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Riveting Brazilian Film THE SECOND MOTHER Opens Next Week

An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, THE SECOND MOTHER centers around Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. Val is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. Jessica is smart, confident, and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and loyalties [...]
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ROSENWALD Filmmaker Aviva Kempner in the Forward: "To me, Julius Rosenwald is the best antidote to Donald Trump."

Aviva Kempner's Rosenwald, which we open at the Royal, Playhouse and Town Center on August 28th and the Claremont on September 5th, is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school but rose to become the president of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. The film sheds light on this silent partner of the pre-Civil Rights Movement. Rosenwald awarded fellowship grants to a who's who of African American intellectuals [...]
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New York Times: "In WE COME AS FRIENDS, Hubert Sauper Takes Flight to Survey the Pain Below in Sudan."

Academy Award® nominated director Hubert Sauper’s WE COME AS FRIENDS, which we are proud to open at the Royal, Playhouse and Town Center on Friday, August 21, is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old “civilizing” pathology re-emerges – that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources. The director of DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made, tin and canvas flying machine. He leads us into improbable locations [...]
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Anniversary Classics + Tribute Screening: DOCTOR ZHIVAGO in Honor of Omar Sharif

As a tribute to Omar Sharif, who passed away last month, we present a 50th anniversary screening of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, August 19th at the Royal. Los Angeles Film Critics Association President Stephen Farber will introduce the film. This lush romance directed by David Lean (a two-time Oscar winner) was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 1965 and won five -- best adapted screenplay (by Robert Bolt), cinematography, art direction, costume design, and music (by Maurice Jarre). Nobel Prize-winning author Boris Pasternak wrote the international best-selling novel and, when receipts are adjusted for inflation, the film ve [...]
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TOP SPIN: Ping Pong Exhibition and Table Giveaway!

An inside look at the offbeat sport of ping pong, the new documentary TOP SPIN turns one of America's favorite pastimes on its head and reveals a coming-of-age story where success and failure come down to mere millimeters. Laemmle Theatres and First Run Features are planning special events for our TOP SPIN screenings, including: – Raffle to Win an Olympic Quality Ping Pong Table! – Live Ping Pong Exhibitions by Elite Players – Lots of Q&A's Click here to buy tickets to see TOP SPIN!   RAFFLE Everyone who attends ANY screening of TOP SPIN at Laemmle will be given a FREE RAFFLE TICKET to win a top-of-the-line JOOLA Ping Pong Tab [...]
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