Week of May 16 - May 22
Greetings from Rialto Cinemas Elmwood!
Joining our lineup this week is Disconnect a drama about the destructive potential of the internet on a group of seemingly unrelated people whose lives are affected by their online activities. The strong cast (Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard, Paula Patton, Max Thieriot, Andrea Riseborough, Colin Ford, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Hope Davis) helps make this a timely, effective exploration of modern society's technological overload. Writing in the Chicago Sun Times Richard Roeper says, ". . .'Disconnect' struck a chord with me in a way few films have in recent years." Read his complete review here.
Continuing this week we have At Any Price. Ambitious Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) wants his rebellious son Dean (Zac Efron) to help expand the family's farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family's entire livelihood. Roger Ebert reviewed the film when it showed at the Toronto International Film Festival and said, "...brave, layered.... Dennis Quaid gives one of the performances of a lifetime.... It is a great film about an American moral crisis." Read the complete review here.
Everyone needs to lighten up and have a little more fun in their lives! That is why we're bringing the Grease Sing-A-Long back to the Elmwood for a week! Come sing in the dark where your voice will blend seamlessly with others, enjoy a classic musical with a fun, fun story line and just lighten up! Here is your gateway to summer relaxation - take advantage of it!
This House a new play by James Graham which comes to us from National Theatre, London is enjoying a huge success in London and is a don't miss presentation for us this summer! Set in 1974 as the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain's political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fist fights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes. It's a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and age-old traditions and allegiances are thrown aside in the struggle for power. This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes within the Mother of all Parliaments. Variety says, "Aided by helmer [director Jeremy] Herrin's pedal-to-the-floor pace, Graham kicks off with the kind of action-packed exposition for which The West Wing was celebrated." We have three presentations: Tuesday, May 21; Thursday, May 23; and Thursday, June 13 - all at 7pm and tickets available here.
Do you have trouble parking in the Elmwood District? We do! We invite you to please join your fellow community members to provide feedback to the goBerkeley pilot program on options for improving parking conditions in your neighborhood. goBerkeley staff will present the results of the City's initial round of data collection on parking issues and options for changes to parking rates and time limits to address those issues. The Elmwood Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd from 6pm to 8pm at the Claremont Library, located at 2940 Benvenue Avenue.
Coming soon - We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks! You don't want to miss this one!
Something new at the Elmwood this week - a world premiere! Wednesday, May 22 you have the chance to attend a world premiere for The Shop an urban drama about two young men who run an auto shop, diamonds and a '66 Mustang. Come down and see the film, meet the cast and crew and have the ability to say "I was there, I saw his first film. . ."<\p>
We look forward to seeing you at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood - Berkeley's Best Neighborhood Movie Theatre!