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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


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The latest film by master director Roman Polanski (Carnage, The Pianist, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby) is an acting tour de force by Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner, who previously co-starred in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Based on the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's sexually provocative novella, Venus in Fur is an enthralling battle of wills. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of unsuccessfully auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) is about to leave when actress Vanda (Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic—and, it turns out, erotic—energy, demanding an audition. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared—or so it seems. But when Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely. Official Web Site
Steven Rea's Philadelphia Inquirer review...


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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
Claudia Puig's USA Today review...


Now Playing at the Ritz at the Bourse
Must End Thursday, July 24!


Siddharth is the spellbinding and gorgeously wrought tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son. Mehendra (Rajesh Tailang) is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi. To ease his financial woes, he sends twelve-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory. When the boy doesn't come home for the Diwali holiday, Mehendra and his wife Suman (Tannishtha Chatterjee) slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, Mehendra desperately travels to Punjab and Mumbai with the hope that whoever took Siddharth might return him unharmed. A powerful family drama both heart-rending and suspenseful, Siddharth won Best Film and Best Director (Richie Mehta) at the South Asian International Film Festival and is an Official Selection of Human Rights Watch. Official Web Site
Filmmaker Richie Mehta on the real event that inspired his film




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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
Drew Lazor's Philadelphia City Paper review...


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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
Steven Rea's Philadelphia Inquirer review...


Now Playing at the Ritz Five
Must End Thursday, July 24!


Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert—a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, the film explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. Official Web Site
Director Steve James on Roger Ebert's unquenchable passion for life itself
Sam Adams' Philadelphia City Paper review...


Now Playing at the Ritz at the Bourse
Must End Thursday, July 24!


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


Now Playing at the Ritz at the Bourse
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
Shaun Brady's Philadelphia City Paper review...


Now Playing at the Ritz Five
Must End Thursday, July 24!

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son (Sam Reid) bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Official Web Site
Director Amma Asante explores history and art through a unique painting
Chris Nashawaty's Entertainment Weekly review...


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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
Sam Adams' Philadelphia City Paper review...


Now Playing at the Ritz Five
Must End Thursday, July 24!

Third Person tells three stories of love, passion, trust and betrayal, in a multi-strand story line reminiscent of writer/director Paul Haggis' Oscar-winning film Crash. The tales play out in New York, Paris and Rome: three couples who appear to have nothing related but share deep commonalities: lovers and estranged spouses, children lost and found. Michael (Liam Neeson) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction author who has holed himself up in a hotel suite in Paris to finish his latest book. He recently left his wife, Elaine (Kim Basinger), and is having a tempestuous affair with Anna (Olivia Wilde), an ambitious young journalist who wants to write and publish fiction. At the same time, Scott (Adrien Brody), a shady American businessman, is in Italy to steal designs from fashion houses. He meets Monika (Moran Atias), a beautiful Roma woman, with whom he travels to a dangerous town in Southern Italy, where Scott starts to suspect that he is the patsy in an elaborate con game. Meanwhile Julia (Mila Kunis), an ex-soap opera actress, is caught in a custody battle for her 6-year-old son with her ex-husband Rick (James Franco), a famous New York artist. With her support cut off and her legal costs ruinous, Julia is reduced to working as a maid in the same upscale boutique hotel where she was once a frequent guest. Also starring Maria Bello and Loan Chabanol. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Digitally Remastered!
Wed, July 23 at 7:00pm at the Ritz Five

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 Ritz Five

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


Starts Friday, July 25 at the Ritz East

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
Director Anton Corbijn on adapting John le Carré’s book for the screen


Starts Friday, July 25 at the Ritz Bourse

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


Starts Friday, July 25 at the Ritz at the Bourse

In the darkly comic yet inspiring film A Long Way Down, a disgraced TV presenter (Pierce Brosnan), an isolated single mother (Toni Collette), an aging pizza delivery boy (Aaron Paul) and a foul-mouthed teen (Imogen Poots) are four strangers who happen to meet on the roof of a London building on New Year's Eve—each with the intent of committing suicide. Their plans for death in solitude are ruined, so they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks. Their written pact not only binds them together into an unconventional (if dysfunctional) family, but also sweeps the public up—transforming them into unwitting media sensations. Based on the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity and About a Boy. Directed by Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker). Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, July 25
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A budding novelist named Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), her film director husband Jeff (writer/director Joe Swanberg) and their two-year-old son live a peaceful existence in Chicago. But when Jeff's irresponsible younger sister, Jenny (Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air), comes to live with them after a breakup, things start to change. Jenny begins a rocky relationship with a baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Mark Webber), and she and a friend, Carson (Lena Dunham, "Girls"), instigate an evolution in Kelly's life, as her career and her relationship with her husband begin to grow in new directions. But are they welcome ones? In Happy Christmas, filmmaker Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) explores both sibling relationships and the choices women face in young families. Using his unique improvisational technique, Swanberg creates a dramatic experience that results in a natural, relatable peek into his characters' lives, filled with an engaging warmth and the actors' own natural sense of humor. Official Web Site


Friday, July 25 at Midnight
at the Ritz at the Bourse!
With Live Shadow Cast Transylvanian Nipple Productions!

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 Midnight Movies at the Ritz at the Bourse!
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Fri, Jul 25: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Live Shadow Cast Transylvanian Nipple Productions!
Fri, Aug 1: Hook, what if Peter Pan grew up?
Fri, Aug 8: The Room, can you ever really trust anyone?
Fri, Aug 15: Gremlins, don't feed them after midnight!


One Show Only!
Sunday, July 27 at 11:00am at the Ritz Five

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 Ritz Five

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
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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


Friday, August 1 at Midnight
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Steven Spielberg directed this delightfully grown-up fairy tale about an adult Peter Pan and his evil nemesis, Captain Hook. Peter Banning (Robin Williams) is a 40-year-old corporate lawyer too busy with his work to notice his family. But when Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, he is forced to remember who he really is: Peter Pan. With the help of Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts), he returns to Neverland and leads the Lost Boys in a fight against Hook's dastardly pirates.


One Show Only!
Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00pm at the Ritz Five

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


Friday, Aug 8 at Midnight
at the Ritz at the Bourse!

The Room is an electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies, starring writer/director Tommy Wiseau as a successful banker with a great respect for—and dedication to—the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa (Juliette Danielle). As the film depicts friendships and relationships in the lives of its five major characters, it raises life's real and most-asked question: "Can you really trust anyone?" A midnight cult sensation, this quirky black comedy has been running for over 10 years in Los Angeles and has now taken the rest of the country by storm. You'll want to be there for the devastation it will leave in its wake! Official Web Site



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