Now Playing at the Varsity Theatre

The nefarious and sneaky Penguins, who so often stole scenes in the Madagascar series, are back in their very own feature film. Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper (voice of Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller) and Private (Christopher Knights). They now must join forces with the chic spy organization the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch), to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine (John Malkovich) from taking over the world. Official Web Site
Soren Andersen's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Seven Gables Theatre

This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch. A critical favorite at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard. Written and directed by Ruben Östlund. Official Web Site
Moira Macdonald's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Harvard Exit Theatre

The Theory of Everything tells the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking (Eddie Redmayne, Les Misérables, My Week With Marilyn) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of—time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen," by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). Official Web Site
Moira Macdonald's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Guild 45th Theatre

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
Moira Macdonald's Seattle Times review...




Now Playing at the Varsity Theatre
Must End Thursday, November 27!


Based on Amy-Jo Albany's powerful memoir of growing up in the care of her gifted, tormented and frequently absent musician father, the bebop jazz pianist Joe Albany, Low Down focuses on the years 1974 to 1976, when Amy (Elle Fanning, Maleficent, Ginger & Rosa) had few resources other than the love of her aging grandmother (Glenn Close) and a ragtag bunch of Hollywood outcasts and eccentrics that were her friends. While Joe (John Hawkes, Winter's Bone, The Sessions) struggles to find gigs, maintain his heroin addiction, and stay out of jail, Amy grows up quickly in a hotel on the fringes of Hollywood. There she bears witness to heartbreak and tragedy as well as soaring beauty and joy—in the jazz music that shaped her, the city and its denizens that nourished her, and the loving bond with her father and grandmother that kept her alive. Creating the gritty textures of a bygone era, director Jeff Preiss returns to the same evocative locale as Let's Get Lost, the Bruce Weber documentary on which he served as cinematographer. Stellar supporting cast includes Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Flea. Official Web Site
Charles Mudede's The Stranger review...


Now Playing at the Varsity Theatre in 35mm!

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history—traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. Writer/director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception) returns with a breathtaking space epic featuring an all-star cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow and Ellen Burstyn. Official Web Site
Roger Moore's RogersMovieNation.com review...


Now Playing at the Guild 45th Theatre

The singular Bill Murray stars in the comical story of a young boy who develops an unusual friendship with the cantankerous old guy next door. Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka (Naomi Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine—the race track, a strip club and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart. Written and directed by Theodore Melfi. Official Web Site
Roger Moore's RogersMovieNation.com review...


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

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


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

The action-packed, epic space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—gun-toting raccoon Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper), tree-like humanoid Groot (voice of Vin Diesel), the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance. Also starring John C. Reilly, Benicio del Toro and Djimon Hounsou, Guardians of the Galaxy is directed and co-written by James Gunn (Super, Slither). Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

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
Moira Macdonald's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

From the creators of animated hits Coraline and ParaNorman comes a new breed of family—The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs' family. The Boxtrolls also features the voice talents of Tracy Morgan, Richard Ayoade, Nick Frost, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg and Toni Collette. Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

In this dramatic comedy, four grown siblings—bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives—are forced to return to their childhood home when their father passes away, and live under the same roof together for a week with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide. Written by Jonathan Tropper (based on his novel), This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne and Timothy Olyphant and is directed by Shawn Levy (Date Night). Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in a picturesque village in the south of France to open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all-out war between the two establishments—until Hassan's passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory's enchanting sous chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures. A stimulating story of triumph over exile and blossoming with passion and heart, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy's drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be. Directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen). Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, November 28
at the Varsity Theatre


Although only a few scientists and researchers brave the extreme conditions of Antarctica year-round, the continent hosts a close-knit international population of base workers, chefs, technicians and tradespeople who keep everything running. Antarctica: A Year on Ice is their story. Completely isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. From everyday moments of work and laughter to holiday celebrations and even the filmmaker's own wedding, Antarctica: A Year on Ice shows a determined community thriving in a world most people will never know. Boasting footage gathered over 15 years, including nine winters spent in 24-hour darkness, this unique documentary speaks to the planet's natural wonders, humanity's thirst for adventure and the emotional journey that accompanies a year spent on the ice. Intrepid filmmaker/photographer Anthony Powell gives testament to both the spirit of Antarctic culture and the breathtaking splendor contained within the last pristine wilderness left on the planet. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Tue, December 2 at 7:00pm
at the Guild 45th Theatre

