Schedule 11/30-12/5/21

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THE RESCUE

USA, 2021; 107 min; PG; D: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhely

Showtimes this week: Wednesday 12/1 and Friday 12/3 @ 7:30PM.

The Rescue chronicles the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand. Academy Award®-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin keep viewers on the edge of their seats as they use a wealth of never-before-seen material and exclusive interviews to piece together the high stakes mission, highlighting the efforts of the Royal Thai Navy SEALs and U.S. Air Force Special Tactics, and detailing the expert cave divers’ audacious venture to bring the boys to safety. The Rescue brings alive one of the most perilous and extraordinary rescues in modern times, shining a light on the high-risk world of cave diving, the astounding courage and compassion of the rescuers, and the shared humanity of the international community that united to save the boys.”- Greenwich Entertainment

“Extraordinary… A rousing film that celebrates humanity at its most selfless”- Variety

“Incredibly moving and thrilling to watch” – Rogerebert.com

“A masterfully layered, thrilling account of a hair-raising rescue”- Slant

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IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM

(USA, 2021; 88 min; NR; D: Connie Hochman)

In Balanchine’s Classroom takes us back to the glory years of Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, they reveal new facets of the groundbreaking choreographer: taskmaster, mad scientist, and spiritual teacher. Today, as his former dancers teach a new generation, questions arise: what was the secret of his teaching? Can it be replicated?

“Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process.”- Zeigeist Films

“Everyone interviewed agrees the demanding precision, physicality, repetition and brusqueness (“Who taught you?”) in his classes turned off many; only a percentage of the company ever attended them. But to come out on the other side was to discover who one was as a dancer. And waiting there was Balanchine — ready to showcase them and willing to tailor his choreography to a dancer’s strengths (Villella’s jumping, Govrin’s height) — because he believed all along.” – LA Times.

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Tickets: Adults $9.00, Senior citizens over 62 and WCUW members $7.00; First 5 WCUW members with card can bring a guest and get 2-for-1 admission.

WCUW is located at 910 Main Street, Worcester. Ample parking is available along Main Street and directly across Main Street in the Clark University Idrisi Program’s parking lot at the crosswalk.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, OUR OPERATING PROTOCOLS FOR COVID-19 WILL REQUIRE PROOF OF VACCINATION FOR ALL PATRONS, AND MASKS WORN AT THE DOOR. Thanks for your cooperation.

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ALSO CONTINUING AS VIRTUAL STREAMING ENGAGEMENTS:

LUCKY GRANDMA

Click the link below for the Cinema 320 landing page. Admission for this engagement is $12.00.

https://kinonow.com/lucky-grandma-cinema-320

LUCKY GRANDMA

USA 2020; 87 min. NR. Subtitles. Screenplay: Sasie Sealy & Angela Cheng; Direction: Sasie Sealy

In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck… suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

“If last year’s massively successful The Farewell taught the film industry anything, it’s that American audiences have an appetite for stories that haven’t been seen before. Lulu Wang’s debut feature was a major boon for Asian-American indie film, and Wang’s success an inspiration to all marginalized filmmakers. While it may seem reductive to compare two films directed by Chinese-American women, both films revolve around a Nai Nai, the Mandarin word for “grandma.” But the similarities end there. Where Wang’s Nai Nai was sweet and naive, the Nai Nai in Lucky Grandma is a grizzled, cantankerous chainsmoker — and a total badass.

“The feature debut of filmmaker Sasie Sealy, Lucky Grandma is a wickedly entertaining dark comedy, steeped in the colors and characters of New York City’s Chinatown. This is precise and confident filmmaking, and if there is any justice in Hollywood, Sealy’s name will soon be as ubiquitous as Wang’s. Co-written with Angela Cheng, Sealy’s dynamic script is deeply funny, heartfelt, and with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes.” – Jude Dry, Indiewire.

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THE BOOKSELLERS

Click the link below for the Cinema 320 BOOKSELLERS landing page. Admission for this engagement is $9.99.

https://thebooksellers.vhx.tv/products/the-booksellers-for-cinema-320

THE BOOKSELLERS

USA 2020; 99 min. NR. Director: D.W. Young

Cinema 320’s Virtual Theater puts out a general call to all bibliophiles – paradise awaits you in this fascinating, funny, and occasionally even mind-blowing documentary on some of the country’s greatest rare book dealers and collectors. 

“If you count yourself as one of those people who love getting lost in a bookstore, particularly a (slightly) musty one that sells used and rare volumes (and, hopefully, has a cat), then the documentary THE BOOKSELLERS will offer some comfort in this time of deprivation” – LA Times.