Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, the gripping drama Whiplash stars Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) as Andrew Neiman, a 19-year-old jazz drummer determined to rise to the top of the country's most elite music conservatory. One night, Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a conductor equally known for his talent for teaching as he is for the terrifying method of his instruction, discovers Andrew practicing the drums, and the next day requests that he be transferred into his band. At first, Andrew is an "alternate," confined to turning the pages of the "core" drummer, but at the band's next competition, the core drummer's sheet music is misplaced and Andrew gets the opportunity to play. Though the act further alienates him from his fellow musicians, the band nonetheless wins the competition, and he seems poised to become Fletcher's new "favorite son." Andrew's maniacal effort to achieve perfection is further fueled by Fletcher's psychological brinksmanship. The nearer to perfection Andrew gets, the narrower his circle of intimates becomes until he is left only with Fletcher—and even that relationship is jeopardized by the ferocity of Andrew's ambitions. A journey that can be seen alternately as a descent into madness or an ascent to greatness comes to a crescendo on the biggest platform for Andrew's talents—the unforgiving stage of Carnegie Hall. Official Web Site
Jocelyn Noveck's San Diego Union-Tribune review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas

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


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas
Must End Thursday, October 23!


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
Louise Adams' Edge San Diego review...


Now Playing at the Ken Cinema
Must End Thursday, October 23!


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. Official Web Site
Filmmaker Hong Khaou on grief, memories and the importance of humor




Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

The haunting thriller Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club) and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn, unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Also starring Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry. Official Web Site
Chris Nashawaty's Entertainment Weekly review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas

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
Ann Hornaday's San Diego Union-Tribune review...


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

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


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas
Must End Thursday, October 23!

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
Claudia Puig's USA Today review...




Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

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


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas
Must End Thursday, October 23!

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
Chris Nashawaty's Entertainment Weekly review...


Free Screening! One Show Only!
Monday, October 20 at 7:00pm
at the Hillcrest Cinemas
Tickets Available at the Boxoffice or Online!

The Economy. Everyone's talking about it. But who can explain it? Twenty award-winning directors and 10 of our most respected economists add their voices to the chorus with a thought-provoking short film series. Answering 20 essential questions about the U.S. economy in surprising and creative ways, these one-of-a-kind films—documentary, animated, scripted narrative, musical and comedy—cut through all the media noise and bring clarity to the economy—finally. We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss is produced by Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock's (director of Super Size Me) Cinelan. Official Web Site


Starts Thursday, October 23 at 8:00pm
at the Hillcrest Cinemas

The critically-acclaimed black comedy Birdman tells the story of a washed-up actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself. Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, Birdman is directed and co-written by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful, Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros). Official Web Site


Starts Friday, October 24
at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in The Blue Room, a sexy, brain-teasing thriller. Actor Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Grand Budapest Hotel) directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman (Léa Drucker) who, after a round of kinky sex, makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation—but just what exactly happened? Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon, this beguiling cinematic puzzle unfolds in an elliptical style that keeps the audience guessing every step of the way. Official Web Site


New Digital Restoration! One Week Only!
Starts Friday, October 24 at the Ken Cinema


In Mussolini's Italy, repressed Jean-Louis Trintignant, trying to purge memories of a youthful, homosexual episode—and murder—joins the Fascists in a desperate attempt to fit in. As the reluctant Judas motors to his personal Gethsemane (the assassination of his leftist mentor), he flashes back to a dance party for the blind; an insane asylum in a stadium; and wife Stefania Sandrelli and lover Dominique Sanda dancing the tango in a working class hall. But those are only a few of this political thriller's anthology pieces. Others include Trintignant's honeymoon coupling with Sandrelli in a train compartment as the sun sets outside their window; a bimbo lolling on the desk of a fascist functionary, glimpsed in the recesses of his cavernous office; a murder victim's hands leaving bloody streaks on a limousine parked in a wintry forest. Writer/director Bernardo Bertolucci's masterpiece, adapted from the Alberto Moravia novel, boasts a score by the great Georges Delerue (Contempt, Jules and Jim) and breathtaking color cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor, Apocalypse Now). Official Web Site


New Digital Restoration! One Week Only!
Starts Friday, October 24 at the Ken Cinema


Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour, a pillar of the French New Wave, can now be seen in a spectacular new digital restoration. Employing a radical use of voice-over narration and quickly-flashbacked scenes, the romantic drama tells the story of a brief relationship in post-war Japan of a French film actress played by Emmanuelle Riva (2012 Oscar nominee for Amour) who goes to Hiroshima to make a film and has an affair with a Japanese architect played by Eiji Okada (Woman in the Dunes). The Oscar-nominated screenplay was written by Marguerite Duras who, in novels like The Lover, often dealt with European/Asian relationships. A worldwide art house sensation when first released, and widely considered one of the most beautiful and influential movies ever made, Hiroshima Mon Amour was awarded the International Critics' prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. Due to its harrowing anti-nuclear stance, however, it was kept out of the main competition to avoid offending the U.S. Official Web Site


Fri, Oct 24 at Midnight at the Ken Cinema!

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


Sat, Oct 25 & Nov 1 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


Owl and Bear, Horrible Imaginings and Monster Island Resort Present Midnight Movies at the Ken Cinema!
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Fri, Oct 24: Only Lovers Left Alive, directed by Jim Jarmusch. Friday Midnight show!
Sat, Oct 25: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Crazed Imaginations!
Sat, Nov 1: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, extra Halloween show! With live shadow cast Crazed Imaginations!
Sat, Nov 8: Fateful Findings, San Diego premiere!
Sat, Nov 15: Jurassic Park, an adventure 65 million years in the making!
Sat, Nov 22: Spirited Away, in Japanese with English subtitles!


Starts Friday, October 31
at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world's reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, October 31 at the Hillcrest Cinemas

Lynn Shelton, whose unique directorial voice created such astutely observed comedies as Your Sister's Sister and Humpday, crafts a sweet, romantic coming-of-age comedy about three people who find their lives intertwined in the most unconventional way as they make through the imperfect realities of modern day life. Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind—while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart (Mark Webber) proposes, Megan panics and—given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week—hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika's world-weary single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell). Keira Knightley shines as Megan, a rare female slacker hero who shows us that while you never stop growing up, you can choose to stop lagging, and start living on your terms. Official Web Site


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, October 31 at the Ken Cinema


In the coming-of-age mystery White Bird in a Blizzard, Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears—just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it... Co-starring Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett. Written and directed by Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, The Doom Generation), based on the novel by Laura Kasischke. Official Web Site


Sat, Dec 13 at Midnight at the Ken Cinema! Includes an Episode of Tommy's New TV Show "The Neighbors!"

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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