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What Art House Theater Day Means To Me

When I was a young teen my first real job was waiting tables at a truck-stop-like diner. I rode my bike over Yellow Hill Road (all hills) to get there and changed into a brown and tan dress serving bowls of ham and bean soup, chicken and waffles and thick chocolate milkshakes for a whopping $2.84/hour plus almost no tips. Why do I bring this up? Because the first thing I bought when I earned enough money was a tiny […]

Swiss Army Man Review by Matt J.

What. The. F**k.?? That is both the final line of the clever, twisted farce Swiss Army Man and the best description of the bemused glances my fellow attendees gave to each other as the lights when up and they walked, in a daze, to their cars. I can’t remember the last time my notebook was filled with so many synonyms for ‘weird” but that’s the only way to really get at it. This is a strange and attractive film that […]

Maggie’s Plan Review by Joseph Brown

Maggie has her life perfectly planned out. She’s teaching an art business course at a local college, is wholeheartedly investing in the future of her students, and on March 23 rd she will inseminate herself with the friendly help of an indie pickle entrepreneur and become a single mother. What her plan doesn’t account for is John Harding (Ethan Hakwe), a professor of “ficto-critical anthropology” who professes his love to Maggie (Greta Gerwig) on the evening of her insemination. John […]

The Lobster Review by Matt Johnson

The Lobster is the rare film that has the artistic fortitude to unflinchingly follow its absurd conceit down whatever ugly, bitter and beautiful back alleys, side streets and rabbit holes it decides to go.The film stars Colin Farrell as an architect who has recently lost his wife. In the Twilight Zone universe of the film, single people are bussed to a hotel where they have 45 days to find a new match or be transformed into an animal of their […]

Dheepan Review by Joseph Brown

Somewhere in the Sri Lanka wilderness, the bodies of refuges are piled high, covered with withered palm branches, and ignited. Whatever led up to this event has been sealed by the flames, and in the ashes a different life will begin. A man dressed for combat stands in front of the fire, watching it burn. In a few moments he will be given a new name, Dheepan, along with a woman named Yalini and a girl Illayaal who are to […]

April and the Extraordinary World – Review by Eliza Brown

When the thriving world of science is brought to a screeching halt by the authorities of the law, only a world of heartbreak is left – smoggy, looming heartbreak. And as any artist could attest to, heartbreak is the unspoken medium of art. The film April and the Extraordinary World beautifully captures not just the Franco-Prussian War’s prelude, but the war between humanity and nature, between hypotheses andreality, between authority and oppressed. The protagonist, April, is from the family of scientist Gustave Franklin, […]

Hunter for the Wilderpeople

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in […]

Darling Review by Bruce

Our in-house movie consultant Bruce checked out Darling this weekend and for a man that doesn’t like horror films much, he had a great take on the film which we’d like to share with you. This was a casual email but we always love to hear his take on our films once he’s had a chance to see them at Zoe. Thanks Bruce for your feedback and for helping us book such a variety of fab films! DARLING REVIEW by […]

Darling Review by Joseph B.

The haunted house genre is given a chic 21st century makeover in Mickey Keating’s sleek horror-thriller Darling. Lauren Ashely Carter stars as our titular Darling, a quiet young woman who innocently wanders into a doomed situation. Darling is the new caretaker of a New York mansion with a notorious history that’s known to everyone but her. The house’s most recent charge? The caretaker immediately before Darling ended her position with a plunge from the upstairs balcony. From the start it’s clear that Darling’s Wednesday-Addams-meets-Zooey-Deschanel persona […]

Embrace of the Serpent Review by Joseph Brown

The first image we see is rippling water in a stark black and white. Pan over to the reflection of a native squatting by an Amazon river. He looks up. He stands and gives his spear three shakes – if he is a rattlesnake, the spear is his tail. Through the brush we see a canoe floating to shore. In it, a white man. Our story wastes no time establishing setting, but starts at a real beginning, in a moment […]