Week of October 24 - 30
Greetings from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!
We have a Berkeley premiere this week! Pelican Dreams opens Friday! Filmmaker Judy Irving ("The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill") follows a wayward California brown pelican from her "arrest" on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans' nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration, and survival challenges. The film is about wildness: how close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? In his San Jose Mercury review, Randy Myers says, "'Pelican Dreams' might sound like a niche film for devout bird lovers, but it will find fans in anyone with a healthy respect for preserving habitats and nature's gifts." Friday night is a great time to learn more about pelicans as Anna Weinstein, California Audubon's Seabird Program Director will be taking questions after the 7:20 show and then on Saturday filmmaker Judy Irving will be taking questions after the 7:20 show. Join us!
We are delighted to bring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy together to Berkeley! Starting Friday we have St. Vincent, the story of Maggie (McCarthy), a single mother who moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver. Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Clint O'Connor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer assesses Murray's performance like this, "Vincent might have become a cliche grump in the Hey you kids get off my lawn Hollywood mode, if not for Murray's sly wit and unending charisma." And, he sums the film up nicely in his review.
Awake: The Life of Yogananda continues this week. This is an unconventional biography about the Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. The documentary explores the life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, who authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. Here is a great review from Film Journal. Also continuing is The Judge about which Lou Lemnick in the New York Post says, "Just watching snarky Chicago lawyer Robert Downey Jr. spar with crotchety father Robert Duvall as he tries to defend the small-town Indiana jurist on a murder rap is worth the admission."
We're all very excited about Skylight, the highly anticipated production from National Theatre Live directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience). On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill 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. Join us for this presentation that the Daily Express (UK) calls 'Complex, thrilling and provocative.' Tickets are here. Mark your calendars for the encore of Shakespeare's Globe on Stage production of Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance on Saturday, November 1 at 10:30 am. The Times of London calls it "bold and enthralling"! Tickets are here.