Monica Film Center

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Laemmle Theatres President Greg Laemmle and his wife Tish Laemmle are being honored by the good folks at Glendale Arts "in recognition of their unparalleled legacy of dedication to independent filmmakers and the art of storytelling on the screen." Glendale Arts is an award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit organization that generates opportunities throughout greater Los Angeles to showcase, promote, encourage, and engage with the arts. From their announcement:Glendale Arts proudly announces the organization’s highly-anticipated Summer Soiree “Under A Thousand Stars” to be held on Saturday, July 27, 2024 from 7:00-10:00 P.M. at ace/121 Gallery. Tickets

I don't often step up and offer personal thoughts on new openings. After all, we are opening several films every week, and we love all our children equally. Also, those of you who have spotted me at the theatre (after ONLY IN THEATERS, I've sacrificed any anonymity I might have enjoyed) know that sometimes I'm catching up on films together with you at regular screenings. Not surprisingly, I prefer to see things in a theatre and don't like to watch things via screening links, even if offered in advance.But with THELMA, we have a film that I did get to see at an early festival showing, and I LOVED it so much that I can't help but share my enthusiasm

Actress Rachel Sennott (Shiva Baby, Bottoms) returns to Laemmle screens this Friday at the Monica Film Center, NoHo 7 and Town Center 5 with I Used to Be Funny. She plays an aspiring stand-up comedian and au pair struggling with PTSD as she decides whether or not to join the search for Brooke (Olga Petsa), a missing teenage girl she used to nanny.*Click here to watch the trailer.*"Rachel Sennott has the greatest face. It cannot lie, no matter what her characters are saying. That honesty makes her ideal for films with tricky tones... And it’s essential to I Used to Be Funny." - Johanna Schneller, Globe and Mail*"In her film debut, [writer-director

Over the weekend, writer-director Sean Baker (Tangerine, The Florida Project, Red Rocket) was awarded the Palme d'Or, the top prize, at this year's Cannes Film Festival for Anora, his comedy about a sex worker. New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis called the film "a giddily ribald picaresque." In his acceptance speech, Baker spoke eloquently about seeing movies in theaters. You can watch the whole thing online, but here's the key excerpt:*"This literally has been my singular goal as a filmmaker for the past 30 years. So I’m not really sure what I’m gonna do with the rest of my life, but I do know that I will continue to fight for cinema

Directed and co-written by four-time Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke, Wildcat invites the audience to weave in and out of celebrated Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor's mind as she ponders the great questions of her writing: Can scandalous art still serve God? Does suffering precede all greatness? Can illness be a blessing? In 1950, Flannery (Maya Hawke) visits her mother Regina (Laura Linney) in Georgia when she is diagnosed with lupus at twenty-four years old. Struggling with the same disease that took her father’s life when she was a child and desperate to make her mark as a great writer, this crisis pitches her imagination into a

We're thrilled to screen Shakespeare's leanest, meanest tragedy, Macbeth with Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma, May 2 and 5 only, following its highly acclaimed U.K. tour. It was filmed live at Dock X in London especially for cinemas. Tony and BAFTA Award-winner Fiennes (Antony & Cleopatra, Schindler's List, Coriolanus) and Olivier Award-winner Indira Varma (Present Laughter, Game of Thrones, Luther) star in this brand-new ‘full-voltage visceral’ (★★★★ Daily Telegraph) production of the Scottish play. Designed for a custom-built space, this gripping and breathtaking play about the couple utterly corrupted by their relentless lust for power is

We’re proud to soon screen two films by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema: her just-restored 1995 romance When Night is Falling (May 7 at the Royal and May 8 at the NoHo) and her most recent film, Mouthpiece (May 13 & 14 at the Town Center, Monica Film Center, Glendale, and Claremont). Rozema will participate in Q&As after the Tuesday, May 7 and 8 screenings of When Night is Falling at the Royal and NoHo. Tracy E. Gilchrist, VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for equalpride, will moderate the Royal Q&A.Long considered to be a pivotal entry in the LGTBQ+ canon, When Night is Falling is a sexy, daring and visually resplendent story about the

