- Shadow @ AMC Mercado 20: Wuxia without white guys!!!
If you'd like to meet for dinner after the show, note "Dinner" in the Comments, so we can gauge interest. We can check out the pho place in the mall, nearby. Check back to confirm. Show time: 3:15 PM (Purchase tickets in advance through Fandango.) Director Zhang Yimou returns to the world of wuxia, martial arts fantasy, that he explored so stylishly and spectacularly in Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004), but this time: Without the CG monsters and white guys!!! With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a "shadow", a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want. (In Mandarin with English subtitles.)
- Encore - Long Day's Journey Into Night (3D) @ Aquarius
- Tolkien @ CinéArts Palo Alto Square - $5 Movie
Synopsis: Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. Showtime is 7:20 PM. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or online. Meet in the lobby 10 minutes before the show and in the same place after. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjBKkkjcL0Y This is a small two screen theatre located in Palo Alto Square. From El Camino Real heading south, turn right when you see the Palo Alto Square sign. At the stop sign you will see Bank of America in front of you. Turn left, follow the bend, and you will see the theatre on your right and parking on your left. The theatre is located in building 6.
- Long Day's Journey Into Night (3D) @ California Theater Berkeley
Here's another movie that it's worthe venturing a little further for ... Join us for chinese arthouse filmmaker Gan Bi's latest mesmerizing endeavour. Famous for it's final take - a 59 minutes continuous 3D shot - the movie is much more than a technical excercise. Long Day's Journey Into Night is a noir-tinged film about a solitary man (Jue Huang) haunted by loss and regret, told in two parts: the first an achronological mosaic, the second a nocturnal dream. Again centering around his native province of Guizhou in southwest China, the director has created a film like nothing you've seen before. "Long Day's Journey Into Night is one of these films that you have to see if you love filmmaking as an art." We'll meet at the theater no later than 6.30pm for the 7pm show.
- Hail Satan? @ Embarcadero Center Cinema
Join us for Penny Lane's new and thought provoking documentary feature ... 96% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes ... We'll attend the 7.40pm show - meet no later than 7.30pm in the lobby by the wine bar. The movie is playing in the small theater 4 - please purchase your ticket now before you get sold out. Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.
- The Chaperone @ AQ in PA: Lulu let loose
Show time: 6:45 PM Louise Brooks, the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn’t break, epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother insists there be a chaperone. Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey”), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson, Columbus) to New York for the summer. Why does this utterly conventional woman do this? What happens to her when she lands in Manhattan with an unusually rebellious teenager in tow? And, which of the two women is stronger, the uptight wife-and-mother or the irrepressible free spirit? It’s a story full of surprises—about who these women really are, and who they eventually become. Based on Laura Moriarty’s beloved best-selling novel, The Chaperone reunites the writer (Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes, Gosford Park), director (Michael Engler) and star (McGovern) of “Downton Abbey” for an immersive and richly emotional period piece. Co-starring Campbell Scott, Victoria Hill, Geza Rohrig (Son of Saul), Miranda Otto, Robert Fairchild and Blythe Danner.
- Wild Nights With Emily @ Aquarius
In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan...yes this is the iconic American poet, popularly thought to have been a recluse. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst's most bizarre love triangle. We'll meet at 7pm for the 7.15pm show. If you'd like a bite before the show meet me at Crepevine on University at 5.30pm.
- Amazing Grace @ CineArts Palo Alto Square
The never before seen movie featuring Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace is crafted from never before seen footage originally captured in 1972. Showtime is 8:25 PM. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or online. Meet in the lobby 15 minutes before the show and in the same place after. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypHZbtqSU48 This is a small two screen theatre located in Palo Alto Square. From El Camino Real heading south, turn right when you see the Palo Alto Square sign. At the stop sign you will see Bank of America in front of you. Turn left, follow the bend, and you will see the theatre on your right and parking on your left. The theatre is located in building 6. See you there!
- The Man Who Killed Don Quixote @RWC20: Worth 25 years' work...?
Century Redwood City Downtown 20 & XD
If you're interested in a bite before the show, note "Dinner" in the Comments, so we can gauge interest. Check back to confirm. Show time: 7:00 PM (Seats are reserved, and the theater is filling up. Purchase in advance!) Meet on the Upper Lobby, by the windows, around 6:45 PM. It's taken Monty Python's Terry Gilliam 25 years (and several cast changes) to complete his Don Quixote. Now we can see if it was worth all the trouble...! Toby (Adam Driver), a cynical advertising director, finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker (Jonathan Pryce) who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth -- a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death?
- Ash is Purest White @ Guild: Modern epic of changing China
If you'd like to go for dinner and a chat after the movie, note "dinner" in the Comments, below, so we can gauge interest. Show time: 4:00 PM Director Jia Zhangke, who was just honored with a retrospective at SF MOMA, returns to the theme of today's changing China with his latest film, a tragic romance set in the emerging Chinese underworld... Master filmmaker Jia Zhangke, who gave us Still Life, A Touch of Sin, Mountains May Depart, The World and Unknown Pleasures, once again reveals insights into the dizzying pace of changing life in contemporary China with an epic tale of love and crime. Told in three distinct sections spanning nearly two decades, Ash Is Purest White is the story of a quick-witted woman named Qiao (Zhao Tao), who is in love with Bin (Liao Fan), a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty, and upon her release she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off. Winner of the Best Actress and Best Director awards at the Chicago International Film Festival. (Fully subtitled) 137 mins.