We are very pleased to be screening CITIZENFOUR and FORCE MAJEURE beginning December 24 at the Royal, returning them to regular release. These films, one a jaw-dropping American documentary about Edward Snowden, the other a Swedish black comedy/psychodrama, are among the year’s best. Both have been bounced around in theatres due to a crowded fall calendar. If you haven’t seen them, or know someone who hasn’t seen them, please be sure to send them to the Royal over the holidays.
This coming Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Broadway production with our 7th Annual Fiddler On the Roof Sing-Along!
Join us (at any of our venues) for our traditional, yet non-traditional Christmas Eve experience as we sing along with Tevye and the shtetl to iconic favorites like “Tradition”, “If I Were a Rich Man”, “Matchmaker”, “To Life”, “Sunrise Sunset” and many others.
GET TICKETS to the event before it sells out!
In addition to movie and song, the audience will be regaled with Fiddler history and trivia, with prizes being awarded to Fiddler buffs with the quickest recall. In this “anything goes” event, attendees are encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite characters. Who knows, perhaps the host will award prizes for best costume as well!
Speaking of the host, each location will feature an emcee that will lend their distinctive personality to the proceedings. Here’s the rundown:
– NoHo 7 will be hosted by our very own GREG LAEMMLE, originator of the Fiddler Sing-Along tradition!
FOOD ALERT: The Deli Doctor food truck will be outside the NoHo 7 to satisfy all your cravings!
– The Royal will be hosted by award-winning arts journalist and author BARBARA ISENBERG. Barbara’s most recent book (just released by St. Martin’s Press) happens to be Tradition!, a definitive history and account of the Fiddler phenomenon. You won’t want to miss Barbara and her stories!
BOOK ALERT: Barbara will be signing copies of TRADITION! at the Royal, where they will also be for sale. Plus, we will be giving away a signed copy of the book at each of the locations as a Trivia Prize.
– Town Center audiences will laugh along with comedian and cantor KENNY ELLIS from Temple Beth Ami in Santa Clarita. Kenny has performed around the globe and can also be caught locally at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood.
– The Playhouse will be treated to the incomparable DEBRA LEVINE, a journalist and publisher of the popular cultural blog, “arts•meme“. With a special interest in dance and choreography, Debra offers unique insight into the staging of both the film and musical.
FOOD ALERT: Asian food truck RICE BALLS OF FIRE will be joining us at the Playhouse!
– Claremont 5 attendees will enjoy the 2nd straight appearance of PAUL BUCH, cantor Temple Beth Israel in Pomona. Cantor Buch draws on a 25 year TV and film career to provide a uniquely entertaining evening.
– Music Hall will feature dynamic husband and wife duo of Doug Petrie and Alexa Junge. Doug and Alexa come to us from the congregation of IKAR, a community well-respected (among other things) for knowing how to throw a good party!
In sum, those looking for an alternative Christmas Eve experience need look no further. “This is your once-a-year chance to be the star of the shtetl,” observes Greg Laemmle. “Join voices with friends and neighbors and sing your heart out alongside Fiddler’s screen legends,” he continues. “And it’s okay if you haven’t memorized all the songs. We provide the lyrics.”
As in years past, Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along takes place at all Laemmle locations on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) starting at 7:30pm. Reserve your tickets now before it’s too late!
The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced January 15th but Oscar completionists can get a head start on the Documentary Features category thanks to the Academy’s 15-film shortlist and Laemmle Theaters.
The Academy’s Documentary Branch narrowed the field to 15 from 134 submissions. While we’ve already screened many films, some are still in theaters, and five will play as morning shows over the next few weeks. By the time nominations are announced, every film on the shortlist will have played at one or more of our theaters… for those keeping track! For those not located near our theatres, thankfully, a few streaming sites are showing some of these films. However, there are usually different location restrictions on some of these sites, such as Netflix. Of course, one of the most common ways to watch films that are restricted is by purchasing a VPN. Some are better than others, but there are reviewing websites online allowing users to read more about some of the best VPNs out there. That being said, alongside using a VPN, you can also use a proxy server to access geographically restricted content. For more information about using a proxy to access websites such as The Pirate Bay that feature films and TV shows, check out the Avoid Censorship website. Did you also know that you can use a VPN to enjoy TV shows and movies using Kodi? For more information about some of the most popular VPNs for Kodi users, head to the makeawebsitehub website. Anyone located near our theatres can keep reading to see if they’ll be able to come and watch these Academy Award nominees.
Weekend morning shows in Claremont, North Hollywood, Pasadena, and West LA:
Still in theaters:
CITIZENFOUR in Pasadena. Coming 12/19 to North Hollywood.
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE returns on 12/12 to Beverly Hills.
