Not One, Not Two, But THREE new movies this week at Art Mission

By Ken Morrison

 That's right, Art Mission Theater is breaking out of the box this Holiday week by presenting Three new indie films!

First up is Victoria. This film is not a movie it's not about a bank robbery. It is bank robbery. "Victoria" was shot in one single take. (Although it took three attempts to get it right). Running time is Two hours and eighteen minutes. No cuts. No CGI. No cheap tricks. No expensive ones, either. Just one shot. Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local Berliners outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these lads have gotten themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening. As Victoria's flirtation with Sonne deepens into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. And later, when things become more ominous and possibly lethally dangerous for Sonne, she insists on coming along. As the night takes on an ever more menacing character, what started out as a good time, quickly spirals out of control. As dawn approaches, Victoria and Sonne address the inevitable: it's all or nothing and they abandon themselves to a heart-stopping race into the depths of hell. Starring: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau and Franz Rogowski.


  Next up is 99 Homes. Set during the backdrop of the 2008 housing market catastrophe, Dennis Nash, a hard-working and honest man, can't save his family home despite his best efforts. Thrown to the streets with alarming precision by real estate shark Mike Carver, Dennis, out of work and luck, is given a unique opportunity - to join Carver's crew and put others through the harrowing ordeal done to him in order to earn back what's his. Delicately training his eye on the rigorous details, the reliably astute Ramin Bahrani imbues his characters with icy complexity to achieve his compassionate portrait of a man whose integrity has become ensnared within an all-too-relevant American crisis. With precision and care, Bahrani's provocative character study applies all the cinematic tools at his disposal to explore the ethical dilemma at the heart of man's struggle to reach higher - by whatever means necessary. Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern.



 And finally, a visually stunning film: The Assassin. An assassin accepts a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in seventh-century China. Starring: Qi Shu, Chen Chang and Satoshi Tsumabuki.



 Comments?, Concerns?, Complaints?, Cash Donations?  ken@whatsgoinonbinghamton.com

 

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