LAFCA just announced their 2013 winners, among them many films we’ve played or are playing, and one very lovely picture we are proud to be opening very soon: Spike Jonze’s HER, which they named Best Picture (in a tie with GRAVITY). They also gave it the award for Best Production Design and the movie was runner up in three other categories: Best Screenplay, Director and Score. HER is an original, moving, funny, beautifully realized knock-out featuring Scarlett Johansson’s best-yet peformance. And you never even see her face.
EXPECTING director Jessie McCormack and stars Michelle Monaghan and Radha Mitchell will participate in a Q&A after the Saturday, December 7, 7:20 PM screening at the Music Hall.
IT’S BETTER TO JUMP filmmakers Mouna B. Stewart, Gina Angelone and Patrick Alexander Stewart will participate in Q&A’s at the Playhouse after all 7 PM screenings, Friday, December 6 through Thursday, December 12, as well as after the 1 PM screenings on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8.
Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak will participate in a Q&A at the Music Hall following 4:20 screening of AFTERMATH this Sunday, December 8th. Rabbi Beliak has been involved with social justice activism throughout his 30 years as a campus and congregational rabbi. He is currently the Executive Director at Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland and works with Beit Polska, the umbrella organization of Progressive Judaism in Poland.
Earlier today the New York Film Critics Circle announced their 2013 honorees and David O. Russell’s AMERICAN HUSTLE won Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence. The film opens wide on December 18 but you can be among the first to see the film on December 10 at the Royal or NoHo. We’re big fans of Mr. Russell’s from Flirting with Disaster to I [Heart] Huckabees to The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook and his latest is just as fabulously entertaining as his earlier movies.
Here’s a synopsis: A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, AMERICAN HUSTLE tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). Like David O. Russell’s previous films, AMERICAN HUSTLE defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. Jennifer Lawrence co-stars.
Our AMERICAN HUSTLE at our Royal and NoHo 7 theaters on Tuesday, December 10 are part of the New York Film Critics Series, and will feature a pre-recorded Q&A with the filmmaker moderated by More Magazine film critic Allison Bailes. Buy tickets for the Royal screening here and the NoHo screening here.