news Week of August 28 - September 3

Week of August 28 - September 3

Greetings from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!

From Academy Award nominated director Hubert Sauper we bring We Come As Friends, a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old "civilizing" pathology re-emerges - that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources. The director of takes us on this voyage and leads us into most improbable locations and into people's thoughts and dreams, in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists ironically weave common ground in this documentary, a complex, profound and humorous cinematic endeavor. Read the complete New York Times Critics' Pick review here.

Great news! Series subscriptions for National Theatre Live are on sale now for the coming season which includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet! Other plays in the season are Jan Eyre and The Beaux' Stratagem. Tickets for the five play series are here. And for those of you who just can't commit single presentation tickets go on sale Thursday, September 3.

Saturday marks our final our salute to the end of World War II! Everyone enjoys a story where Hitler is taken out of the historical record before he is able to inflict his evil on the world. Hitler on Trial is almost that true story! Hans Litten is the brilliant young lawyer who dares to cross-examine Adolf Hitler in a Berlin courtroom in 1931. Litten's goal: to expose Hitler's true character and murderous plans, and halt the rapid rise of the Nazi Party. His reward: the red-hot hatred and fatal revenge of a hostile witness. Hitler on Trial sweeps you into this little-known, true story of collision between the future Fuhrer's blatant contempt for the law, and Litten's brave but futile attempt to save German democracy. Join us for this free screening Saturday, August 29 at 10am. Tickets are at the Box Office.

The silly screwball comedy, She's Funny That Way continues this week. An affectionate, talent-filled throwback to screwball comedies of old from renowned director Peter Bogdanovich. The story is of the interconnected personal lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway production. Also continuing is the notorious psychological study comes to life, The Stanford Prison Experiment. The critics are unanimous in their praise! Richard Roeper says, "The Stanford Prison Experiment is the kind of movie that raises as many questions as it answers. It's also the kind of film where you want to budget some time for discussion afterward. You won't be able to shake this one off easily." in his Chicago Sun-Times review. Read the complete review here.

The superb character drama Ricki and the Flash continues this week! Meryl Streep is terrific as a past-her-prime rocker who never made it big and is forced to reckon with the family she left behind. The film is is a joyously adult entertainment that respects the intelligence of its audience.

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

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