Week of May 22 - May 28
Greetings from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!
In the Name of My Daughter is a gripping real-life thriller. When her marriage falls apart, Agnes Le Roux moves back to the South of France to live with her mother, Renee (Catherine Deneuve), a casino owner in Nice. There, Agnes falls in love with Maurice Agnelet, a lawyer and Renee's business advisor, who is ten years her senior. After a complex series of events and a failed suicide attempt, Agnes disappears. Her body is never found. Thirty years on, Maurice Agnelet remains the prime suspect in a murder case with no body and no proof of his guilt. Convinced of his involvement, Renee is prepared to fight to the bitter end to see him put behind bars. Mick LaSalle in his San Francisco Chronicle review says, "The characters' intense desires are framed within a sedate, workaday context, so that even though the characters' passions drive the action, director Andre Techine lends the film an appealing illusion of calm." Read his complete review here.
This week we ponder modern warfare and the use of drones this week through the lens of Good Kill, a modern war movie with a troubled conscience. In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game-only with real lives at stake. After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) yearns to get back into the cockpit of a real plane, but he now fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned box in the Las Vegas desert. When he and his crew start taking orders directly from the CIA, and the stakes are raised, Egan's nerves-and his relationship with his wife (January Jones)-begin to unravel. Revealing the psychological toll drone pilots endure as they are forced to witness the aftermath of their fight against insurgents, Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) directs this riveting insider's view of 21st-century warfare, in which operatives target enemies from half a world away. In his New York Times "Critics' Pick" review Stephen Holden says, "Disregard the arguments for and against drone warfare advanced in 'Good Kill,' and the movie still makes a persuasive case that our blind infatuation with all-powerful technology is stripping us of our humanity." Read the complete review here.
A completely different film opens this week, Slow West, a "realistic" western. At the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way. Nick Schager of the Village Voice says, "A neo-western that operates in purely mythic terms, Slow West evokes an 1870 America steeped in isolation, heartbreak, suffering, and misery." Read his review here.
We are enjoying sharing the delightful comedy The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared with you! Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, it is the unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it's not too late to start over. For most people it would be the adventure of a lifetime, but Allan Karlsson's unexpected journey is not his first. For a century he's made the world uncertain, and now he is on the loose again. Betsy Sharkey writing in the Los Angeles Times says, "It's a hoot and a half." Read her fun review here.
Our newest offering from National Theatre Live is George Bernard Shaw's Man & Superman! Ralph Fiennes plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw's witty, provocative classic. A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live. "Simon Godwin mischievously blows the dust off the period trappings. The work's intellectual energy and comic zest are infectious." says the Daily Telegraph (UK). Join us for this delightful play on Thursday at 7pm, further presentations will be Tuesday, June 2 and Thursday June 11. Tickets for this and all our special events are here.
We look forward to seeing you at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood - Berkeley's Best Neighborhood Movie Theatre!