Now Playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema
Jazz Pianist Justin Kauflin In Person Sat & Sun, Nov 1 & 2 at 2:15, 4:40 & 7:10pm!

In Keep On Keepin' On a 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin, who suffers terrible stage fright, finds his way to jazz legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89. Over the course of filming, Terry begins to lose his sight as an unlikely bond begins to take hold. When Justin is invited to compete in an elite international competition, Clark's health takes a turn for the worse. As clocks tick, we are suddenly witness to two friends tackling the toughest challenges of their interwoven lives. Terry, now 93, was Quincy Jones' first teacher, and mentor to Miles Davis. He is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands. In the '60s Terry broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC—on "The Tonight Show." The film is by first-time director Al Hicks and producers Paula DuPre' Pesmen (The Cove, Chasing Ice) and Quincy Jones. Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema


In the coming-of-age mystery White Bird in a Blizzard, Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears—just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it... Co-starring Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett. Written and directed by Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, The Doom Generation), based on the novel by Laura Kasischke. Official Web Site
Filmmaker Gregg Araki shares some stills from the set.


Now Playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

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
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema


In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world's reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. Official Web Site
Thomas Lee's San Francisco Chronicle review...




Now Playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema


A modern-day Grapes of Wrath, the award-winning documentary The Overnighters is an intimate portrait of job-seekers desperately chasing the broken American Dream to the tiny oil boom town of Williston, North Dakota. Tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck but step into the stark reality of slim prospects and nowhere to sleep. The town lacks the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, even for those who do find gainful employment. Over at Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke is driven to deliver the migrants some dignity. Night after night, he converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, opening the church’s doors to allow the "Overnighters" (as he calls them) to stay for a night, a week or longer. They sleep on the floor, in the pews and in their cars in the church parking lot. His well-meaning project immediately runs into resistance with his community, forcing the clergyman to make a decision which leads to profound consequences that he never imagined. Directed by Jesse Moss. Official Web Site
David Lewis' San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema


As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then "only as a field of rubble." The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup), who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan. In this passionate and emotional adaptation of the 2011 stage success by Cyril Gély, the great Volker Schlöndorff (Circle of Deceit, Academy Award winner for The Tin Drum) has created a psychologically elaborate game of political manners between two highly contrasting characters. While Choltitz entrenches himself behind his duty to obey unquestioningly all military orders, Nordling tries everything he can to appeal to reason and humanity and prevent the senseless destruction of the beloved City of Lights. Official Web Site
Leba Hertz's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Clay Theatre

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, the gripping drama Whiplash stars Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) as Andrew Neiman, a 19-year-old jazz drummer determined to rise to the top of the country's most elite music conservatory. One night, Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a conductor equally known for his talent for teaching as he is for the terrifying method of his instruction, discovers Andrew practicing the drums, and the next day requests that he be transferred into his band. At first, Andrew is an "alternate," confined to turning the pages of the "core" drummer, but at the band's next competition, the core drummer's sheet music is misplaced and Andrew gets the opportunity to play. Though the act further alienates him from his fellow musicians, the band nonetheless wins the competition, and he seems poised to become Fletcher's new "favorite son." Andrew's maniacal effort to achieve perfection is further fueled by Fletcher's psychological brinksmanship. The nearer to perfection Andrew gets, the narrower his circle of intimates becomes until he is left only with Fletcher—and even that relationship is jeopardized by the ferocity of Andrew's ambitions. A journey that can be seen alternately as a descent into madness or an ascent to greatness comes to a crescendo on the biggest platform for Andrew's talents—the unforgiving stage of Carnegie Hall. Official Web Site
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Now Playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

Pride is an inspirational comedy based on a true story about finding hope and friendship where you least expect it. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine, Pride is directed by Matthew Warchus. Official Web Site
Michael Ordoña's San Francisco Chronicle review...




Now Playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema


Screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive, The Wings of the Dove) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul in 1962. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when a glamorous, wealthy American couple—the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his alluring young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst)—meet Rydal (Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis), a Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming female tourists on the side. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple's hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious bond between them as the trio's allegiance is put to the test. Their journey takes them from Greece to Turkey, and to a dramatic finale played out in the back alleys of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers on a Train). Official Web Site
Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review...


Fri, Oct 31 at Midnight at the Clay Theatre! With The Bawdy Caste LIVE!

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


Sat, Nov 1 at Midnight at the Clay Theatre!

Only Lovers Left Alive is the best film in years by writer/director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Mystery Train, Down By Law). Stylish, hip and droll, it's the nocturnal tale of two vampires in love, and their quest for amusement and an untainted supply of blood. Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Marvel's The Avengers and the Thor films) and the ageless Tilda Swinton (I Am Love, Michael Clayton) play Adam and Eve, vampires who have been lovers for centuries. He's a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of Detroit; she's a lover of knowledge residing in Tangier—but they're soulmates. Adam's music is eagerly received by the zombies (i.e. humans) such as rock promoter Ian (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek), whose adulation threatens his need for solitude. Sensing Adam's growing angst and despair, Eve makes a transatlantic journey to see him, despite the difficulties of travelling by day. Their joyful reunion is interrupted by the uninvited arrival of Eve's carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right), who brings trouble in her wake. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music by Jarmusch's band Squrl, and sly humor, Only Lovers Left Alive is a hypnotic meditation on art, science, memory, and the mysteries of everlasting love. With John Hurt and Jeffrey Wright. Official Web Site


Midnight Movies at the Clay Theatre!
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Fri, Oct 31: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with The Bawdy Caste live!
Sat, Nov 1: Only Lovers Left Alive, a vampire tale by Jim Jarmusch.
Sat, Nov 8: The Room, can you ever really trust anyone?
Nov 14 & 15: Paprika, this is your brain on anime.
Nov 21 & 22: Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen.
Sat, Nov 29: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with The Bawdy Caste live!


