Week of November 29 - December 5
Happy Thanksgiving from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!
Following the hectic rush of Thanksgiving and Black Friday rests a peaceful weekend day once a year called "Small Business Saturday." On November 30th (this Saturday), people all around the country are focusing on putting their efforts towards supporting independently owned businesses. We already know that you care about Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, but showing that through strength in numbers on Saturday goes a long way. For us, it proves to the larger theatre chains out there that people in Berkeley care about small businesses and care about quality. So, let's come together this week, enjoy some great films and back this community!
Joining the lineup this week Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi). Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control. The New York Daily News says, "'Captain Phillips' unfurls with an intensity that knocks the wind out of you." Read the complete review here.
Another nautically themed film drifts in - All is Lost has a simple premise: it is a tense adventure drama about a man (Robert Redford) who must fight for survival after being lost at sea. The execution is sublime. In his New York Times Critics' Pick review A.O. Scott says, "An action movie in the most profound and exalted sense of the term..." read the review here.
We have a special one day only feature on Wednesday, December 4, Money for Nothing. This is a feature-length documentary about the Federal Reserve - made by a Team of AFI, Sundance, and Academy Award winners - that seeks to unveil America's central bank and its impact on our economy and our society. Current and former top economists, financial historians, and investors and traders provide unprecedented access and take viewers behind the curtain to debate the future of the world's most powerful financial institution. We will be joined by the filmmaker, Jim Bruce, after the screening via Skype!
We're delighted to bring Enough Said to the Elmwood this week! Enough Said is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often comes with getting involved again. A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's Ex. Moira McDonald of the Seattle Times sums the film up this way, "For all of us who've been waiting way too long for a smart, funny, snappy romantic comedy for grown-ups - here it is."
We can't wait to share Last Vegas the story of Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam (played by Academy-Award winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline), best friends since childhood. When Billy, the group's sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. Mick LaSalle's San Francisco Chronicle review is compelling; he says, "Funny, but serious, too, in its exploration of the fears of aging. Douglas is particular heartfelt."
Delivery Man the story of affable underachiever David Wozniak continues this week. Wozniak's mundane life is turned upside down when he finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. "'Delivery Man' is virtually nothing like a Vince Vaughn movie, but rather a heartfelt celebration of the act of parenthood presented under radically exaggerated circumstances" is the summation of Delivery Man from Peter Debruge in Variety.
Join us for the National Theatre's presentation of Macbeth from the Manchester International Festival on Tuesday, December 3! Kenneth Branagh shines in this production which he also directed. The setting is a deconsecrated church - just everything about it is wonderful, don't miss it! We also have a special encore of Macbeth on Sunday morning, December 8. Tickets for this and other wonderful plays from the National Theatre are available here.
We look forward to seeing you at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood - Berkeley's Best Neighborhood Movie Theatre!