Tampa Theatre Virtual Cinema
While our historic auditorium remains dark in the face of COVID-19 and we all remain safer at home, Tampa Theatre continues to look for ways to provide unique cinematic experiences for our fans and friends.
Tampa Theatre Virtual Cinema is a collection of new, first-run movies being released via streaming platforms by our film distribution partners exclusively for art-house audiences.
2013 / 1h 23m / PG-13 / Documentary
Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides – a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly – and unpredictably – able to turn on them at a moment’s notice.
2020 / 1h 52m / PG-13 / Comedy
Military Wives centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage.
2019 / 1h 27m / Not Rated / Comedy
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 the worry of her family. 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.
FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY
2018 / 1h 20m / Not Rated / Drama
On a weekend day like any other, the simple meal a young woman prepares for friends takes on unexpected significance. Revelry turns to meditations on mortality, and the tiniest, hard-won gesture of goodness comes from an unexpected party. Night turns to day, and the film takes viewers somewhere else entirely. Connecting interior portraits and exterior landscapes, grief and renewal, the city and the countryside, the imaginary and the actual, Feast of the Epiphany is a reminder that the fictions we create for ourselves are often made visible by invisible realities.
2014 / 2h 1m / R / Documentary
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY
2020 / 1h 22m / Not Rated / Documentary
The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana Kennedy is called the “Julia Child of Mexico,” but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine.” Featuring extensive interviews with Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Camara and Alice Waters, Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy provides an intimate look at the culinary authority whose work started changing how Americans view Mexican cooking.
2018 / 1h 37m / PG / Documentary
RBG tells the story of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s rise to tremendous influence and leadership while also transforming herself into an unexpected pop culture icon. A pioneer for women in her career and a powerful voice for fairness, Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while also capturing the cultural imagination of a whole generation of young women striving for equality.
NEW FRENCH SHORTS
2020 / 2h 32m / Not Rated / Short Film Compilation
New French Shorts 2020 is an annual presentation is a feature-length program of seven delightful, funny, charming, provocative, festival-favorite Gallic shorts curated by UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for their Young French Cinema program.
UP FROM THE STREETS
2019 / 1h 34m / Not Rated / Documentary
Up From The Streets: New Orleans: The City of Music looks at the culture of New Orleans through the lens of music. There is a thread that runs through the city that can be heard from the drumming at Congo Square in the 1700s through to today’s vibrant music scene. It was a vehicle to communicate a desire for freedom, express frustration of the injustices of segregation and Jim Crow laws, a healing force that helped bring the city back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and is still a vital form of expression against ongoing cultural & racial biases.
2020 / 1h 43m / Not Rated / Drama
Alice is the perfect wife and mother, living happily with her husband Francois and their son in an apartment in Paris. When her credit cards are declined one day, Alice discovers that Francois has been spending all of their money at a high-end escort service. When she learns that the bank will foreclose on their home, she visits the same escort service in the hopes of finding a way to make some cash.
WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL
2020 / 1h 38m / Not Rated / Documentary
Tagged by Roger Ebert as the most influential film critic of the late twentieth century, Pauline Kael’s turbulent life and work is documented through never-seen archival footage, her published writing and personal letters, and interviews with both friends and foes of her pen. Pauline is voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker, and participants include Quentin Tarantino, Camille Paglia, David O. Russell, Molly Haskell, Francis Ford Coppola, and daughter Gina James.
2020 / 1h 30m / R / Drama
Reeling from a one-sided breakup with well-known artist and “older woman” D (Sonya Walger, ABC’s The Catch and Lost), anguished Karen (Otmara Marrero, Start-Up) flees Los Angeles for her ex’s idyllic lake house in the Pacific Northwest. There, she becomes entangled with the mysterious, alluring Lana (Sydney Sweeney, Sharp Objects, The Handmaid’s Tale), whom she cannot seem to resist. The two become close over the period of a few days, learning more and more about each other as time goes on. But as Karen’s fondness for the younger woman grows, so does suspicion: Are they *both* lying about certain aspects of their lives to impress the other?
BETWEEN SHADOW AND SOUL
2019 / 1h 29m / Not Rated / Drama
In late 19th century Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May becomes the third wife to a wealthy landowner. She quickly learns that she can gain status and security if she gives birth to a male child, but her burgeoning attraction to Xuan, the second wife, puts her fragile standing in jeopardy. As May observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice, to either carry on in silence, or forge a path towards personal freedom.
Between Shadow and Soul is director Ash Mayfair’s reworking of her acclaimed film The Third Wife into a silent, black and white film, creating a completely different cinematic experience.
1h 18m / Not Rated / Drama
Guatemala, 2018. The whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto (Armando Espitia) is a young anthropologist working for the Forensic Foundation; his job is to identify the missing. One day, while hearing the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war. Against the wishes of his mother (Emma Dib), he flings himself body and soul into the case, looking for truth and resilience.
Spanish w. English subtitles
SWORD OF GOD
1h 40m / Not Rated / Historical Thriller
In the early Middle Ages, a contingent of knights embarks on a dangerous journey to spread Christianity and baptize the pagan inhabitants of an isolated village hidden deep in the mountains of a faraway island. After being shipwrecked, the two survivors set out to complete their mission, but as they attempt to convert the tribe, their diverging beliefs put them at odds with each other. Soon, love is confronted with hate, peace with violence, sanity with madness, and redemption with damnation.
Polish w. English subtitles
CAPITAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY
1h 43m / Not Rated / Documentary
Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time’s list of most influential people), this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power. The film breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the narrative assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts.
English and French w. English subtitles
1h 17m / Not Rated / Comedy
In this black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, Academy Award-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is a recent divorcee who becomes obsessed with a vintage fringed deerskin jacket that begins to exert an uncanny hold on him. Set in a sleepy French alpine village, he falls into the guise of an independent filmmaker and befriends a trusting bartender and aspiring editor (Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire) who becomes his collaborator on a movie that will document a surprising new goal he sets himself: to be the king of all the jackets.
French w. English subtitles
2020 / 1h 53m / Not Rated / Documentary
In their new documentary, directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan paint a detailed and astonishing portrait of Pahokee, a rural village in the Everglades, Florida. Very close-knit, its inhabitants fight to face fragile financial situations and an uncertain future. Through a precise observational approach, the film captures the daily life of this city restoring a rich palette of nuances. From sporting events to beauty contests at school, the filmmakers explore social and community rituals, and how gender and identity are portrayed as new stories are created. Pahokee is the powerful portrait of a forgotten America, absent from the current political discourse.
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