news Week of December 19 - December 23

Week of December 19 - December 23

Greetings from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!

Saturdays with the Royals continue this week with the Royal Opera House presentation of L'Elisir d'amore - The Elixir of Love. What could be better than an opera about a love potion? Enjoy Lucy Crowe as the adorable Adina in Donizetti's tender comedy. Vittorio Grigolo is the love-struck Nemorino, and Bryn Terfel sings the likeable quack Dulcamara, whose "magic" potion causes as many problems as it solves. Start the weekend with romance and comedy! Join us Saturday morning at 10am, tickets are here.

Christmas music can grate on one but Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker music never grows old or tiresome. Enjoy the music and the Bolshoi Ballet in our presentation of The Nutcracker on Tuesday at 7pm. If the season is getting you down this ballet is a wonderful lift! Join Clara, the Nutcracker, the Mouse King and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet for a beautiful evening! Tickets are available here.

We are gearing you up for Awards Season! By bringing strong candidates to the Elmwood now you will be able to follow the next two months of Award presentations knowledgeably. It is always nice to have seen the winners! The Golden Globes are a big deal and Gone Girl received four nominations! This tale of the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage is nominated for Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score. Directed by David Fincher this film is intelligent and stylish. Writing in the Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan says, "'Gone Girl' shows the remarkable things that can happen when filmmaker and material are this well matched." Read the complete review here.

Also nominated for a Golden Globe Award is Jake Gyllenhaal for his masterful performance in Nightcrawler, a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling -- where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Read the TimeOut New York review here.

There is still time to catch Boyhood on the big screen! Not only is it a wonderful cinema experience; it is an Oscar Award shoo in! So far it has been nominated in five categories for the Golden Globes including Best Picture, Director and Screenwriter! Don't miss this beautiful film that follows one child's boyhood! Another don't miss feature is The Babadook, recently named Best First Feature by the New York Film Critics. The Babadook must end Tuesday! The film tells of a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, who battles with her son's night time fear of a shadowy monster. But soon, she discovers there is a sinister presence is lurking in the house. In her Seattle Times review Moira Macdonald says, "Shot in chilly shades of blue, 'The Babadook' will haunt anyone who's ever heard a cry in the night - or wondered what was under the bed, in the dark." Read the complete review here.

As the year draws to a close and the season of giving is upon us, we'd like to take a moment to ask that you consider making a contribution to a deserving non-profit organization of your choice. Over the years Rialto Cinemas Elmwood has been fortunate to be able to support a number of worthy non-profits locally. Some of those that are close to our hearts include local PTAs, The Willard School Garden, the Alameda Food Bank, the local brach of Amnesty International and Bay Area Women Against Rape. Please take a moment this holiday season and consider making a contribution of any size to a not-for-profit organization that is close to your heart. Whether its an arts organization, a human rights organization, a food bank, or an organization that provides essential services for people in need, they all can use an extra gift to help them continue to provide vital services and advocacy in this wonderful country we are all so lucky to call home. From the bottom of our hearts - thank you for supporting our non-profit community.

Best regards,