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Darkest Hour

Opens Dec. 2017

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.




Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

(NR) 1 Hr. 30 Min. In color and black & white (Digital) In English (Documentary)
Opens Dec. 2017

What are the chances that the hottest pin-up girl of the 1930s was also a genius who foresaw wi-fi, bluetooth and cell phone technology? She was one in a million. Beautiful,  yet brilliant. An icon, and yet there is a tragedy behind all that. Lamarr, an impossibly stunning beauty, achieved international notoriety when she swam nude in a scene in the 1933 Czech film Ecstasy by Gustav Mahaty.  Her delicate figure, seen through the swirling water, was the first time such nudity had ever been depicted in a mainstream film. The daughter of a Jewish banker in Vienna, she went on to become a sex symbol for the ages and a Hollywood super star. But Lamarr was a naïve sex symbol: she never gave it a second thought. Her deeper passion had to do with mechanics and technology. During World War II she developed a concept (“frequency hopping”), which she patented, to enable radio-controlled torpedoes to sink Nazi U-boats, but the Navy paternalistically sneered at her ideas. Bombshell is the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.
“A thoroughly engaging eye-opening showbiz doc!” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Not just a stupendous tribute to Lamarr, but also a tribute to every brilliant woman ignored.” – Kristy Puchko, Nerdist





Down The fence

Opens Dec. 2017

Each year, horse trainers journey to Reno, Nevada, to vie for one of the most challenging equestrian championships in the world. For the trainers, winning means putting food on the table and hay in the barn for another year, and a chance for a more secure future. Down the Fence profiles three horse trainers on their journey to compete for the championship, revealing their challenges and a rare glimpse into their unique lifestyle along the way. This is a documentary about passion, perseverance, community, and the enduring power of the human-animal connection.




Aida’s Secrets

Opens Dec. 2017

In this moving documentary, the discovery of records from WWII sparks a family's quest for answers as two brothers, separated as babies, reunite with each other and their elderly mother, who hid more from them than just each other. Izak Szewelwicz was born in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. Though Izak was able to form a relationship with his birth mother, his life was turned upside down years later when he located not only his birth certificate, but also another of a brother he never knew existed. Filmmakers Alon and Shaul Schwarz set out to find answers for Izak, uncovering questions of identity, resilience, and the plight of displaced persons as Izak and his brother Shep--both nearly 70 years old--finally meet in Canada before traveling to a nursing home in Quebec to introduce Shep to his elderly mother, Aida, for the first time.
“One family's silences and lies unravel before our eyes in the gripping, intimate Aida's Secrets." -- Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
“The remarkable tale it tells - of a family split up and dispersed to different continents, and the detective work required to figure out what had happened - turns this documentary into a fascinating mystery of reshuffled identities.” -- Daniel M. Gold, New York Times



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