Summer 2005 at the NC Museum of Art

All films are at 9:00 pm

*Box Office (919) 715-5923*

Complete concert information, ticket prices and map to the museum at: ncartmuseum.org

$3 general admission, NCMA members and children under 12 FREE. See NCMA website for details

General admission for films. Film-concert combination ticket prices vary.

A summertime tradition for thousands of film lovers, the NCMA's Movies on the Lawn offers one of the Triangle's unique entertainment experiences! Bring a blanket and picnic, and enjoy a classic film outdoors on the big screen. Note: as of July 1, 2004, guests will not be allowed to bring any alcoholic beverages to Park Theater events. However, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

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June 10:

Before Sunrise (1995) Directed by Richard Linklater. Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy. (100 min.) Rated R for sex talk.

One perfect day in Vienna with two 20-ish travelers, Jesse, an American and a French student, Celine. Their mutual attraction glows through endless intelligent, thoughtful and questing talk as they spar for 14 hours and then part…forever?

June 11:

Before Sunset (2004) Directed by Richard Linklater. Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy. (80 min.) Rated R for sex talk.

Nine years later, Jesse is in Paris signing the book about his one perfect night of longing for Celine and meets her again. Over 30, life doesn’t hold the endless promise that it once did and they ponder if they were meant to spend their lives together.

“…the Astaire and Rogers of undergraduate philosophizing.” (J. Hoberman)

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June 17:

Ray (2004) Directed by Taylor Hackford. Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King. (152 min) Rated PG-13 for drugs and some sex.

Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for his uncanny embodiment, on and off stage, of Ray Charles’ musical genius. This biopic soars with the raw energy of Ray’s groundbreaking 50s and 60s R&B and then crosses over into an unflinching look at his personal struggles.

June 24:

Finding Neverland (2004) Directed by Marc Forster. Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie (106 min.) PG for thematic elements.

Playwright J. M. Barrie finds muses for his masterpiece, Peter Pan, through his playful friendship with a young widow and her four sons. Depp’s tender performance as a man seeking perpetual childhood is complimented by Freddie Highmore’s as a somber boy.

June 25:

The Triplets of Belleville (2003) Written and Directed by Sylvain Chomet (80 min) PG-13 for rude and amphibian-related humor.

The love for classic American animation, the comic French iconoclast Jacques Tati and the silent films of Buster Keaton infuse this idiosyncratic French import with whimsy, tart observations and le jazz hot. A devoted granny, a boy who loves to cycle and three has-been cabaret artistes make cartoon magic. Preceded by a concert by the French ensemble, Les Primitifs du Futur, whose infectious repetoire of "parisiano-jazzistico-musette" invents with "amour and humour" a lost Paris more "realiste et poetique" than the original. Allons-y!

Special Admission: $10/$7 museum members. Concert starts at 8:00 pm, no separate film tickets sold.

 

Clint Eastwood Weekend!

July 8:

The Unforgiven (1992) Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman. (131 min) Rated R for violence, sex and language.

The last time Clint Eastwood won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars it was for this revisionist Western dissecting the genre’s mythic violence. Aging gunslinger turned farmer William Munny attempts to restore moral balance during the waning years of the Old West.

July 9:

Million Dollar Baby (2004) Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman. (132 min) PG-13 for boxing violence and language.

This year’s Best Picture is this gritty, brutal and ultimately heartbreaking look at an underdog waitress’ determination to be a boxer, and the dawning acceptance and affection of her coach, played with fierce understatement by director Eastwood.

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July 15:

Spider Man 2 (2004) Directed by Sam Raimi. Toby McGuire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina (127 min) PG-13 for comic book violence.

McGuire’s superhero identity crisis deepens as he agonizes over his love for Mary Jane and tussles with Doc Ock, a fearsome villain with an identity crisis of his own. “A mind-boggling piece of showboating, and the most rigorous fairground ride of the year” (James Christopher).

Martial Arts Weekend

July 22:

Hero (2002) Directed by Yimou Zhang. Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang (99 min) PG-13 for martial arts violence.

Nameless (Jet Li) spins a Rashomon-like puzzle of complex emotions, thrilling combat and swooning color. Hero “demonstrates how the martial arts genre transcends action and violence and moves into poetry, ballet and philosophy” (Roger Ebert).

July 23:

House of Flying Daggers (2004) Directed by Yimou Zhang. Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Ziyi Zhang (111 min) PG-13 for martial arts violence.

A blind courtesan’s secret identity as a member of the insurgent Flying Daggers is the heart of this elegant martial arts spectacle. “It's the kind of gorgeous romantic adventure that makes going to the cinema so deeply worthwhile” (Peter Bradshaw)

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July 30:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson. (136 min) PG for thematic elements.

The most enthralling of JK Rowling’s Potter books becomes the most enchanted of the series under the hand of Mexican director Cuarón. Harry, Ron and Hermione rock Hogwarts, supported by a superlative cast of British character actors.

Martin Scorsese Weekend

August 5:

Raging Bull (1980) Directed by Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci (129 min) R for language and violence

Scorsese reunited with De Niro and writer Paul Schraeder (Taxi Driver) for this biopic of boxer Jake La Motta, perhaps the best movie of the 1980s. This raw explosion of guilt, jealousy and rage is “closer to poetry than pulp” (Amy Taubin).

August 6:

The Aviator (2004) Directed by Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Alan Alda (170 min) PG-13

Howard Hughes’ twin passions for aviation and beautiful women run afoul of his obsessive-compulsive demons. DiCaprio’s boyish billionaire anchors Scorsese’s cinephile pleasure in dazzling production design and a memorably terrifying plane crash.


Alfred Hitchcock’s Birthday Weekend

August 12:

The Birds (1966) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette (119 min) PG-13 for birds!

Hitchcock’s paranoid vision of nature gone berserk, this is the rare film that permanently alters your world view. Bodega Bay, California is the epicenter of an avian revolution, where humans, notably Hedren’s chilly blonde, are attacked as an invasive species. Film notes for The Birds.

August 13:

Vertigo (1958) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes. (128 min) PG

Vertigo is not merely Hitchcock’s stunning masterpiece, but a film that recurs on lists of all-time greatest. Detective Scottie Ferguson’s erotic obsession with a dead woman deepens with repeat viewings, "a meditation on the destructive power of romantic illusion" (Georges Sadoul). Film notes for Vertigo.

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August 19:

DiG! (2004) Directed by Ondi Timoner (115 min) R for language and drugs.

A cinema verité soap opera, 7 years of the ups and downs of alt rock bands, the Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre. “If universities ever start graduate programs in rock stardom, ''Dig!'' will surely be a cornerstone of the curriculum, for it works as both an instruction manual and a cautionary tale” (A.O.Scott).

August 26:

Thunderball (1965) Directed by Terence Young. Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolpho Celi (130 min) PG

Who will dispute that Connery’s James Bond is the best? In his fourth adventure, Bond trails some nukes to a megalomaniac in the Bahamas. 007 has traded his tux for some wacky cabaña outfits, but retains the driest wisecrack, the sexiest babes and the craziest gadgets.

 

$3 general admission, NCMA members and children under 12 FREE. See NCMA website for details

A summertime tradition for thousands of film lovers, the NCMA's Movies on the Lawn offers one of the Triangle's unique entertainment experiences! Bring a blanket and picnic, and enjoy a classic film outdoors on the big screen. Note: as of July 1, 2004, guests will not be allowed to bring any alcoholic beverages to Park Theater events. However, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

All films are at 9:00 pm

*Box Office (919) 715-5923*

Complete concert information, ticket prices and map to the museum at: ncartmuseum.org