The Guild Screenings

September 2016

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

September brings with it more great titles, from big studio releases to documentaries to family movies to offbeat indies.  It also brings a whopping five special Q&As!  On Friday, September 2nd, we’ll have Susan McMartin on the theater stage following a screening of her new film, MR. CHURCH.  On Saturday, September 10, Todd Komarnicki will recount the incredible true-life-story of SULLY.  On Sunday, September 11, writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz will discuss his boxing film HANDS OF STONE.  Join us on Saturday, September 17th for a sit-down with writer/director Chris Kelly to discuss his heartfelt new dramedy, OTHER PEOPLE.  And on Sunday, September 18th, Kieran Fitzgerald will answer questions about writing SNOWDEN and working with Oliver Stone.

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. Also, if you have any friends who say, "How come I never get invited to the Guild Screenings?"...please have them call the Membership Department and give us their email! We'll see you at the movies.



Friday, September 2

A young girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented black male cook (Eddie Murphy, in a sensitive dramatic turn), and what begins as a six month arrangement winds up spanning fifteen years, creating a lasting family bond. Based upon the life of screenwriter Susan McMartin.

Q&A with Susan McMartin following this screening.

Written by Susan McMartin
Produced by Lee Nelson, David Buelow, Courtney Solomon, Mark Canton
Directed by Bruce Beresford

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Xavier Samuel, Lucy Fry, Christian Madsen, Natascha McElhone

Rated PG-13, 104 minutes, Print Courtesy of Cinelou Films


Saturday, September 3
11:00 & 5:00

Written and directed by Derek Cianofrance, and starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz. An Australian World War I veteran and his wife move to a lighthouse, where they rescue a baby girl they find on a lifeboat and decide to adopt her as their own. A decision which eventuallyleads to devastating consequences...

Written for the Screen and Directed by Derek Cianfrance
Based on the Novel by M.L. Stedman
Produced by David Heyman, Jeffrey Clifford

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson

Rated PG-13, 132 minutes, Print Courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment


Saturday, September 3

The wild, true story behind the fictional persona JT LeRoy, created by American author Laura Albert, that sent shockwaves through the literary world.

Written and Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig
Produced by Jeff Feuerzeig, Jim Czarnecki, Danny Gabai, Molly Thompson, Brett Ratner

Interviewed Cast: Laura Albert

This film is a Documentary

Rated R, 110 minutes, Print Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Magnolia Pictures


Saturday, September 3

This is the mostly-true story of former all-star Montreal Expos pitcher Bill "Spaceman"Lee. Although Lee (Josh Duhamel) finds himself blackballed by the entire major league for his outspoken politics, nutty behavior, and extremely enthusiastic drug use, he refuses to quit the game he loves.

Written and Directed by Brett Rapkin
Based on the Book “Have Glove, Will Travel” by Bill Lee and Richard Lally
Produced by Brett Rapkin, Stephen Nemeth

Cast: Josh Duhamel, W. Earl Brown, Ernie Hudson, Winter Ave Zoli, Carlos Leal

Rated R, 90 minutes, Print Courtesy of Orion Pictures and FilmBuff


Saturday, September 10
11:00 & 5:00

The story of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), who became a hero after gliding his disabled plane into New York’s Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard in what is now known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Written by Todd Komarnicki, directed by Clint Eastwood.

JUST ADDED! Q&A with Todd Komarnicki following the 5:00 screening

Written by Todd Komarnicki
Based on the Book “Highest Duty” by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow
Produced by Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart, Tim Moore, Clint Eastwood
Directed by Clint Eastwood

Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Rated PG-13, 96 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Saturday, September 10

Trying to tap into a young boy's comatose mind, a neurologist uses unorthodox methods to expose the truth about the boy's near-fatal fall, and his life of other near-death accidents. Based on the best-selling supernatural novel.

