Watch these MINOR APPROVED titles in the comfort of your own home ~ 50 percent of the ticket price goes to a great Independent Film distributor. The other HALF goes directly toward keeping the lights on at your favorite local Cinema, the Minor Theatre!!!
ZAPPA - Now Playing!
There has yet to be a film about the life and times of the brilliant and genuinely maverick musician Frank Zappa. Director Alex Winter and his team have crafted a documentary from over a thousand hours of mostly unseen material from Zappa’s personal vault. ZAPPA is an expansive and intimate portrait of an extraordinary artist who was also fully engaged with the turbulent politics of his day.
As a bonus, immediately following the film we've included a live Zappa performance and backstage footage, released from the Zappa vaults for the first time. This bonus footage is exclusive to theatrical and virtual cinema engagements.
"ZAPPA will immerse you in the mind of a genius, and you may never be the same again."
— Peter Keough, The Boston Globe
BORN TO BE - Now Playing!
"A brave, revelatory, and beautifully realized film, it is easily one of the year's best and most important documentaries." - RogerEbert.com
The emotional and physical journey of surgical transitioning after New York state passed the law that health insurance should cover transgender-related care and services. With extraordinary access, this feature-length documentary takes an intimate look at how one doctor's work impacts the lives of his patients as well as how his journey from renowned plastic surgeon to pioneering gender-affirming surgeon has led to his own transformation.
With its cinematic eye, compelling subjects, and elegant awareness of the issues, "Born to Be" was conceived just in time." - IndieWire
COLLECTIVE - Now Playing!
Hands down, the closest thing we saw this year to a full-on masterpiece. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT." - Rolling Stone
Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.
"It sketches out an honest, affecting, somewhat old-fashioned utopian example of what it takes to make the world better, or at least a little less awful." - New York Times
"Gripping, incisive and shockingly powerful, Collective is easily the documentary of the year." - Chicago Tribune
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY - Now Playing!
"Hilarious and Unbridled" re-imagining of the formative years of former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, is the the first feature from Winnipegger Matthew Rankin.
Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall. In his quest for power, King must gratify the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a war-mongering Governor-General, and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing one, final test of leadership. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the defining characteristic of the twentieth century!
2020. Drama, Based on Lit. Not Rated. Directed by Pietro Marcello. 129 min. Italian w/ English Subtitles
MARTIN EDEN - Now Playing!
Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman. Winner of the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"The film is a masterpiece, so you should see it any way you can." - Vulture.
"The true miracle of this film is how Marcello translates both London’s scabrous tone and his lush, character-revealing prose into pure cinema." - NY Times.
2020. Crime Thriller/Mystery. Not Rated. Directed by Kim Yong-Hoon. 109 min. Korean w/ English Subtitles
BEASTS GRASPING AT STRAWS - opens soon!
A Louis Vuitton bag stuffed full of cash sends a group of hard-luck lowlifes on a desperate chase for the fortune in this pitch-black neo-noir crime thriller. Fish-mongering gangsters, a greasy cop, an “innocent” gym cleaner, a young sex worker, her abusive husband, her ruthless boss and her clueless boyfriend all violently scheme to get their hands on the elusive bag.
First time director Kim Yong-hoon’s witty thriller is a beautifully constructed puzzle that with each double-cross, the pieces fall into place. Starring Jung Woo-sung from Asura: City of Madness and Jeon Do-yeon, award winner in Cannes for her lead role in Secret Sunshine.
"It's a wicked, twist-filled winner." - Mercury News
"A twisted cat and mouse tale of betrayal and mayhem with a genuinely droll tone throughout, virtually guaranteeing audience enjoyment and even (guilty) smiles in the face of murder."- Hangul Cinema
CROCK OF GOLD: A FEW ROUNDS WITH SHANE MACGOWAN - opens Dec.4th!
A cinematic exploration of Shane MacGowan’s story, Julien Temple’s film CROCK OF GOLD details Shane’s explosive existence, from his salad days, growing up in Ireland, to time spent on the mean streets of London and embracing the punk scene. To forming the Pogues and the conquering the known universe, we discover MacGowan’s passions, his humor & deep knowledge of music, history, spirituality & popular culture. For this is Shane’s story. A vision of the world through the eyes of the great punk poet himself and an intimate cast of close friends and family members, all channeled through Temple’s inimitable and eternally vibrant lens.
"TERRIFIC. In the upper echelon of recent rock docs. Makes a great, sober case for MacGowan as a real poet, an expat national statesman, and someone who might have changed ideas about how traditional music and rock can meld for all time."
— Chris Willman, Variety