Now Playing at the E Street Cinema
and Bethesda Row Cinema

Only Lovers Left Alive is the best film in years by writer/director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Mystery Train, Down By Law). Stylish, hip and droll, it's the nocturnal tale of two vampires in love, and their quest for amusement and an untainted supply of blood. Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Marvel's The Avengers and the Thor films) and the ageless Tilda Swinton (I Am Love, Michael Clayton) play Adam and Eve, vampires who have been lovers for centuries. He's a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of Detroit; she's a lover of knowledge residing in Tangier—but they're soulmates. Adam's music is eagerly received by the zombies (i.e. humans) such as rock promoter Ian (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek), whose adulation threatens his need for solitude. Sensing Adam's growing angst and despair, Eve makes a transatlantic journey to see him, despite the difficulties of travelling by day. Their joyful reunion is interrupted by the uninvited arrival of Eve's carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right), who brings trouble in her wake. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music by Jarmusch's band Squrl, and sly humor, Only Lovers Left Alive is a hypnotic meditation on art, science, memory, and the mysteries of everlasting love. With John Hurt and Jeffrey Wright. Official Web Site
Ann Hornaday's Washington Post review...


Now Playing at the Bethesda Row Cinema

Eric (Colin Firth, The King's Speech, A Single Man), a WWII vet and train fanatic, meets attractive divorcee Patti (Nicole Kidman, Stoker, Cold Mountain) on a train, and love blossoms. Only after they marry does she discover that Eric is tormented by his past in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. When they learn that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his brutal treatment is still alive, she urges him to go and confront the man, and his haunting past, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love. Based on the remarkable bestselling autobiography by Eric Lomax. Official Web Site


Now Playing at the Bethesda Row Cinema

Multi-talented Steve Coogan (The Trip), nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing Philomena in which he also stars, is one of the funniest men around. Over the past twenty years he has been honing the cringe-worthy persona of smarmy egomaniacal radio host Alan Partridge on BBC-TV. Now, in Alan's long-awaited feature film debut, mayhem and hijinks abound. Alan's tottering radio station is taken over by a giant corporation who plan to make lots of changes, such as laying off many of the staff, including Alan's best friend Pat (Colm Meaney), who goes ballistic and takes over the station at gunpoint, creating a hostage standoff that Alan ineptly tries to exploit for self-promotion, mediating between Pat and the crowd of police surrounding the station. With an able screenwriting assist from Armando Iannucci (In the Loop); directed by Declan Lowney. Official Web Site




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and Bethesda Row Cinema

From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial—or somewhere in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highway in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michael Faber, Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results. Official Web Site
Ann Hornaday's Washington Post review...


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and Bethesda Row Cinema

Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Sherlock Holmes) plays Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he is back on the streets of London with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant, "Girls," Withnail and I) looking to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir, A Better Life). After a near-death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt. Written and directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador). Official Web Site
Filmmaker Richard Shepard on Jude Law's enjoyably larger than life character
Owen Gleiberman's Entertainment Weekly review...


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and Bethesda Row Cinema

Writer/director Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums) returns with The Grand Budapest Hotel, which recounts the adventures of Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The dramatic comedy involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune—all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. All-star ensemble cast also includes F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan and Edward Norton. Official Web Site
Ann Hornaday's Washington Post review...


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and Bethesda Row Cinema

In the romantic drama The Lunchbox, middle-class housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that a new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan (Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi), a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day's lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. In the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. Co-written and directed by Ritesh Batra. Official Web Site
Ann Hornaday's Washington Post review...


Now Playing at the Bethesda Row Cinema

Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris) and Lindsay Duncan (Mansfield Park) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness—and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick's old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly boorish American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become. This magically buoyant, bittersweet comedy-drama is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between Notting Hill director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (Venus, The Mother). Official Web Site
Director Roger Michell on the challenges of the first day of shooting
Ann Hornaday's Washington Post review...


Now Playing at the E Street Cinema

In 2012 the Indonesian action phenomenon The Raid: Redemption caused a worldwide sensation and introduced amazing martial arts star Iko Uwais. He returns in The Raid 2 with even more incredible action stunts than before. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen, rookie Jakarta cop Rama (Uwais) thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong. His triumph attracted the attention of predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his wife and infant son: he must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap. Getting himself thrown into prison, Rama saves the boss gangster's son in a giant melee involving all the prisoners and all the guards in a muddy exercise yard. Upon his release, Rama joins the gang and becomes a trusted insider, laying his life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gamble to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end. Non-stop excitement! Official Web Site


Fri & Sat, April 18 & 19 'Round Midnight
at the E Street Cinema!

