Now Playing at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema


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
Calvin Wilson's Post-Dispatch review...


Now Playing at the Tivoli Theatre


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
Calvin Wilson's Post-Dispatch review...


Now Playing at the Tivoli Theatre
and Plaza Frontenac 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
Calvin Wilson's Post-Dispatch review...


Now Playing at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema


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
Joe Williams' Post-Dispatch review...




Now Playing at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema


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
Joe Williams' Post-Dispatch review...


Now Playing at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema


Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Town, The Hurt Locker) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb (Renner) stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets... and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C.—and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life. Also starring Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Official Web Site
Director Michael Cuesta on the debt we owe to journalist Gary Webb
Joe Williams' Post-Dispatch review...


Now Playing at the Tivoli 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
Alan Scherstuhl's Riverfront Times review...


Fri & Sat, Oct 31 & Nov 1
at Midnight at the Tivoli Theatre!
Featuring live shadow cast Samurai Electricians!

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


Fri & Sat Midnight Movies at the Tivoli Theatre!
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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! Tue, November 4 at 7:00pm
at the Tivoli 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 Show Only!
Thursday, Nov 6 at 7:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre

Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco (Palo Alto, This Is the End, 127 Hours) and Tony Award nominee Chris O'Dowd (Calvary, Bridesmaids, "Girls") star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice and Men, filmed on stage earlier in 2014 by National Theatre Live. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's 1937 play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Of Mice and Men is directed by Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circles award winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway's August: Osage County) and features Leighton Meester (Country Strong, "Gossip Girl") and Tony Award winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer). The production was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd. Official Web Site


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


Thursday, November 13 - Sunday, November 23
at the Tivoli Theatre & Plaza Frontenac Cinema



Starts Friday, November 14
at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Jon Stewart, host and executive producer of "The Daily Show," makes a remarkable screenwriting and directing debut with Rosewater. It tells the story of Tehran-born Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal, The Motorcycle Diaries), a broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London, who left his pregnant wife (Claire Foy) in the UK and returned to Tehran to cover the controversial 2009 Presidential election. At great personal risk Bahari obtained and submitted camera footage to the BBC of the unfolding street riots that protested the election "results." Soon afterwards he was arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as "Rosewater" (Kim Bodnia), who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days. Meanwhile Bahari's wife led an international campaign from London to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets including "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" continued to keep the story alive. Based on Bahari's best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. Official Web Site


One Show Only!
Sunday, Nov 16 at 11:00am at the Tivoli Theatre

Back due to unprecedented audience demand is the National Theatre's thrilling production of Frankenstein, written by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley.  Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony), Frankenstein features Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) as Victor Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Imitation Game) as his creation. The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Sun, Nov 23 at 12:00 Noon
at the Tivoli 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


Starts Wednesday, November 26
at a St. Louis Landmark Theatre

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


One Show Only! Thu, December 4 at 7:00pm
at the Tivoli 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


One Show Only! Sunday, Dec 7 at 11:00am
at the Tivoli Theatre

Bill Nighy (Pride, Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, An Education) star in the highly anticipated production of David Hare's Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience, The Hours, Billy Elliot), recorded live from the West End earlier in 2014 by National Theatre Live. On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Skylight was originally produced at the National Theatre in 1995, and won an Olivier Award for Best Play. Official Web Site



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