Now Playing at the Downer Theatre

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
Director/co-writer Craig Johnson on creating memorable movie moments


Now Playing at the Oriental Theatre
Must End Thursday, October 2!


A multi-generational story of love and marriage, Love Is Strange depicts the delicate nature of any two people trying to build a long life together, and the possibility for love to grow deeper and richer with time. After 39 years together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) take advantage of the new marriage laws and tie the knot in a City Hall wedding in lower Manhattan. On the return from their honeymoon, however, and on account of their vows, Ben gets fired from his longtime job as a choir director for a co-ed Catholic school. Suddenly, with no real savings to count on, the couple finds that they can't afford the rent on their small Chelsea apartment. Only days after they have gathered to celebrate the nuptials, this tight-knit community of family and friends now has to come together again to help figure out how to help their two friends. Also starring Marisa Tomei, Love Is Strange is directed and co-written by Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Married Life, Forty Shades of Blue). Official Web Site
Filmmaker Ira Sachs on the bond between his actors and their characters
Duane Dudek's Journal Sentinel review...


Starts Friday, October 3 at the Oriental Theatre


At the height of World War II, amid bombing and starvation in the city, a desperate mother takes her twin 13-year-old sons to live with her estranged mother at a rundown dump of a farm. The old woman, called "the Witch" by the villagers who suspect she poisoned her husband, treats the boys like dogs and makes them work for their food. The twins, who are inseparable and seem to uncannily communicate without words, devise their own shocking strategy to cope with the cruelty around them. They set out to systematically harden themselves to become unfeeling and merciless. When deprived of a meal they declare they will fast for four days; when slapped they ask the grandmother to hit them again, and they practice killing bugs to learn how to kill. All the while they dutifully record their experiences in the notebook their father gave them when he went off to fight. Startling and profoundly disturbing, with mesmerizing performances by real-life twins Andras and Laszlo Gyemant, The Notebook at times recalls Lord of the Flies. With starkly beautiful wide-screen cinematography by Christian Berger (The White Ribbon); directed and co-written by János Szász. Official Web Site




Starts Friday, October 10 at the Oriental Theatre

Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image and their love lives. The film takes on social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose—some tragic, some hopeful—as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets and our computers. Starring Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Adam Sandler, Men, Women & Children is directed and co-written by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), based on the novel by Chad Kultgen. Official Web Site
Writer/director Jason Reitman on making movies that ask questions


Starts Friday, October 10 at the Oriental Theatre

Filmed on location in a ravishing Paris of quiet back streets and familiar locales, My Old Lady is a touching romantic drama about inheritance and past secrets coming home to roost. Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he's shocked to discover a live-in tenant. His apartment is a viager—an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale—and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, is not prepared to budge. With no place to go, Mathias strikes a tentative lodging arrangement with Mathilde, instantly clashing with suspicious, lovelorn Chloé over his private dealings with a rapacious property developer. With its unique blend of comedy, drama and ultimately romance, My Old Lady marks the directorial debut of internationally celebrated playwright Israel Horovitz, adapting his own hit play. Official Web Site
Writer/director Israel Horovitz on transforming his play for the screen


Starts Friday, October 10 at the Oriental Theatre

In the poignant drama The Judge, the secrets of our past become the trials of our lives. Robert Downey Jr. stars as big-city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. Also starring Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton, The Judge is directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up). Official Web Site


Starts Friday, October 10 at the Downer Theatre

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Town, The Hurt Locker) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb (Renner) stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets... and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C.—and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life. Also starring Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Official Web Site
Director Michael Cuesta on the debt we owe to journalist Gary Webb


Sat, Oct 11 and Fri & Sat, Oct 31 & Nov 1 at Midnight at the Oriental Theatre! With Sensual Daydreams 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



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