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


Now Playing at the Varsity Theatre


Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century icons, Picasso and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member's will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. Art and Craft starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity—but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation and purpose. Official Web Site
Brian Miller'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 Seven Gables 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 Harvard Exit Theatre
In English-Dubbed & English-Subtitled Versions!


Legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan's most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (voice of James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her—but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. From the studio that produced Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant high point within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Takahata. Also featuring the voice talents of James Marsden, Darren Criss ("Glee"), Beau Bridges and Lucy Liu. Official Web Site
Nicolas Rapold's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Varsity Theatre

Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in The Blue Room, a sexy, brain-teasing thriller. Actor Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Grand Budapest Hotel) directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman (Léa Drucker) who, after a round of kinky sex, makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation—but just what exactly happened? Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon, this beguiling cinematic puzzle unfolds in an elliptical style that keeps the audience guessing every step of the way. Official Web Site
Moira Macdonald's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Harvard Exit Theatre

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
Moira Macdonald's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Harvard Exit Theatre

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 Varsity Theatre


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
Moira Macdonald's Seattle Times review...


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

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy also stars Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby). 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


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

A decade ago, apes and men separated on a bridge, to take two different paths. The apes followed theirs to freedom, but the path men took led to disease and war. Now in the moments before dawn, the two paths are destined to collide once again. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis, The Lord of the Rings films) is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. Also starring Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Judy Greer. Directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield). Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

The thrilling second chapter of the epic How to Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of Hiccup (voice of Jay Baruchel) and Toothless. It's been five years since they successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid (America Ferrera), Snoutlout (Jonah Hill) and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons. Directed and co-written by Dean DeBlois (co-director of How to Train Your Dragon and Lilo & Stitch). Official Web Site


Starts Tuesday, November 4 at 8:00pm
at the Varsity Theatre in 35mm!
Advance Tickets Now On Sale!

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


One Show Only! Tue, November 4 at 7:00pm
at the Seven Gables 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


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, November 7 at the Varsity Theatre


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


One Show Only! Tue, November 11 at 7:00pm
at the Guild 45th 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 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


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, November 14 at the Varsity Theatre


From writer/director A.J. Edwards, a protégé of Terrence Malick (who produced the film), comes the story of young Abraham Lincoln's difficult childhood. The film is set in the Indiana woods, 1817, when Abe (Braydon Denney, in a striking performance) was eight. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is raw. Men, women and children alike must battle nature and disease to survive in remote log cabins. The Better Angels explores Abe's family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Edwards creates breathtaking visual and narrative poetry to express the Lincolns' world. The stark wilderness they inhabit comes alive in stunning black-and-white cinematography, portraying the physical and emotional struggle of the characters. With an elegant touch and extreme attention to historical accuracy, Edwards shows the austerity of the era and reveals what shaped one of history's most distinctive leaders. Jason Clarke, Brit Marling, Diane Kruger and Wes Bentley also star. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Sun, November 23 at 11:00am
at the Guild 45th 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 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). Official Web Site



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