November – December 2015

November 27, 2015 - December 3, 2015

Rififi1Du Rififi chez les hommes (1955)


Fri, Nov. 27 – Thurs, Dec 3

 Back from the pen, homme dur Jean Servais first belts around his ex-girlfriend Marie Sabouret, then rejoins copain Carl Möhner and cohort Robert Manuel, who’ve got a little jewel store smash-and-grab job lined up — but Servais wants the whole works. With the aid of freshly imported safecracker “César the Milanese” (director Dassin billed as “Perlo Vita”), the resulting classic heist — a legendary 30-minute sequence with no dialogue or music — provided a usable blueprint for real-life professionals (causing outright bans in some countries) — but then, another of Sabouret’s ex-boyfriends wants a big cut. A world-wide smash, Rififi raised eyebrows for its excessive gunplay, décolletage, and dope use — all of which led to its condemnation by the American Legion of Decency. Blacklisted Hollywood exile Dassin turned a Rififi2potboiler by milieu specialist Auguste Le Breton into an existential thriller that earned him Cannes’ Best Director prize and set the standard for screen robberies for decades to come — from his own Topkapi to Mission: Impossible — while “Rififi” was subsequently stolen for titles of non-related thrillers. Philippe Agostini’s all-weather location shooting provides an invaluable time capsule of Paris in the 50s, with the late Magali Noël warbling the title song. Approx. 118 mins. DCP.

“THE BEST OF ALL HEIST MOVIES! Rififi mirrors the arcs of the criminal lives it examines: It seduces you in, and then won’t let you out cleanly. THIS IS TOUGH-GUY NOIR OF THE HIGHEST PROOF.” 
– Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice 
Read full review here


Rfifi7“THE UNFORGETTABLE MASTERPIECE OF CRIME… Dassin’s meditative magnum opus. A MUST-SEE.” 
– Indiewire’s The Playlist

– Andrew Sarris


– Francois Truffaut

“The underworld equivalent of a sublime French meal… As Rififi goes on, it becomes as savage as Reservoir Dogs, The Killing, or any of the other dozens of films over which it still casts a shadow.”
– Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Rififi6“JUST ABOUT FLAWLESS! For lovers of tough-guy moviemaking, Rififi really means perfection. A genre movie brought off so keenly that it defines that genre’s strengths and limits… As a director, Mr. Dassin has perfect pitch. When anything disrupts the film’s dry yet convivial tone — like Tony beating his ex-lover for taking up with that nightclub owner in his absence — it registers as a troubling portent, not a dramatic miscue. The movie has been criticized for its astringency: no spontaneous emotion, no tender or playful impulse, goes unpunished. But that’s what gives the film its hardscrabble integrity. Mr. Dassin seduces you into thinking that you’re joining four underworld musketeers. Then he shows you there’s no room in this band for carefree camaraderie.”
– Michael Sragow, The New York Times

December 4, 2015

Fri, Dec 4 – Thur, Dec 10!
5th April 1969: Rock singer Janis Joplin (1943 - 1970). (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

“There’s a special, rich, satisfying pleasure that comes of seeing a doc about someone you feel you know almost too well, and by the end the film has brought you so close to her that in your imagination, she’s been reborn.” – Owen Gleiberman, BBC

To celebrate the completion of her posthumous masterpiece, Pearl, Janis Joplin decide to celebrate. Unfortunately, celebration for Joplin often equated to injecting heroin. When she passed away on October 4th, 1970 in Hollywood, it seemed the mourning would never stop. That the pain would never subside. There are only a handful of artists in any medium that deeply connect with people. For many, Joplin was not merely a musician, but a beloved icon, an inimitable iconoclast, an additional member of their family.

Her memorialization continues in Janis: Little Girl Blue, the moving documentary from Amy Berg. In less than two hours, the gifted documentarian creates a transfixing portrait of Joplin, the multi-hyphenate artist whose life and legacy lives on through this film.

Directed by Amy J. Berg, 105 min, USA.

December 13, 2015

Tyler Oakley has transcended what it means to be Youtube famous. Frequently vulnerable, candid, and inspiring, Oakley has altered the lives of many. His reach, and positive messages, have affected people of all ages from around the world. Even FLOTUS herself, Mrs. Michelle Obama, sat down with Oakley for a lively conversation. He’s a champion of equal rights for the LGBTQ community and uncompromising individuality — to unabashedly be yourself,  always.

Accompanying the release of his best-selling book, BINGE, is a documentary certain to give another insight into the mind of Tyler Oakley. The singular personality will be attending this one-night event at the Roxie. Following the film, titled SNERVOUS, Oakley with be in conversation with Roxie creative director Sam Fragoso. He’ll also be answering a few questions from the audience.

Directed by Amy Rice. 90 min. 2015. DCP