Now Playing at the Shattuck Cinemas


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
David Lewis' San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Shattuck Cinemas

In the new comedy Sex Tape, Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, they decide—why not?—to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea, until they discover that their most private video has gone public. In a panic, they begin a wild night of adventure—tracking down leads, roping in friends, duping Annie's boss—all to reclaim their video, their reputation, their sanity, and, most importantly, their marriage. Also starring Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe. Directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher). Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Shattuck Cinemas

Planes: Fire & Rescue is an animated comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Official Web Site


Now Playing at the California Theatre
and Piedmont Theatre

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
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Albany Twin

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
Walter Addiego's San Francisco Chronicle review...




Now Playing at the Shattuck Cinemas


The latest film by master director Roman Polanski (Carnage, The Pianist, Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby) is an acting tour de force by Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner, who previously co-starred in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Based on the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's sexually provocative novella, Venus in Fur is an enthralling battle of wills. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of unsuccessfully auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) is about to leave when actress Vanda (Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic—and, it turns out, erotic—energy, demanding an audition. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared—or so it seems. But when Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely. Official Web Site
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the California Theatre
and Piedmont Theatre

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own. It's allowing herself to accept the support and love of others. Never failing to find the comedy and humanity in each awkward situation she encounters, Donna finds out along the way what it means to be as brave in life as she is on stage. Anchored by a breakout performance from Slate, Obvious Child is a winning discovery, packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant human honesty. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre. Official Web Site
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Albany Twin
and Piedmont Theatre

Acclaimed filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) returns to his native land to make his first Polish film, a moving and intimate drama about a young novice nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, is told a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year-old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is ordered to visit her sole living relative before taking her vows. Naïve, innocent Anna soon meets her outspoken aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that Anna's real name is Ida and her parents were Jews murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past. Powerfully written, mesmerizingly acted and eloquently shot in austere black-and-white, Ida is personal, intimate and human—and also a masterful evocation of a challenging historical dilemma—resulting in one of the most affecting films of the year. Official Web Site
Walter Addiego's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Shattuck Cinemas

They're not 21 anymore! After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (co-writer Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball) and Jenko (Channing Tatum, Magic Mike, The Vow) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case—they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. Also starring Ice Cube and Peter Stormare. Official Web Site
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Shattuck Cinemas

Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic film Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora (Elle Fanning) is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. Also starring Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. The directorial debut of Robert Stromberg, Oscar winner for Art Direction on both Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. Official Web Site
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Shattuck Cinemas

Third Person tells three stories of love, passion, trust and betrayal, in a multi-strand story line reminiscent of writer/director Paul Haggis' Oscar-winning film Crash. The tales play out in New York, Paris and Rome: three couples who appear to have nothing related but share deep commonalities: lovers and estranged spouses, children lost and found. Michael (Liam Neeson) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction author who has holed himself up in a hotel suite in Paris to finish his latest book. He recently left his wife, Elaine (Kim Basinger), and is having a tempestuous affair with Anna (Olivia Wilde), an ambitious young journalist who wants to write and publish fiction. At the same time, Scott (Adrien Brody), a shady American businessman, is in Italy to steal designs from fashion houses. He meets Monika (Moran Atias), a beautiful Roma woman, with whom he travels to a dangerous town in Southern Italy, where Scott starts to suspect that he is the patsy in an elaborate con game. Meanwhile Julia (Mila Kunis), an ex-soap opera actress, is caught in a custody battle for her 6-year-old son with her ex-husband Rick (James Franco), a famous New York artist. With her support cut off and her legal costs ruinous, Julia is reduced to working as a maid in the same upscale boutique hotel where she was once a frequent guest. Also starring Maria Bello and Loan Chabanol. Official Web Site
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Shattuck Cinemas

Director Clint Eastwood's big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 60's rock group The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the hit songs that influenced a generation, and are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical. John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group's biggest hits. Also starring Christopher Walken, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza. Official Web Site
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Shattuck Cinemas
Must End Thursday, July 24!

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
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Shattuck 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
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Shattuck Cinemas
Must End Thursday, July 24!

In this hilarious road movie, Tammy (Melissa McCarthy of The Heat, Identity Thief and Bridesmaids) is having a bad day. She's totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It's time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she's broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearls (Susan Sarandon), is her only option—with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shotgun, it may be just what Tammy needs. Also starring Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Digitally Remastered!
Wed, July 23 at 7:00pm at the Shattuck 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 California Theatre
and Piedmont Theatre

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...


Starts Friday, July 25 at the Piedmont Theatre

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


Starts Friday, July 25 at the Shattuck 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 Shattuck 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


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, July 25 at the Shattuck Cinemas


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


Starts Friday, July 25 at the Shattuck Cinemas
in 3D & 2D!

Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human. Unimaginable villains will test the mythical power of Hercules in this gritty take on one of the most epic action heroes of the ages. Also starring John Hurt, Ian McShane and Rufus Sewell, Hercules is directed by Brett Ratner (Red Dragon, the Rush Hour series). Official Web Site


Starts Friday, August 1 at the Albany Twin
and Piedmont Theatre

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


Starts Friday, August 1 at the Shattuck Cinemas

Chadwick Boseman (42) stars as James Brown in Get on Up, a biographical drama from director Tate Taylor (director/co-writer of the Academy Award-nominated blockbuster The Help). Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film is a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Also starring Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter and Jill Scott. Official Web Site


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, August 1 at the Shattuck Cinemas
Director Dan Krauss In Person Saturday, August 2! (Details TBA)


Equal parts infuriating and illuminating, The Kill Team looks at the devastating moral tensions that tear at soldiers' psyches through the lens of one highly personal and emotional story. Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. But Winfield's pleas went unheeded. Left on his own and with threats to his life, Private Winfield was himself drawn into the moral abyss, forced to make a split-second decision that would change his life forever. With extraordinary access to the key individuals involved in the case—including Private Winfield, his passionately supportive parents, and Winfield's startlingly candid compatriots in the so-called "Kill Team"—Academy Award-nominated director Dan Krauss ("The Death of Kevin Carter") expertly constructs an overwhelmingly powerful film that is a balanced and nuanced look at the personal stories so often lost inside the larger coverage of the longest war in U.S. history. Official Web Site


Friday, August 1 - Thursday, August 7
at the California Theatre



Sat, Aug 9 at Midnight at the Albany Twin!
With Barely Legal 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


Fri & Sat, Aug 29 & 30 at Midnight at the Piedmont Theatre! Writer/Director/Star Tommy Wiseau In Person!

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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