A brief rundown of what’s happening at Circle Cinema
OPENING FEB. 8
Nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Foreign Language Film, this Polish drama set behind the Iron Curtain follows the story of star-crossed lovers pulled apart by the forces of Communism. Also nominated for Best Director and Best Cinematography. Rated R.
The Image Book
The latest work from legendary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. This avant-garde essay film is part cinema and part art instillation, examining the history of movies, historical tragedies like the Holocaust, and the modern Arab world. Not Rated.
Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action
A feature length collection of the five Oscar-nominated live action short films. Not Rated (discretion advised).
OPENING FEB. 15
Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, this Lebanese drama follows the riveting story of a boy who, after a struggle for survival on the streets, sues his abusive parents to stop them from having more children. Rated R.
Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animated
A feature length collection the five Oscar-nominated animated short films, plus other finalists.
Not Rated (discretion advised).
Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration
A lineup of music all-stars gather at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles to pay tribute to legendary singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell. (Thurs. Feb. 7, 7 p.m.)
The Black Pirate (1926)
Second Saturday Silents presents silent era movie star Douglas Fairbanks as a young man who joins the band of pirates that killed his father, all in order to wield his revenge. Bill Rowland accompanies on the Circle’s 90-year-old pipe organ. $5 admission; $2 for
16 & under. (Sat. Feb. 9, 11 a.m.)
TimeTalks at Sundance: Jackie Chan
New York Times pop culture reporter Kyle Buchanan talks with Jackie Chan about his storied career, from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. (Tues. Feb. 12, 7 p.m.)
Nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards, the Anime Club presents this Japanese adventure about a boy who time travels from a magical garden, meeting relatives from the past while guided by his sister from the future. (Fri. & Sat. Feb. 15 & 16, 10 p.m.)
TimeTalks at Sundance: Ashton Sanders & KiKi Layne
New York Times pop culture reporter Kyle Buchanan talks with the stars of the acclaimed new African-American indie film “Native Son,” from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. (Tues. Feb. 19, 7 p.m.)