Now Playing at the Ken
Must End Thursday, September 18!


At the height of World War II, amid bombing and starvation in the city, a desperate mother takes her twin 13-year-old sons to live with her estranged mother at a rundown dump of a farm. The old woman, called "the Witch" by the villagers who suspect she poisoned her husband, treats the boys like dogs and makes them work for their food. The twins, who are inseparable and seem to uncannily communicate without words, devise their own shocking strategy to cope with the cruelty around them. They set out to systematically harden themselves to become unfeeling and merciless. When deprived of a meal they declare they will fast for four days; when slapped they ask the grandmother to hit them again, and they practice killing bugs to learn how to kill. All the while they dutifully record their experiences in the notebook their father gave them when he went off to fight. Startling and profoundly disturbing, with mesmerizing performances by real-life twins Andras and Laszlo Gyemant, The Notebook at times recalls Lord of the Flies. With starkly beautiful wide-screen cinematography by Christian Berger (The White Ribbon); directed and co-written by János Szász. Official Web Site
Claudia Puig's USA Today review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas
and La Jolla Village Cinemas

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
Anders Wright's San Diego Union-Tribune review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas

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
Nina Garin's San Diego Union-Tribune review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas

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
Anders Wright's San Diego Union-Tribune review...




Now Playing at the La Jolla Village 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
Director Anton Corbijn on adapting John le Carré’s book for the screen
Scott Marks' San Diego Reader review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas
and La Jolla Village Cinemas
Both Engagements Must End Thursday, September 18!

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


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas
Must End Thursday, September 18!


Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline), the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, swimming in vodka and unwilling to face his mortality, he undertook a liaison with an aspiring actress, Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning). The two had a high-flying affair that spanned the globe and was enabled by the girl's fame-obsessed mother, Florence (Susan Sarandon). It all came crashing to an end in October 1959, when events forced the relationship into the open, sparking an avalanche of publicity castigating Beverly and her mother—which only fed Florence's need to stay in the spotlight. The Last of Robin Hood is a story about the desire for fame and the price it exacts. Official Web Site
Filmmakers Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland discover their holy grail
Scott Marks' San Diego Reader review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas
Must End Thursday, September 18!

"I'm going to kill you, Father." In Calvary, an inventive mystery-drama with a pitch-black comic heart, Father James (Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges) is a good priest who is threatened in the confessional by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter Fiona (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral—and often comic—problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary. Also starring Chris O'Dowd. From John Michael McDonagh, the acclaimed writer and director of The Guard. Official Web Site
Matthew Lickona's San Diego Reader review...


Now Playing at the Hillcrest Cinemas
Must End Thursday, September 18!

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
Kyle Anderson's Entertainment Weekly review...


Now Playing at the La Jolla Village Cinemas
In English-Dubbed & English-Subtitled Versions!
Must End Thursday, September 18!


The second film by Hiroyuki Okiura (director of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and animator on Ghost in the Shell and Akira) is a wonderfully expressive, beautifully hand-drawn tale that combines whimsy and kinetic humor with deeply felt emotion and drama. The last time teenager Momo saw her father before his sudden death they had a fight—and now all she has left to remember him by is an unfinished letter with only the words "Dear Momo." Moving with her mother to a remote but beautiful island, Momo at first suspects their house is haunted. She soon discovers three goblin spirits living in the attic, mischievous creatures that only she can see who, constantly hungry, create mayhem as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her. Seven years in the making, A Letter to Momo builds to a bravura finale—a frantic chase featuring thousands of squirming, morphing ghosts and spirits that is the best cinematic flight of supernatural fancy in many years. Official Web Site
Keith Staskiewicz's Entertainment Weekly review...


Starts Friday, September 19 at the Hillcrest Cinemas

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


Starts Friday, September 19 at the Hillcrest Cinemas

With his unique vision, writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth that is The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Once happily married, Conor (James McAvoy, The Last King of Scotland) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty, The Help) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple's story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson's latest version of their story combines his previous two films—titled Him and Her—uniting their perspectives and taking a further look into the subjectivity of relationships. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, September 19
at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

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


Starts Friday, September 19
at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

Filmed on location in a ravishing Paris of quiet back streets and familiar locales, My Old Lady is a touching romantic drama about inheritance and past secrets coming home to roost. Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he's shocked to discover a live-in tenant. His apartment is a viager—an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale—and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, is not prepared to budge. With no place to go, Mathias strikes a tentative lodging arrangement with Mathilde, instantly clashing with suspicious, lovelorn Chloé over his private dealings with a rapacious property developer. With its unique blend of comedy, drama and ultimately romance, My Old Lady marks the directorial debut of internationally celebrated playwright Israel Horovitz, adapting his own hit play. Official Web Site
Writer/director Israel Horovitz on transforming his play for the screen


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, September 19 at the Ken 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


Sat, Sep 20 at Midnight at the Ken Cinema
With Live Shadow Cast Crazed Imaginations!

