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Today - Wednesday October 22, 2014

7:00pm

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

2014, USA | Spain, 84 MINS, G

Dir: Lydia Smith

500 miles on foot. Bunk-beds. Blisters. Stunning landscapes. World-class snorers. Hot searing sun, freezing cold rain. Kindness from strangers. Debilitating injury. Unexpected romance. No toilet paper when you really need it. Profound grief and deep doubt. Hunger. Laughing with new friends. Total exhaustion. You are guaranteed to experience all of this when walking the ancient pilgrim path, the Camino de Santiago. 

9:00pm

Boyhood

2014, USA, 164 MINS, 14A

Dir: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

Few filmmakers ever make a great movie. Fewer still ever make a movie that expands what movies can express. Richard Linklater does both with "Boyhood."

This film is so different it really needs to be described. It's a fictional drama about a boy in Texas, from age 6 through 18. Conceived from the outset as a 12-year-project, it was filmed between 2001 and 2013. You see kids grow up. You see the adults get older. You see the phones and video games get more sophisticated. Nothing is flashed onto the screen to indicate the year. The film plays out like life, one day flowing into the next.

If great art consists of finding an ideal balance between planning and improvisation, "Boyhood" is one of the cinema's glorious examples. Going in, Linklater knew the general outline of his story, but he didn't know that 9/11 would happen, or that Lady Gaga would become famous, or that Ellar Coltrane, who plays the central character, would become a handsome teenager. He worked with the actors he had, and with the world as he found it. San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle.



Thursday October 23, 2014

7:00pm

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

2014, USA | Spain, 84 MINS, G

Dir: Lydia Smith

500 miles on foot. Bunk-beds. Blisters. Stunning landscapes. World-class snorers. Hot searing sun, freezing cold rain. Kindness from strangers. Debilitating injury. Unexpected romance. No toilet paper when you really need it. Profound grief and deep doubt. Hunger. Laughing with new friends. Total exhaustion. You are guaranteed to experience all of this when walking the ancient pilgrim path, the Camino de Santiago. 

9:00pm

Boyhood

2014, USA, 164 MINS, 14A

Dir: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

Few filmmakers ever make a great movie. Fewer still ever make a movie that expands what movies can express. Richard Linklater does both with "Boyhood."

This film is so different it really needs to be described. It's a fictional drama about a boy in Texas, from age 6 through 18. Conceived from the outset as a 12-year-project, it was filmed between 2001 and 2013. You see kids grow up. You see the adults get older. You see the phones and video games get more sophisticated. Nothing is flashed onto the screen to indicate the year. The film plays out like life, one day flowing into the next.

If great art consists of finding an ideal balance between planning and improvisation, "Boyhood" is one of the cinema's glorious examples. Going in, Linklater knew the general outline of his story, but he didn't know that 9/11 would happen, or that Lady Gaga would become famous, or that Ellar Coltrane, who plays the central character, would become a handsome teenager. He worked with the actors he had, and with the world as he found it. San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle.



Friday October 24, 2014

7:00pm

The Trip to Italy

2014, UK, 108 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner

George and Gracie. Abbot and Costello. Hope and Crosby. It might be a bit premature to add Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to the list of great comedic duos, but a few more films like "The Trip" and "The Trip to Italy" would seal the deal.

In 2010's "The Trip," the pair, playing versions of themselves, were hired to travel around Yorkshire, sampling and reviewing a half-dozen restaurants. Now, as the title implies, they've taken their act to The Continent, zipping around in a Mini Cooper from Piemonte to the Amalfi coast for more of the same. If that makes "The Trip to Italy" seem like a redundant sequel, it shouldn't — it's as funny, and at times as poignant — as its predecessor.

