Starts Thursday, July 24 at 7:00pm
at the Varsity Theatre

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


Now Playing at the Guild 45th 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


New HD Digital Restoration!
Now Playing at the Varsity Theatre
Must End Thursday, July 24!


In master writer/director Eric Rohmer's A Summer's Tale, being shown theatrically in the U.S. for the first time, Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud, Time to Leave), a recent university graduate, comes to the seaside in Brittany for three weeks' vacation before starting a new job. He's hoping his sort-of girlfriend, the fickle Léna (Aurélia Nolin), will join him there; but as the days pass, he welcomes the interest of Margot (Amanda Langlet, from Rohmer's Pauline at the Beach), a pretty waitress. Things start to get complicated when the spoken-for Margot encourages Gaspard to have a summer romance with her friend, Solène (Gwenaëlle Simon), and he complies. When Léna turns up, and scheduling complications abound, Gaspard will have to make a choice…. Rohmer's characteristically light touch allows his characters to discourse on love and friendship, even as their body language complicates and even contradicts their words; he conveys the openness of a world of possibilities faced by these young people. Official Web Site
Tom Keogh's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Guild 45th 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
Claudia Puig's USA Today review...


Now Playing at the Varsity Theatre

Some do it for revenge; some do it for fun. The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge! The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013's sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box-office, sees the return of writer/director James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country's yearly 12 hours of anarchy. Survive the night! Official Web Site




Now Playing at the Seven Gables Theatre
Must End Thursday, July 24!


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
Moira Macdonald's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Harvard Exit Theatre
Must End Thursday, July 24!

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert—a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, the film explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. Official Web Site
Director Steve James on Roger Ebert's unquenchable passion for life itself
Moira Macdonald's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Harvard Exit Theatre
Must End Thursday, July 24!


The sensual, beautifully photographed period drama Violette is the second biographical feature about a French female artist from writer/director Martin Provost (Séraphine). Violette Leduc (Emmanuelle Devos, Read My Lips, Kings & Queen), born out of wedlock at the beginning of the 20th century, encountered Simone de Beauvoir (Sandrine Kiberlain, Mademoiselle Chambon) in the post-WWII years in St-Germain-des-Prés. An intense relationship began between the two women, which would last their whole lives, a relationship based on the quest for freedom through writing, for Violette, and, for Simone, on the conviction that she held the fate of an extraordinary writer in her hands. Official Web Site
Moira Macdonald's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Varsity Theatre
Must End Thursday, July 24!


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
John Hartl's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

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


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center
in 3D & 2D!

The world's most revered monster is once again reborn, unleashed in the epic action adventure film Godzilla. From visionary new director Gareth Edwards, creator of the award-winning independent sci-fi thriller Monsters, comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless. Returning the title character to its epic roots with gritty, realistic action, Godzilla's impressive cast includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”). Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm, "Mad Men") concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "Million Dollar Arm." With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin, Argo) he discovers Dinesh (Madhur Mittal, Slumdog Millionaire) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea how to play baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India—the boys, who have never left their rural villages—are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball—JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell, In a World)—learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family. Also starring Bill Paxton, Million Dollar Arm is directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl). Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

The entire cast of the animated smash Rio returns in Rio 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, laughter, color and music, Rio 2 finds Jewel (voice of Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, George Lopez and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth. Directed by Carlos Saldanha (Rio, co-director of Ice Age). Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. It's great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. Also starring Paul Giamatti and Sally Field, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man). Official Web Site


Starts Friday, July 25
at the Harvard Exit 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


Starts Friday, July 25
at the Seven Gables Theatre

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


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, July 25 at the Varsity Theatre


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


One Show Only! Sunday, July 27 at 11:00am
at the Guild 45th Theatre

This romantic opera, an early masterpiece by Puccini, makes a welcome return to Covent Garden after an absence of over 20 years, in a new production by Jonathan Kent under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her character. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. This is a much anticipated new production, and Kent's vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city will surely resonate with today's audience. Official Web Site


Starts Thursday, July 31 at 8:00pm
at the Varsity Theatre

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 Varsity Theatre


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



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