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We'll be going to see the 7:05 showing of Cutie and the Boxer at the Seven Gables Theatre. Winner of the Best Director Award (Documentary) at Sundance, the film is directed by Zachary Heinzerling. In English and Japanese with English subtitles. Run time: 1 hour, 22 mins. Rated R.
From the Landmark website:
As a rowdy, confrontational young artist in Tokyo, Ushio seemed destined for fame. He moved to New York City in 1969, seeking international recognition (he is seen in archival footage with Andy Warhol), but met with little commercial success. When 19-year-old art student Noriko met Ushio she fell in love—abandoning her education to become the wife and assistant to an unruly, alcoholic husband. Over the course of their marriage, the roles have shifted. Now 80, Ushio struggles to establish his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art—a series of drawings about "Cutie," an autobiographical figure triumphing over her challenging past with Ushio. Spanning four decades, the film is a moving portrait of a couple facing life's disappointments with humor and love, told against a background of lives dedicated to art.
Here is the trailer: http://youtu.be/YXS6Aby5AUg
We will meet in the lobby at 6:45 and head into the theater about ten minutes before showtime. There are several buses that stop near the theater, including the 43, 44, 49, 66, and 67. For people who drive, there is paid street parking until 8 pm, or you can hope that one of the four spaces in Seven Gables's free parking lot is open. Also, some of the surrounding streets north of 50th have free parking after 6.
Tickets are $10.50 for adults, $8.00 for seniors (62+), and $8.25 for students and can be purchased inside. Once the end credits have finished, we will regroup in the lobby before heading out for our post-movie discussion at a local coffee shop or watering hole (location TBD). Attendance at this discussion is optional, but do try to come for at least part of it, if you can.
Currently, the film has an 84 out of 100 rating on Metacritic: http://www.metacritic.com/movie/cutie-and-the-boxer
And Marsha McCreadie gave it four stars on rogerebert.com: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/cutie-and-the-boxer-2013
Hope to see you there!