The haunting sci-fi drama The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined—a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all—a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. Also starring Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift, The Giver is based on Lois Lowry's beloved novel of the same name. Directed by Phillip Noyce (Salt, The Quiet American). Official Web Site
Mick LaSalle's Dallas Morning News review...
|It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals (Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson) dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real-life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Also starring Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy and Andy Garcia, Let's Be Cops is directed and co-written by Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door). Official Web Site|
|In the action sequel The Expendables 3, Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables—but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet. The ensemble cast also includes Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Official Web Site|
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
Chris Vognar's Dallas Morning News review...
|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|
The action-packed, epic space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—gun-toting raccoon Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper), tree-like humanoid Groot (voice of Vin Diesel), the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance. Also starring John C. Reilly, Benicio del Toro and Djimon Hounsou, Guardians of the Galaxy is directed and co-written by James Gunn (Super, Slither). Official Web Site
Roger Moore's Dallas Morning News review...
|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|
|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|
|The ultimate sci-fi comedy of the '80s stars Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith as two nerds who hook their computer up to a Barbie doll in the hopes of creating the perfect woman. Out pops Kelly LeBrock and she proceeds to take charge of their lives in ways they'd never dreamed. Bill Paxton and Robert Downey Jr. co-star. Directed by John Hughes (Ferris Bueller's Day Off).|
|The longest-running midnight movie of all time stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania” Dr. Frank N. Furter, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as his hapless guests Brad and Janet, Meat Loaf as motorcycle-riding rough trade and author Richard O’Brien as the hunchbacked butler Riff Raff. It’s harmless musical fun—a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas. The Rocky Horror Picture was the first—and is still the best—interactive movie experience! Official Web Site|
Fri, Aug 22: Weird Science, it's all in the name of science!
Sat, Aug 23: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Live Shadow Cast Los Bastardos!
Aug 29 & 30: Black Dynamite, he's super bad. He's outta sight!
Sep 5 & 6: Taxi Driver, starring Robert De Niro.
Sep 12 & 13: Ghost in the Shell, in Japanese with English subtitles!
Sep 19 & 20: The Professional, a film by Luc Besson starring Jean Reno.
Fri, Sep 26: The Room, "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
Sat, Sep 27: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Live Shadow Cast Los Bastardos!
Oct 3 & 4: Only Lovers Left Alive, a film by Jim Jarmusch.
Oct 10 & 11: Batman, a film by Tim Burton, starring Michael Keaton.
Oct 17 & 18: Gremlins, don't feed them after midnight!
|Two: The Story Of Roman & Nyro documents the 12-year journey of legendary songwriter Desmond Child and his lifelong partner Curtis Shaw, and the extraordinary way they met and connected with Angela Whittaker, the woman who would carry their twin sons, Roman and Nyro, into the world. From preconception through the boys' first 10 years, Two is the personal and powerful story of these unique individuals whose lives become inextricably woven together in magical and unexpected ways. Two is testament to the universal power and ultimate triumph of love—that it is love that makes a family, affirming modern families may be modern in their making, but timelessly human at their core. Official Web Site|
|Suave playboy Gary Grant romances former nightclub singer Deborah Kerr on a transatlantic cruise headed for New York and the two fall deeply in love. Although each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the top of the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous, and the lovers' future takes an emotional and uncertain turn. This beloved classic is long a favorite of romantics, including the heroine of Sleepless in Seattle!|
Tue, Aug 26: An Affair to Remember (1957) at 7:30 and 10:00pm
Tue, Sep 2: Alien (1979) at 7:30 and 10:00pm
Tue, Sep 9: Doctor Zhivago (1965) at 7:30pm
Tue, Sep 16: Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) at 7:30 and 10:15pm
|A spy is never out of the game. Code named "The November Man," Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko, Quantum of Solace). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred. Based on Bill Granger's novel There Are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, this is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage. Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, No Way Out, Thirteen Days). Official Web Site|
|Michael Winterbottom's largely improvised 2010 film The Trip took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Re-whetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman's vocal register, the artistic merits of "Jagged Little Pill," and, of course, the virtue of sequels. Winterbottom trains his camera to capture the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed while keeping the film centered on the crackling chemistry between the two leads. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity. Official Web Site|
|When “The Man” murders his brother, pumps heroin into local orphanages, and floods the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor, Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) is the one hero willing to fight all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House. An affectionate spoof of—and tribute to—Blaxploitation films of the 1970s, filmed as if it was a lost relic of that prolific era. Official Web Site|
|One of the scariest sci-fi thrillers ever made stars Sigourney Weaver as an officer whose entire crew is menaced by unstoppable, insect-like xenomorphs, unwittingly brought on board their spacecraft after responding to a mysterious distress signal. Directed by Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Blade Runner).|