Now Showing – Virtual Films Offered by New Plaza Cinema Starting 6/26

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Featured Films of the Week

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things

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Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. “Ella: Just One of Those Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.

The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music — a black woman who makes her career in the face of horrifying racism.

Here is an Ella the world never knew — tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator. The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”. But as Jamie Cullum says “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”.

Extended Films


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Director: Abel Ferrera
(2019 – 115 minutes – Not Rated)

In English and Italian with English subtitles.
Playing opposite the director’s own wife and daughter, Willem Dafoe is a Ferrara-like American artist living in Rome in this improvised drama of doubt and disconnection, shot in a self-reflective documentary style.

Lucky Grandma

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Director: Sasie Sealy
(2019 – 100 minutes – Rating not yet available)

In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite her family worrying about her. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) 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 (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

Caro Diario

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Director: Nanni Moretti
(1993 – 101 minutes – Not Rated)

In Italian with English subtitles.
One of the most acclaimed contemporary Italian film director-comedians, Nanni Moretti, directs himself playing himself in this wry look at life. Also starring Golden Globe-nominee Jennifer Beals. 


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Director: Dror Zahavi
(2019 – 102 minutes – Not Rated)

In German with English subtitles.
When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (actor Peter Simonischek) accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are.

Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi (Alexander Penn, Everything for my Father) directs this gripping drama as a constantly growing ‘crescendo’, rising the tension and conflicts until the last frame. Lead actor Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann) stars next to a highly convincing selection of up-and-coming actors like Daniel Donskoy (Victoria) and Sabrina Amali (4 Blocks). A remarkable theatrical movie and contribution to the world-wide efforts towards understanding, humanity, and peace.


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Director: Yaron Zilberman
(2019 – 123 minutes – Not Rated)

In Hebrew with English subtitles.
Acclaimed writer-director Yaron Zilberman (A Late Quartet) chronicles the disturbing descent of a promising law student to an intransigent ultranationalist obsessed with murdering his country’s leader, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Incitement is a gripping and unnerving look through the eyes of a murderer who silenced a powerful voice for peace.

“Powerful. The incitement in Israel that killed Yitzhak Rabin.” – The New York Times

“Timely. Remarkable. Chilling.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A Daring and Important Film.” – Variety

“A Chilling Portrait. Explores the mind of an assassin.” – Los Angeles Times

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

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Director: Elizabeth Kennedy
(2019 – 82 minutes – Not Rated)

Master chef, teacher, and environmental activist Diana Kennedy is living proof that size has nothing to do with strength. Now in her 90s and barely five feet tall, she’s a fierce jolt of energy that has become one of the most celebrated culinary legends of Mexican cuisine. Blending incredible archival footage from her many television appearances and unprecedented access to her ecologically sustainable home, Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is a charming homage to a culinary trailblazer and a true inspiration.

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

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Director: Rob Garver
(2018 – 98 minutes – Not Rated)

“The most powerful, loved, and hated film critic of her time.” – Roger Ebert on Pauline Kael (1919-2001). In a field that has historically embraced few women film critics, Kael was charismatic, controversial, witty, and discerning. Her decades-long berth at The New Yorker energized her fans (“Paulettes”) and infuriated her detractors on a weekly basis.

Her turbo-charged prose famously championed the New Hollywood Cinema of the late 1960s and ‘70s (Bonnie and Clyde, Nashville, Carrie, Taxi Driver) and the work of major European directors (François Truffaut, Bernardo Bertolucci), while mercilessly panning some of the biggest studio hits (The Sound of Music, Midnight Cowboy, Dirty Harry).

Her creepy battle with Andrew Sarris and his auteur theory was legendary, and her stint in Hollywood, trying her hand at producing, was a disaster. In this film Sarah Jessica Parker reads from Kael’s reviews and filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, Paul Schrader, and Francis Ford Coppola and critics Camille Paglia, Molly Haskell, Greil Marcus, and David Edelstein speak to her enormous gifts and influence.

The Booksellers

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Director: D.W. Young
(2020 – 99 minutes – Not Rated)

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective, and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. The Booksellers takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics, and dreamers.

“The Booksellers is a documentary for anyone who can still look at a book and see a dream, a magic teleportation device, an object that contains the world.” – Variety

“A treat for anyone who appreciates the printed word.” – The Hollywood Reporter

Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint

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Director: Halina Dyrschka
(2019 – 93 minutes – Not Rated)

Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

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Director: Alison Reid
(2019 – 82 minutes – Not Rated)

In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. When she returned home a year later, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved hard to overcome. In The Woman Who Loves Giraffes Anne (now 86) retraces her steps, offering an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Anne and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes gives us a moving perspective on both.

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Recorded Talk Back Session 6/28/2020: No Way Out

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Virtual book signing with Max Alvarez 6/21/2020

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Recorded Talk Back Session 6/14/2020: The Band Wagon

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Recorded Talk Back Session 5/31/2020: The Last Picture Show

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Recorded Talk Back Session 5/17/2020: The 400 Blows

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