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Reg Lenna To Show American Fiction, Origin This Week

A scene from the film Origin is pictured. The movie will be shown Saturday at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
A scene from the film American Fiction, which will be shown Wednesday at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, is pictured.

The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts will show the films American Fiction and Origin this week.

American Fiction (Wednesday at 7 p.m.) is Cord Jefferson’s directorial debut which confronts the obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain. American Fiction is rated R and is 117 minutes long. The film is nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor – Wright, and Best Supporting Actor – Sterling K. Brown.

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay, Origin (Saturday at 7 p.m.) chronicles the tragedy and triumph of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson as she investigates a global phenomenon of epic proportions. Portrayed by Academy Award nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (King Richard), Isabel experiences unfathomable personal loss and love as she crosses continents and cultures to craft one of the defining American books of our time. Inspired by the New York Times best-seller “Caste,” Origin explores the mystery of history, the wonders of romance and a fight for the future of us all. Origin is rated PG-13 and is 135 minutes long. The screening is made possible by support from Chautauqua I.D.E.A Coalition.

Upcoming Movies @ The Reg include Wim Wenders’ Academy Award Best International Feature nominee Perfect Days (Wednesday, March. 13, at 7 p.m.), the historical sports drama The Boys in the Boat (Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m.), the Academy Award Best Picture and Best International Feature nominee The Zone of Interest (Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.) and a special engagement of the 2004 cult classic comedy Napoleon Dynamite (Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m.) followed by a live, in-person conversation with two of the film’s stars – Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez.

Tickets to Movies at The Reg are $7 for movies and $6 for family films, with an additional $1 theater restoration fee added. Special movie engagements are priced differently. They may be purchased from noon to 5 p.m. Monday and Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at 716-484-7070 and online at reglenna.com.

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