Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood by writer/director Richard Linklater (director and co-writer of Before Midnight) is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's "Yellow" to Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue." Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. Official Web Site
Ty Burr's Boston Globe review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema

Filmmaker Zach Braff's follow-up to his indie breakout hit Garden State is a funny, touching, universal dramatic comedy about what it means to be at a major crossroads as a parent, spouse and child—all at once. Aidan Bloom (Braff) and his wife Sarah (Kate Hudson) live in Los Angeles with their two children, Grace (Joey King) and Tucker (Pierce Gagnon). Sarah supports the family with her public service job, while struggling actor Aidan auditions and escapes into fantasies about being the futuristic space knight of his childhood dreams. When Aidan’'s ailing, widowed father Gabe (Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland") can no longer pay for his grandchildren'’s schooling, Aidan eschews cultural traditions and embarks on a chaotic attempt to home-school his kids. Aidan’'s curriculum for Grace and Tucker leads to some surprising self-discoveries for everyone, and causes him to reassess his life, his career and his family. Also starring Josh Gad. Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema
Must End Thursday, July 24!

Fiendishly funny and deeply unsettling, this pitch black comedy is a suburban fable exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places. Camiel Borgman (Jan Bijvoet), a strange wild man living in an underground chamber, is ferreted out by priests, but he and several friends manage to escape. Borgman then knocks on the door of a wealthy family's house, asking to take a bath. Head of household Richard (Jeroen Perceval), a smug young television producer, turns him away, but Borgman claims to know his wife Marina (Hadewych Minis), which enrages the jealous Richard into badly beating him. When she discovers the injured Borgman, Marina feels guilty and secretly shelters him. Charming and mysterious, Borgman seems almost otherworldly, and it isn't long before he has Marina, her children and the nanny under his spell in a calculated bid to take over their home life. Like a cross between Haneke's Funny Games and Boudu Saved From Drowning, Borgman is explosively subversive. Written and directed by Alex van Warmerdam (The Dress). Official Web Site
James Verniere's Boston Herald review...


Now Playing at the Embassy Cinema

In the new comedy Sex Tape, Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, they decide—why not?—to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea, until they discover that their most private video has gone public. In a panic, they begin a wild night of adventure—tracking down leads, roping in friends, duping Annie's boss—all to reclaim their video, their reputation, their sanity, and, most importantly, their marriage. Also starring Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe. Directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher). Official Web Site




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

A decade ago, apes and men separated on a bridge, to take two different paths. The apes followed theirs to freedom, but the path men took led to disease and war. Now in the moments before dawn, the two paths are destined to collide once again. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis, The Lord of the Rings films) is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. Also starring Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Judy Greer. Directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield). Official Web Site
Chris Nashawaty's Entertainment Weekly review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema

Starting from scratch never tasted so good! In the hearty comedy Chef, Carl Casper (writer/director Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), and is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen—and zest for life and love. Also starring Bobby Cannavale, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt and Robert Downey Jr. Official Web Site
Ty Burr's Boston Globe review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema

The latest film from writer/director John Carney (Once), Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. Also starring Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Catherine Keener and CeeLo Green. Official Web Site
James Verniere's Boston Herald review...


Now Playing at the Embassy Cinema

In the romantic drama The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel and Gus (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort of Divergent) are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. Directed by Josh Boone (Stuck in Love), based on the #1 New York Times best seller by John Green. Official Web Site
Claudia Puig's USA Today review...




Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema
Must End Thursday, July 24!

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own. It's allowing herself to accept the support and love of others. Never failing to find the comedy and humanity in each awkward situation she encounters, Donna finds out along the way what it means to be as brave in life as she is on stage. Anchored by a breakout performance from Slate, Obvious Child is a winning discovery, packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant human honesty. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre. Official Web Site
James Verniere's Boston Herald review...


Now Playing at the Kendall Square Cinema
Must End Thursday, July 24!

Acclaimed filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) returns to his native land to make his first Polish film, a moving and intimate drama about a young novice nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, is told a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year-old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is ordered to visit her sole living relative before taking her vows. Naïve, innocent Anna soon meets her outspoken aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that Anna's real name is Ida and her parents were Jews murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past. Powerfully written, mesmerizingly acted and eloquently shot in austere black-and-white, Ida is personal, intimate and human—and also a masterful evocation of a challenging historical dilemma—resulting in one of the most affecting films of the year. Official Web Site
Ty Burr's Boston Globe review...


Now Playing at the Embassy Cinema
Must End Thursday, July 24!

They're not 21 anymore! After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (co-writer Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball) and Jenko (Channing Tatum, Magic Mike, The Vow) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case—they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. Also starring Ice Cube and Peter Stormare. Official Web Site
Inkoo Kang's MSN.com review...


Now Playing at the Embassy Cinema
Must End Thursday, July 24!

In this hilarious road movie, Tammy (Melissa McCarthy of The Heat, Identity Thief and Bridesmaids) is having a bad day. She's totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It's time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she's broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearls (Susan Sarandon), is her only option—with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shotgun, it may be just what Tammy needs. Also starring Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates. Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Embassy Cinema
Must End Thursday, July 24!

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...


