news Week of April 17 - April 23

Week of April 17 - April 23

Greetings from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!

We have four new movies and a filmmaker appearance this week as well as four amazing special events. You'll want to check it out!

We are completely fortunate to be screening Bill Plympton's newest animated feature, Cheatin'! AND you can meet filmmaker/animator/director Bill Plympton after Saturday's 7:00 show! The story: in a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of Romance. But when a scheming "other" woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden "soul machine", Ella takes the form of Jake's numerous lovers, desperately fighting through malfunction and deceit as they try to reclaim their destiny. In his Los Angeles Times review Charles Solomon says, "Bill Plympton's 'Cheatin'' is idiosyncratic, mature animation."

Fascinating for fans and novices alike we present Lambert & Stamp this week! This is a whole different take on the rock documentary - aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert set out to search for a subject for their underground movie, leading them to discover, mentor, and manage the iconic band The Who and create rock 'n' roll history. In his New York Times review A.O. Scott says, "There is enough archival footage to make you feel as if you were there, or at least sorry that you missed it all." Don't miss this vital history of The Who!

We love having an Italian film in the house! We are delighted to present The Mafia Only Kills in Summer starting Friday! This subversive, irreverent feature tells the story of Arturo, a young boy whose obsession with the Mafia's casual presence in his city surpasses even his passion for Flora, the beautiful schoolmate who remains his main love interest until adulthood. Arturo's unrequited love story is the vehicle used to narrate the most tragic events in Italy's recent history, starting with the Cosa Nostra's criminal actions in Sicily in the '70s, which soon spread through the country. The Mafia Only Kills in Summer is a brave and intelligent dark comedy with a powerful message. In Italian with English subtitles. Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle G. Allen Johnson says, "'The Mafia Kills Only in Summer' is original, winning entertainment, and well executed. No pun intended." Read the complete review here.

Also opening is Child 44 a politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia. Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo's psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists "There is no crime in Paradise." Join us!

Saturday brings us The Royal Ballet's stunning production of Swan Lake! Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Swan Lake is a perfect synthesis of choreography and music and, though Tchaikovsky did not live to see it become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture. Swan Lake has been one of The Royal BalletŐs signature works. In creating this production, Anthony Dowell aimed to return to an authentic version of the choreography created by the great Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. Yolanda Sonnabend's designs draw on the Russian Imperial Court of that period with an inspired blend of historical accuracy and gothic fantasy. The court scenes of Acts I and III have a dark glamour rooted in the opulent style of Carl Faberge, while the famous lakeside 'white' acts are rich with mist, shadow and moonlight. This will be a stunning ballet - don't miss it! Tickets for all of our "Saturdays with the Royals" presentations can be found here.

Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem is here Tuesday night and the four star Evening Standard (UK) review sums up the play nicely, "An intellectually charged piece that delights." Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is "the hard problem" which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues. Join us and ponder!

We're delighted to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22 with Planetary! In a stunning visual exploration, the film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts, environmentalists, anthropologists, and authors. They shed new light on the ways our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet. This is a one day only screening with shows at 3:00, 5:00 and 9:00. Join us and appreciate Earth Day with new perspective!

Exhibition: Great Art on Screen continues Tuesday with Vincent Van Gogh - A New Way of Seeing! Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, join us for this brilliant new film about one of the world's most fascinating and beloved artists. Made in collaboration with the experts at the Van Gogh Museum, the film marks both a major re-showing of the gallery's collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh's death. This is a not to be missed chance to see fabulous art up close and personal! Alert all your art and museum loving friends - one day only! Tickets for all our special events are here.

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

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