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RBG

RBG

May 14, 2018

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans—until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen.

“What might be most inspiring about Ginsburg—and [the film], which is as rooted in the present as possible—is how she’s continued to hammer away at her dreams and her desires, even when buffeted back by forces she can’t control.” —Kate Erbland, Indiewire

Opens at The Belcourt in Nashville May 11.

Fri, May 11, 7:15pm: Post-screening discussion with attorney Margaret Behm of Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella; Criminal Court Judge Angie Blackshear Dalton; and U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger. BUY TICKETS

Sat, May 12, 7:15pm: Introduction from Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee. BUY TICKETS

Did You Ever Who Fired The Gun

Did You Ever Who Fired The Gun

March 30, 2018

“In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.” So begins Travis Wilkerson’s critically acclaimed documentary, DID YOU WONDER WHO FIRED THE GUN?, which takes us on a journey through the American South to uncover the truth behind a horrific incident and the societal mores that allowed it to happen. Acting as narrator and guide, Wilkerson spins a strange, frightening tale, incorporating scenes from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, the music of Janelle Monáe, Billie Holiday and Phil Ochs, and the story of Rosa Parks’s investigation into the Recy Taylor case, as well as his own family history, for a gripping investigation into our collective past and its echoes into the present day.

"Mr. Wilkerson sifts through the personal and the political, travels down eerily lonely Alabama byways and deep into anguished history. The result is an urgent, often corrosive look at America’s past and present through the prism of family, patriarchy, white supremacy and black resistance.” —Manohla Dargis, New York Times "(Wilkerson) provides, in effect, a travelogue of the history of racism—and that history rushes into the present day when he attempts to find Spann’s grave… An overwhelming experience." –  Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Now screening at The Belcourt  

The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

March 30, 2018

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, IN THE LOOP). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale).

A Fantastic Woman

A Fantastic Woman

March 17, 2018
From Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, whose 2013 film GLORIA provided an indelible portrait of a woman adrift, comes this incisive character study of a different nature. Marina (Daniela Vega), the transgender heroine of A FANTASTIC WOMAN is beautiful, enigmatic, and plunged into a precarious situation after her boyfriend dies unexpectedly in her company.
The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope

March 17, 2018

This wry, melancholic comedy from Finnish master-of-deadpan Aki Kaurismäki, a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) lands in Helsinki as a stowaway. Meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves behind his wife and job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant.

It’s A Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life

March 17, 2018

Frank Capra’s inverted take on “

A Christmas Carol

” stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a good man who’s spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel named Clarence finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows George what life would’ve been like had he never been born.

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

March 17, 2018

From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated 

THE SECRET OF KELLS

 and SONG OF THE SEA comes the highly-anticipated new feature based on Deborah Ellis’s best-selling novel. THE BREADWINNER tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001.

Mudbound

Mudbound

March 17, 2018
Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming.
Jane

Jane

March 17, 2018

In the 1960s, 

National Geographic

 sent a cameraman to film Jane Goodall’s pioneering work with chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park. Goodall was a striking figure, hand-picked in her twenties by groundbreaking paleontologist Louis Leakey for her love of animals, her appetite for adventure, and her patience. Photographer and filmmaker Hugo van Lawick trained his camera on her as much as on the chimpanzees.

The Florida Project

The Florida Project

March 17, 2018

Warm, winning and gloriously alive, THE FLORIDA PROJECT is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood directed by Sean Baker (TANGERINE). Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, THE FLORIDA PROJECT follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince, in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer.

MAMA AFRICA: MIRIAM MAKEBA

MAMA AFRICA: MIRIAM MAKEBA

March 17, 2018

Internationally famous South African singer Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace. Through rare archive footage of her performances and through testimonies of her contemporaries and supporters including Harry Belafonte, Stokely Carmichael, Hugh Masekela, Paul Simon, Angélique Kidjo and many others – we discover Miriam Makeba’s remarkable journey.

Ex Libris

Ex Libris

March 17, 2018

“…If this world has you in need of a little healing time, go, go, go and see it: it’s a lovely, gracious, soul-satisfying thing.” —Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

In this, the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman, the legendary filmmaker brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of New York City’s library system.

Lucky

Lucky

March 17, 2018

Having out-lived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, a fiercely independent town curmudgeon (Harry Dean Stanton) finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration and enlightenment. A love letter to the life and career of Stanton himself—who passed away Sep 15, 2017.

LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old curmudgeon (Harry Dean Stanton) and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town.