We know that over the past four years, you may have become accustomed to hearing bad news from us. So we are pleased to share some good news. Qualified good news. But still, a sign of improvement.It appears that older audiences are returning in larger numbers. That's welcome news for all of us at Laemmle Theatres, and at art houses across the U.S. Before the pandemic, the hand wringing was about the “graying” of the arthouse audience. But since reopening, as arthouses have had success with younger-skewing films, the concern instead has been about how to reconnect with the older audiences that were once weekly guests at our theaters. Now, we love

BEYOND THE RAGING SEAFriday May 3 - 7:30 PM Q&A follows with director Maro Orsini, Omar Nour and Omar SamraSaturday May 4 - 4:30 PM Q&A follows with director Maro Orsini, Omar Nour and Omar Samra, moderated by Alya Alghamdi, Saudi Arabian athlete.Sunday May 5 - 12:45,* 3:00* and 5:10 with the Q&As following 12:45 and 3:00 Q&A follows* with director Maro Orsini, Omar Nour and Omar SamraI AM GITMOFriday May 3 – 1:00* and 4:10 *Q&A with director Philippe Diaz and Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin who was UN Special Rapporteur on Human rights and Counterterrorism moderated by journalist Jeremy Kuzmarov.Saturday May 4 –1:00 & 7:00* Q&A with director Philippe Diaz

We have the next several months of our Culture Vulture series set, and as always the films are eclectic and stimulating, featuring documentaries about artists and writers, gallery films, a National Theater Live stage production, and more.April 22 & 23 ~ On the Adamant ~ Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Fest, this affecting, enlightening documentary from nonfiction master Nicolas Philibert (To Be and to Have) invites viewers to come aboard the Adamant and witness the transformational power of art and community. The Adamant is a one-of-a-kind place: a floating refuge on the Seine in the heart of Paris that offers day programs for adults

The 28th feature directed by renowned British filmmaker Ken Loach follows a once-vibrant mining town’s response to the arrival of a group of Syrian refugees. TJ, the amiable proprietor of the titular pub – the last meeting point left in town – struggles to keep his more narrow-minded local clientele amid prejudice as he befriends these new residents, in particular a Syrian photographer, Yara. As he has over his six-decade career, Loach gives compassionate voice to the oppressed – both the Syrian migrants as well as the out-of-work locals -- in this, the concluding chapter of his Northeast England trilogy (following I, Daniel Blake and Sorry We

Several screenings of Pure O will feature Q&As. Here are the details: International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) Date: Friday, April 5th Description: Join us for an exclusive screening of the film as we collaborate with the International OCD Foundation. With a focus on serving a diverse global community affected by OCD and related disorders, the IOCDF is dedicated to providing support, resources, and fostering connections for individuals, families, mental health professionals, and researchers worldwide. Purely OCD: The Podcast Date: Sunday, April 7th Description: Don't miss this special screening of Pure O, featuring a collaboration with the creators of

We open Woody Allen's French film Coup de Chance April 5 at the Claremont, Monica Film Center and Town Center. The Paris-set romantic comedy-thriller follows the seemingly happily married Fanny (Lou de Laâge) and Jean (Melvil Poupaud). But when Fanny accidentally bumps into Alain (Niels Schneider), a former high school classmate, things take a turn. Critics have lauded the movie:*"The film has a jaunty tone of deadpan glee, abetted by its soundtrack of ’60s jazz nuggets …the movie is absorbing, thrilling, and cheekily a culture, I wouldn’t be too surprised if we found ourselves debating whether the time has come to give Woody Allen

