The Guild Screenings

March 2017

Welcome to your theater! Please feel free to arrive early and enjoy some wit and repartee with your fellow scribes.

As we gear up for a summer of blockbusters, March brings with it a bevy of fresh, offbeat indies. From the darkly comic DONALD CRIED to the intimate LOVESONG to the twisted BELKO EXPERIMENT, there are plenty of original visions to experience. Add to that big studio movies like LOGAN, KONG: SKULL ISLAND and Disney’s reimagining of their own classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

Plus, we have a number of special events for members to enjoy. On Saturday, March 4th, the Committee of Women Writers welcomes you to celebrate the feminist comedy revenge classic 9 TO 5, followed by a reception and Q&A with writer Patricia Resnick. On Sunday, March 5th, we welcome writer/director Charlie McDowell and writer Justin Lader to discuss their life-after-death science fiction film, THE DISCOVERY. Finally, on March 25th, join us for a screening of the World War 2 drama THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, followed by a Q&A with writer Angela Workman.

As always, members may bring TWO GUESTS to all regular screenings. We ask that members frequent the food and drink offerings from Homeboy Industries before the film. On weekends, we serve popcorn, beverages, salads, sandwiches, and fresh pastries. Only popcorn and water are allowed inside the theater, and patrons may not bring in outside food. We'll see you at the movies!



Saturday, March 4

Using reenactments and interviews with former Church members, documentarian Louis Theroux exposes Scientology’s dark side, provoking the Church itself to fight back with a film crew of their own. Witty and penetrating.

Written by John Dower & LouisTheroux
Produced by Simon Chinn
Directed by John Dower

Featuring: Marty Rathbun, Steve Mango, Marc Headley, Tom De Vocht, Jeff Hawkins

This feature is a Documentary.

Not Rated, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures


Saturday, March 4

This biographical film chronicles the lifelong friendship between Cezanne, who was born wealthy but struggled to make a living as a painter, and Zola, who came from a poor background but achieved notoriety as a novelist.

Written and Directed by Danièle Thompson
Produced by Albert Koski

Cast: Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Gallienne, Alice Pol, Déborah François

This film is in French with English subtitles.

Rated R, 117 minutes, Print Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures


Saturday, March 4

In this heartfelt indie, longtime friends Sarah and Mindy share an intimate moment on an impromptu road trip until circumstances force them apart. Years later, they are forced to confront their feelings at Mindy’s wedding.

Written by So Yong Kim & Bradley Rust Gray
Produced by Alex Lipschultz, Bradley Rust Gray, Johnny Mac, David Hansen
Directed by So Yong Kim

Cast: Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Brooklyn Decker

Not Rated, 84 minutes, Print Courtesy of Strand Releasing

9 TO 5

Special Engagement Co-Sponsored by the WGA Committee of Women Writers

Saturday, March 4

The feminist comedy classic is back on the big screen, thanks to the Committee of Women Writers. Three female employees (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton) live out their fantasies of getting even with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot boss.

Q&A with Patricia Resnick following this screening.

Screenplay by Colin Higgins and Patricia Resnick
Story by Patricia Resnick
Produced by Bruce Gilbert
Directed by Colin Higgins

Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Elizabeth Wilson, Sterling Hayden

Rated PG, 109 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


Sunday, March 5

Five years after the mysterious disappearance of his younger brother, a grief-stricken man begins a relationship with a bipolar woman. These two damaged souls try to overcome their pain together in this affecting romantic drama. Deftly written and directed by first-timer Joey Klein.

Written and Directed by Joey Klein
Produced by Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Jonathan Bronfman, Joey Klein

Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen, Suzanne Clément, Henry Czerny, Mark Rendall, Deragh Campbell, Nancy Palk

Not Rated, 103 minutes, Print Courtesy of Brainstorm Media


Sunday, March 5

A sweet and sour contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely friendship between a reclusive young woman who dreams of becoming a children’s author and an old grumpy, loveless man who lives next door.

Written and Directed by Simon Aboud
Produced by Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Christine Alderson

Cast: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Anna Chancellor, Jeremy Irvine

Rated PG, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films


Sunday, March 5

Rooney Mara, Jason Segal and Robert Redford star in this brainy love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically proven.

Q&A with Charlie McDowell & Justin Lader following this screening.

Written by Charlie McDowell & Justin Lader
Produced by Alex Orlovsky, James D. Stern
Directed by Charlie McDowell

Cast: Robert Redford, Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Riley Keough, Jesse Plemons

Not Rated, 110 minutes, Print Courtesy of Netflix


Sunday, March 5

When mild-mannered teacher Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) accidentally causes his fearsome colleague Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) to be fired, he is challenged to a good old-fashioned throw down after school.

