ART HOUSE CINEMA MONDAYS AT 6:00—8:00 PM Shapiro AB January 24 LA RONDE—This BAFTA Best Film Award winner takes us through a merry-go-round of love affairs that come full circle in early 1900s Vienna. Told through a series of vignettes, this lyrical comedy is held together by a narrative overlay of a sage interlocutor. Each episode introduces a new character who has an affair with a character from the previous scene, eventually bringing the story back to its beginning. Max Ophuls directs. 1950 93 min. January 31 CITY ISLAND—When he recognizes his son, Tom whom he hasn’t seen in more than 20 years, among a crop of new inmates in the jail where he works, Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) decides to bring the troubled young man home with him, much to the surprise of his wife & kids. Writer- Director Raymond De Felitta helms this offbeat comedy that also stars Juliana Margulies, Emily Mortimer & Alan Arkin. 2009 100 min. February 7 PAISAN—Set during Italy’s liberation near the end of WW II, this compelling compilation of vignettes showcases fascinating encounters between American soldiers and Italian civilians, including a Sicilian prisoner, a young, streetwise thief and a prostitute. Directed by Roberto Rossellini, this vividly real docudrama features a mix of professional and nonprofessional actors. 1946 120 min. February 14 DONNIE DARKO—DIRECTOR’S CUT—In this director’s cut edition of the cult hit, writer-director Richard Kelly revamps his debut film, an edgy psychological thriller about a suburban teen coming face to face with his own dark destiny. Jake Gyllenhall plays a delusional high school student visited by a demonic rabbit with eerie visions of the past…and deadly predictions for the future. Maggie Gyllenhall, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wylie and Jena Malone co-star. 2001 133 min. February 21 NO CLASS—HOLIDAY February 28 LAST TANGO IN PARIS—In this art house classic, Hollywood heavyweight Marlon Brando delivers a tour de force performance as an American ex-patriate living in Paris who’s still spinning from his estranged wife’s sudden suicide. While searching for an apartment, the grief-stricken widower encounters an equally despondent young Frenchwoman (Maria Schneider), and the couple embark upon an anonymous no-strings-attached sexual liason. 1972 130 min. March 7 IRIS—Iris Murdoch (Judy Dench & Kate Winslet in Oscar nominated roles) was l’enfant terrible of the literary world in early 1950s Britain—a live wire who thumbed her nose at conformity via a voracious and scandalous sexual appetite. In this snippet of her life, an aging Murdoch (Dench) faces the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and the loss of memories about her younger self (Winslet). Jim Broadbent won the Oscar for his portrayal of her husband. 2001 90 min. March 14 LARS AND THE REAL GIRL—When a delusional loner (Ryan Gosling) buys a life-size sex doll over the internet, promptly falls in love with her and starts telling people that the doll is his girlfriend, his brother (Paul Schneider) and sister-in-law (Emily Mortimer) decide it’s time to intervene. Patricia Clarkson co-stars in this off-beat feature film about love, loss and human relationships from director Craig Gillespie. 2007 95 min. March 21 PLEASE GIVE—Life gets knotty when successful Manhattan couple Alex (Oliver Platt) and Kate (Catherine Keener) develop a relationship with the grand-daughters of Andra (Ann Morgan Guilbert), the cantankerous elderly woman who owns the apartment next to theirs—and who must die so they can expand their home. 2010 95 min. April 4 IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER—Nominated for seven Oscars in 1993, this biopic features the prowess of Daniel Day Lewis as the Irishman Gerry Conlon, who was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison for an IRA terrorist attack that killed four people. As if a forced confession weren’t enough injustice, the police work to implicate Conlon’s father (Pete Postlethwaite) in the same crime. Emma Thompson plays the lawyer who worked for years to uncover the truth. 1993 93 min. MARCH 29—APRIL 2 NO CLASS—SPRING BREAK April 11 BIG NIGHT—Despite its superb cuisine, an Italian restaurant run by immigrant brothers Primo (Tony Shaloub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) is on the verge of bankruptcy. But the siblings risk everything to save their bistro when they get the chance to cook up a feast for bandleader Louis Prima. This delectable allegory boasts an ensemble cast that includes Ian Holm, Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini and Allison Janney. 1996 109 min.