In both films, the scenery and the food are delectable, but the real attraction is the banter and rapport between these quick-witted wiseacres, both skilled impressionists and character actors. Coogan is by far better known in America, thanks most recently to his performance in last year's "Philomena," for which he also received an Oscar nomination as its screenwriter. But both actors (or at least their characters) use snappy patter and sarcasm to deflect their anxiety about never rising to the status of a leading man. They also use jokes to steer around any serious acknowledgment of their fraternal feelings for each other, in a fairly spot-on depiction of male friendship. PORTLAND OREGONIAN, Marc Mohan



9:15pm

The Drop

2014, USA, 106 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michaël R. Roskam
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

"The Drop" is based on "Animal Rescue," a Dennis Lehane short story that took place in Boston, but has been relocated to Brooklyn. Hardy is Bob, the slow-to-comprehend longtime bartender at Cousin Marv's, a dive favored by blue-collar locals and controlled by a Chechen crime figure. The drop in "The Drop" refers to a seemingly random underworld cash drop, which eventually will come to Bob's workplace.

The crime drama is getting attention as the late James Gandolfini's final appearance in a feature film, and it's a memorable farewell. But above all the film is another showcase of Hardy's versatile talents. Roskam and screenwriter Dennis Lehane pile a huge burden on Hardy, forcing him to set the mood and drive the narrative forward with a character whose default is cryptic silence. The rising star responds with a superb lesson in understated acting. San Francisco Chronicle, Peter Hartlaub. 

 



Saturday October 25, 2014

2:00pm

The Monster Squad

1987, USA, 82 MINS, 14A

Dir: Fred Dekker
Starring: Andre Gower, Robby Kigger

Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters, but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way.

4:00pm

Private Rental

0 MINS, G

7:00pm

The Trip to Italy

2014, UK, 108 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner

George and Gracie. Abbot and Costello. Hope and Crosby. It might be a bit premature to add Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to the list of great comedic duos, but a few more films like "The Trip" and "The Trip to Italy" would seal the deal.

In 2010's "The Trip," the pair, playing versions of themselves, were hired to travel around Yorkshire, sampling and reviewing a half-dozen restaurants. Now, as the title implies, they've taken their act to The Continent, zipping around in a Mini Cooper from Piemonte to the Amalfi coast for more of the same. If that makes "The Trip to Italy" seem like a redundant sequel, it shouldn't — it's as funny, and at times as poignant — as its predecessor.

In both films, the scenery and the food are delectable, but the real attraction is the banter and rapport between these quick-witted wiseacres, both skilled impressionists and character actors. Coogan is by far better known in America, thanks most recently to his performance in last year's "Philomena," for which he also received an Oscar nomination as its screenwriter. But both actors (or at least their characters) use snappy patter and sarcasm to deflect their anxiety about never rising to the status of a leading man. They also use jokes to steer around any serious acknowledgment of their fraternal feelings for each other, in a fairly spot-on depiction of male friendship. PORTLAND OREGONIAN, Marc Mohan



9:15pm

The Drop

2014, USA, 106 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michaël R. Roskam
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

"The Drop" is based on "Animal Rescue," a Dennis Lehane short story that took place in Boston, but has been relocated to Brooklyn. Hardy is Bob, the slow-to-comprehend longtime bartender at Cousin Marv's, a dive favored by blue-collar locals and controlled by a Chechen crime figure. The drop in "The Drop" refers to a seemingly random underworld cash drop, which eventually will come to Bob's workplace.

The crime drama is getting attention as the late James Gandolfini's final appearance in a feature film, and it's a memorable farewell. But above all the film is another showcase of Hardy's versatile talents. Roskam and screenwriter Dennis Lehane pile a huge burden on Hardy, forcing him to set the mood and drive the narrative forward with a character whose default is cryptic silence. The rising star responds with a superb lesson in understated acting. San Francisco Chronicle, Peter Hartlaub. 

 



Sunday October 26, 2014

2:00pm

The Monster Squad

1987, USA, 82 MINS, 14A

Dir: Fred Dekker
Starring: Andre Gower, Robby Kigger

Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters, but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way.

4:00pm

The Drop

2014, USA, 106 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michaël R. Roskam
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

"The Drop" is based on "Animal Rescue," a Dennis Lehane short story that took place in Boston, but has been relocated to Brooklyn. Hardy is Bob, the slow-to-comprehend longtime bartender at Cousin Marv's, a dive favored by blue-collar locals and controlled by a Chechen crime figure. The drop in "The Drop" refers to a seemingly random underworld cash drop, which eventually will come to Bob's workplace.