Screenplay by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser
Story by Van Robichaux & Evan Susser and Max Greenfield
Produced by Shawn Levy, Max Greenfield, John Rickard, Dan Cohen
Directed by Richie Keen

Cast: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert

Rated R, 91 minutes, Print Courtesy of New Line Cinema


Friday, March 10

A lonely, dour and hilariously honest middle-aged man (Woody Harrelson) discovers he has a now-teenage daughter put up for adoption by his ex-wife. Based on Daniel Clowes' darkly comic, curmudgeonly graphic novel.

Screenplay by Daniel Clowes
Based upon the Graphic Novel “WILSON” Written by Daniel Clowes
Produced by Mary Jane Skalski, Jared Ian Goldman
Directed by Craig Johnson

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Isabella Amara, Cheryl Hines, Margo Martindale, David Warshofsky, Mary Lynn Rajskub

Rated R, 94 minutes, Print Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures


Sunday, March 12

With the sudden passing of his grandmother, Peter Latang is forced to return home. Stranded and broke, he looks to the only person he can think of to help him out – his former childhood friend Donald. Written, directed and starring Kris Avedisian, this is a quirky, dark comic gem.

Screenplay by Kris Avedisian
Story by Kris Avedisian, Jesse Wakeman, Kyle Espeleta
Produced by Kyle Martin, Sam Fleischner, Allison Carter
Directed by Kris Avedisian

Cast: Jesse Wakeman, Kristopher Avedisian, Louisa Krause, Robby Morse Levy, Kate Fitzgerald, Ted Arcidi

Not Rated, 85 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Orchard


Sunday, March 12
2:00 & 8:00

In 2024, a weary Wolverine and Professor Xavier must cope with the loss of the X-Men, as a corporation led by Nathaniel Essex is destroying the world. But Logan’s legacy and his attempts to hide are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
Story by James Mangold
Produced by Hutch Parker, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner
Directed by James Mangold

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen

Rated R, 137 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


Sunday, March 12

A once-successful business woman (Shirley MacLaine) works with a young local writer (Amanda Seyfried) to pen her obituary. When the initial result doesn’t meet her high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she’ll be remembered, dragging the writer along, resulting in a life-altering friendship.

Written by Stuart Ross Fink
Produced by Anne-Marie Mackay, Mark Pellington, Kirk D’Amico
Directed by Mark Pellington

Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Thomas Sadoski, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Everett Scott, Ann’Jewel Lee

Rated R, 108 minutes, Print Courtesy of Bleecker Street


Friday, March 17

In this teen thriller, a popular, selfish girl is trapped reliving her death. As she experiences her last day, repeatedly, her eyes open to the kind of person she was, as she realizes she needs to change not just the day, but herself as well.

Screenplay by Maria Maggenti
Based on the Novel by Lauren Oliver
Produced by Brian Robbins, Matt Kaplan, Jon Shestack
Directed by Ry Russo-Young

Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, Diego Boneta, Jennifer Beals

Rated PG-13, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of Open Road Films


Saturday, March 18
11:00 & 5:00

Scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mighty Kong. The ultimate battle between man and nature ignites!

Screenplay by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly
Story by John Gatins
Produced by John Jashni, Alex Garcia, Thomas Tull, Mary Parent
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, John C. Reilly

Both screenings will be presented in 2D only.

Rated PG-13, 120 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures


Saturday, March 18

In this riotous black comedy, two college friends are reunited when they attend the same glamorous party. This sets off a five year grudge match, when the two women’s comparative wealth and life choices spark a bloody-nosed fist fight.

Written and Directed by Onur Tukel
Produced by Gigi Graff, Greg Newman

Cast: Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone, Amy Hill, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Ariel Kavoussi, Craig Bierko, Dylan Baker

Not Rated, 96 minutes, Print Courtesy of Dark Sky Films


Saturday, March 18

In this comic slasher film, starring first-time writer/director Alice Lowe, a widow is seven months pregnant when her misanthropic unborn baby starts speaking to her from the womb, coaching her to lure and kill unsuspecting victims.

Written and Directed by Alice Lowe
Produced by Jennifer Handorf, Will Kane

Cast: Alice Lowe, Gemma Whelan, Kate Dickie, Jo Hartley

Not Rated, 88 minutes, Print Courtesy of Shudder


Sunday, March 19

Hedge fund titan Bill Ackman is on a crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history in this hard-hitting documentary.

