Week of June 26 - June 30
Greetings from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!
Starting Friday we are delighted to present A Little Chaos a period drama about the private and professional struggles of a nonconformist female landscape architect, Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), hired to work on King Louis XIV's gardens at Versailles. When the Sun King's court moves from Paris to Versailles in 1682, Louis's master gardener Andre Le Notre is commissioned to create "gardens of exquisite and matchless beauty." The scale and haste of the project require the hiring of additional hands hence Le Notre's addition of Madame De Barra, whose rejection of stifling symmetry and taste for incorporating the untamed elements of nature enliven the design. MaryAnn Johanson writing in Flick Filosophers says, "Romantic and funny and smart and wise and just plain different. This is a historical costume dramedy romp about gardening. How cool is that?" Join us!
Escobar: Paradise Lost is a non-standard drug kingpin biopic. For Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro), family is everything. When young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) falls for Escobar's niece, he finds his life on the line when he's pulled into the dangerous world of the family business. Bruce DeMarra in The Toronto Star says, "A suspenseful and labyrinthine tale that, while fictional, is both suspenseful and insightful." Read the complete review here.
Gemma Bovery starts Friday! Life begins to imitate art in uncanny ways when earthy British beauty Gemma (Gemma Arterton, The Dutchess of Malfi) and her furniture restorer husband Charles Bovery move to the very same Norman village where the graphic novel was written. Local baker and Flaubert fan Martin Joubert falls for the lovely and charming newcomer and sets out to be her mentor. It doesn't take long before his wild imagination leads him to draw parallels between the literary and real life woman, as he insinuates himself into her life. She soon finds herself at a crossroads that seems to be fulfilling Joubert's worst fears that her destiny is mirroring that of Flaubert's doomed heroine. Director Anne Fontaine's clever adaptation of the graphic novel is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary, and a heady celebration of French provincial life. Writing in the New York Post Kyle Smith says, "A sly and frequently comical spoof on 'Madame Bovary' based on a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, 'Gemma Bovery' intersects with, and diverges from, the source material in witty ways." Looks like fun!"
On Saturday evening at 7pm join us for the Red Carpet Special Event: Dalai Lama Double Feature (Dalai Lama Awakening as well as Compassion in Action) with Filmmaker Q&A! It really will be a special evening! Join us! Through Tuesday only we continue our special engagement of Dalai Lama Awakening which describes the profound and life-changing journey of innovative Western thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama. The documentary is narrated by Harrison Ford. Donna Strong of Awareness Magazine says, "a moving form of visual poetry " and "Captures... momentous magic. Applause to the filmmakers for revealing the jewel in the lotus... The film is an intimate and stirring testimony..." Join us for this special limited engagement!
We have arrived at the "hot" part of summer - this has nothing to do with the weather but rather the release on Wednesday of Magic Mike XXL! If you just can't wait we have a preview screening on Tuesday at 10:00 pm. Magic Mike XXL picks up the story three years after Mike has left the stripper life. Now his colleagues, the Kings of Tampa are also ready to retire the act but they want to go out on a high note - one last blowout performance in Myrtle Beach at the Strippers Convention (apparently a real thing, who knew?) with Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. With the promise of outrageous fun, a reinvigorated Mike can't resist the chance to jump in and take it all off again. Join us - and bring a fan!
Also continuing is Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren.
Speaking of Helen Mirren - if you missed her Tony Award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II the last time we presented The Audience now is your chance to enjoy it! This new Encore screening features a live performance recorded during the original run of the production in London's West End as well as an exclusive new Q&A with Director Stephen Daldry and Dame Helen recorded in New York City. Tickets for the four presentations starting Tuesday, June 30 are on sale now!
We look forward to seeing you at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood - Berkeley's Best Neighborhood Movie Theatre!