news Week of February 27 - March 5

Week of February 27 - March 5

Greetings from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!

Leviathan, nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, opens here this week! The picture lives up to its title, offering trenchant, well-crafted social satire on a suitably grand scale. Peter Travers sums up the film like this, "Director Andrey Zvyagintsev puts contemporary Russia, as up-to-the-minute as Putin and Pussy Riot, under the microscope. Leviathan is a stupendous piece of work that transcends language and borders." Read his complete review here.

Maps to the Stars also opens this week. Directed by David Cronenberg, starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, and Mia Wasikowska. Here we meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town - mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption - and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she's determined to find it, no matter what it takes.

Next to all the great movies we have fabulous special events - this coming week you can enjoy National Theatre Live's presentation of Treasure Island. Additionally, did you notice we have two great companies presenting Shakespeare? From the Stratford Festival HD we bring John on Tuesday, April 28; and Antony and Cleopatra on Thursday, June 4. As if that were not enough we bring back Shakespeare's Globe on Screen with five presentations the first of which is The Dutchess of Malfi on Tuesday, March 24! Such a wealth of great theatre! Tickets for all of our fabulous special presentations are here.

We are delighted to continue Best Documentary Feature Academy Award winner Citizenfour and The Grand Budapest Hotel winner of four Academy Awards! You don't want to consign these fine a movies to a small screen.

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

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