Written and Directed by Ted Braun
Produced by Glen Zipper, Devin Adair, Ted Braun

Interviewed Cast: William Ackman

This feature is a Documentary.

Not Rated, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of Gunpowder & Sky Distribution


Sunday, March 19

An older man (Jim Broadbent) leads a reclusive existence, until long-buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love, and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago. Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name.

Written by Nick Payne
Based on the Book by Julian Barnes
Produced by David M. Thompson, Ed Rubin
Directed by Ritesh Batra

Cast: Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer, Billy Howle, Joe Alwyn, Freya Mavor, Matthew Goode, Charlotte Rampling

Rated PG-13, 108 minutes, Print Courtesy of CBS Films


Sunday, March 19

A frontier woman turns fugitive when she is wrongly accused of a crime and is hunted by a vengeful preacher (Guy Pearce), in the menacing inferno of the old American West. Nominated for a Gold Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Written and Directed by Martin Koolhoven
Produced by Els Vandevorst, Uwe Schott

Cast: Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Emilia Jones, Carice van Houten, Kit Harington

Rated R PG, 148 minutes, Print Courtesy of Momentum Pictures


Sunday, March 19

In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans from the Belko Corporation are suddenly locked in their office and ordered by an unknown voice to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. A full-throttle, gonzo genre piece that continually ratchets up the tension.

Written by James Gunn
Produced by Peter Safran, James Gunn
Directed by Greg McLean

Cast: John Gallagher, Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Josh Brener, Michael Hooker

Rated R, 88 minutes, Print Courtesy of Orion Pictures


Friday, March 24

This science fiction saga tells the story of astronauts (Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal) on the International Space Station, who discover the first evidence of life on Mars.

Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick
Produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn
Directed by Daniel Espinosa

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya

Rated R, Runtime Not Available, Print Courtesy of Columbia Pictures


Saturday, March 25
10:30(3D) & 2:00(2D)

Re-imagined as live action from the Disney animated classic, this is the fantastic journey of Belle, a beautiful and independent young woman, who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos
Based on the 1991 Animated Film “Beauty and the Beast” Animation Screenplay by Linda Woolverton
Produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
Directed by Bill Condon

Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson

FAMILY MATINEE: Members may bring up to 3 guests (ages 3 and up) for the 10:30am & 2pm screenings.

Rated PG, 129 minutes, Print Courtesy of Disney


Saturday, March 25

The real-life story of a husband and wife in Nazi-occupied Poland who became heroes by saving hundreds of people and animals from what became the Warsaw Ghetto. Starring Jessica Chastain.

Q&A with Angela Workman following this screening.

Written by Angela Workman
Based on the Book by Diane Ackerman
Produced by Jeff Abberley, Jamie Patricof, Diane Miller Levin, Kim Zubick
Directed by Niki Caro

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Daniel Brühl

Rated PG-13, 124 minutes, Print Courtesy of Focus Features


Saturday, March 25

Divine intervention draws a grieving father to a shack in the woods, where he learns the truth behind the tragic death of his young daughter, in this adaptation of the New York Times best-selling faith-based novel.

Screenplay by John Fusco and Andrew Lanham & Destin Cretton
Based on the Book by William Paul Young, in collaboration with Wayne Jacobsen and Brad Cummings
Produced by Gil Netter, Brad Cummings
Directed by Stuart Hazeldine

Cast: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Avraham Aviv Alush, Radha Mitchell, Alice Braga, Tim McGraw

Rated PG-13, 132 minutes, Print Courtesy of Summit Entertainment


Friday, March 31

Based on the popular ‘70s television series, this action comedy centers around two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers on the freeways of Los Angeles. Written, directed by and starring Dax Shepard.

Written by Dax Shepard
Based on the Television Series Created by Rick Rosner
Produced by Andrew Panay, Ravi Mehta
Directed by Dax Shepard

Cast: Dax Shepard, Michael Peña, Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Vincent D’Onofrio

Rated R, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

As a courtesy to your fellow members, please turn off all cell phones, pagers, etc., and refrain from talking during the screenings.

Screenings are held at: Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills 90211

Seating is on a first-come first served basis.

WGAW Membership cards are required to attend The Guild Screenings and must be presented by the WGAW member. Your WGAW membership card allows you to bring TWO guests. If you are not a member of the WGAW, you will not be allowed admittance. For recorded Guild Screenings information, please email Guild Screenings or call (323) 782-4591. Please read our Rules and Regulations before attending the screenings.

Guild Screenings Office: (323) 782-4508 or e-mail Guild Screenings.