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Zhang Yimou on His Potent New Historical Romance COMING HOME: "This type of film is very difficult to make. It needs to be made in a state of serenity."

Zhang Yimou's new film is set in the last days of China's Cultural Revolution, following a newly-released political prisoner (Chen Daoming) as he tries to reconnect with his wife (frequent Yimou collaborator Gong Li), who is stricken with amnesia. We open the movie 9/9 at the Royal, 9/18 at the Playhouse and 10/2 at the Town Center. The director wrote this about his powerful new work: "Based on Yan Geling’s novel The Criminal Lu Yanshi, COMING HOME is a love story about joy and sadness, as well as separation and reunion. We used the end of the original story – with Lu Yanshi returning home – as the starting point of the script. Everyone knows [...]
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Special screenings of ATTACK ON TITAN PART ONE and TWO in Claremont, NoHo, and Pasadena!

We're pleased to announce that ATTACK ON TITAN THE MOVIE PART ONE and TWO will screen at our theaters in Claremont, NoHo, and Pasadena! The ATTACK ON TITAN (“Shingeki no Kyojin” in Japanese) live-action movies, which take their name from the original manga series, were developed in close collaboration with series’ creator Hajime Isayama and tell the story of a world where the last of humanity fights to survive against almost unstoppable, man-eating giants. With more than 50 million copies in print today, the “Attack on Titan” manga series has inspired four spin-offs as well as a terrific 25-episode anime series. PART ONE of the live-ac [...]
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Vox: "The quietly radical DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL turns the page on coming-of-age films."

This Friday, at five of our six venues, we'll be opening a film we enjoyed immensely, THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL. The girl of the title is Minnie Goetze (fantastic newcomer Bel Powley), who is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. She begins a complex love affair with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, "the handsomest man in the world," Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment. Based on a 2002 graphic novel, film critics have embraced the film (it has a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes as [...]
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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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