A film by Frederick Wiseman | USA | English | 2020 | 275 minutes | Rental Price: $12
“MAGISTERIAL! Fundamentally a portrait of a people. “City Hall” is also an exploration of civil society and the common good.” -Manohla Dargis, New York Times
In this wide-ranging tapestry of Boston city services, the main figure is Mayor Marty Walsh, filmed from fall 2018 into winter 2019. The son of Irish immigrants, Walsh rose from construction work to union leadership to Democratic politics.
A film by Shalini Kantayya | USA, United Kingdom & China | English | 2020 | 90 minutes | Rental Price: $10
Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.
Coming Home Again
A film by Wayne Wang | USA & South Korea | English | 2020 | 86 minutes | Rental Price: $11.99
Acclaimed director Wayne Wang’s (The Joy Luck Club, Chan Is Missing) moving new film, Coming Home Again, is based on a personal essay by award-winning Korean-American writer Chang-rae Lee that was published in The New Yorker. This emotional, intimate family drama about a mother, a son, and the burden of family expectations, world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and now begins its North American Theatrical Premiere Run starting October 23, from Outsider Pictures and Strand Releasing.
A film by Federico Fellini | Italy | Italian with English subtitles | 1954 | 108 minutes | Rental Price: $12
There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman in a traveling circus. When Zampanò encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La Strada Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide.
A film by Pietro Marcello | Italy | Italian and French | 2019 | 129 minutes | Rental Price: $12
“Critic’s Pick! Audacious and thrilling… An ingenious adaptation of the Jack London novel… pure cinema.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
When unskilled laborer Martin Eden meets Elena, the daughter of a wealthy industrial family, it’s love at first sight. The well-educated, refined young woman soon becomes an obsession for Martin who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his humble origins to be able to marry Elena.
A film by Lydia Dean Pilcher & Ginny Mohler | USA | English | 2018 | 102 minutes | Rental Price: $12
Based on true events, Radium Girls follows teen sisters, Bessie and Jo Cavallo, who dream of Hollywood and Egyptian pyramids as they paint luminous watch dials at the American Radium factory in New Jersey. When Jo loses a tooth, Bessie’s world is turned upside down as a mystery slowly unravels. She discovers a corporate cover-up and, in a radical coming of age story, Bessie and the Radium Girls decide to take on American Radium. Based on historical events, the national sensation following the notorious case of the Radium Girls in 1928 ultimately led to significant and lasting impact in the area of workplace health and safety and the study of radioactivity.
A film by Julio Vincent Gambuto | USA | English | 2020 | 92 minutes | Rental Price: $12
Young Marco is obsessed with playing video games and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down and he’s forced…to go play outside. Nonno introduces him to bocce — the world’s oldest game — and to the neighborhood crew of old-school seniors who play daily at the local court. With sport, laughter and love, Marco finds connection to other people “in real life” and rounds up a team of neighborhood kids to take on his grandfather and his pals.
A film by Alex Winter | USA | English | 2020 | 129 minutes | Rental Price: $12
Coming to North America on November 27th from Magnolia Pictures is the first all-access documentary about Frank Zappa. The project is in two parts; the first was an archival mission, funded by a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign to preserve the endangered material in Zappa’s vault. The second part is the documentary feature film which has been over five years in the making.