Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema

Eric (Colin Firth, The King's Speech, A Single Man), a WWII vet and train fanatic, meets attractive divorcee Patti (Nicole Kidman, Stoker, Cold Mountain) on a train, and love blossoms. Only after they marry does she discover that Eric is tormented by his past in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. When they learn that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his brutal treatment is still alive, she urges him to go and confront the man, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography by Eric Lomax. Official Web Site
James Verniere's Boston Herald review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema


Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a loner who worked as a nanny most of her life, and shot photos constantly everywhere she went, taking over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Amateur historian John Maloof bought the contents of her storage locker by chance at an auction, and soon became obsessed with trying to learn more about the mysterious recluse. The first trace he was able to find of her was her recent obituary. Since then Maloof has organized many acclaimed exhibits of her work, and is crusading to put this prolific photographer into the history books. In Finding Vivian Maier, Maloof and co-director Charlie Siskel's captivating documentary, Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. Official Web Site
Directors Siskel & Maloof on discovering the hidden gifts of Vivian Maier
James Verniere's Boston Herald review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema


Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost, a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island, but soon come into conflict with other settlers—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese baroness and her two handsome lovers. Filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) skillfully interweave newly unearthed home movies of these original settlers; testimonies of modern day islanders; stunning footage of native flora and fauna; and powerful voice performances by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård and Josh Radnor. Macabre yet inspiring, The Galapagos Affair is a gripping parable of Robinson Crusoe adventure and utopian dreams gone awry. Official Web Site
James Verniere's Boston Herald review...


Now Playing at the Embassy Cinema

In the fascinating sci-fi thriller Transcendence, Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, is working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. Terminally ill, Will finds a way to download his brain into a computer, creating his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if this can be done...but if it should be. Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly infinite quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is that there may be no way to stop him. Also starring Morgan Freeman. Official Web Site




Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema
and Embassy Cinema

From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial—or somewhere in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highway in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michael Faber, Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results. Official Web Site
Ty Burr's Boston Globe review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema
and Embassy Cinema


In 2012 the Indonesian action phenomenon The Raid: Redemption caused a worldwide sensation and introduced amazing martial arts star Iko Uwais. He returns in The Raid 2 with even more incredible action stunts than before. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen, rookie Jakarta cop Rama (Uwais) thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. His triumph attracted the attention of predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his wife and infant son: he must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. Getting himself thrown into prison, Rama saves the boss gangster's son in a giant melee involving all the prisoners and all the guards in a muddy exercise yard. Upon his release, Rama joins the gang and becomes a trusted insider, laying his life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gamble to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end. Non-stop excitement! Official Web Site
James Verniere's Boston Herald review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema
and Embassy Cinema

Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Sherlock Holmes) plays Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he is back on the streets of London with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant, "Girls," Withnail and I) looking to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir, A Better Life). After a near-death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt. Written and directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador). Official Web Site
Filmmaker Richard Shepard on Jude Law's enjoyably larger than life character
James Verniere's Boston Herald review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema
and Embassy Cinema

Writer/director Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums) returns with The Grand Budapest Hotel, which recounts the adventures of Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The dramatic comedy involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune—all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. All-star ensemble cast also includes F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan and Edward Norton. Official Web Site
Ty Burr's Boston Globe review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema

In the romantic drama The Lunchbox, middle-class housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that a new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan (Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi), a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day's lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. In the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. Co-written and directed by Ritesh Batra. Official Web Site
Ty Burr's Boston Globe review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema

Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris) and Lindsay Duncan (Mansfield Park) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness—and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick's old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly boorish American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become. This magically buoyant, bittersweet comedy-drama is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between Notting Hill director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (Venus, The Mother). Official Web Site
Director Roger Michell on the challenges of the first day of shooting
Peter Keough's Boston Globe review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema

In 1991, an entire country watched transfixed as a poised, beautiful African-American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated and divisive figure. Anita Hill's graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that still resonates today. Against a backdrop of sex, politics and race, Anita reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. Directed by Academy Award-winner Freida Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision), the film is both a celebration of Anita Hill's legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family. Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate, the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth, and what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since. Official Web Site
Director Freida Mock discusses how her film resonates with today's audiences
Stephen Schaefer's Boston Herald review...


Now Playing at the Embassy Cinema in 3D & 2D!

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers (Chris Evans, The Avengers), a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Also starring Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Official Web Site
Owen Gleiberman's Entertainment Weekly review...


Now Playing at the Embassy Cinema

Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Master and Commander) stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope, at a turning point for the world. Also starring Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman and Nick Nolte, Noah is co-written and directed by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, Pi). Official Web Site


Starts Friday, April 25 at the
Kendall Square Cinema and Embassy Cinema

Only Lovers Left Alive is the best film in years by writer/director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Mystery Train, Down By Law). Stylish, hip and droll, it's the nocturnal tale of two vampires in love, and their quest for amusement and an untainted supply of blood. Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Marvel's The Avengers and the Thor films) and the ageless Tilda Swinton (I Am Love, Michael Clayton) play Adam and Eve, vampires who have been lovers for centuries. He's a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of Detroit; she's a lover of knowledge residing in Tangier—but they're soulmates. Adam's music is eagerly received by the zombies (i.e. humans) such as rock promoter Ian (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek), whose adulation threatens his need for solitude. Sensing Adam's growing angst and despair, Eve makes a transatlantic journey to see him, despite the difficulties of travelling by day. Their joyful reunion is interrupted by the uninvited arrival of Eve's carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right), who brings trouble in her wake. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music by Jarmusch's band Squrl, and sly humor, Only Lovers Left Alive is a hypnotic meditation on art, science, memory, and the mysteries of everlasting love. With John Hurt and Jeffrey Wright. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, April 25
at the Kendall Square Cinema

