Now Showing – Virtual Films Offered by New Plaza Cinema Starting 7/10

The following movies are available from various distributors and the price and length of rental varies per selection. Please review the details for each film.

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Featured Films of the Week

The Tobacconist

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Director: Nikolaus Leytner
(2018 – 113 minutes – Not Rated)

In German with English Subtitles
A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship.

When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

Shanghai Triad

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Director: Zhang Yimou
(1995 – 103 minutes – R)

In Mandarin with English Subtitles
Hired to be a servant to pampered nightclub singer and mob moll Xiao Jinbao (Gong Li), naive teenager Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) is thrust into the glamorous and deadly demimonde of 1930s Shanghai. Over the course of seven days, Shuisheng observes mounting tensions as triad boss Tang (Li Baotian) begins to suspect traitors amongst his ranks and rivals for Xiao Jinbao’s affections.

Legendary director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers) presents an “assured and attention-grabbing” (Variety) take on the gangster film while Gong Li’s central performance, “a portrait of a capricious and indulgent woman who gains depth as we watch her – is one of her finest” (Chicago Tribune).

John Lewis: Good Trouble

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Director: Dawn Porter
(2020 – 96 minutes – Not Rated)

Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary.

Extended Films

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things

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Director: Leslie Woodhead
(2020 – 89 minutes – Not Rated)

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”.


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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.

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Recorded Talk Back Session 7/26/2020: The Swimmer

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Recorded Talk Back Session 7/12/2020: Baby Face

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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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