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other art institution. To mark the momentous occasion of its 250th anniversary, the museum opened its doors for the filming of Hermitage Revealed—a cinematic event that is a must-see for all fans of art, architecture and the culture and history of Russia. Hermitage Revealed takes audiences on a thrilling journey through the museum's tumultuous history from imperial palace to state museum, and offers unprecedented access to special collections and exclusive areas that remain hidden from the public eye. The production brings together the oldest, the rarest, the most precious and the most closely guarded of Russia's greatest treasures; items bought with great wealth or acquired by other means, items hoarded and saved from violent revolutionaries, items thought lost and later re-found—all works and their unique stories presented with an intimacy and immediacy that no museum or gallery experience can match. From Rembrandt to Russian masterpieces, from prehistoric artifacts to the private gemstone collection of Catherine The Great, from Michelangelo to Matisse and much, much more, the exquisite treasures the Hermitage has to offer are seemingly endless. Hermitage Revealed puts you right there amongst it all—exploring the art and revealing the human stories behind this great institution. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Thu, December 4 at 7:00pm
at the Guild 45th Theatre

Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius—but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia. When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies, Oberon and Titania. Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface. Michelle Terry (Titania/Hippolyta) won the 2011 Olivier Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Sylvia in Tribes (Royal Court). Ticketing Information


One Week Only! Starts Friday, December 5
at the Varsity Theatre


Point and Shoot follows Matt VanDyke, a timid 26-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described "crash course in manhood." He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a three-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. While traveling, he struck up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, and when revolution broke out in Libya, Matt joined his friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi. With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, Matt fought in—and filmed—the war until he was captured by Gaddafi forces and held in solitary confinement for six months. Two-time Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry (Street Fight, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front) tells this harrowing and sometimes humorous story of a young man's struggle for political revolution and personal transformation. Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, December 12
at the Guild 45th Theatre

In Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, The Young Victoria), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary and inspirational adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed (Witherspoon) makes a rash decision.  Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own.  Wild powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures—as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens and ultimately heals her. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, December 12
at the Seven Gables Theatre

On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oil rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of 126 rig crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away. After burning for two days, the Deepwater Horizon sank, causing the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The spill flowed unabated for almost three months, dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic ocean, shutting down the local fishing industry, polluting the fragile ecosystem, and raising serious questions about the safety of continued deep-water offshore drilling. Filmmaker Margaret Brown traveled to small towns and major cities across Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to explore the fallout of the environmental disaster. Years later, the Southern Americans still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide first-hand accounts of their ongoing experience, long after the story has faded from the front page. Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, December 12
at the Varsity Theatre


Zero Motivation is a unique, sharply observed, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. Playing out like M*A*S*H meets "Orange is the New Black," writer/director Talya Lavie's brilliant debut details the power struggles of three women with different agendas and very little to do. Pencil-pushers in the Human Resources Office, best friends Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) spend their time playing video games, singing pop songs, jousting with stationery and dreaming of Tel Aviv. The indolent twosome are watched over by their aspiring senior officer, Rama (Shani Klein), who dreams of a higher position and a significant military career, but with a platoon of unskilled, idle female soldiers without any drive under her charge, her ambitions for promotion are constantly thwarted. With shifts of tone that go from slapstick to satiric to horrifying with fluid ease, and with a superb supporting cast of characters, Zero Motivation is destined to be one of the most talked about films of the year. Winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Sun, January 18 at 11:00am
at the Guild 45th Theatre

L'Elisir D'Amore is Donizetti's romantic comedy of rural life which comes up trumps in director Laurent Pelly's staging, matching the piece's perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery. Italian conductor Daniele Rustioni conducts this star-studded cast revival. Lucy Crowe takes the soprano lead as Adina, the most sophisticated woman in the village, loved from afar by Vittorio Grigolo's dashing but shy Nemorino, with Bryn Terfel as the larger-than-life travelling quack, Doctor Dulcamara. L'Elisir D'Amore, to be recorded live from the Royal Opera House stage in late 2014, is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti's operas, combining a touching love story and hilarious comedy with beautiful music, including the much-loved aria "Una furtiva lagrima." The opera's premiere in Milan in 1832 was a triumph and secured Donizetti's place as one of the leading Italian opera composers of his day. The Royal Opera's charming production is set in the sun-drenched countryside of 1950s Italy, complete with haystacks, Vespas and even a stray dog. It is injected with lively, visual humour, from Nemorino's tipsy clowning to Dulcamara's lumbering truck from which he sells his quack remedies. Donizetti deftly brings his characters alive with a sparkling score: Nemorino's love for Adina is expressed through lyrical arias; Adina's animated, flamboyant style softens as her feelings towards Nemorino begin to change—and all the while Dulcamara endlessly chatters away with irrepressible self-belief. Ticketing Information