A live-action version of the popular animated TV series. Due to radiation exposure, the four superturtles have mutated into teenagers; now, they live in the New York City sewers, where they eat pizza, talk jive, and learn the tricks of a ninja from their guru, Splinter the Rat. When a group of juvenile delinquents called the Foot Gang start wreaking havoc in the city, our heroes on the half-shell join forces with an intrepid girl reporter to put an end to the gang's evil ways.


Friday & Saturday Movies
'Round Midnight at the E Street Cinema!
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All "Midnight Madness" Movies at the E Street Only $9!
Apr 18 & 19: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, lean, green and on the screen!
Apr 25 & 26: Xanadu, a place where dreams come true.
Apr 25 & 26: The Room, can you ever really trust anyone?
May 2 & 3: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, buy the ticket, take the ride!
May 9 & 10: RoboCop, director Paul Verhoeven's original!
May 9 & 10: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Sonic Transducers!
May 16 & 17: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, fighting to save Gotham City! Presented in 35mm!
May 23 & 24: The Princess Bride, heroes, giants, villains, true love.
May 23 & 24: The Room, "You are tearing me apart, Lisa!"
May 30 & 31: Battle Royale, could you kill your best friend?
Jun 6 & 7: Auntie Mame, starring Rosalind Russell.
Sun, Jun 8 at 8:00pm: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Sonic Transducers!
Jun 13 & 14: Blade, part man, part vampire, all hero!
Jun 13 & 14: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with live shadow cast Sonic Transducers!
Jun 20 & 21: Real Genius, when he gets mad, he doesn't get even... he gets creative!
Jun 27 & 28: Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.


Starts Friday, April 25 at the E Street Cinema

Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a loner who worked as a nanny most of her life, and shot photos constantly everywhere she went, taking over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Amateur historian John Maloof bought the contents of her storage locker by chance at an auction, and soon became obsessed with trying to learn more about the mysterious recluse. The first trace he was able to find of her was her recent obituary. Since then Maloof has organized many acclaimed exhibits of her work, and is crusading to put this prolific photographer into the history books. In Finding Vivian Maier, Maloof and co-director Charlie Siskel's captivating documentary, Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. Official Web Site
Directors Siskel & Maloof on discovering the hidden gifts of Vivian Maier


One Week Only! Starts Friday, April 25
at the Bethesda Row Cinema


Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion and dedicated teacher, returns to the city of his birth, Jaffa, after decades abroad. He wants to give something back to his homeland and has an impossible dream: to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance together. Enlisting the support of teachers and parents, Pierre persuades 150 reluctant eleven-year-olds from several schools to give his program a try. At first the dance "partners" don't want to touch—or even look at—each other, but Pierre persists, determined to impart the hidden ballroom skills of decorum, etiquette and, ultimately, respect and trust. Soon the children are two-stepping and tangoing, looking forward to the climactic team dance contest. What occurs is magical and transformative, making Pierre's dream seem almost possible. With Yvonne Marceau; directed by Hilla Medalia. Official Web Site


Fri & Sat, April 25 & 26 'Round Midnight
at the E Street Cinema!

A guilty pleasure if there ever was one, this naively charming musical stars Olivia Newton-John as a Greek muse who brings a little pizzazz into the lives of a big band clarinetist (Gene Kelly) and a young commercial artist (Michael Beck of The Warriors) while making a pit stop on Earth. Music by Jeff Lynne and ELO. Directed by Robert Greenwald. "Arguably the best musical comedy ever made about supernatural love and roller-skating." (Los Angeles Times)


Fri & Sat, April 25 & 26 'Round Midnight
at the E Street Cinema!