One Show Only! Digitally Remastered!
Wednesday, July 23 at 7:00pm
at the Kendall Square Cinema

The best surfing movie of all time has been digitally remastered! On any day of the year it's summer somewhere in the world. Filmmaker Bruce Brown's legendary documentary highlights the adventures of two young American surfers, Robert August and Mike Hynson, who follow this everlasting summer around the world. The year was 1963. Hynson and August were among the world's best surfers in the 1960s, and Brown was a surfing enthusiast who had made a few largely unseen films on the sport. The three men took off from the crowded beaches of California in search of "the perfect wave." Their unique expedition took them to Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii and back to California. With a budget of $50,000 and 9 miles of 16mm film, Brown wrote, directed, produced, filmed and narrated The Endless Summer, starting a surfing craze not only across the country but around the world. Official Web Site


Starts Thursday, July 24 at 7:00pm
at the Kendall Square Cinema

Based on the bestselling novel by John le Carré and directed by Anton Corbijn (The American), this modern-day thriller begins when a mysterious man on the run (Grigoriy Dobrygin) arrives in Hamburg, Germany's Islamic community desperate for help. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue are a banker (Willem Dafoe) and a young lawyer (Rachel McAdams) determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks. In an adrenaline-laced and heart-rending escalation of tension and collision, it's not long before he becomes everyone's most wanted man. A cerebral tale of intrigue in the vein of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Most Wanted Man is also deeply human, touching themes in love, rivalry and politics we live with every day. Official Web Site


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

I Origins tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt, The Dreamers, "Boardwalk Empire"), a molecular biologist whose study of the human eye points to evidence with far-reaching implications about our scientific and spiritual beliefs. Writer/director Mike Cahill's bold and original second feature film takes place in the same realm of speculative fiction as his last movie, Another Earth. A tale of science versus faith, reincarnation versus despair and life versus death, I Origins also stars Brit Marling (The East, Another Earth) and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey. Official Web Site
Filmmaker Mike Cahill offers a few fun facts about the human eye


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


In January 1958, Yves Saint Laurent (Pierre Niney)—aged merely 21—was unexpectedly called upon to oversee the legendary Paris fashion house established by recently deceased Christian Dior. All eyes turned to this very young assistant as he presented his first collection for Dior and instantly ascended to the heights of haute couture’s elite class. During Saint Laurent’s breathtaking and groundbreaking show, he met with another fate in being introduced to Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne), patron of the arts, future love of his life and lifelong business partner. Three years later, the two founded the Yves Saint Laurent Company, which would rapidly become one of the biggest luxury powerhouses on the planet. Directed by Jalil Lespert with a screenplay by Lespert and Marrie-Pierre Huster, Yves Saint Laurent is at once a captivating story about the making of an icon and a testament to the power of enduring love. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, July 25 at the Embassy Cinema

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy also stars Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby). Official Web Site


One Show Only! Sunday, July 27 at 11:00am
at the Kendall Square Cinema

This romantic opera, an early masterpiece by Puccini, makes a welcome return to Covent Garden after an absence of over 20 years, in a new production by Jonathan Kent under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her character. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. This is a much anticipated new production, and Kent's vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city will surely resonate with today's audience. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, August 1 at the
Kendall Square Cinema and Embassy Cinema

Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy starring Colin Firth (The King's Speech) as Stanley Crawford, a master magician who tries to expose psychic medium Sophie Baker (Emma Stone) as a fake. Persuaded by his life-long friend (Simon McBurney), Stanley goes undercover on a mission to a Côte d'Azur mansion in order to debunk the alluring young clairvoyant, who is staying there with her mother (Marcia Gay Harden). From his very first meeting with Sophie, Stanley dismisses her as an insignificant pip-squeak who he can unmask in no time. To his great surprise and discomfort, however, Sophie accomplishes numerous feats of mind-reading and other supernatural deeds that defy all rational explanation, leaving him dumbfounded—and wondering whether Sophie's powers could actually be real. Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, August 1
at the Kendall Square Cinema


Alive Inside is a joyous exploration of our relationship with music and how it can re-awaken our souls to discover the deepest parts of humanity. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken health care system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss in patients with Alzheimer's and dementia, and return a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Through illuminating conversations with experts such as renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, and astonishing experiences with patients around the country, revitalized by their love of music, filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett has crafted an uplifting, feel-good cinematic experience that sweeps audiences up in its inspirational and moving story. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Alive Inside leaves viewers humming, clapping and cheering. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Wednesday, August 6
at 7:00pm at the Kendall Square Cinema

For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together. Recorded at London's O2 Arena, Monty Python Live (Mostly) will play in theatres around the globe starting in July 2014. At a combined age of nearly 361, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin once again perform some of their greatest hits, with modern, topical, Pythonesque twists. Monty Python are rightfully regarded as among the world's finest-ever comedians. They influenced a generation and revolutionized comedy. Their eagerly awaited reunion promises to be among the biggest live events of 2014. Thanks to the wonderful invention of moving pictures, Monty Python Live (Mostly) is coming to audiences in the United States. Get your knotted handkerchiefs out, warm your brains one last time and join the crowd from London's O2 in a final weepy, hilarious, uproarious, outrageous, farewell to the five remaining Pythons as they head for The Old Jokes Home...on the big screen! Official Web Site



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