news Week of March 27 - April 2

Week of March 27 - April 2

Greetings from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!

This is a terrific week here at the Elmwood! We open two great films: the acclaimed documentary Merchants of Doubt and the French love triangle 3 Hearts. Additionally, the very scary It Follows continues and we have great special events! Saturday brings Bolshoi Ballet's production of Romeo and Juliet with its beautiful Prokofiev score, Tuesday and Thursday National Theatre brings Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Wednesday we have a sneak preview of Al Pacino's newest film, Danny Collins, courtesy of the New York Film Critics Series!

What is wrong with this country? Come see Merchants of Doubt for one answer! Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities - yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. In his East Bay Express review Kelly Vance says of Merchants of Doubt, "Scarier than any horror movie." Read the review here.

We are delighted to share a romantic look at the classic love triangle with 3 Hearts this week. This touching and tense drama about destiny, connections, and passion stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni. The story in a nutshell: tax auditor Marc has a magical encounter with Sylvie but there is a missed moment which thwarts their plan for a second meeting. Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France; Marc falls in love and marries. What neither knows is that Marc's new bride is Sylvie's sister, Sophie. Upon Sylvie's return to France, the spark between her and Marc is reignited in ways that will forever alter the relationships between sister to sister and husband to wife. In French with English subtitles. John Anderson writing in Newsday says, "A chance encounter, a missed rendezvous, a marriage and a torrid affair make for an intoxicating mix." Read his complete review here.

The greatest ballet company in the world, Bolshoi Ballet brings us Romeo and Juliet this Saturday, March 28 at 10am. William Shakespeare's timeless story is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev's much-loved score. With its famous melodies, rhythmic variety and universal theme, this story of impossible love remains an all-time favorite, and is one of the world's most popular ballets. Stellar performances by Alexander Volchkov and Anna Nikulina illuminate this masterpiece, making the immortal tale of the lovers of Verona an unforgettable experience. Don't miss it. Tickets for all of our fabulous special presentations are here.

On Wednesday evening join us for a preview of Al Pacino's newest film and enjoy a bonus broadcast interview between Al Pacino and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone! At 7:30 on April Fool's Day we get a sneak peek of Danny Collins courtesy of the New York Film Critics! Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.

The smart, original and terrifying It Follows continues this week. It Follows is the rare modern horror film that works on multiple levels -- and leaves a lingering sting. The story follows Jay a teenage girl. After a strange sexual encounter, she finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. Los Angeles Times reviewer Michael Rechtshaffen says, "[A] smart, relentlessly chilling thriller that opts for originality over cheaply rejiggered jolts." Read the complete review here.

The first play of the new season of National Theatre Live is Behind the Beautiful Forevers - see it on Tuesday, March 31 and and Thursday, April 2 at 7pm. Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi (a makeshift slum near the Mumbai airport) recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale. "David Hare's adaptation of Katherine Boo's acclaimed study of a Mumbai slum breaks new ground for the National!" says the Observer. Tickets are here.

We look forward to seeing you at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood - Berkeley's Best Neighborhood Movie Theatre!

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