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


Two Shows Only!
Live Broadcast Version Thu, May 1 at 2:00pm
& Encore Recorded Version Sun, June 1 at 11:00am at the Bethesda Row Cinema

Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of William Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear. An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favourite, Cordelia (Olivia Vinall), says nothing. As Lear's world descends into chaos, all that he once believed is brought into question. One of the greatest works in western literature, King Lear explores the very nature of human existence: love and duty, power and loss, good and evil. Official Web Site


One Show Only! Thursday, May 1 at 7:00pm
at the E Street Cinema

Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. Farmland takes an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their twenties, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming businesses. Academy Award-winning director James Moll (The Last Days) traveled across the country meeting young farmers and ranchers, giving audiences a rare opportunity to step inside the world of farming for a first-hand glimpse into their lives. Learn about their high-risk/high reward jobs and passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve. Official Web Site


Starts Friday, May 2 at the
E Street Cinema & Bethesda Row Cinema

Writer-director John Turturro gives Woody Allen his best on-screen role in years, as an unlikely pimp. Turturro himself stars as the title character, in this hilarious yet heartfelt comedy about the endless quest for happiness through sex and love. Murray (Allen), a going-out-of-business New York bookseller, is pals with Fioranvante (Turturro), who runs a modest florist shop. When Murray's beautiful dermatologist Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone) mentions she's looking for a man to participate in a threesome with her and her equally gorgeous friend Selima (Sofia Vergara), Murray recognizes the financial potential of this proposal and sets about convincing Fioravante to consummate the deal. Meanwhile Murray has come across an unusual second client for Fioravante: Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), the lonely widow of a revered Hasidic rabbi. Avigal's every move is watched by the suspicious and jealous Dovi (Liev Schreiber), which makes assignations with her hazardous. As Fioravante makes his rounds through the bedrooms of Dr. Parker and Selima, as well as his more chaste meetings with Avigal, Murray discovers it's not so easy to be a pimp and finds out that the clash between the secular and the Orthodox must be faced sooner or later. Official Web Site
Filmmaker John Turturro on the many sources of his human comedy


Starts Friday, May 2 at the E Street Cinema

In 1975 Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose cult films El Topo and The Holy Mountain launched and ultimately defined the midnight movie phenomenon, began work on his most ambitious project yet. Obtaining rights to Frank Herbert's global science fiction phenomenon Dune, he set about assembling his dream cast and crew. Starring his own 12-year-old son Brontis alongside a cast that would include Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most visionary talents of the era, including H.R. Giger (who went on to create the monster in Alien) and Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, Jodorowsky's Dune was poised to change cinema forever. For two years, Jodo and his team of "spiritual warriors" worked night and day on the massive task of creating the fabulous world of Dune: over 3,000 storyboards, numerous paintings, incredible costumes, and an outrageous, moving and powerful script. In the words of Jodorowsky's producer, Michel Seydoux, "It should have been enough. But it wasn't." Jodorowsky is both passionate and very funny as he tells the epic story of the hallucinatory masterpiece that was not to be. Directed by Frank Pavich. (Partially subtitled) Official Web Site


One Week Only!
Starts Friday, May 2 at the E Street Cinema


Johnny Depp pays a call on his friend and hero Ralph Steadman, the last of the original Gonzo visionaries, in this high-spirited, lyrical and soulful look at the life and works of one of the most important British artists of our time. Best known for his work with Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas writer Hunter S. Thompson, as well as his political cartoons and social caricatures, Steadman rose to prominence in the early 1970s when his impassioned and stirring artworks gained recognition for their bold comment on world politics and human rights infringements. For No Good Reason is a riot of stories and images as we take a trip through the wild and dark days of Steadman’s time with Thompson, the Rumble in the Jungle, gun fights with literary giant William S. Burroughs and his fiercely heartfelt politics. Insightful, humorous, and visually stunning, the film also includes contributions from Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner. Directed by Charlie Paul. Official Web Site


Fri & Sat, May 2 & 3 'Round Midnight
at the E Street Cinema!

Visually explosive, offbeat pop culture comedy, based on Hunter S. Thompson's cult book that chronicled the writer's drink-and-drug-fueled business trip to Las Vegas. Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire and Cameron Diaz star. From Terry Gilliam, director of The Brothers Grimm, Brazil and 12 Monkeys.


Encore Screening! One Show Only!
Sunday, May 4 at 11:00am at the
Bethesda Row Cinema

A story of power and plotting, Richard II is the first of Shakespeare's four plays about the House of Lancaster. Richard (David Tennant) is King, ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness—a man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years. Recorded live from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the sellout production of Richard II is directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.


Fri & Sat, May 9 & 10 '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



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