The longest-running midnight movie of all time stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania” Dr. Frank N. Furter, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as his hapless guests Brad and Janet, Meat Loaf as motorcycle-riding rough trade and author Richard O’Brien as the hunchbacked butler Riff Raff. It’s harmless musical fun—a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas. The Rocky Horror Picture was the first—and is still the best—interactive movie experience! Official Web Site


Owl and Bear, Horrible Imaginings and Monster Island Resort Present Midnight Movies at the Ken Cinema!
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Sat, Sep 20: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Crazed Imaginations!
Sat, Sep 27: Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan. 10th Anniversary showing!
Sat, Oct 4: Blazing Saddles, never give a saga an even break! 40th Anniversary!
Sat, Oct 11: The Room, presented in 35mm! Plus short "The Neighbors!"
Sat, Oct 18: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 40th Anniversary! Digitally restored!
Fri, Oct 24: Only Lovers Left Alive, directed by Jim Jarmusch. Friday Midnight show!
Sat, Oct 25: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Crazed Imaginations!
Sat, Nov 1: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, extra Halloween show! With live shadow cast Crazed Imaginations!
Sat, Nov 8: Fateful Findings, San Diego premiere!
Sat, Nov 15: Jurassic Park, an adventure 65 million years in the making!
Sat, Nov 22: Spirited Away, in Japanese with English subtitles!


Two Shows Only! Sun, September 21 at 11:00am
& Wed, September 24 at 7:00pm
at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

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 Hillcrest Cinemas

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 Friday, September 26
at the Hillcrest Cinemas

Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger-than-life adventure with riotously funny results. Based on the worldwide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom (Shall We Dance?, Serendipity) that also stars Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer. Official Web Site
Director/co-writer Peter Chelsom on why spreading happiness matters


Starts Friday, September 26
at the Hillcrest Cinemas

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


Starts Friday, September 26
at the Hillcrest Cinemas

Outkast's André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer/director John Ridley (writer of 12 Years a Slave). Jimi: All Is By My Side covers a year in Hendrix's life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York's Cheetah Club to making his mark in London's music scene, up until his Monterey Pop Festival triumph. Also starring Imogen Poots and Hayley Atwell, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend. Official Web Site


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, September 26 at the Ken Cinema
U.S. Army Colonel Stuart Herrington (Based in Carlsbad) In Person Friday, September 26! (Details TBA)


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 Ken Cinema!

In this screenplay written by and co-starring comic genius Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan plays Cady Heron, a teen girl who has been home-schooled her whole life. Having also just returned from Africa, she is new to the confusing cultural mish-mash of contemporary high school. She manages to get along fairly well until she falls for the ex-boyfriend of Regina George (Rachel McAdams), the leader of Cady's A-list clique. Also starring Amanda Seyfried, as well as Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer and Tim Meadows of "SNL" fame. Directed by Mark Waters.


One Show Only! Sun, October 5 at 11:00am
at the La Jolla Village Cinemas

Carrie Cracknell directs Euripides' powerful tragedy Medea, in a new version by Ben Power performed in 2014. Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre to take the title role; her theatre work includes The Last of the Haussmans, Blood Wedding and The Seagull for the National Theatre; her film work includes Skyfall and the first two Harry Potter films. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day's grace. It's time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. The cast also includes Michaela Coel, Danny Sapani and Cath Whitefield, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp. Official Web Site


Sat, Oct 11 at Midnight at the Ken Cinema! Includes an Episode of Tommy's New TV Show "The Neighbors!"

The Room is an electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies, starring writer/director Tommy Wiseau as a successful banker with a great respect for—and dedication to—the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa (Juliette Danielle). As the film depicts friendships and relationships in the lives of its five major characters, it raises life's real and most-asked question: "Can you really trust anyone?" A midnight cult sensation, this quirky black comedy has been running for over 10 years in Los Angeles and has now taken the rest of the country by storm. You'll want to be there for the devastation it will leave in its wake! Official Web Site



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