1st Place: Paola Lainez with 21 correct answers + the tie breaker question about the show's running time.2nd Place: Tami Lefko with 21 correct answers.3rd Place: Kelly Kilmer with 20 correct answers.Winners, we will soon be in touch with your movie pass prizes. Check out our snazzy pie charts for the full breakdown of how everyone voted.*We had two people correctly guess 21 out of 23 categories! The top spot was ultimately decided by the customer that came closest to guessing the telecast run-time of 203 minutes! Best Actress Winner Emma Stone for Poor Things (still in theaters for at least one more week) was only chosen to win by 30% of our

Next Wednesday the 6th we'll be screening Robot Dreams at four of our seven theaters, offering a chance to see this lovely Academy Award-nominated animated feature on a big screen with an audience before the Oscars. The adventures of Dog and Robot in New York City during the 1980s is appropriate for all but the very young.Director Pablo Berger’s Decalogue:ROBOT DREAMS is a reflection on friendship. It’s importance and its fragility. The passing of time, loss but also about overcoming it. Why do we constantly put our relationships in danger? ROBOT DREAMS is an animated film. With ROBOT DREAMS I wanted to explore the infinite narrative possibilities

We host filmmaker Q&As all the time but we may set a record this week, we have so many. Come participate! Just don't say, "my question is more of a comment, really."*Thursday, 2/22: Io Capitano writer/director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) will participate in a Q&A after the February 22 screening at the Royal. Los Angeles Times film critic Robert Abele will moderate.*Also: The Omicron Killer actors Paugh Shadow, Bai Ling, Felissa Rose, Kianna Skye and Tony Diaz will participate in a Q&A following the February 22 screening at the Monica Film Center. Richard Bernstein will moderate.*Also: Seagrass actress Ally Maki will participate in a Q&A after the

As usual, Shakespeare put it best (with, of course, a touch of irony, putting the words in the mouth of the long-winded Polonius). We open the animated shorts this Friday at the NoHo and Newhall; February 23 at the Town Center, Glendale, and Claremont; and March 1 at the Monica Film Center. We open the live action shorts this Friday at the Glendale and Newhall; February 23 at the NoHo and Claremont; and March 1 at the Town Center and Monica Film Center. We open the short documentaries Friday at the Royal and Town Center; we'll also screen them Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Newhall, Glendale and Claremont starting the next day.The animated

From the producers of Call Me By Your Name and Nomadland, Drift follows Jacqueline (Cynthia Erivo), a refugee on a Greek island. As she tries to survive, cope with her past and gather strength, she begins a healing friendship with a rootless tour guide (Alia Shawkat). We open the film this Friday at the Monica Film Center.*"Erivo’s screen debut as a producer and one of her most impressive screen performances to date." ~ David Canfield, Vanity Fair*“Drift, a patient character study set on a craggy Greek island, proves a mesmerizing showcase for the actress Cynthia Erivo’s talents." ~ Natalia Winkelman, New York Times*"Drift is measured, sensitive

Italian director Giacomo Abbruzzese's debut feature Disco Boy follows Aleksei (Franz Rogowski), a young Belarusian on the run from a past he must bury. In a form of Faustian pact, he becomes a member of the French Foreign Legion in exchange for the promise of French citizenship. Far away, in the Niger Delta, Jomo is a revolutionary activist, engaged in armed struggle to defend his community. Aleksei is a soldier, Jomo a guerrilla fighter. Because of one more senseless war, their destinies will intertwine. We opens Disco Boythis Friday at the Laemmle Glendale and Monica Film Center.* "In its final scenes, Disco Boy echoes the troop and solo dance

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, How to Have Sex is a vibrant and authentic depiction of the agonies, ecstasies and ride-or-die glory of young female friendship, from rising British filmmaker Molly Manning Walker. Three British teenage girls go on a rites-of-passage holiday, drinking, clubbing and hooking up in what should be the best summer of their lives. As they dance their way across the sun-drenched streets of Malia, they find themselves navigating the complexities of sex, consent and self-discovery. We open the film this Friday at the Laemmle Glendale and Monica Film Center.In a recent interview with