Now Playing at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema


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
Joe Williams' Post-Dispatch review...


Now Playing at the Tivoli 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
Ann Hornaday's Post-Dispatch review...


Now Playing at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema

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 Tivoli Theatre
and Plaza Frontenac Cinema

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
Joe Williams' Post-Dispatch review...




Now Playing at the Tivoli Theatre
and Plaza Frontenac Cinema

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
Calvin Wilson's Post-Dispatch review...


Now Playing at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema

"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
Joe Williams' Post-Dispatch review...


Now Playing at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema

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


Now Playing at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Starting from scratch never tasted so good! In the hearty comedy Chef, Carl Casper (writer/director Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), and is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen—and zest for life and love. Also starring Bobby Cannavale, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt and Robert Downey Jr. Official Web Site
Joe Williams' Post-Dispatch review...




Starts Friday, September 5
at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema

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


Fri & Sat, September 5 & 6
at Midnight at the Tivoli Theatre!

Music star Prince stars as "The Kid" in this semi-autobiographical film, which follows the escapades of a tortured young musician trying to survive in a dysfunctional environment. He finds solace in the affections of a lovely young singer (Apollonia), but his first love is making his funky, unique brand of music, which he performs at an ultra-hip Minneapolis nightclub. The Kid must also contend with Morris (Morris Day), his nemesis both in music and romance. The popular soundtrack of this highly successful film contains many of Prince's most popular tunes, such as "Let's Go Crazy," "When Doves Cry" and the title song.


Fri & Sat Midnight Movies at the Tivoli Theatre!
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Sep 5 & 6: Purple Rain, 30th anniversary! Starring Prince and Apollonia!
Sep 12 & 13: Ghost in the Shell, in Japanese with English subtitles!
Sep 19 & 20: Dazed and Confused, see it with a bud!
Sep 26 & 27: The Room, "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
Oct 3 & 4: Princess Mononoke, in Japanese with English subtitles! Saturday night sponsored by Star Clipper, with prizes!
Oct 10 & 11: Young Frankenstein, starring Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman.
Oct 17 & 18: Cannibal Holocaust, no one under 18 admitted!
Oct 24 & 25: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Samurai Electricians!*
Oct 31 & Nov 1: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Samurai Electricians!*

*All seats $10! No outside props, please. Prop bags available in lobby.


One Show Only! Wed, September 10 at 7:00pm
at the Tivoli Theatre

Duran Duran: Unstaged showcases iconic British rock band Duran Duran's concert at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles, which was part of their All You Need Is Now album and world tour. The band performs 18 songs, including "Hungry Like the Wolf," "A View to Kill," "Ordinary World" and "Rio." Also appearing are Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, The Gossip's Beth Ditto, Kelis and long-time collaborator Mark Ronson. Directed by David Lynch (Mulholland Dr., Wild at Heart, Blue Velvet) with a kinetic visual intensity that makes it easily recognizable as his unique creation, Duran Duran: Unstaged is quite unlike any concert-doc experience ever put on screen. It is a dream collaboration that presents the band's energy and Lynch's playful interventions on the grand scale they so uniquely merit. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, September 12 at the Tivoli Theatre

The crime drama The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy, Locke, Warrior) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters—"money drops"—in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos"), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families and foes all work together to make a living—no matter the cost. Based on a screenplay from novelist Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop also stars Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and is directed by Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead). Official Web Site


Fri & Sat, September 12 & 13
at Midnight at the Tivoli Theatre!
In Japanese with English Subtitles!

2029—a female government cyber agent and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of "The Puppet Master"—a computer virus capable of invading cybernetic brains and altering its victims' memory. Created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and codenamed "Project 2501," this "hacker" is actually a prototype virtual agent which has now defied its makers by seeking asylum within a new host body outside of the electronic net. Now the two agencies must maneuver against each other in a violent, high-tech race to capture the omnipresent entity. Ghost in the Shell took the world by storm exhibiting a new dimension of anime with unprecedented and mesmerizing cinematic expression. Created by veteran anime writer/director/producer Mamoru Oshii (writer of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade), and seamlessly merging traditional cel animation with the latest computer graphic imagery, this stunning 1995 sci-fi spectacle broke through the boundaries of mainstream animation with detailed artistic expression and a uniquely intelligent story line.


One Show Only!
Sun, October 5 at Noon at the Tivoli Theatre

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



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