THE SALT OF THE EARTH at the Royal. This week only!
TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER in Pasadena. This week only!
Where to see the rest:
Watch all 15 trailers:
A animated classic, Paul Grimault’s THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD, written by Grimault and legendary poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, has been restored and after many decades finally getting a theatrical release in the United States. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, this wildly satirical film follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king. A masterpiece of traditional hand-drawn cell animation, THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world-famous Studio Ghibli. Its influence can also be felt in such films as Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant.
Read Ben Kenigsberg’s recent New York Times review of the restoration:
The French animated film “The King and the Mockingbird” has been more influential than known or seeable, at least in the United States. The movie is belatedly opening here in a subtitled restoration, with special dubbed showings for children.
Released in France in the 1950s in a version that the animator Paul Grimault called “an impostor” and completed, after an overhaul, in 1979, “The King and the Mockingbird” is commonly cited as an influence on Studio Ghibli, from Japan. Yet in its humor, its fairy tale origins and the characters’ rounded features, it plays more like a vintage Disney work, only nimbler and freer.
Adapting a Hans Christian Andersen story, Mr. Grimault wrote the screenplay with Jacques Prévert (“Children of Paradise”). The film takes place in Tachycardia, where King Charles XVI — the numbers are tallied aloud whenever his name is spoken — is an avid if inept hunter. That hunting makes him a nemesis of the hero, a showman of a mockingbird.
With its muted rose and yellows, the angular animation is classical but inventive, even surreal. Tachycardia collapses periods, combining an ostensibly medieval setting with a futurist streak. When the king rides a rocket-shaped elevator to his secret apartment on the 296th floor, you could easily see it as a gag on “The Jetsons.” A giant automaton with spotlight eyes seems the source of the key design in “The Iron Giant.”
Still, a catalog of the movie’s pleasures barely does justice to this lost-and-found delight.
UZUMASA LIMELIGHT follows an aged movie extra who specializes the hero’s victim in samurai movies without ever being lit by the limelight. Using Charlie Chaplin’s film Limelight as an underlying theme, the admirable story of Seiichi Kamiyama dealing with a new generation and fading craftsmanship is told with melancholy and soul.
UZUMASA LIMELIGHT director Ken Ochiai and producer Ko Mori will participate in Q&A’s after the 4:20 and 9:50 screenings at the Royal on Friday, December 5; after the 9:50 screening at the Royal on Saturday, December 6; and after the 4:50 screenings at the Playhouse on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7.
MONK WITH A CAMERA chronicles the life and spiritual quest of Nicholas (Nicky) Vreeland, who for the past twenty-eight years has been a Tibetan Buddhist monk. The son of a United States Ambassador, grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, and a photographer by trade, Nicky left his privileged life behind to follow his true calling. He moved to India, cutting his ties with society, photography, and his pleasure-filled world, to live in a monastery with no running water or electricity.
MONK WITH A CAMERA filmmakers Tina Mascara and Guido Santi will participate in Q&A’s at the Royal after the 2:55, 5:20 and 7:45 PM screenings Friday through Sunday, December 12-14. The film’s subject, Nicky Vreeland, will join them for the Friday screenings.
Many U.S. arthouse moviegoers were wowed last year when they were introduced to Toni Servillo, one of Italy’s finest actors, in The Great Beauty. The film went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Next Friday the 28th we are excited to open Mr. Servillo’s latest film to make the journey from overseas, VIVA LA LIBERTA. Servillo plays Enrico Oliveri, a politician who realizes that the decline of his party is inevitable and decides to disappear, fleeing to Paris to find peace in the home of his ex-girlfriend Danielle (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) while creating a panic within the party. His top aide and his wife decide to contact his twin brother, a genius philosopher suffering from bi-polar disorder and living in a psychiatric institution. The three of them concoct a dangerous plan.
We will open VIVA LA LIBERTA at the Royal, Playhouse and Town Center on Friday, November 21.
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, now in his sixth decade of filmmaking, always gets good reviews but his latest, a film that immerses its audience in London’s National Gallery and we open November 21 at the Royal Theater, is garnering raves. From Manohla Dargis at the New York Times (“Like most of Mr. Wiseman’s work, the movie is at once specific and general, fascinating in its pinpoint detail and transporting in its cosmic reach.”), to Tim Grierson at Paste Magazine (“Nourishing and enthralling, NATIONAL GALLERY is the work of a man still invested in the arts, in the world and in people.”), to David Denby at the New Yorker (“Holds the movie viewer in a state of intense and pleasurable concentration”), even the toughest of critics are telling us that Mr. Wiseman’s latest is not to be missed.
The Daily Beast just published a good piece about the film by Tim Teeman:
Read the complete Daily Beast piece by clicking here.