news Week of January 23 - January 29

Week of January 23 - January 29

Greetings from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!

We are delighted to open Match this week! Patrick Stewart gives a captivating performance as Tobi, an eccentric, pot-smoking Manhattan ballet instructor whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a young couple (Carla Gugino & Matthew Lillard) from Seattle, presumably there to interview him about his colorful life as a dancer in the 1960s. As Tobi spins salacious tales from his former career, an ulterior motive for the couple's visit emerges, forcing the trio to confront a secret that may connect them all. Driven by Stewart's tour-de-force performance, Match moves masterfully between razor-sharp comic banter and heartrending poignancy. Chris Packham writing in the Village Voice says, "Writer-director Stephen Belber's inspiriting, generous Match is so good that it's like some kind of trick." Doesn't that make you want to read the complete review?

We also open the family friendly Strange Magic this week! This new animated film from Lucasfilm is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Join us!

We are delighted to continue Boyhood nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Actor and Best Screenplay and The Grand Budapest Hotel is a delightful romp about serious geo-political issues nominated for nine Academy Awards! Those nine include Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. You don't want to consign this fine a movie to a small screen.

Saturday morning Bolshoi Ballet presents La Bayadere. La Bayadere is a key work in the classical repertoire and this is a magnificent production. The story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India. Marius Petipa's choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet. Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova and Maria Alexandrova bring the characters of this romantic ballet to life. Don't miss it! Tickets for all our special events are here.

Tuesday brings the National Theatre Live and a brand new production of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island! Guardian (UK), Time Out (UK), Daily Mail (UK), Financial Times (UK), and Observer (UK) all give Treasure Island four stars! The Guardian says, "An imaginative adaptation, which keeps alive the wit and excitement of the book" - looks like one you can't miss! Tickets are here.

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

Best regards,