Now Playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema


The dramatic comedy Wetlands is an unapologetically vulgar coming-of-age tale about divorce and first love. Eighteen-year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard and pleasure herself and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents' divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a sensitive shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents and forms an unlikely bond with her attractive male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski). Based on the bestselling novel by Charlotte Roche. Directed and co-written by David Wnendt. No one under 18 admitted. Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Clay Theatre


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
Walter Addiego's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema


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


Now Playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

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
Walter Addiego's San Francisco Chronicle review...




Now Playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

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
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

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...


Now Playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

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
Jeff Labrecque's Entertainment Weekly review...


Now Playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema

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




Now Playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema

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
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson creates a wildly quirky comedy about a naïve young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson, About Time), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde rock band led by the mysterious Frank (Michael Fassbender, conquering the ultimate acting challenge), an unstable but charismatic musical savant who wears a large, round fake head with crudely painted-on features all the time—like Daniel Johnston hidden behind a cartoon smile. Frank's closest musical collaborator is the forbidding Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Donnie Darko); part caretaker, part jailer, Clara is the antithesis of all things mainstream. For Jon, this is the break he's been waiting for, his chance to climb through the looking glass and into the world of artistic collaboration, real music-making, and rock 'n' roll adventure that he's always dreamed of. But does he have the talent to make it? Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on the memoir by Ronson. Official Web SiteDownload Your Own Official Frank Cutout Mask!
Director Abrahamson finds Frank trickier to describe than it was to make
Thomas Lee's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Fri & Sat, Sep 19 & 20 at Midnight at the Clay Theatre!

Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera, Superbad, Juno, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams...literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker's quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It's getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart's ass—and now is back in town—to the teenage distraction he's trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn't been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor. As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues' gallery from her past—from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsomely identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over. Also starring Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick and Jason Schwartzman. Official Web Site


Midnight Movies at the Clay Theatre!
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Sep 19 & 20: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, starring Michael Cera.
Sat, Sep 27: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast The Bawdy Caste!
Oct 3 & 4: Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.


Two Shows Only! Sun, Sep 21 at Noon
& Wed, Sep 24 at 7:00pm at the Clay Theatre

In this Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, recorded live earlier in 2014 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Valentine (Michael Marcus) and Proteus (Mark Arends) are best friends until they both fall in love with the Duke's daughter Silvia (Sarah MacRae). But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia (Pearl Chanda) at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals' affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation. Director Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare's exuberant romantic comedy. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Tue, September 23 at 7:00pm
at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

A documentary film of the groundbreaking exhibition created by London's Victoria and Albert Museum, David Bowie is is described by The Times as "stylish & outrageous" and The Guardian as "a triumph." The exhibition features a remarkable collection of photographs, stage costumes, and other rare possessions from the David Bowie Archive. The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie is exhibition with special guests, including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie's artistic career. The exhibition curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, provide fascinating insight into the most memorable music videos and original costumes, as well as more personal items such as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries, which reveal the creativity and evolution of Bowie's ideas. Official Web Site


Starts Thursday, September 25 at 8:00pm
at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

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, September 26
at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland) stars in the incredible true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who undertook a perilous solos trek across 1,700 miles of stunning Australian outback. Abandoning city life, Robyn arrives in Alice Springs in 1977 and declares her ambition to cross the desert to the Indian Ocean to the amusement of the locals. However, after months of camping out and working on a camel farm, people begin to take her seriously. A chance meeting with National Geographic photographer Rick Smoland (Adam Driver, "Girls") provides her with the necessary financing for her expedition under the condition that he be allowed to photograph parts of her journey for the magazine. With only her dog and four unpredictable camels for company, she embarks on an inspiring and life changing journey of self-discovery. Directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don't Live Here Anymore). Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, September 26
at the Opera Plaza Cinema
Filmmaker Rory Kennedy In Person
Friday, September 26 at 7:00 & 7:20pm! (7:20 Show Sold Out)


Award-winning independent filmmaker Rory Kennedy (Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, Ethel) dares to reopen the books on a war that scarred our national psyche. Chronicling a story few of us know, Kennedy's potent documentary may both shock you and restore your faith in humanity. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S. readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers and friends. Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese becomes terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible. Official Web Site
Landmark Theatres’ President & CEO interviews filmmaker Rory Kennedy


Sat, Sep 27 at Midnight at the Clay Theatre!
With The Bawdy Caste LIVE!

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


One Show Only! Tue, September 30 at 7:00pm
at the Clay Theatre

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


Starts Friday, October 3
at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

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


One Week Only! Starts Friday, October 3
at the Opera Plaza Cinema


Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century icons, Picasso and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member's will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. Art and Craft starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity—but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation and purpose. Official Web Site


Fri & Sat, Oct 3 & 4 at Midnight at the Clay Theatre!

Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose "old dark house" and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Janet Leigh, the film's ill-fated heroine who is victimized in the now-notorious "shower scene." Trust us, the tension in this film has never been duplicated, thanks to the master's superb direction, the crisp black and white cinematography and Bernard Herrmann's unsettling score. Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, John Gavin and John McIntire co-star. Screenplay by Joseph Stefano, based on the novel by Robert Bloch.


Sat, Oct 11 at Midnight at the Clay Theatre!

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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