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104 min. PG-13
9:30am | 12:00pm | 2:30pm | 5:00pm | 7:40pm | 10:15pm
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UNLOCKING THE CAGE's Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker on KCRW's Press Play

Unlocking the Cage, which we open today at the Monica Film Center and tomorrow at the Playhouse 7, follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans, by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform a chimpanzee from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections. The Hollywood Reporter described the film as "a crisp and convincing doc" and Indiewire "eye-opening." The filmmakers, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, were interviewed on Madeleine Brand's KCRW show Press Play yesterday. You can listen to it by clicking here.
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They flew through the air with the greatest of ease: Trapeze artists and the director of THE FLIGHT FANTASTIC in person for Q&A's

THE FLIGHT FANTASTIC, a fascinating look at the world of the flying trapeze, centers on one of the greatest acts in circus history, The Flying Gaonas. First performing on a trampoline, the Gaonas went on to become the star attraction for the best circuses in the world, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Long-time Broadway director (and trapeze flyer) Tom Moore brings their story to life through interviews with family members and colorful archival material. Meet them and the THE FLIGHT FANTASTIC filmmaker in person: Monday, 20th, NoHo Richie Gaona & Mercedes Gallup (partner), Jose Gaona, Alex Gaona, Masha Nordbye, Corin [...]
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If music be the food of love, play on! Iggy Pop, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Yo-Yo Ma and Unlocking the Truth coming soon.

We've got four very cool music films coming up: On June 16 we'll screen Iggy Pop: Live in Basel 2015 at five of our venues, the Fine Arts, Claremont 5, NoHo 7, Playhouse 7 and Monica Film Center. We'll open The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble for week-long engagements on June 17th at the Playhouse and Town Center and a week later at Monica Film Center and Claremont. On July 1 we open the rock doc Breaking a Monster at the Monica Film Center. And finally we'll feature Nick Cave and Bad Seeds' One More Time with Feeling at the Fine Arts, Claremont, NoHo, Playhouse and Monica Film Center on September 8. Iggy Pop: Live [...]
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"What are you doing in my closet, Jeffrey Beaumont?" David Lynch's BLUE VELVET, Restored for Thirtieth Anniversary Screenings.

There's something going on behind the white picket fences of Lumberton, North Carolina. And after stumbling upon a severed human ear in a field, mystery loving college student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) is determined to find out what. Teaming up with the daughter (Laura Dern) of a local police detective, Jeffrey's investigation leads him into a strange world of sensuality and violence, with the intrigue of the missing ear seemingly stemming from the relationship between a troubled nightclub singer (Isabella Rossellini) and a sociopathic sadomasochist (Dennis Hopper). See BLUE VELVET on the big screen June 1st at the Claremont, Play [...]
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Beginning Friday, Take the Completed Expo Line to the Monica Film Center!

Friday, May 20, 2016 is a special day in Los Angeles history. For the first time in 60 years, Angelenos can take a take a train from points east right into lovely downtown Santa Monica. No traffic, no stress about finding and paying for parking, etc. And for the first couple days, free rides and parties!  "As part of the celebrations for the opening of the Expo Line to Santa Monica on Friday, May 20, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will offer free rides on Friday and Saturday and will hold station celebrations on Saturday, May 21. "The free rides will be on the entire Expo Line, from 7th St/Metro [...]
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