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Irrational Man

Directed by Woody Allen. US. 2015. R. 95 minutes. Sony Pictures Classics. Digital.
Fri., August 28, 2015 thru Thu., September 3, 2015
Friday
August 28, 2015
7:30 pm
Saturday
August 29, 2015
4:45 pm
Saturday
August 29, 2015
7:00 pm
Saturday
August 29, 2015
9:15 pm
Sunday
August 30, 2015
4:45 pm
Sunday
August 30, 2015
7:00 pm
Monday
August 31, 2015
6:30 pm
Tuesday
September 1, 2015
7:30 pm
Wednesday
September 2, 2015
2:00 pm
Wednesday
September 2, 2015
4:45 pm
Wednesday
September 2, 2015
7:30 pm
Thursday
September 3, 2015
7:30 pm

“Woody Allens light-toned, dark-themed comedy begins with duelling voice-overs, which keep wrangling throughout the film: those of Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix), a philosopher with a taste for trouble, and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his disciple and admirer. Abe arrives at a small Rhode Island liberal-arts school in a funk. Depressed, reckless, and isolated, he instructs his students (especially the gifted Jill) in the futility of a life of the mind, and begins an affair with Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a colleague with romantic dreams. But a chance encounter in town with a victim of local misrule inspires a debate with Jill that prompts Abe to take action, turning the skit-like satire into an eerie and suspenseful thriller. As taboos fall away, so does Abes resistance to Jills flirtations. Allens sketch of the campus owes nothing to observations of real students or teachers; the setup is an abstraction that the actors fill with their own vitality. But when the Dostoyevskian drama kicks in, Allens venomous speculations bring to the fore a tangle of conundrums and ironies, as if the director, nearing eighty, already had one foot in the next world and were looking back at this one with derision and rue.” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker)

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