MATCH
2014, IFC Films, 92 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Belber

Adapted from his 2004 play, writer-director Stephen Belber’s engrossing character-driven drama centers on Tobi Powell (Patrick Stewart, outstanding here), a Juilliard ballet instructor who has been asked to do an interview about dance in the 1960s. When the interviewer (Carla Gugino) shows up with her husband (Matthew Lillard), the man starts asking Tobi some very personal questions and it soon becomes clear that their visit has nothing to do with choreography.


HACKSAW RIDGE
2016, Lionsgate, 139 min, USA/Australia, Dir: Mel Gibson

This is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Costarring Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths. “Thanks to some of the greatest battle scenes ever filmed, Gibson once again shows his staggering gifts as a filmmaker, able to juxtapose savagery with aching tenderness.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.


RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE IN CONCERT
1979, © 1979 Gary P. Biller, 78 min, USA, Dir: Jeff Margolis

One of the most brilliant stand-up comedians of all-time is at the top of his game in this performance filmed at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California. Pryor’s no-holds-barred observations about sex, drugs, racism, boxing and more will have you aching with laughter. “Probably the greatest of all recorded-performance films.” – Pauline Kael


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