Week of March 7 - March 13
Greetings from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!
We were delighted to see The Great Beauty win the Academy Award as Best Foreign Film - Manohla Dargis calls the film "deliriously alive" - read her New York Times Critics' Pick review here. Gravity won seven Academy Awards including Best Director! It really is a big screen movie, catch it before it goes!
Tim's Vermeer, continues this week! Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically -- 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Follow this project that spanned eight years! Also continuing is Gloria. Gloria is a "woman of a certain age" but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. The film follows her as she discovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. The Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey says, "Paulina Garcia is a wonder as an effervescent divorced woman in Gloria, Sebastian Lelio's near-perfect film!"
We have two FREE special events this week! On Saturday at 10:30am the YMCA Youth Institute presents Behind the Swings, a film directed, filmed, and edited entirely by teens of the YMCA Youth Institute - is an exploration of Berkeley parks and the many people who use them. Don't miss this premiere! On Wednesday we bring Community Cinema to Berkeley again with Medora. Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. On a grander scale, it's a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person told us, "Once we lose these small towns, we can't get them back." Here is an interesting NPR piece on the film.
We look forward to seeing you at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood - Berkeley's Best Neighborhood Movie Theatre!