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Rated R (2h 20m)

Five documentary short films: Topics include murder, abortion, sexual abuse, and suicide.

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* THE AFTER – Misan Harriman and Nicky Bentham, 18 min., UK (in English)

A powerful and affecting story that follows Dayo (Oyelowo), a Londoner who has to reconnect with himself and society after witnessing a devastating random attack in the capital.

* RED, WHITE AND BLUE – Nazrin Choudhury and Sara McFarlane, 23 min., USA (in English)

Rachel (Brittany Snow) is a single parent living paycheck to paycheck. When an unexpected pregnancy threatens to unravel her already precarious position, she’s forced to cross state lines in search of an abortion. As Rachel contemplates the series of events that necessitated this journey and the obstacles placed in her path, we learn a heartbreaking truth that means her life will never be the same again.

* KNIGHT OF FORTUNE – Lasse Lyskjær Noer and Christian Norlyk, 25 min., Denmark (in Swedish/Danish)

The loss of a loved one, the grief, the risk of yellow skin, and a coffin, that is too much for Karl to face.

* INVINCIBLE – Vincent René-Lortie and Samuel Caron, 29 min., Canada (in French)

Inspired by a true story, INVINCIBLE recounts the last 48 hours in the life of Marc-Antoine Bernier, a 14-year-old boy on a desperate quest for freedom.

* THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF HENRY SUGAR – Wes Anderson and Steven Rales, 40 min., US/UK (in English)

A beloved Roald Dahl story about a rich man who learns about a guru who can see without using his eyes and then sets out to master the skill in order to cheat at gambling.

FRI 2/23 - 4:30 / 7:30
SAT 2/24 - 12:00 / 7:00
SUN 2/25 - 3:00 / 6:00
MON 2/26 - 3:00 / 6:00 (matinee pricing)
TUE 2/27 - 6:30
WED 2/28 - 6:30
THUR 2/29 - 6:30

PERFECT DAYS button to buy tickets

Rated PG (2h 5m)
Drama. Subtitled Japanese.
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Hirayama feels content with his life as a toilet cleaner in Tokyo. Outside of his structured routine, he cherishes music on cassette tapes, reads books and takes photos. Through unexpected encounters, he reflects on finding beauty in the world. Starring Koji Yakusho. Directed by Wim Wenders. Oscar nominee for Best International Film!

Paul's review:
When the lights come up and the credits roll, audience members will either enjoy the tranquil piano music or bolt for the door. Wim Wenders seems to fracture his audience between those who can roll with a story tied to visual wanderings or those who need their entertainment a little more structured, like the Tokyo toilet cleaner, Hirayama. He works the streets and parks of Tokyo, toilet brush in hand, work ethic set to 100%, moving gracefully and invisibly from one restroom to the next. He breaks his day up with visits to his favorite bathhouse, restaurants, and trees. PERFECT DAYS is a movie of perfect moments; intimate moments. We might be content to join him (and Wenders) for his day-to-day of dappled light, favorite haunts, and the ability to celebrate small miracles. But the story develops, and we feel the disruption to his perfect world.

Hirayama’s van is stocked with toilet paper and cassette tapes from the adolescence of rock and roll. We know the music and it provides entre into a simple life carved in a big city. We ride with him and Van Morrison and Otis Redding into the dawn sun. “So this is a cassette tape,” exclaims the girlfriend of his youthful coworker, a member of the iPhone generation. His earnestness draws youngsters into his world, a world where fads have turned into culture. When he returns them to their world, they are perhaps a little wiser.

Being a toilet cleaner is not a broad swing at making Hirayama a humble character: an intimate film needs a main character who performs intimate tasks. Restrooms are public places of privacy. He understands this and the etiquette required to remain unobtrusive. It is demonstrated by his dignity in the quality of his work. Precision defines him. But the randomness of light on the wall, and black and white film photography he shoots without using the viewfinder is where his soul lives. It is chaos contained in an economy of words and deep appreciation. The words in his life are on the pages of the novels that most have read once in school, then relegated, dog-eared and highlighted, to the bookstore dollar rack. But he connects deeply with people, even if it’s peripherally. He can take the press and crush of adolescence and give it a place in his life until it moves on. He understands illness and greets it with beer, cigarettes, and a game of shadow tag.

Yakusho Koji is an acclaimed and famed Japanese actor who has appeared in many notable films, including TAMPOPO, UNAGI, and BABEL, but may be best known internationally for his role in SHALL WE DANCE. His masterful portrayal of Hirayama gives us a peek into the life of a man who gracefully winds his way through Tokyo as a member of the invisible army that maintains one of the most beautiful cities in the universe.

FRI 2/23 - 4:30 / 7:30
SAT 2/24 - 12:00 / 2:30 / 5:30 / 8:00
SUN 2/25 - 2:00 / 4:45 / 7:30
MON 2/26 - 3:30 / 6:30 (matinee pricing)
TUE 2/27 - 5:00
WED 2/28 - 7:00
THUR 2/29 - 7:00

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Rated R (1h 24m)
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In search of a fresh start, two women embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, Fla. However, things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way. Starring Geraldine Viswanathan, Margaret Qualley, Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal. Directed by Ethan Coen.

FRI 2/23 - 4:00* / 6:00 / 8:00
SAT 2/24 - 12:30* / 2:30 / 4:30 / 6:30 / 8:30
SUN 2/25 - 2:00* / 4:00 / 6:00 / 8:00
MON 2/26 - 4:00* / 6:30 (matinee pricing)
TUE 2/27 - 7:30
WED 2/28 - 7:30
THUR 2/29 - 7:30
*open caption matinee

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THE TASTE OF THINGS button to buy tickets

Rated PG-13 (2h 16m)
Romance. Subtitled French.
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Cook Eugenie and her boss Dodin have grown fond of one another over 20 years, and their romance gives rise to dishes that impress the world's most illustrious chefs. When Dodin is faced with Eugenie's reluctance to commit, he begins to cook for her. Starring Juliette Binoche, Benoît Magimel. Directed by Tran Anh Hung.

FRI 2/23 - 4:00 / 7:00
SAT 2/24 - 1:00 / 4:00 / 7:00
SUN 2/25 - 3:00 / 6:30
MON 2/26 - 3:00 / 6:00 (matinee pricing)
TUE 2/27 - 6:00
WED 2/28 - 6:00
THUR 2/29 - 6:00

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THE CIRCUS movie poster button to buy tickets
CMNYK presents:
- Not Rated (1h 12m)
Silent film with live music accompaniment by SONOCHROMATIC!

The tramp finds work, and the girl of his dreams, at a circus. Starring Charlie Chaplin. Directed by Charlie Chaplin.

Tuesday, February 27th only!
7:00 pm

$10 general admission
$8 for seniors

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Open since April 1, 2005, Darkside Cinema is the only independently owned and operated movie theater in Corvallis. We play first run, indie, international, and documentary films. Some of you will remember our previous arthouse movie theater on Jackson Street: Avalon Cinema, open from 1997 to 2007.

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