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Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, the gripping drama Whiplash stars Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) as Andrew Neiman, a 19-year-old jazz drummer determined to rise to the top of the country's most elite music conservatory. One night, Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a conductor equally known for his talent for teaching as he is for the terrifying method of his instruction, discovers Andrew practicing the drums, and the next day requests that he be transferred into his band. At first, Andrew is an "alternate," confined to turning the pages of the "core" drummer, but at the band's next competition, the core drummer's sheet music is misplaced and Andrew gets the opportunity to play. Though the act further alienates him from his fellow musicians, the band nonetheless wins the competition, and he seems poised to become Fletcher's new "favorite son." Andrew's maniacal effort to achieve perfection is further fueled by Fletcher's psychological brinksmanship. The nearer to perfection Andrew gets, the narrower his circle of intimates becomes until he is left only with Fletcher—and even that relationship is jeopardized by the ferocity of Andrew's ambitions. A journey that can be seen alternately as a descent into madness or an ascent to greatness comes to a crescendo on the biggest platform for Andrew's talents—the unforgiving stage of Carnegie Hall. Official Web Site
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Pride is an inspirational comedy based on a true story about finding hope and friendship where you least expect it. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine, Pride is directed by Matthew Warchus. Official Web Site
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In the hilarious and emotional The Skeleton Twins, twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids) and Milo (Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live") lead separate lives on opposite sides of the country. After many years of estrangement, both feel that they're at the end of their ropes, and an unexpected reunion forces them to confront how their lives went so wrong. For Maggie, that means re-examining her marriage to sweet "nature frat boy" Lance (Luke Wilson) and her own self-destructive tendencies, while Milo must face the pain of an early heartbreak he never quite got past. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize the key to fixing their lives just may lie in accepting the past and mending their relationship with each other. Also starring Ty Burrell ("Modern Family"). Official Web Site
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Starts Friday, October 31

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world's reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. Official Web Site




Fri & Sat, Oct 31 & Nov 1 at Midnight
With The Royal Mystic Order of Chaos LIVE!

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


Friday & Saturday Movies 'Round Midnight!
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Oct 31 & Nov 1: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast The Royal Mystic Order of Chaos!
Nov 7 & 8: Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.
Fri, Nov 14: The Room, "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
Sat, Nov 15: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast The Royal Mystic Order of Chaos!
Nov 21 & 22: Reality Bites, filmed in Houston!
Nov 28 & 29: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, makes Ben Hur look like an epic!
Dec 5 & 6: GoodFellas, three decades of life in the Mafia!
Fri, Dec 12: Boogie Nights, a film by Paul Thomas Anderson!
Sat, Dec 13: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast The Royal Mystic Order of Chaos!


Starts Friday, November 7

Lynn Shelton, whose unique directorial voice created such astutely observed comedies as Your Sister's Sister and Humpday, crafts a sweet, romantic coming-of-age comedy about three people who find their lives intertwined in the most unconventional way as they make through the imperfect realities of modern day life. Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind—while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart (Mark Webber) proposes, Megan panics and—given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week—hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika's world-weary single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell). Keira Knightley shines as Megan, a rare female slacker hero who shows us that while you never stop growing up, you can choose to stop lagging, and start living on your terms. Official Web Site


Fri & Sat, November 7 & 8 'Round Midnight!

Edward Norton trudges through his mundane daily existence, attending support groups for individuals with cancer as a way to actually feel something. There, he confronts another faker (Helena Bonham Carter) who seems to be even more jaded and cynical than he is. On a business trip, he meets a mysterious a soap manufacturer (Brad Pitt) and together they form a Fight Club to release their aggression. Before long, the whole world seems to be joining in on the adrenaline-soaked fun. Directed by David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Sevenn).


One Show Only! Tue, November 11 at 7:00pm

When three witches tell Macbeth (Joseph Millson) that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan (Gawn Grainger). But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing—first Banquo (Billy Boyd), his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant's crown. From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches' prophecy, Shakespeare's gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination. Recorded live on stage earlier in 2014, this Shakespeare's Globe production of Macbeth is directed by Eve Best. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Encore Presentation!
Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00pm

A documentary film of the groundbreaking exhibition created by London's Victoria and Albert Museum, David Bowie is is described by The Times as "stylish & outrageous" and The Guardian as "a triumph." The exhibition features a remarkable collection of photographs, stage costumes, and other rare possessions from the David Bowie Archive. The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie is exhibition with special guests, including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie's artistic career. The exhibition curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, provide fascinating insight into the most memorable music videos and original costumes, as well as more personal items such as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries, which reveal the creativity and evolution of Bowie's ideas. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Sun, November 23 at 11:00am

A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi's searing early tragedy.  Placido Domingo stars as the Doge of Venice, whose son Jacopo (Francesco Meli) has been convicted of murder and treason, although his wife Lucrezia (Maria Agresta) is sure of his innocence.  But the Doge, trapped by the machinations of a corrupt city, is forced to make a terrible decision. Despite the opera's sombre soul, the music for I Due Foscari contains exhilarating forerunners of Verdi's later style—particularly in the fiercely virtuosic writing for the heroine Lucrezia and her magnificent duets with the Doge in Act I and with her doomed husband in Act II. American director Thaddeus Strassberger, making his Royal Opera debut, depicts a Venice that is rotten to its core. Mattie Ullrich's opulent costume designs reference the opera’s 15th-century setting while suggesting the corruption lurking beneath. The spare sets of award-winning British designer Kevin Knight illustrate the Foscaris' isolation and the decay of the city, before flaring out into grand guignol for the opera's brilliant Act III carnival. Conducted by Antonio Pappano. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Thu, December 4 at 7:00pm

Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius—but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia. When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies, Oberon and Titania. Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface. Michelle Terry (Titania/Hippolyta) won the 2011 Olivier Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Sylvia in Tribes (Royal Court). Official Web Site



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