One Show Only! Tue, November 4 at 7:00pm
at the Clay Theatre

I Am Santa Claus documents an entire year in the lives of four real bearded professional Santa Clauses and one notable rookie to discover what the year is like for a man who perpetually looks like Jolly Saint Nick. In the process, they are shown for who they actually are: flawed, flesh and blood men who feel an overbearing responsibility to protect the integrity of the spotless, untarnished reputation of the 'Red Suit.' I Am Santa Claus is a documentary that poses a question about a ubiquitous holiday figure that few parents ever ask themselves: 'Whose lap is my child sitting on?' Presented by Morgan Spurlock. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, November 7
at the Opera Plaza Cinema
Filmmaker Carlos Agulló In Person Friday, November 7 at 7:20 & 9:55pm!

The documentary Plot for Peace is a character-driven historical thriller about the demise of apartheid. It tells the story of Jean-Yves Ollivier, alias "Monsieur Jacques," whose behind-the-scenes bargaining was instrumental in bringing about regional peace and the end of racial discrimination in South Africa. This is the untold story behind history—that world-wide icon Nelson Mandela's release was a Plot for Peace. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa's front line states helped end apartheid. The improbable key to Mandela's prison cell was the mysterious French businessman dubbed "Monsieur Jacques" in classified correspondence. His trade secret was trust. Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, November 7
at the Opera Plaza Cinema


Not every love happens at first sight. Set against the music of Belle and Sebastian, writer/director Daniel Ribeiro’s coming of age tale is a fun, endearing and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Handsome Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo) is a blind teenager who’s fed up with his overprotective mother and the bullies at school. Looking to assert his independence, he decides to study abroad to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana (Tess Amorim). When Gabriel (Fabio Audi), the new kid in town, teams with Leo on a school project, new feelings blossom in him that make him reconsider his plans. Meanwhile, Giovana grows jealous of this newfound companionship. Winner of a dozen international awards, including the Teddy Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Berlin International Film Festival and Audience Awards for Best Film at both Frameline and Outfest. Official Brazilian entry for "Best Foreign Language Film" at 87th Academy Awards. Official Web Site


Sat, Nov 8 at Midnight at the Clay Theatre!

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


One Show Only! Tue, November 11 at 7:00pm
at the Clay Theatre

When three witches tell Macbeth (Joseph Millson) that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan (Gawn Grainger). But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing—first Banquo (Billy Boyd), his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant's crown. From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches' prophecy, Shakespeare's gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination. Recorded live on stage earlier in 2014, this Shakespeare's Globe production of Macbeth is directed by Eve Best. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, November 14
at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

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


One Week Only! Starts Friday, November 14
at the Opera Plaza Cinema


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


Fri & Sat, Nov 14 & 15 at Midnight at the Clay Theatre!

In the latest anime from director/co-writer Satoshi Kon (Tokyo Godfathers, Perfect Blue), Dr. Atsuko Chiba is a cutting-edge research psychotherapist whose alter ego, Paprika, can enter people's dreams and uncover the source of their neuroses. At her lab, a powerful new device, the DC-MINI, promises to revolutionize the world of psychotherapy, but in the wrong hands it could annihilate a dreamer's personality while they are asleep. When one of the DC-MINI prototypes is stolen and several lab workers begin to experience strange dreams, Atsuko realizes someone is using the device to destroy people's minds. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Encore Presentation!
Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00pm
at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

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


One Show Only! Sun, November 23 at 11:00am
at the Clay Theatre

A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi's searing early tragedy.  Placido Domingo stars as the Doge of Venice, whose son Jacopo (Francesco Meli) has been convicted of murder and treason, although his wife Lucrezia (Maria Agresta) is sure of his innocence.  But the Doge, trapped by the machinations of a corrupt city, is forced to make a terrible decision. Despite the opera's sombre soul, the music for I Due Foscari contains exhilarating forerunners of Verdi's later style—particularly in the fiercely virtuosic writing for the heroine Lucrezia and her magnificent duets with the Doge in Act I and with her doomed husband in Act II. American director Thaddeus Strassberger, making his Royal Opera debut, depicts a Venice that is rotten to its core. Mattie Ullrich's opulent costume designs reference the opera’s 15th-century setting while suggesting the corruption lurking beneath. The spare sets of award-winning British designer Kevin Knight illustrate the Foscaris' isolation and the decay of the city, before flaring out into grand guignol for the opera's brilliant Act III carnival. Conducted by Antonio Pappano. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Thu, December 4 at 7:00pm
at the Clay 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). Official Web Site


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