One Show Only! Sun, February 22 at 11:00am
at the Guild 45th Theatre

Andrea Chénier is the best-known opera by Umberto Giordano, one of Puccini's leading rivals. It presents a fictionalized account of the life of the pre-Romantic French poet who was guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1794. Chénier and the servant Carlo Gérard both love the young aristocrat Maddalena. When Maddalena loses everything in the French Revolution, Chénier offers her protection, and so incites the envy of Gérard, now a powerful official. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars; his three arias provide highlights on an evening that also offers major opportunities to Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as his beloved Maddalena. Andrea Chénier, to be recorded live in the UK in early 2015, has become celebrated for the lyrical music it offers the tenor who takes the leading role, with the off-the-cuff Improvviso of Act I and his final aria "Come un bel dì di maggio" particular highlights. But there are thrilling moments for the whole cast, including Maddalena's ardent aria "La mamma morta," Gérard's "Nemico della patria!" and a host of dramatic duets and characterful ensembles. With a string of successes for The Royal Opera to his name, director David McVicar brings Giordano's thrilling historical drama back to the iconic Covent Garden stage for the first time since 1985. Ticketing Information


One Show Only! Sun, March 29 at 11:00am
at the Guild 45th Theatre

Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), Wagner's early opera, explores the themes of damnation and redemption that continued to fascinate the librettist and composer throughout his career. In this tale of a sea captain forced to sail the seven seas for eternity until released by the faithful love of a good woman, Wagner created two unforgettable characters operating near the limits of human emotion. Tim Albery's Olivier-nominated production for The Royal Opera, to be recorded live on stage early in 2015, delves deep into the psychology of Wagner's cursed wandering Dutchman (Bryn Terfel) and his beloved Senta, detailing the monomania and uncompromising idealism that finally drives them apart. Michael Levine's elemental single set is dominated by a rolling metal hull that represents the Dutchman's phantom ship, the poverty of Senta's home and the treacherous sea. Ticketing Information


One Show Only! Sun, May 3 at 11:00am
at the Guild 45th Theatre

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, a major work created by the unique partnership of playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill receives its first ever Royal Opera production in spring 2015 and will be recorded live on stage at that time. One of the great epic operas of the 20th century, Mahagonny is a satire on money, morality and pleasure-seeking among the dubious citizens of a fictional city. Three criminals on the run find they can go no further and found a city—Mahagonny, city of gold. The destitute and the disenchanted flock to Mahagonny, among them the prostitute Jenny and the lumberjack Jim Mahoney with his three friends. This exhilarating new staging is by John Fulljames, The Royal Opera's Associate Director of Opera, with a new English translation by Jeremy Sams. The starry cast includes Anne Sofie von Otter as the great survivor Leokadja Begbick, Christine Rice as Jenny (who leads the opera's best-known number the "Alabama Song"), and Willard White as the fugitive Trinity Moses. The Royal Opera's Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames directs The Royal Opera's first production of the work in collaboration with designer Es Devlin (Don Giovanni, Les Troyens). They focus on Brecht and Weill's stinging critique of consumerism while finding new relevance in our insatiable depletion of the earth's resources. Mark Wigglesworth conducts. Ticketing Information


One Show Only! Sun, June 28 at 11:00am
at the Guild 45th Theatre

Join The Royal Opera for one of the most popular operas of all time as John Copley's timeless production of La Bohème returns to the Covent Garden stage for the very last time. To be recorded live in mid-2015, the tender and ultimately tragic love story is given moving expression through Puccini's beautiful and memorable score. Cinema audiences will be treated to a world-class cast including Anna Netrebko as Mimi and Joseph Calleja as Rudolfo. The captivating story unfolds against the colourful spectacle of the Café Momus and brings the noise and vibrancy of bohemian 19th century Paris to life in stunning detail. Dan Ettinger conducts the stunning score in what promises to be a revival that goes down in Royal Opera history. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Ticketing Information



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