The crime drama is getting attention as the late James Gandolfini's final appearance in a feature film, and it's a memorable farewell. But above all the film is another showcase of Hardy's versatile talents. Roskam and screenwriter Dennis Lehane pile a huge burden on Hardy, forcing him to set the mood and drive the narrative forward with a character whose default is cryptic silence. The rising star responds with a superb lesson in understated acting. San Francisco Chronicle, Peter Hartlaub. 

 



7:00pm

The Trip to Italy

2014, UK, 108 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner

George and Gracie. Abbot and Costello. Hope and Crosby. It might be a bit premature to add Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to the list of great comedic duos, but a few more films like "The Trip" and "The Trip to Italy" would seal the deal.

In 2010's "The Trip," the pair, playing versions of themselves, were hired to travel around Yorkshire, sampling and reviewing a half-dozen restaurants. Now, as the title implies, they've taken their act to The Continent, zipping around in a Mini Cooper from Piemonte to the Amalfi coast for more of the same. If that makes "The Trip to Italy" seem like a redundant sequel, it shouldn't — it's as funny, and at times as poignant — as its predecessor.

In both films, the scenery and the food are delectable, but the real attraction is the banter and rapport between these quick-witted wiseacres, both skilled impressionists and character actors. Coogan is by far better known in America, thanks most recently to his performance in last year's "Philomena," for which he also received an Oscar nomination as its screenwriter. But both actors (or at least their characters) use snappy patter and sarcasm to deflect their anxiety about never rising to the status of a leading man. They also use jokes to steer around any serious acknowledgment of their fraternal feelings for each other, in a fairly spot-on depiction of male friendship. PORTLAND OREGONIAN, Marc Mohan



9:15pm

The Drop

2014, USA, 106 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michaël R. Roskam
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

"The Drop" is based on "Animal Rescue," a Dennis Lehane short story that took place in Boston, but has been relocated to Brooklyn. Hardy is Bob, the slow-to-comprehend longtime bartender at Cousin Marv's, a dive favored by blue-collar locals and controlled by a Chechen crime figure. The drop in "The Drop" refers to a seemingly random underworld cash drop, which eventually will come to Bob's workplace.

The crime drama is getting attention as the late James Gandolfini's final appearance in a feature film, and it's a memorable farewell. But above all the film is another showcase of Hardy's versatile talents. Roskam and screenwriter Dennis Lehane pile a huge burden on Hardy, forcing him to set the mood and drive the narrative forward with a character whose default is cryptic silence. The rising star responds with a superb lesson in understated acting. San Francisco Chronicle, Peter Hartlaub. 

 



Monday October 27, 2014

7:00pm

The Drop

2014, USA, 106 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michaël R. Roskam
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

"The Drop" is based on "Animal Rescue," a Dennis Lehane short story that took place in Boston, but has been relocated to Brooklyn. Hardy is Bob, the slow-to-comprehend longtime bartender at Cousin Marv's, a dive favored by blue-collar locals and controlled by a Chechen crime figure. The drop in "The Drop" refers to a seemingly random underworld cash drop, which eventually will come to Bob's workplace.

The crime drama is getting attention as the late James Gandolfini's final appearance in a feature film, and it's a memorable farewell. But above all the film is another showcase of Hardy's versatile talents. Roskam and screenwriter Dennis Lehane pile a huge burden on Hardy, forcing him to set the mood and drive the narrative forward with a character whose default is cryptic silence. The rising star responds with a superb lesson in understated acting. San Francisco Chronicle, Peter Hartlaub. 

 



9:15pm

The Trip to Italy

2014, UK, 108 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner

George and Gracie. Abbot and Costello. Hope and Crosby. It might be a bit premature to add Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to the list of great comedic duos, but a few more films like "The Trip" and "The Trip to Italy" would seal the deal.

In 2010's "The Trip," the pair, playing versions of themselves, were hired to travel around Yorkshire, sampling and reviewing a half-dozen restaurants. Now, as the title implies, they've taken their act to The Continent, zipping around in a Mini Cooper from Piemonte to the Amalfi coast for more of the same. If that makes "The Trip to Italy" seem like a redundant sequel, it shouldn't — it's as funny, and at times as poignant — as its predecessor.

