Now Playing at the Seven Gables Theatre


A Five Star Life is the sophisticated story of one woman's quest for personal and professional fulfillment set against some of the most stunning cities and opulent hotels of the world. Stylish and independent, Irene (Margherita Buy) is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she checks into the world's finest establishments incognito to assess their standards. Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe at a moment's notice to experience a world of luxury, but doesn't leave her with much of a personal life. On the rare occasions she's not working, Irene's world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia (Fabrizia Sacchi), two lively young nieces, and best friend—and former lover—Andrea (Stefano Accorsi). But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene's small support network is fractured and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more. (Partially subtitled) Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Varsity Theatre


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
A.O. Scott's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Varsity Theatre


Bursting with the magnetic personality and irresistible Afrobeat music of Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti, Finding Fela tells the story of his remarkable music and life, social and political impact, and lasting legacy. A big fan of marijuana (he performs holding an ever-present joint) and women, he married 27 women in one day and brought them all home to live together with him. With revealing interviews and an abundance of exciting performance footage from the 1970s and 1980s, the film creates a vivid portrait of the man who became a worldwide phenomenon, a beacon of postcolonial resistance against repressive regimes, whose influence continues to spread today. Also featuring Bill T. Jones and scenes from the hit Broadway show Fela! Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, The Armstrong Lie). Official Web Site
Tom Keogh's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Guild 45th Theatre


In the bawdy adventure comedy Land Ho!, Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) and Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) were close friends back when they were brothers-in-law married to two sisters, but they drifted apart as Mitch and his wife divorced and Colin's wife died. Now Mitch, a retired surgeon who can't quite admit to being retired, recruits a reluctant Colin on a holiday to Iceland—just the ticket to perk up a pair who have endured their share of disappointments but still have a spirit of adventure in them. As their rented SUV pilots them deeper into the Icelandic hinterlands, Colin and Mitch encounter fellow adventurers, get on each others' nerves, play movie trivia games, get lost on the moonless moors, grouse about their sons, smoke pot, speak of regrets, and marvel at Iceland's otherworldly beauty. For both men, aging, loneliness, and disenchantment are silent adversaries to be countered with gumption. Official Web Site
Filmmakers Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz on filming in Iceland
Soren Andersen's Seattle Times review...




Now Playing at the Harvard Exit Theatre

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Boyhood by writer/director Richard Linklater (director and co-writer of Before Midnight) is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's "Yellow" to Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue." Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey. Official Web Site
Robert Horton's Seattle Weekly review...


Now Playing at the Guild 45th Theatre

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 Harvard Exit Theatre

"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
Moira Macdonald's Seattle Times review...


Now Playing at the Varsity Theatre

Gayle Forman's intensely moving, best-selling novel comes to the screen in the drama If I Stay, starring Chloë Grace Moretz (Carrie, the Kick-Ass films). Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. Also starring Mireille Enos (World War Z, "The Killing"), Joshua Leonard and Stacy Keach, If I Stay is directed by R.J. Cutler (The September Issue). Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

In this hilarious road movie, Tammy (Melissa McCarthy of The Heat, Identity Thief and Bridesmaids) is having a bad day. She's totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It's time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she's broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearls (Susan Sarandon), is her only option—with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shotgun, it may be just what Tammy needs. Also starring Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates. Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

Planes: Fire & Rescue is an animated comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Official Web Site


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

Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic film Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora (Elle Fanning) is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. Also starring Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. The directorial debut of Robert Stromberg, Oscar winner for Art Direction on both Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. Official Web Site


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

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past—to save our future. Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Ellen Page and Peter Dinklage, X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer (the X-Men trilogy, Valkyrie). Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Crest Cinema Center

The epic sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again.... and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith.) Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, September 5
at the Varsity Theatre
In English-Dubbed & English-Subtitled Versions!


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


Starts Friday, September 5
at the Crest Cinema Center

Director Clint Eastwood's big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 60's rock group The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the hit songs that influenced a generation, and are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical. John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group's biggest hits. Also starring Christopher Walken, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, September 12
at the Seven Gables Theatre

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


Starts Friday, September 12
at the Harvard Exit Theatre

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


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


A Master Builder is a witty, mystical and psychologically complex interpretation of Ibsen's late masterpiece that tells the story of Halvard Solness (actor/screenwriter Wallace Shawn, My Dinner with Andre), a very successful architect in his sixties. He got his start on a successful career when his wife's family mansion burned down under suspicious circumstances and had to be re-built. His wife Aline (Julie Hagerty) has never stopped mourning their two infant children, who died as a result of the fire. The story delves deep into Solness's manipulative relationships with his employees: the old architect Knut Brovik (André Gregory), Brovik's talented son Ragnar (Jeff Biehl) whom Solness keeps in a lowly position, and Kaya (Emily McDonnell), Ragnar's fiancée, who is Solness's bookkeeper and sexual companion. When Hilde (Lisa Joyce), a beautiful and mysterious young woman unexpectedly arrives, claiming to have had a life-changing encounter with him ten years earlier , the once dominating, controlling and narcissistic Solness finds himself apparently revived in every possible way. Performed in a new translation by Shawn. Directed by Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia, The Silence of the Lambs).


Starts Friday, September 12
at the Varsity Theatre

A whimsical meditation on modern romance, The Man on Her Mind charts the unusual courtship of two lonely people, each of whom has a very active fantasy life. Nellie (Amy McAllister) is a prim young woman who is having a clandestine affair with Jack, a super-suave lawyer. It doesn't matter that they seem mismatched because Jack doesn't really exist; he is a figment of Nellie's imagination—someone she dreamed up out of bits and pieces of Leonard (Samuel James), a man with whom she had a blind date months earlier. Meanwhile, Leonard also has an imaginary love, one he has concocted out of things he likes about Nellie. When the two characters are brought together again they are forced to compare their ideal (but nonexistent) "lovers" with their flesh and blood counterparts—in other words, their real selves. The question is, will Nellie prefer the man on her mind to the man in her arms? Official Web Site


Starts Friday, September 12
at the Varsity Theatre

The family adventure Dolphin Tale 2 continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery—thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world. Yet their fight is not over. Winter's surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool mate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins' social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium. Starring Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Nathan Gamble. Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, September 19
at the Varsity Theatre


Veteran filmmaker Carlos Saura, perhaps best known for his Flamenco Trilogy of the 1980s (Blood Wedding, Carmen, El Amor Brujo), returns to his favorite subject with the spectacular performance showcase Flamenco Flamenco. He teams again with legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who also shot Flamenco (1995) and Tango (1998). Storaro, a magician with light, the famed master who shot The Last Emperor, Reds, The Conformist and Apocalypse Now, delivers cinematography as gorgeous as the electrifying performances. Using the Seville Expo '92 pavilion as its soundstage, with a backdrop of paintings ranging from Goya to Picasso to Klimt, Flamenco Flamenco highlights the evolution of the art form by presenting both famous established performers and a new generation that mixes traditional elements with unorthodox ones to create "fusion flamenco." Dancers, singers and guitarists weave a sensuous spell, revealing the beauty and power of flamenco, breathtaking and magnificent. Featuring Rocio Molina, Israel Galvan, Sara Baras, Estrella Morente, Paco de Lucia and many more. (Fully subtitled) Official Web Site


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, October 3 at the Varsity Theatre


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



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