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Lynn Shelton, whose unique directorial voice created such astutely observed comedies as Your Sister's Sister and Humpday, crafts a sweet, romantic coming-of-age comedy about three people who find their lives intertwined in the most unconventional way as they make through the imperfect realities of modern day life. Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind—while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart (Mark Webber) proposes, Megan panics and—given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week—hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika's world-weary single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell). Keira Knightley shines as Megan, a rare female slacker hero who shows us that while you never stop growing up, you can choose to stop lagging, and start living on your terms. Official Web Site


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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
Ann Hornaday's Washington Post review...


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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
Ann Hornaday's Washington Post review...


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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
Chris Nashawaty's Entertainment Weekly review...




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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
Ann Hornaday's Washington Post review...


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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
Michael O’Sullivan's Washington Post review...


Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 6
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Fri & Sat, Oct 31 & Nov 1 'Round Midnight
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You know who to call when you have ghosts, but who do you call about monsters? In this cult classic, Count Dracula has until midnight to retrieve an ancient amulet that will give him final control over the delicate balance between good and evil in the world. To help him, the creepy Count calls on some old friends: the weird Wolfman, grotesque Gill-Man, mildewed Mummy and freaky Frankenstein. As the ghoulish group gets closer to the amulet, it's up to the Monster Squad, a group of kids headquartered in the local tree house, to pool its questionable resources and stop the monster mayhem!




Fri & Sat, Oct 31 & Nov 1 'Round Midnight at the E Street Cinema! With Live Shadow Cast Sonic Transducers!

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


Friday & Saturday Movies
'Round Midnight at the E Street Cinema!
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All "Midnight Madness" Movies at the E Street Only $9!
Oct 31 & Nov 1: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Sonic Transducers!
Oct 31 & Nov 1: The Monster Squad, call them for a monster-ous good time!
Nov 7 & 8: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 40th anniversary! Digital restoration in 4K!
Nov 7 & 8: Blue Velvet, a film by David Lynch, starring Isabella Rossellini.
Nov 14 & 15: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Sonic Transducers!
Nov 14 & 15: House (Hausu), the Japanese psychedelic horror classic!
Nov 21 & 22: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, starring Michael Cera.
Nov 28 & 29: Labyrinth, where nothing is what it seems!
Nov 28 & 29: The Room, "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
Dec 5 & 6: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, this holiday season, the real Santa Claus is coming to town.
Dec 12 & 13: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Sonic Transducers!
Dec 12 & 13: Gremlins, don't feed them after midnight!


One Show Only! Thursday, Nov 6 at 7:00pm
at the Bethesda Row Cinema

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


Starts Friday, November 7 at the E Street 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


Starts Friday, November 7
at the Bethesda Row Cinema

This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch. A critical favorite at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard. Written and directed by Ruben Östlund. Official Web Site


One Week Only! Starts Friday, November 7
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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


40th Anniversary! 4k Digital Restoration!
Fri & Sat, Nov 7 & 8 'Round Midnight
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Five young men and women traveling through Texas are pursued, tormented, cannibalized and murdered by a leather-faced, chainsaw-wielding madman and his demented family. Director Tobe Hooper's terrifying and intense shocker The Texas Chainsaw Massacre asks the questions: Who will survive? And what will be left of them? This is the original, all-time horror classic!


Fri & Sat, Nov 7 & 8 'Round Midnight
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Writer/director David Lynch's dark and sensuous mystery reveals the sordid underbelly of a small American town and its denizens, including a naïve but curious college student (Kyle MacLachlan); a haunting cabaret singer (Isabella Rossellini) with a dark and deadly secret; a detective's daughter (Laura Dern) who embodies the innocence in all of us; and a psychotic killer (Dennis Hopper) fueled by his own sexual fantasies. Dean Stockwell, Hope Lange, George Dickerson, Jack Nance, Priscilla Pointer and Brad Dourif co-star. From the director of Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart and Eraserhead.


One Show Only! Tue, November 11 at 7:00pm
at the Bethesda Row Cinema

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 E Street Cinema
and Bethesda Row 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


Starts Friday, November 14 at the E Street Cinema
and Bethesda Row 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 Week Only! Starts Friday, November 14
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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


Fri & Sat, Nov 14 & 15 'Round Midnight
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How to describe Nobuhiko Obayahshi’s 1977 movie House? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl, Oshare (Kimiko Ikegami), who wants to avoid spending summer vacation with her father's eerily placid girlfriend Ryôko (Haruko Wanibuchi). She opts instead to live at her ailing aunt’s creaky country home, bringing six classmates with her: Fanta (Kumiko Ohba), Kunfű (Miki Jinbo), Gari (Ai Matsubara), Sweet (Masayo Miyako), Mac (Mieko Satoh) and Melody (Eriko Tanaka). All come face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat. Never before released in the United States, and a bona fide cult classic in the making, House is one of the most exciting genre discoveries in years. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Sunday, Nov 16 at 11:00am
at the Bethesda Row Cinema

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! Encore Presentation!
Wed, Nov 19 at 7:00pm at the E Street 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 Bethesda Row Cinema

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


Fri & Sat, Nov 28 & 29 'Round Midnight
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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! Thu, December 4 at 7:00pm
at the Bethesda Row Cinema

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 Bethesda Row Cinema

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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