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  • Review: “Gimme Shelter”

    On December 6, 1969, hundreds of thousands of young people gathered at the Altamont Speedway, a race track located east of San Francisco, for a free music festival featuring The Rolling Stones. On September 18, 2017, Athens locals and Ohio University students alike filled The Athena Cinema to witness...
  • Review: “The Last Waltz”

    “This movie should be played loud,” flashes across a screen in the Athena Cinema as the sounds of gritty guitars and heavy drums bellow from the surrounding speakers. As the film “The Last Waltz” begins, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm take the stage...
  • A Green Screen

    As the theater lights dim and the screen illuminates, the Athena Cinema’s Sustainability Series begins to unfold. For the past six years, the biannual series hosted by Athens’ beloved local theater has inspired viewers to consider solutions to environmental issues and challenges. Twice a year, the Athena screens six...
  • 20th Century Women Review

    Premise 20th Century Women dissects the lives of a struggling mother and a confused teenage boy and then pieces them back together with the new, spunky people that enter into their lives. Raised in the Great Depression, the mother, Dorothea (Annette Benning), cannot understand why her son, Jamie (Lucas...
  • The Athena looks to keep the magic alive

    Anyone who’s strolled up Court Street in the past century has seen the brightly lit, vintage marquee, advertising the Athena’s latest shows. From silent films to obscure and edgy cinematic art, this theater has seen it all. After the Athena’s centennial celebration last year, the business has remained vibrant...
  • The Witch Review

    Premise The Witch presents itself as a New England folktale from the 17th century. After a religiously zealous man and his family are exiled from their church and community, they make their way to a field near the forest and build a home there. However, in addition to the struggles they...
  • 45 Years Review

    Premise Directed by Andrew Haigh, 45 Years scoops into a couple, Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff Mercer (Tom Courtenay), as they approach their 45th wedding anniversary. The film spans across six days in which Kate and Geoff navigate new territory in their marriage. Geoff’s first love is discovered, dead and preserved in ice...
  • Carol Review

    Premise Todd Haynes new emotional masterpiece, Carol, brings a new perspective and quite a disturbance to the meaning of love it first sight. In the 1950s set film, Therese (Rooney Mara) a young, aspiring photographer is going about her average work day as a salesgirl when she spots Carol...
  • Anomalisa Review

    Premise In Charlie Kaufman’s latest mind-bending work, Anomalisa, Michael Stone (David Thewlis) is an acclaimed self-help author who perceives every person in his life, including his wife and young son, as having the same exact face and speaking in the same exact voice (Tom Noonan).  Until one day when Stone meets an anomaly...
  • Spotlight Review

    Premise Spotlight follows the efforts of the “Spotlight” investigative team at The Boston Globe to uncover the story of various priests in the Boston area sexually abusing children. As the team dives deeper into its investigation, it begins to realize that higher authorities in the church have covered up...
  • Brooklyn Review

    Premise Set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the 1950s, the film follows Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) over the ocean and into a new life in New York. Sent away to find opportunities that don’t exist at home, Eilis struggles to live in two places as her heart is split among...
  • Trumbo Review

    Premise Trumbo chronicles the career of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, portrayed by Bryan Cranston. Trumbo’s affiliation with Communism ends up getting him blacklisted from the American film industry. Nevertheless, the screenwriter uses various pseudonyms to create scripts for movies like Roman Holiday and Spartacus, all while struggling with the...
  • Truth Review

    Premise Truth tells the story of the CBS “60 Minutes” report on George Bush’s alleged AWOL status during Vietnam. The story is largely told through the point of view of Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett), the award-winning producer who broke the story. A sudden crumbling of facts complicates the big...
  • Experimenter Review

    Premise Experimenter follows the life and work of social psychologist Stanley Milgram. Milgram’s most famous experiment centered on the obedience principle and how far subjects were willing to go while carrying out orders they received. This controversial experiment affected not only the remainder of Milgram’s academic career, but his...
  • Rock the Kasbah Review

    Premise Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) is a washed-up rock manager who along with his only client, lounge singer Ronnie (Zooey Deschanel), books a spot on the United Service Organizations’ touring show of Afghanistan. Upon arriving in Kabul, Afghanistan, Ronnie is quick to get cold feet and abandons Lanz, but not before...
  • Black Mass Review

    Premise Black Mass chronicles the criminal activities of infamous Boston crime lord James “Whitey” Bulger. With help from an inside agent at the FBI and his brother’s position as the President of the Massachusetts Senate, Bulger is able to create a criminal empire in the middle of Southern Boston...
  • Meet the Patels Review

    Premise It’s time for Ravi Patel to get married, or past time, according to his Indian parents. Going on 30 years old, Ravi has had only one long term relationship, a redhead from Connecticut named Audrey. Seeing as she didn’t share his family’s background and he didn’t feel they would...
  • Sleeping with Other People Review

    Premise Written and directed by Leslye Headland, Sleeping with Other People follows the love, or rather lack of, lives of Jake (Jason Sudeikis), a womanizer with commitment issues and Lainey (Alison Brie), a serial cheater with a bit of a love addiction. The two form a platonic friendship early...

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  • Review: “The Last Waltz”

    “This movie should be played loud,” flashes across a screen in the Athena Cinema as the sounds of gritty guitars and heavy drums bellow from the surrounding speakers. As...
  • Review: “Gimme Shelter”

    On December 6, 1969, hundreds of thousands of young people gathered at the Altamont Speedway, a race track located east of San Francisco, for a free music festival featuring...
  • 20th Century Women Review

    Premise 20th Century Women dissects the lives of a struggling mother and a confused teenage boy and then pieces them back together with the new, spunky people that enter...
  • A Green Screen

    As the theater lights dim and the screen illuminates, the Athena Cinema’s Sustainability Series begins to unfold. For the past six years, the biannual series hosted by Athens’ beloved...