New monthly film series set to launch Wednesday

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The Isis Theater will host a monthly independent-film series beginning Wednesday featuring movies that have not had a local theatrical run.

Titled “The Showcase” and presented by Metropolitan Theatres Corp., in conjunction with Aspen Film, the series opens with director and star Chris Rock’s “Top Five.” A heartfelt meta-showbiz comedy about a comic’s attempt to go legit, it co-stars Rosario Dawson and features several stand-up comedians.

“We are excited to collaborate with Aspen Film to bring more film to the avid moviegoers of Aspen,” said Metropolitan President David Corwin. “There is a lot of independent film that never sees our screens, and ‘The Showcase’ will provide a great opportunity to expand our offerings.”

Metropolitan announced its first four screenings Monday:

Wednesday: “Top Five.”

Feb. 4: “Mr. Turner.” The latest from British director Mike Leigh, starring Timothy Spall as the 19th-century painter J.M.W. Turner.

March 4: “The Oscar Nominated Shorts 2015: Animation.” An evening of this year’s Oscar-nominated animated shorts.

April 1: “Two Days, One Night.” Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard portrays a working mother who has one weekend to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses so she can keep her job.

“We are thrilled to further expand Aspen Film’s programming and look forward to working with Metropolitan to create this new must-see film series at the Isis,” said Aspen Film co-director Laura Thielen.

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