Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas


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
Anders Wright's San Diego Union-Tribune review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas

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


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

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 Ken Cinema
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




Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas

All's fair in love and war, especially when the battles are dangerously delicious and terribly tantalizing! In the new comedy Le Chef, fate brings two chefs together and helps them along a journey through the intoxicating world of French haute-cuisine. Self-taught, aspiring chef Jacky (Michaël Youn) has the talent—but not the luck. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is in danger of losing his reputation—along with his beloved restaurant. A legend in his own time, Lagarde is in serious conflict with Stanislas Matter (Julien Boisselier), the new CEO of the group that owns his restaurant. Matter is plotting to destroy Lagarde’s reputation so that he’ll have grounds to fire him and move the restaurant away from classic French cuisine towards trendy molecular gastronomy. Desperate to cling to his status as a Three Star chef (a rarity in the world of fine dining), Lagarde teams up wsith Jacky and together they try to find the balance between tradition and trend, as well as between family life and food obsession. Written and directed by Daniel Cohen. Official Web Site
Beth Accomando's KPBS.org review...


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

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
Scott Bowles' USA Today review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas
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
Glenn Heath Jr.'s San Diego City Beat review...


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas
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 La Jolla Village Cinemas
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
Stephanie Merry's San Diego Union-Tribune review...


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

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 Friday, July 25
at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

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


Starts Friday, July 25 at the Hillcrest Cinemas

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 La Jolla Village Cinemas

In the bawdy adventure comedy Land Ho!, Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) were close friends back when they were brothers-in-law married to two sisters, but they drifted apart as Mitch and his wife divorced and Colin's wife died. Now Mitch, a retired surgeon who can't quite admit to being retired, recruits a reluctant Colin on a holiday to Iceland—just the ticket to perk up a pair who have endured their share of disappointments but still have a spirit of adventure in them. As their rented SUV pilots them deeper into the Icelandic hinterlands, Colin and Mitch encounter fellow adventurers, get on each others' nerves, play movie trivia games, get lost on the moonless moors, grouse about their sons, smoke pot, speak of regrets, and marvel at Iceland's otherworldly beauty. For both men, aging, loneliness, and disenchantment are silent adversaries to be countered with gumption. Official Web Site
Filmmakers Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz on filming in Iceland


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, July 25 at the Ken Cinema


Mood Indigo is a true return to form for filmmaker Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), exploring the vast landscape of human emotion and imagination. Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, this tragicomic, visionary and romantic love story stars Romain Duris (Populaire, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) as wealthy bachelor Colin, whose hobbies include developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas (Omar Sy, The Intouchables). When Colin learns that his best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh, The Valet), a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend's party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloé (Audrey Tautou, Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and, before they know it, they're dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance that Gondry rapturously depicts as only he can. But their whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe and a flower begins to grow in her lungs. Official Web Site
Filmmaker Michel Gondry materializes the world of author Boris Vian


Sat, July 26 at Midnight at the Ken Cinema

Adapted from John Cameron Mitchell's critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock theatre hit, this dazzling film tells the story of Hedwig, an "internationally ignored" rock and roll songstress hailing from Communist East Germany. Born a boy named Hansel, whose life dream is to find his other half, he submits to a sex change operation in order to marry an American GI and get over the Wall to freedom. The operation is botched, leaving her with the aforementioned 'angry inch.' Through a collage of songs, flashbacks and animation, a bitter yet witty Hedwig tells her life story...


Owl and Bear, Horrible Imaginings and Monster Island Resort Present Midnight Movies at the Ken Cinema!
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Sat, Jul 26: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, an anatomically incorrect rock odyssey! Presented in 35mm!
Sat, Aug 2: Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino. Presented in 35mm!
Sat, Aug 9: The Room, "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
Sat, Aug 16: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Crazed Imaginations!
Sat, Aug 23: Taxi Driver, starring Robert De Niro.
Sat, Aug 30: Ghost in the Shell, in Japanese with English subtitles!
Sat, Sep 6: This is Spinal Tap, 30th Anniversary showing!
Sat, Sep 13: The Room, can you ever really trust anyone?
Sat, Sep 20: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Crazed Imaginations!
Sat, Sep 27: Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan. 10th Anniversary showing!


Starts Friday, August 1
at the La Jolla Village Cinemas
and Hillcrest Cinemas

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 at the Ken Cinema


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


Sat, August 2 at Midnight at the Ken Cinema

By turns violent and very funny, this blistering black comedy weaves together three lurid tales of small-time criminal life in Hollywood. Inspired by popular crime fiction of the '30s and '40s, director Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown) introduces us to a pair of thick-witted hit-men (John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson), a double-crossing prizefighter on the run (Bruce Willis), his absent-minded girlfriend (Maria de Medeiros), the hit-men-hiring mob boss (Ving Rhames), his exotic but drug-addled wife (Uma Thurman), and two young lovers contemplating a career change—namely whether to start sticking up restaurants instead of liquor stores (Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer).


One Show Only! Wednesday, August 6
at 7:00pm at the Hillcrest Cinemas

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


30th Anniversary! Two Shows Only!
Saturday & Sunday, August 9 & 10
at Noon at the Ken Cinema

Meet the inhabitants of the "Casa di Riposa" in Milan, the world's first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. In his documentary film Tosca's Kiss, which has developed an underground cult following over the years and is a favorite among opera and music lovers worldwide, director Daniel Schmid has captured a world in which these wonderful singers (many of whom had significant careers on the opera stage) re-live and re-enact their triumphant roles of the glorious past. Dustin Hoffman presents the 30th Anniversary restoration and re-release of this beloved music documentary, a touching and often hilarious film on the subject of aging and the power and timeless capacity of music to inspire. Official Web Site


Sat, Aug 9 at Midnight at the Ken Cinema!

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


Sat, Aug 16 at Midnight at the Ken Cinema
With Live Shadow Cast Crazed Imaginations!

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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