In both films, the scenery and the food are delectable, but the real attraction is the banter and rapport between these quick-witted wiseacres, both skilled impressionists and character actors. Coogan is by far better known in America, thanks most recently to his performance in last year's "Philomena," for which he also received an Oscar nomination as its screenwriter. But both actors (or at least their characters) use snappy patter and sarcasm to deflect their anxiety about never rising to the status of a leading man. They also use jokes to steer around any serious acknowledgment of their fraternal feelings for each other, in a fairly spot-on depiction of male friendship. PORTLAND OREGONIAN, Marc Mohan



Tuesday October 28, 2014

7:00pm

The Trip to Italy

2014, UK, 108 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner

George and Gracie. Abbot and Costello. Hope and Crosby. It might be a bit premature to add Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to the list of great comedic duos, but a few more films like "The Trip" and "The Trip to Italy" would seal the deal.

In 2010's "The Trip," the pair, playing versions of themselves, were hired to travel around Yorkshire, sampling and reviewing a half-dozen restaurants. Now, as the title implies, they've taken their act to The Continent, zipping around in a Mini Cooper from Piemonte to the Amalfi coast for more of the same. If that makes "The Trip to Italy" seem like a redundant sequel, it shouldn't — it's as funny, and at times as poignant — as its predecessor.

In both films, the scenery and the food are delectable, but the real attraction is the banter and rapport between these quick-witted wiseacres, both skilled impressionists and character actors. Coogan is by far better known in America, thanks most recently to his performance in last year's "Philomena," for which he also received an Oscar nomination as its screenwriter. But both actors (or at least their characters) use snappy patter and sarcasm to deflect their anxiety about never rising to the status of a leading man. They also use jokes to steer around any serious acknowledgment of their fraternal feelings for each other, in a fairly spot-on depiction of male friendship. PORTLAND OREGONIAN, Marc Mohan



9:15pm

The Drop

2014, USA, 106 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michaël R. Roskam
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

"The Drop" is based on "Animal Rescue," a Dennis Lehane short story that took place in Boston, but has been relocated to Brooklyn. Hardy is Bob, the slow-to-comprehend longtime bartender at Cousin Marv's, a dive favored by blue-collar locals and controlled by a Chechen crime figure. The drop in "The Drop" refers to a seemingly random underworld cash drop, which eventually will come to Bob's workplace.

The crime drama is getting attention as the late James Gandolfini's final appearance in a feature film, and it's a memorable farewell. But above all the film is another showcase of Hardy's versatile talents. Roskam and screenwriter Dennis Lehane pile a huge burden on Hardy, forcing him to set the mood and drive the narrative forward with a character whose default is cryptic silence. The rising star responds with a superb lesson in understated acting. San Francisco Chronicle, Peter Hartlaub. 

 



Wednesday October 29, 2014

7:00pm

The Trip to Italy

2014, UK, 108 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner

George and Gracie. Abbot and Costello. Hope and Crosby. It might be a bit premature to add Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to the list of great comedic duos, but a few more films like "The Trip" and "The Trip to Italy" would seal the deal.

In 2010's "The Trip," the pair, playing versions of themselves, were hired to travel around Yorkshire, sampling and reviewing a half-dozen restaurants. Now, as the title implies, they've taken their act to The Continent, zipping around in a Mini Cooper from Piemonte to the Amalfi coast for more of the same. If that makes "The Trip to Italy" seem like a redundant sequel, it shouldn't — it's as funny, and at times as poignant — as its predecessor.

In both films, the scenery and the food are delectable, but the real attraction is the banter and rapport between these quick-witted wiseacres, both skilled impressionists and character actors. Coogan is by far better known in America, thanks most recently to his performance in last year's "Philomena," for which he also received an Oscar nomination as its screenwriter. But both actors (or at least their characters) use snappy patter and sarcasm to deflect their anxiety about never rising to the status of a leading man. They also use jokes to steer around any serious acknowledgment of their fraternal feelings for each other, in a fairly spot-on depiction of male friendship. PORTLAND OREGONIAN, Marc Mohan



9:15pm

The Drop

2014, USA, 106 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michaël R. Roskam
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

"The Drop" is based on "Animal Rescue," a Dennis Lehane short story that took place in Boston, but has been relocated to Brooklyn. Hardy is Bob, the slow-to-comprehend longtime bartender at Cousin Marv's, a dive favored by blue-collar locals and controlled by a Chechen crime figure. The drop in "The Drop" refers to a seemingly random underworld cash drop, which eventually will come to Bob's workplace.

