Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas


Eric (Colin Firth, The King's Speech, A Single Man), a WWII vet and train fanatic, meets attractive divorcee Patti (Nicole Kidman, Stoker, Cold Mountain) on a train, and love blossoms. Only after they marry does she discover that Eric is tormented by his past in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. When they learn that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his brutal treatment is still alive, she urges him to go and confront the man, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography by Eric Lomax. Official Web Site


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas
Co-Director Charlie Siskel In Person
Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 & 9:40pm!


Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a loner who worked as a nanny most of her life, and shot photos constantly everywhere she went, taking over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Amateur historian John Maloof bought the contents of her storage locker by chance at an auction, and soon became obsessed with trying to learn more about the mysterious recluse. The first trace he was able to find of her was her recent obituary. Since then Maloof has organized many acclaimed exhibits of her work, and is crusading to put this prolific photographer into the history books. In Finding Vivian Maier, Maloof and co-director Charlie Siskel's captivating documentary, Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. Official Web Site
Directors Siskel & Maloof on discovering the hidden gifts of Vivian Maier
Anders Wright's San Diego Union-Tribune review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas

Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Sherlock Holmes) plays Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he is back on the streets of London with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant, "Girls," Withnail and I) looking to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir, A Better Life). After a near-death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt. Written and directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador). Official Web Site
Filmmaker Richard Shepard on Jude Law's enjoyably larger than life character
Roger Moore's San Diego Union-Tribune review...


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas


Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike—her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. The muse to both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, they loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous "Afternoon of a Faun" for her. She was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio overnight and paralyzed; she never danced again. Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski ("The Loving Story") brings to the screen for the first time the magnificent and tragic story of a woman who was the nexus of inspiration, beauty and invention. With a soul-stirring soundtrack and exquisite visuals, Afternoon of a Faun reveals how one woman so passionately influenced an entire art form and two of its most prolific and renowned creators. With Jacques d'Amboise. Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Ken Cinema
Filmmaker/Photographer/Artist Edward Burtynsky
In Person Sun, April 20 at 2:30 & 4:45pm !


Award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, who together made 2007's acclaimed documentary Manufactured Landscapes, return with a spectacular film about man's troubled relationship with life's most precious resource, water. Packed with startling, breathtaking and unforgettable images, Watermark is a visual feast. We see the colossal construction site in China of the world's largest dam, six times the size of Hoover Dam; the geometric intricacies of ancient "step wells" in Rajasthan, where mazes of stairs lead deep into the earth; the barren desert where the mighty Colorado River no longer flows into the ocean; the water-intensive tanneries of Dhaka, Bangladesh, spewing poison; the mass river-bathing ceremony in the "Mother Ganges" that draws 30 million Hindu faithful in one day; the ingenious terracing of steep slopes for rice paddies in China—and the peasant who patrols the borders of his fields on the watch for water thieves. The viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted—until it's gone. Official Web Site




Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas

From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial—or somewhere in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highway in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michael Faber, Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results. Official Web Site
Glenn Heath Jr.'s San Diego City Beat review...


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas


Multi-talented Steve Coogan (The Trip), nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing Philomena in which he also stars, is one of the funniest men around. Over the past twenty years he has been honing the cringe-worthy persona of smarmy egomaniacal radio host Alan Partridge on BBC-TV. Now, in Alan's long-awaited feature film debut, mayhem and hijinks abound. Alan's tottering radio station is taken over by a giant corporation who plan to make lots of changes, such as laying off many of the staff, including Alan's best friend Pat (Colm Meaney), who goes ballistic and takes over the station at gunpoint, creating a hostage standoff that Alan ineptly tries to exploit for self-promotion, mediating between Pat and the crowd of police surrounding the station. With an able screenwriting assist from Armando Iannucci (In the Loop); directed by Declan Lowney. Official Web Site
Beth Accomando's KPBS.org review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas

In 2012 the Indonesian action phenomenon The Raid: Redemption caused a worldwide sensation and introduced amazing martial arts star Iko Uwais. He returns in The Raid 2 with even more incredible action stunts than before. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen, rookie Jakarta cop Rama (Uwais) thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. His triumph attracted the attention of predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his wife and infant son: he must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. Getting himself thrown into prison, Rama saves the boss gangster's son in a giant melee involving all the prisoners and all the guards in a muddy exercise yard. Upon his release, Rama joins the gang and becomes a trusted insider, laying his life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gamble to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end. Non-stop excitement! Official Web Site
Anders Wright's San Diego Union-Tribune review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas

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


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

In the romantic drama The Lunchbox, middle-class housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that a new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan (Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi), a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day's lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. In the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. Co-written and directed by Ritesh Batra. Official Web Site


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris) and Lindsay Duncan (Mansfield Park) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness—and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick's old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly boorish American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become. This magically buoyant, bittersweet comedy-drama is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between Notting Hill director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (Venus, The Mother). Official Web Site
Director Roger Michell on the challenges of the first day of shooting


Sat, Apr 19 at Midnight at the Ken Cinema!