Multi-talented Steve Coogan (The Trip), nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing Philomena in which he also stars, is one of the funniest men around. Over the past twenty years he has been honing the cringe-worthy persona of smarmy egomaniacal radio host Alan Partridge on BBC-TV. Now, in Alan's long-awaited feature film debut, mayhem and hijinks abound. Alan's tottering radio station is taken over by a giant corporation who plan to make lots of changes, such as laying off many of the staff, including Alan's best friend Pat (Colm Meaney), who goes ballistic and takes over the station at gunpoint, creating a hostage standoff that Alan ineptly tries to exploit for self-promotion, mediating between Pat and the crowd of police surrounding the station. With an able screenwriting assist from Armando Iannucci (In the Loop); directed by Declan Lowney. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, April 25
at the Kendall Square Cinema

Cinema legend Catherine Deneuve has had a lustrous career (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Belle de Jour, Tristana, Repulsion, The Last Metro, Thieves, A Christmas Tale, Potiche). In On My Way she gives a subtle yet commanding performance, tender and generous, as former beauty queen Bettie, owner of a struggling restaurant in a small town in Brittany, who finds herself jilted by her lover and left alone to face financial woes. Taking a quick drive to clear her head and get away from the mess, Bettie finds herself instead embarking on a full-fledged road trip; along the way there are chance meetings, an ex-Miss France gala reunion, renewed ties with her estranged daughter and grandson (Nemo Schiffman), and possibly, at the end of the road, love.... Directed and co-written by Emmanuelle Bercot. Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, April 25
at the Kendall Square Cinema


Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion and dedicated teacher, returns to the city of his birth, Jaffa, after decades abroad. He wants to give something back to his homeland and has an impossible dream: to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance together. Enlisting the support of teachers and parents, Pierre persuades 150 reluctant eleven-year-olds from several schools to give his program a try. At first the dance "partners" don't want to touch—or even look at—each other, but Pierre persists, determined to impart the hidden ballroom skills of decorum, etiquette and, ultimately, respect and trust. Soon the children are two-stepping and tangoing, looking forward to the climactic team dance contest. What occurs is magical and transformative, making Pierre's dream seem almost possible. With Yvonne Marceau; directed by Hilla Medalia. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00pm
at the Kendall Square Cinema

Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, Richard III. Their story and experiences weave around, and reflect on, excerpts from the play from their various locations, from Epidaurus to Doha, and provides a great opportunity for those who have never experienced Spacey on stage to witness his immersive and captivating interpretation of Richard III. NOW chronicles the first collaboration between Spacey and Mendes since both won Academy Awards for their work on American Beauty. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Thursday, May 1 at 7:00pm
at the Kendall Square Cinema

Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. Farmland takes an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their twenties, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming businesses. Academy Award-winning director James Moll (The Last Days) traveled across the country meeting young farmers and ranchers, giving audiences a rare opportunity to step inside the world of farming for a first-hand glimpse into their lives. Learn about their high-risk/high reward jobs and passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, May 2
at the Kendall Square Cinema

Writer-director John Turturro gives Woody Allen his best on-screen role in years, as an unlikely pimp. Turturro himself stars as the title character, in this hilarious yet heartfelt comedy about the endless quest for happiness through sex and love. Murray (Allen), a going-out-of-business New York bookseller, is pals with Fioranvante (Turturro), who runs a modest florist shop. When Murray's beautiful dermatologist Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone) mentions she's looking for a man to participate in a threesome with her and her equally gorgeous friend Selima (Sofia Vergara), Murray recognizes the financial potential of this proposal and sets about convincing Fioravante to consummate the deal. Meanwhile Murray has come across an unusual second client for Fioravante: Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), the lonely widow of a revered Hasidic rabbi. Avigal's every move is watched by the suspicious and jealous Dovi (Liev Schreiber), which makes assignations with her hazardous. As Fioravante makes his rounds through the bedrooms of Dr. Parker and Selima, as well as his more chaste meetings with Avigal, Murray discovers it's not so easy to be a pimp and finds out that the clash between the secular and the Orthodox must be faced sooner or later. Official Web Site
Filmmaker John Turturro on the many sources of his human comedy


One Week Only! Starts Friday, May 2
at the Kendall Square Cinema


Set in a distant, dystopian future controlled by a cloud-like computer known as Alpha 60, Jean-Luc Godard's science fiction and film noir thriller Alphaville stars veteran tough guy Eddie Constantine as Lemmy Caution, the embodiment of a hard-boiled '50s private eye, quick with the skirts, his fists and his "gat." Caution arrives in the eponymous city by Ford Galaxie, posing as a reporter from Figaro Pravda, though his real mission is to eliminate Alpha 60 mastermind Professor Von Braun (Howard Vernon). He's befriended by the inventor's drop-dead beautiful daughter Natacha (Anna Karina, Godard's wife and muse, star of Band of Outsiders, Pierrot Le Fou, etc.), whose allegiance to Caution, in true femme noir fashion, can't be predicted or trusted. Akim Tamiroff (Touch of Evil), as Lemmy's old compatriot, adds a touch of Iron Curtain mystique. Never officially reissued and virtually unseen in recent years, Alphaville has been brought into the 21st Century with this sparkling new DCP restoration, featuring sharp new subtitles by Lenny Borger and Cynthia Schoch. Cinematography by the great Raoul Coutard. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, May 2 at the Embassy Cinema

We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It's great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. Also starring Paul Giamatti and Sally Field, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man). Official Web Site



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