The crime drama is getting attention as the late James Gandolfini's final appearance in a feature film, and it's a memorable farewell. But above all the film is another showcase of Hardy's versatile talents. Roskam and screenwriter Dennis Lehane pile a huge burden on Hardy, forcing him to set the mood and drive the narrative forward with a character whose default is cryptic silence. The rising star responds with a superb lesson in understated acting. San Francisco Chronicle, Peter Hartlaub. 

 



Thursday October 30, 2014

7:00pm

The Trip to Italy

2014, UK, 108 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner

George and Gracie. Abbot and Costello. Hope and Crosby. It might be a bit premature to add Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon to the list of great comedic duos, but a few more films like "The Trip" and "The Trip to Italy" would seal the deal.

In 2010's "The Trip," the pair, playing versions of themselves, were hired to travel around Yorkshire, sampling and reviewing a half-dozen restaurants. Now, as the title implies, they've taken their act to The Continent, zipping around in a Mini Cooper from Piemonte to the Amalfi coast for more of the same. If that makes "The Trip to Italy" seem like a redundant sequel, it shouldn't — it's as funny, and at times as poignant — as its predecessor.

In both films, the scenery and the food are delectable, but the real attraction is the banter and rapport between these quick-witted wiseacres, both skilled impressionists and character actors. Coogan is by far better known in America, thanks most recently to his performance in last year's "Philomena," for which he also received an Oscar nomination as its screenwriter. But both actors (or at least their characters) use snappy patter and sarcasm to deflect their anxiety about never rising to the status of a leading man. They also use jokes to steer around any serious acknowledgment of their fraternal feelings for each other, in a fairly spot-on depiction of male friendship. PORTLAND OREGONIAN, Marc Mohan



9:15pm

The Drop

2014, USA, 106 MINS, 14A

Dir: Michaël R. Roskam
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

"The Drop" is based on "Animal Rescue," a Dennis Lehane short story that took place in Boston, but has been relocated to Brooklyn. Hardy is Bob, the slow-to-comprehend longtime bartender at Cousin Marv's, a dive favored by blue-collar locals and controlled by a Chechen crime figure. The drop in "The Drop" refers to a seemingly random underworld cash drop, which eventually will come to Bob's workplace.

The crime drama is getting attention as the late James Gandolfini's final appearance in a feature film, and it's a memorable farewell. But above all the film is another showcase of Hardy's versatile talents. Roskam and screenwriter Dennis Lehane pile a huge burden on Hardy, forcing him to set the mood and drive the narrative forward with a character whose default is cryptic silence. The rising star responds with a superb lesson in understated acting. San Francisco Chronicle, Peter Hartlaub. 

 



Friday October 31, 2014

7:00pm

The Exorcist

1973, USA, 132 MINS, 14A

Dir: William Friedkin
Starring: Max Von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller

In this re-release of the horror classic, a 12 year old girl (Blair) becomes possessed by a malevolent spirit, and her only hope is an exorcism. Two priests are summoned to exorcise the demon.

9:30pm

A Nightmare on Elm Street

1984, USA, 91 MINS, R

Dir: Wes Craven
Starring: Johnny Depp, Heather Langenkamp

A Nightmare on Elm Street is about Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp), a typical teenager with the usual teenage problems - divorced parents, gossipy friends, and a boyfriend who wants a little more than she's willing to offer. Nancy lives in an average house in an average middle America town. Her father, Donald (John Saxon), is a police lieutenant, patrolling the streets and keeping the community safe from all sorts of unsavory things. However, the biggest danger to his friends and family is about to emerge from somewhere he never could have expected: his daughter's subconscious.

ReelViews, James Berardinelli



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