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


Starts Friday, April 25 at the Hillcrest Cinemas

Only Lovers Left Alive is the best film in years by writer/director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Mystery Train, Down By Law). Stylish, hip and droll, it's the nocturnal tale of two vampires in love, and their quest for amusement and an untainted supply of blood. Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Marvel's The Avengers and the Thor films) and the ageless Tilda Swinton (I Am Love, Michael Clayton) play Adam and Eve, vampires who have been lovers for centuries. He's a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of Detroit; she's a lover of knowledge residing in Tangier—but they're soulmates. Adam's music is eagerly received by the zombies (i.e. humans) such as rock promoter Ian (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek), whose adulation threatens his need for solitude. Sensing Adam's growing angst and despair, Eve makes a transatlantic journey to see him, despite the difficulties of travelling by day. Their joyful reunion is interrupted by the uninvited arrival of Eve's carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right), who brings trouble in her wake. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music by Jarmusch's band Squrl, and sly humor, Only Lovers Left Alive is a hypnotic meditation on art, science, memory, and the mysteries of everlasting love. With John Hurt and Jeffrey Wright. Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, April 25
at a San Diego Landmark Theatre

Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion and dedicated teacher, returns to the city of his birth, Jaffa, after decades abroad. He wants to give something back to his homeland and has an impossible dream: to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance together. Enlisting the support of teachers and parents, Pierre persuades 150 reluctant eleven-year-olds from several schools to give his program a try. At first the dance "partners" don't want to touch—or even look at—each other, but Pierre persists, determined to impart the hidden ballroom skills of decorum, etiquette and, ultimately, respect and trust. Soon the children are two-stepping and tangoing, looking forward to the climactic team dance contest. What occurs is magical and transformative, making Pierre's dream seem almost possible. With Yvonne Marceau; directed by Hilla Medalia. Official Web Site


Fri, Apr 25 at 2:30 & 7:30pm at the Ken Cinema!

A desperate 16th century village hires seven samurai to protect it from marauders in this crown jewel of Japanese cinema. No other film seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action. Breathtaking, agile and overflowing with a delightfully self-mocking sense of humor, Akira Kurosawa's (Rashomon, Yojimbo, Kagemusha) most well-known film inspired the U.S. remake The Magnificent Seven. Screen icon Toshiro Mifune is terrific as the over-eager Kikuchiyo, determined to join the band, and his bravura performance is balanced by the quiet brilliance of Takashi Shimura as the leader of the samurai.


Fri, Apr 25 at Midnight at the Ken Cinema!

It's Square Pegs at the Round Table as England's zaniest humorists take on the Middle Ages and convert Arthurian legend into uncontrollable lunacy! Written and performed by all your favorites—Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin—Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been fully re-mastered in high definition and now includes the new, never-before-seen 12-minute short feature “Terry Gilliam’s Lost Animations.” If you’re already a fan (and name one person who’s seen it who isn’t!), you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy the film the way it’s meant to be experienced—on the Big Screen, in a movie theater, with other die-hard fans laughing at the gags (the clippety-clopping coconuts!) and reciting the dialog (“It’s just a flesh wound!”). And if you’ve never seen this comic masterpiece, you’re in for a very special treat. As reviewer Jeff Shannon writes, “The comedy highlights are too numerous to mention...The sum of this madness is a movie that’s beloved by anyone with a pulse and an irreverent sense of humor.” What more can we say, except "Ni!"
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Sat, Apr 26 at 2:30 & 7:30pm at the Ken Cinema!

David Lean's Academy Award-winning biography of WWI hero and enigmatic adventurer T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole), who became a symbol for Arab sovereignty, can only be appreciated to its fullest on the big screen. The sumptuous epic thrills with superb cinematography, music, script and performances, including O'Toole in his first leading role alongside stellar co-stars Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn and Omar Sharif. Based on Lawrence's book The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the film was awarded seven Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Score, Editing and Art Direction.


Sat, Apr 26 at Midnight at the Ken Cinema!

