrospective soon!

Sunday, March 2 – 7:30 PM

Masterpieces From Master Filmmakers! Double Feature:

YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH, 2007, Sony Picture Classics, 124 min. Director Francis Ford Coppola's gorgeous return to form stars Tim Roth as Dominic Matei, an aging professor of linguistics who survives a cataclysmic event to find his youth miraculously restored. Dominic's physical rejuvenation is matched by a highly evolved intellect, which attracts the attention of Nazi scientists. While on the run, he reunites with his lost love Laura and works to complete his research into the origins of human language. When his research threatens Laura's well-being, Dominic is forced to choose between his life's work and the great love of his life. A 2008 Independent Spirit Award Nominee for Best Cinematography. View Trailer

BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD, 2007, ThinkFilm, 117 min. Director Sidney Lumet returns to the crime genre with a vengeance in this devastating portrait of a family destroyed from within. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke play brothers whose severe financial problems lead them to attempt a jewelry store heist -- a heist that, when it goes wrong, has ruinous consequences for the siblings and everyone who has the misfortune to know them. Lumet's consummate craftsmanship and an air-tight script by Kelly Masterson make this a modern day film noir that invites and earns comparison with classics like DOUBLE INDEMNITY and OUT OF THE PAST. With Marisa Tomei. View Trailer

Sunday, March 9 – 7:30 PM

Overlooked Authors Double Feature:

DELIRIOUS, 2006, Peace Arch Releasing, 102 min. Dir. Tom DiCillo (LIVING IN OBLIVION). Les Galantine (Steve Buscemi), a paparazzi photographer who yearns to be a "real" photographer, slinks through a daily routine of watching as the rich, famous and beautiful walk past the velvet ropes and into the exclusive VIP areas of New York's best clubs. This routine is upset when a young homeless man named Toby (Michael Pitt), stumbles upon Les and his fellow paparazzi staking out a trendy Manhattan hot spot in the hope of getting a shot of K’harma, a pop diva (Alison Lohman). Seeking shelter, Toby follows Les and becomes his unpaid "assistant," eagerly lapping up Les’ life lessons, amusing sayings and laissez-faire perspective on life. A comic drama with a witty, timely and hilarious screenplay by one of independent cinema’s strongest voices. View Trailer

THE INTERVIEW, 2007, Sony Picture Classics, 84 min. Steve Buscemi directs and stars in this remake of a 2003 feature by the assassinated Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Buscemi plays a veteran political reporter who feels humiliated when an editor assigns him to write a profile of a soap opera star (Sienna Miller), but over the course of an evening together the two opposites find as much mutual attraction as repulsion. "Steve Buscemi's adaptation preserves the original's biting basic scenario while adding a few Americanizing tweaks to this tale." -- Dennis Harvey, Variety Director Tom DiCillo will introduce the screening. View Trailer

Sunday, March 16 – 7:30 PM

The King of the Overlooked Double Feature:

KING OF CALIFORNIA, 2007, First Look International, 96 min. Dir. Mike Cahill. Evan Rachel Wood plays a 16-year-old whose life takes an interesting turn when her father (Michael Douglas) is released from a psychiatric hospital where he has spent many years and enlists her in his attempt to unearth a lost Spanish treasure, which he believes to be buried beneath the local Costco. "The wrenching tale has something for anyone who likes their melodrama spiked with palpable tension and genuine suspense." -- Lisa Nesselson, Variety View Trailer

THE KING OF KONG, 2007, PictureHouse Entertainment, 79 min. Dir. Seth Gordon. In 1982, "Gamer of the Century" Billy Mitchell managed to score 874,300 points on the arcade classic Donkey Kong, a record many thought would never be broken. In 2003, 35-year-old family man Steve Wiebe, after losing his job at Boeing, found solace in Donkey Kong, surpassing Billy's record with a thought-to-be-impossible 1,000,000 points. Steve and Billy then engaged in a cross-country duel to see who could set the high score and become the King of Kong. Along the way, both men learned valuable lessons about what it means to be a father, a husband and a true champion. "A funny and madly arresting new documentary." -- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly Discussion in between films with director Mike Cahill (KING OF CALIFORNIA) and director Seth Gordon (KING OF KONG) schedule permitting. View Trailer

Wednesday, April 2 - 7:30 PM

Best Underrated 2007 Musicals Double Feature:

ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES, 2006, Boroturro Inc., 105 min. Dir. John Turturro. In his third outing as director, John Turturro breathes new life into the musical with this working class take on the genre. James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, and Christopher Walken are just some of the major talents on display in this charming tale of blue collar residents in Queens who express themselves by crooning vintage pop songs along with the radio. Combining urban grit with imaginative flights of fancy, this is an exhilirating moviegoing experience. View Trailer

SOUTHLAND TALES, 2007, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 144 min. Director Richard Kelly follows up cult favorite DONNIE DARKO with this sprawling, dystopian epic about a fascistic and environmentally endangered Los Angeles of the near future that harnesses the power of the ocean to produce energy. The eclectic cast includes Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott, Justin Timberlake, and Mandy Moore. "A funny, audacious, messy and feverishly inspired look at America and its discontents." (Manohla Dargis, New York Times) View Trailer