Screenplay by Max Minghella
Based upon the Novel by Liz Jensen
Produced by Shawn Williamson, Alexandre Aja, Timothy Bricknell, Max Minghella
Directed by Alexandre Aja

Cast: Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aiden Longworth, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Julian Wadham, Jane McGregor, Barbara Hershey, Aaron Paul

Rated R, 108 minutes, Print Courtesy of Summit Premiere


Saturday, September 10

In this sci-fi thriller, a corporate troubleshooter is sent to a remote, top-secret location to investigate a dangerous bio-engineered child and determine whether or not to terminate its life.

Written by Seth Owen
Produced by Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Mark Huffam
Directed by Luke Scott

Cast: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti

Rated R, 92 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


Sunday, September 11

The heartwarming, inspiring true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from Uganda who trains to become a world chess champion. Bring the family!

Screenplay by William Wheeler
Based on the ESPN Magazine Article and Book by Tim Crothers
Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, John Carls
Directed by Mira Nair

Cast: David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga

Family Matinee: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up.

Rated PG, 124 minutes, Print Courtesy of Disney


Sunday, September 11
2:00 & 8:00

Robert DeNiro goes from raging bull to fiery boxing trainer as he prepares world-class Panamanian boxer, Roberto Durán, for his return to the ring for an infamous rematch against Sugar Ray Leonard.

JUST ADDED! Q&A with Jonathan Jakubowicz following the 8:00 screening

Written and Directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz
Produced by Jay Weisleder, Carlos Garcia de Paredes, Claudine Jakubowicz, Jonathan Jakubowicz

Cast: Edgar Ramirez, Robert De Niro, Usher Raymond

Rated R, 105 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Weinstein Company


Sunday, September 11

Jerry Lewis returns to the big screen in this bittersweet indie. After the death of his wife, Max, an aged jazz pianist, makes a discovery that makes him believe his sixty-five year marriage was a sham. Max then begins an investigative journey into the truth of his own past.

Written and Directed by Daniel Noah
Produced by Lawrence Inglee, Garrett Kelleher, William L. Walton

Cast: Jerry Lewis, Kerry Bishé, Illeana Douglas, Rance Howard, Kevin Pollak, Mort Sahl, Dean Stockwell, Lee Weaver, Claire Bloom

Not Rated, 83 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paladin


Saturday, September 17
11:00 & 8:00

Bridget Jones, now a fortysomething news producer, feels that she has everything under control. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she’s only 50% sure of who the baby’s father is.

Screenplay by Helen Fielding and Emma Thompson and Dan Mazer
Based on the Characters and Story Created by Helen Fielding
Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward
Directed by Sharon Maguire

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Emma Thompson

Rated R, 125 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal Pictures


Saturday, September 17

In this teen techno thriller, a high school senior finds herself immersed in Nerve, an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated until the experience escalates into a life-or-death struggle.

Screenplay by Jessica Sharzer
Based on the Novel by Jeanne Ryan
Produced by Allison Shearmur, Anthony Katagas
Directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman

Cast: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis

Rated PG-13, 96 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate


Saturday, September 17

Written and directed by Chris Kelly and starring Molly Shannon in a career-changing role. Fresh off a breakup, a struggling New York comedy writer returns to his hometown to care for his dying mother.

Q&A with Chris Kelly following this screening.

Written and Directed by Chris Kelly
Produced by Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott

Cast: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow, Madisen Beaty, John Early, Zach Woods, J.J. Totah, June Squibb

Not Rated, 97 minutes, Print Courtesy of Netflix


Sunday, September 18
11:00 (2D)

Fun family animation, retelling Robinson Crusoe as a sailor landing on an island of welcoming animals. They all live together in harmony, until two savage cats pounce into a battle for control of the island.

Screenplay by Lee Christopher, Domonic Paris, Graham Welldon
Produced by Ben Stassen, Caroline Van Iseghem
Directed by Vincent Kesteloot

Voice Cast: David Howard, Laila Berzins, Gerald Schaale, Melanie Hinze, Joey Camen, Tobias Lelle, Sandy Fox, Debi Tinsley, Jeff Doucette, Matthias Schweighöfer

Family Matinee: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to this screening.