From the Academy Award-winning Coen Brothers (Fargo, No Country for Old Men) comes a hilariously quirky comedy-thriller about bowling, avant-garde art, nihilistic Austrians and a guy named...The Dude. Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) doesn't want any drama in his life...heck, he can't even be bothered with a job. But, in a case of mistaken identity, a couple of thugs break into his place and steal his rug (you gotta understand, that rug really tied the room together). Now, The Dude must embark on a quest with his crazy friends to make things right and get that rug back! Co-starring John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro and Philip Seymour Hoffman.


Sun, Apr 27 at 3:00, 5:30 & 8:00pm
at the Ken Cinema!

Considered by many to be the greatest Hollywood musical ever made, Singin' in the Rain is also a classic film about cinema itself. Set during the early days of sound pictures, it traces the seismic transition from silence to speech, as a matinee idol (Gene Kelly) and his partner (Donald O'Connor) search for a voice for a shrill co-star. As chorus girl Debbie Reynolds enters the fray, a brilliant all-singing, all-dancing spectacle ensues. Shot in vibrant Technicolor, Rain is unrivaled in its visual splendor and vigorous humor. Number 5 on the AFI list of the Best American Films. Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly.


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Fri, April 25 at 2:30 & 7:30pm: Seven Samurai (1954), directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune!
Fri, April 25 at Midnight: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), makes Ben Hur look like an epic!
Sat, April 26 at 2:30 & 7:30pm: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), David Lean's desert epic starring Peter O'Toole!
Sat, April 26 at Midnight: The Big Lebowski (1998), directed by the Coen Bros and starring Jeff Bridges! Presented in 35mm!
Sun, April 27 at 3:00, 5:30 & 8:00pm: Singin’ in the Rain (1952), what a glorious feeling!


One Show Only! Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00pm
at the Hillcrest Cinemas

Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company go on the road in NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage. In over 200 performances, and across 3 continents, Kevin and the troupe reveal some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, Richard III. Their story and experiences weave around, and reflect on, excerpts from the play from their various locations, from Epidaurus to Doha, and provides a great opportunity for those who have never experienced Spacey on stage to witness his immersive and captivating interpretation of Richard III. NOW chronicles the first collaboration between Spacey and Mendes since both won Academy Awards for their work on American Beauty. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, May 2 at the
Hillcrest Cinemas & La Jolla Village Cinemas

Writer-director John Turturro gives Woody Allen his best on-screen role in years, as an unlikely pimp. Turturro himself stars as the title character, in this hilarious yet heartfelt comedy about the endless quest for happiness through sex and love. Murray (Allen), a going-out-of-business New York bookseller, is pals with Fioranvante (Turturro), who runs a modest florist shop. When Murray's beautiful dermatologist Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone) mentions she's looking for a man to participate in a threesome with her and her equally gorgeous friend Selima (Sofia Vergara), Murray recognizes the financial potential of this proposal and sets about convincing Fioravante to consummate the deal. Meanwhile Murray has come across an unusual second client for Fioravante: Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), the lonely widow of a revered Hasidic rabbi. Avigal's every move is watched by the suspicious and jealous Dovi (Liev Schreiber), which makes assignations with her hazardous. As Fioravante makes his rounds through the bedrooms of Dr. Parker and Selima, as well as his more chaste meetings with Avigal, Murray discovers it's not so easy to be a pimp and finds out that the clash between the secular and the Orthodox must be faced sooner or later. Official Web Site
Filmmaker John Turturro on the many sources of his human comedy


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, May 2 at the Hillcrest Cinemas


Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost, a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island, but soon come into conflict with other settlers—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese baroness and her two handsome lovers. Filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) skillfully interweave newly unearthed home movies of these original settlers; testimonies of modern day islanders; stunning footage of native flora and fauna; and powerful voice performances by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård and Josh Radnor. Macabre yet inspiring, The Galapagos Affair is a gripping parable of Robinson Crusoe adventure and utopian dreams gone awry. Official Web Site


Encore Screening! One Show Only! Sunday, May 4
at 11:00am at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

A story of power and plotting, Richard II is the first of Shakespeare's four plays about the House of Lancaster. Richard (David Tennant) is King, ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness—a man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years. Recorded live from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the sellout production of Richard II is directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.


One Show Only! Sunday, June 1 at 11:00am
at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of William Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear. An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia (Olivia Vinall), says nothing. As Lear's world descends into chaos, all that he once believed is brought into question. One of the greatest works in western literature, King Lear explores the very nature of human existence: love and duty, power and loss, good and evil. Official Web Site



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