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


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Outkast's André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer/director John Ridley (writer of 12 Years a Slave). Jimi: All Is By My Side covers a year in Hendrix's life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York's Cheetah Club to making his mark in London's music scene, up until his Monterey Pop Festival triumph. Also starring Imogen Poots and Hayley Atwell, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend. Official Web Site
Filmmaker Ridley on the year in London that transformed Jimmy into Jimi


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Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger-than-life adventure with riotously funny results. Based on the worldwide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom (Shall We Dance?, Serendipity) that also stars Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer. Official Web Site
Director/co-writer Peter Chelsom on why spreading happiness matters


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Must End Thursday, October 2!


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




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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


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The crime drama The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy, Locke, Warrior) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters—"money drops"—in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos"), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families and foes all work together to make a living—no matter the cost. Based on a screenplay from novelist Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop also stars Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and is directed by Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead). Official Web Site
Roger Moore's RogersMovieNation.com review...


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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
Steven Rea's Philadelphia Inquirer review...


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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
Claudia Puig's USA Today review...




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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
Steven Rea's Philadelphia Inquirer review...


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Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent events in the Middle East, filmmaker Nadav Schirman's The Green Prince retraces the details of a highly unprecedented partnership that developed between sworn enemies. In the style of a tense psychological thriller, this extraordinary documentary recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel's prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him. Based on Mosab Hassan Yousef's bestselling memoir Son of Hamas, The Green Prince exposes a complex world of terror, betrayal, and impossible choices. Through exclusive first-hand testimony, dramatic action sequences, and rare archival footage, decades of secrets come to light in this unflinching exploration of a profound spiritual transformation and the transcendent bonds of friendship. Winner of the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary (World Cinema). Official Web Site
Director Nadav Schirman on sharing secrets and the courage to trust


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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
Chris Nashawaty's Entertainment Weekly review...


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With his unique vision, writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth that is The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Once happily married, Conor (James McAvoy, The Last King of Scotland) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty, The Help) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple's story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson's latest version of their story combines his previous two films—titled Him and Her—uniting their perspectives and taking a further look into the subjectivity of relationships. Official Web Site


One Show Only!
Tue, September 30 at 7:00pm at the Ritz Five

William Shakespeare's masterpiece of the turbulence of war and the arts of peace tells the romantic story of Henry's campaign to recapture the English possessions in France. But the ambitions of this charismatic king are challenged by a host of vivid characters caught up in the real horrors of war. Recorded live earlier in 2014, Henry V opens the new Globe with the words "O for a muse of fire," and celebrates the power of language to summon into life courts, pubs, ships and battlefields within the "wooden O"—and beyond. Much loved for his performance as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (2010), Jamie Parker returns to Hal's journey as Henry V. Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, October 3
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The new documentary Take Me to the River celebrates the inter-generational, inter-racial, inter-gender musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Hip-hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, Lil P-Nut, Hustle & Flow's Oscar-winning Frayser Boy, Al Kapone and Yo Gotti are paired with Grammy-winning soul and R&B legends, including Mavis Staples, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. Jones, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, William Bell, Otis Clay and the incomparable session musicians of Stax and Hi Records. Journey inside these creative collaborations to share the struggles, the joy and the inspiration of some of America's most talented master musicians, who have influenced and inspired the world's popular music. Hosted by Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow). Official Web Site
Director Martin Shore on a powerful style of documentary filmmaking


Friday, October 3 at Midnight
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From modern horror master Wes Craven (Scream, Red Eye) comes a timeless shocker that remains the standard bearer for terror. Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is having grisly nightmares. Meanwhile, her high-school friends, who are having the very same dreams, are being slaughtered in their sleep by the hideous fiend of their shared nightmare. When the police ignore her explanation, she herself must confront the killer in his shadowy realm. Featuring Johnny Depp in his first starring role and mind-bending special effects, this horror classic gave birth to one of the most infamous undead villains in cinematic history...Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund).


Friday Midnight Movies at the Ritz at the Bourse!
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Fri, Oct 3: A Nightmare on Elm Street, 30th Anniversary! Sleep kills!
Fri, Oct 10: Cannibal Holocaust, the most controversial movie ever! No one under 18 admitted!
Fri, Oct 17: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Live Shadow Cast Transylvanian Nipple Productions!
Fri, Oct 24: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Live Shadow Cast Transylvanian Nipple Productions!
Fri, Oct 31: The Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell.
Fri, Nov 7: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi epic!
Fri, Nov 14: The Room, "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
Fri, Nov 21: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Live Shadow Cast Transylvanian Nipple Productions!
Fri, Nov 28: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 40th anniversary! Digitally restored!
Fri, Dec 5: Howl's Moving Castle, in Japanese with English subtitles!


Starts Thursday, October 9 at 8:00pm
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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 Ritz Five

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


Starts Friday, October 10 at the Ritz Five

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


One Week Only! Starts Friday, October 10
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Set in contemporary London, Lilting tells the story of Junn, a Cambodian-Chinese mother (Cheng Pei Pei) who does not speak English, isolated in a senior citizen home that she hates, mourning the recent death of her son Kai (Andrew Leung). Grieving too is Kai's lover Richard (Ben Whishaw, Bright Star and Q in Skyfall), who wants to take care of her, but is in a difficult position because Kai never came out to his mother. Visiting Junn, Richard brings a young woman (Naomi Christie) who speaks Mandarin to act as a translator, and they begin to get acquainted. The translator also helps Junn speak with her courtly English suitor (Peter Bowles), who brings her flowers daily. But better communication can lead to problems, as well as solve them. Lilting is a touching and profoundly emotional film about unlikely connections and the tragedies that bring us together even though we may be worlds apart. Winner of the Cinematography Award for World Cinema (Drama) at the Sundance Film Festival and a Grand Jury Award at Outfest Los Angeles. Written and directed by Hong Khaou. (Partially subtitled) Official Web Site
Filmmaker Hong Khaou on grief, memories and the importance of humor


One Week Only! Starts Friday, October 10
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Screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive, The Wings of the Dove) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul in 1962. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when a glamorous, wealthy American couple—the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his alluring young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst)—meet Rydal (Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis), a Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming female tourists on the side. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple's hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious bond between them as the trio's allegiance is put to the test. Their journey takes them from Greece to Turkey, and to a dramatic finale played out in the back alleys of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers on a Train). Official Web Site


Friday, October 10 at Midnight
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In 1979, four documentary filmmakers and their guide went into the jungles of South America to shoot a film about cannibalism. They never returned. Six months later, New York University along with the Pan American Broadcasting Corporation sent in a search team, looking for the filmmakers. They could never be prepared for what they would find. Long before Blair Witch was a twinkle in a young filmmaker's eye, Cannibal Holocaust shocked the world with its grisly "found footage" gimmick, resulting in a movie that was banned almost everywhere. Now this legendary gore-fest can be seen in the U.S., completely uncut and uncensored! No One Under 18 Admitted.
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Friday, Oct 17 & Oct 24 at Midnight
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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, November 14 at Midnight
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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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