Rated PG, 90 minutes, Print Courtesy of Summit Entertainment


Sunday, September 18

Dedicated to prove the truth that the Holocaust occurred, this biopic recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s legal battle against David Irving, who accused her of defamation when she labeled him a Holocaust denier. Based on the acclaimed book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.”

Screenplay by David Hare
Based on the Book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier” by Deborah E. Lipstadt
Produced by Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff
Directed by Mick Jackson

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius, Alex Jennings,

Rated PG-13, 110 minutes, Print Courtesy of Bleecker Street


Sunday, September 18
5:00 & 8:30

From Oliver Stone and co-writer Kieran Fitzgerald, here’s the inside story of the world’s most wanted fugitive, Edward Snowden, who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA.

Q&A with Kieran Fitzgerald following the 5pm screening.

Screenplay by Kieran Fitzgerald & Oliver Stone
Based Upon the Book “The Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena
Based on “The Guardian” Book by Luke Harding
Produced by Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff, Philip Schulz-Deyle, Fernando Sulichin
Directed by Oliver Stone

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Logan Marshall-Green, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schnetzer, Lakeith Lee Stanfield, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage

Rated R, 134 minutes, Print Courtesy of Open Road Films


Friday, September 23

Three teenagers break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re so very wrong.  A startling, terrifying movie.

Written by Fede Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues
Produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Fede Alvarez
Directed by Fede Alvarez

Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang

Rated R, 88 minutes, Print Courtesy of Screen Gems


Sunday, September 25
11:00 & 5:00

It's April 2010 on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, when the world’s largest man-made disaster occurs. This story pays homage to the heroic men and women whose bravery saved many on-board and changed everyone’s lives forever.

Screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand
Screen Story by Matthew Sand
Based on an Article by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul published in The New York Times
Produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, David Womark
Directed by Peter Berg

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, Kate Hudson

Rated PG-13, 107 minutes, Print Courtesy of Summit Entertainment and Participant Media


Sunday, September 25

On a tropical island in the South Pacific, a young woman is being prepared for an arranged marital ceremony, when she falls in love with the striking grandson of a tribal chief. Their ill-fated affair brings forth island hostilities, making her choose between forbidden love or clan loyalty. The first film shot in Vanuatu, with live volcanoes and lush forests, this is a striking, emotionally-rich tale.

Written by Bentley Dean, Martin Butler and John Collee
Based on a True Story and Performed by The People of Yakel
Produced by Martin Butler, Bentley Dean, Carolyn Johnson
Directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler

Cast: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Chief Charlie Kahla, Albi Nangia, Lingai Kowia, Dadwa Mungau, Linette Yowayin, Kapan Cook, Chief Mungau Yokay, Chief Mikum Tainakou

This film is in Nauvhal with English subtitles.

Not Rated, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lightyear Entertainment


Sunday, September 25

From Christopher Guest and his troupe of improv comedy greats comes an unlikely sports story. A group of peculiar, ultra-competitive sports mascots battles to be crowned World’s Best Mascot!

Written by Christopher Guest & Jim Piddock
Produced by Karen Murphy
Directed by Christopher Guest

Cast: Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., Don Lake, Chris O’Dowd, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, John Michael Higgins

Not Rated, 89 minutes, Print Courtesy of Netflix


Monday, September 26

College students venture into Black Hills Forest in Maryland, to see if the disappearance of a young man's sister is connected to the Blair Witch. As the night wears, on the students realize the terrifying legend is real, when they are visited by a menacing presence.

Written by Simon Barrett
Produced by Roy Lee, Steven Schneider, Keith Calder, Jess Calder
Directed by Adam Wingard

Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson

Rated R, 89 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate


Friday, September 30
6:30 & 9:30

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of a cruel industrialist, the desperate townspeople hire seven gunslingers to defend their village against savage bandits in this fast-paced, modern remake of the classic 1960 film.

Screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk
Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Todd Black
Directed by Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Luke Grimes, Matt Bomer

Rated PG-13, 132 minutes, Print Courtesy of Columbia 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.