The Guild Screenings

September 2017

Welcome to the Writers Guild Theater. BIG NEWS: PARKING IS NOW FREE AT OUR THEATER!! COME ENJOY MORE MOVIES! Park on garage levels 4 and up. Enter/Exit at alley gate only.

Well, summer is over, and films get more serious. We have a few big studio titles (IT, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE, and MOTHER!), but this month's focus is on smaller indie films. We call your attention to BEACH RATS, BATTLE OF THE SEXES, and LUCKY. For documentary lovers, SCHOOL LIFE and the illuminating WHOSE STREETS? are showing.

We also have four fun Q&As this month. On Sunday, September 3rd, we'll be screening the J.D. Salinger biopic REBEL IN THE RYE, followed by a Q&A with writer/director Danny Strong. On Sunday, September 10th, we welcome writer/director John Scheinfeld with his John Coltrane documentary CHASING TRANE. On Saturday, September 16th, writer/director Mike White will join us with his mid-life crisis comedy BRAD'S STATUS. Finally, on Sunday, September 24th, we welcome writer John Pollono to discuss his inspiring true story, STRONGER.

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, September 2

Set in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland, this documentary follows a year in the lives of two legendary retiring teachers and their inspirational methods: "Reading. 'Rithmetic. Rock 'n' roll!"

Directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin
Produced by David Rane

Featuring: Amanda Leyden, John Leyden, Dermot Dix, Students of Headfort School, including: Eliza, Florrie, Ted, Megan, Charlie, Olivia

This feature is a Documentary.

Rated PG-13, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures


Saturday, September 2

In the near future, in a time of artificial intelligence, 86-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) spends her final, ailing days with a holographic re-creation of her late husband (Jon Hamm).

Screenplay by Michael Almereyda
Based on the Play by Jordan Harrison
Produced by Uri Singer, Michael Almereyda
Directed by Michael Almereyda

Cast: Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith, Tim Robbins

Not Rated, 98 minutes, Print Courtesy of FilmRise


Saturday, September 2

Dave, an artist who has yet to achieve anything significant, builds a cardboard box fort in his living room, only to wind up trapped with a gang of oddball explorers in a fantasy world of his own creation, threatened by booby traps and a bloodthirsty minotaur.

Screenplay by Steve Sears & Bill Watterson
Story by Steve Sears
Produced by John Charles Meyer, John Chuldenko
Directed by Bill Watterson

Cast: Nick Thune, Meera Rohnit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, Stephanie Allynne, Kristen Vangsness, Scott Krinsky, Frank Caeti, Timothy Nordwind, John Hennigan, Scott Narver, Rick Overton, Adam Busch

Rated TV 14, 80 minutes, Print Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures


Saturday, September 2

An aimless Brooklyn teenager struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.

Written and Directed by Eliza Hittman
Produced by Drew Houpt, Brad Becker-Parton, Paul Mezey, Andrew Golman

Cast: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge

Rated R, 95 minutes, Print Courtesy of Neon


Sunday, September 3

Through Alejandro Jodorowsky’s autobiographical lens, ENDLESS POETRY narrates the years of the Chilean artist’s development in 1940s Santiago, where he falls in with a group of writers who would become the leading lights of modern Hispanic literature. A tribute to the quest for beauty, spiritual truth and artistic awareness.

Screenplay by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Produced by Alejandro Jodorowsky, Moises Cosio, Abbas Nokhasteh, Takashi Asai
Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Cast: Adan Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Brontis Jodorowsky, Leandro Taub, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jeremias Herskovits, Julia Avendano, Bastian Bodenhofe, Caroyln Carson, Adonis

This film is in Spanish, French and English with subtitles.

Unrated, 128 minutes, Print Courtesy of Abkco Films


Sunday, September 3

Two best friends decide to take a tropical vacation together, but a hurricane warning sends their flight to St. Louis, and they begin fighting over a guy they met on the plane.

Written by David Hornsby & Lance Krall
Produced by Keith Kjarval, Aaron L. Gilbert
Directed by William H. Macy

Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton, Matt Barr, Matt L. Jones, Rob Corddry, Kal Penn, Molly Shannon

Rated R, 88 minutes, Print Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment and Direct TV


Sunday, September 3

Set in mid-20th century New York City, this film follows a young J.D. Salinger, as he struggles to find his voice, pursues a love affair with a famed socialite, and fights on the front lines of World War II.

Q&A with Danny Strong following this screening.

Written and Directed by Danny Strong
Based upon the Book “J.D. Salinger: A Life Raised High” by Kenneth Slawenski
Produced by Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman, Danny Strong, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Victor Garber, Hope Davis, Sarah Paulson

Rated PG-13, 106 minutes, Print Courtesy of IFC Films


Sunday, September 3

In 1960s San Francisco, this is the tale of Bruce Lee emerging as a martial arts star. It takes its inspiration from the epic showdown between up-and-coming Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man – a battle that gave birth to a legend.

Written by Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson
Based on the Article “Bruce Lee’s Toughest Fight” by Michael Dorgan
Produced by Michael London, Janice Williams, James Hong Pang. Leo Shi Young, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson
Directed by George Nolfi

Cast: Philip Wan-Lun Ng, Xia Yu, Jin Xing, Qu JingJing, Ron Yuan, Billy Magnussen

This film is in English and Mandarin with subtitles.

Rated PG-13, 103 minutes, Print Courtesy of BH Tilt and WWE Studios


Friday, September 8

An unflinching look at the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement and how it became galvanized in the wake of the Ferguson riots, after the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. A vital film.

Written and Directed by Sabaah Folayan
Produced by Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis, Jennifer MacArthur, Flannery Miller

Featuring: Brittany Ferrell, David Whitt, Kayla Reed, Tory Russell

This feature is a Documentary.

Rated R, 90 minutes, Print Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures


Sunday, September 10

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star as two widowed neighbors who’ve lived next to each other for years with almost no relationship, but that all changes when she tries to make a connection. Based on the national bestseller.

Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Based Upon the Novel by Kent Haruf
Produced by Finola Dwyer, Robert Redford, Erin Simms
Directed by Ritesh Batra

Cast: Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Bruce Dern, Matthias Schoenaerts, Judy Greer, Iain Armitage

Not Rated, 96 minutes, Print Courtesy of Netflix


Sunday, September 10

A hypnotic exploration of isolation, paranoia, and grief centering on a haunted young woman spiraling in the wake of profound loss, torn between her fractured emotional state and the reality-altering effects of a potent drug.

Written and Directed by Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy
Produced by Michael Costigan, Ben LeClair, K.K. Barrett, Ken Kao

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, Pilou Asbæk

Rated R, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of A24 Films


Sunday, September 10

A look back at the life and career of John Coltrane, an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.

Q&A with John Scheinfeld following this screening.

Written and Directed by John Scheinfeld
Produced by Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scot Pascucci, Dave Harding

Featuring: President Bill Clinton, Common, John Densmore, Benny Golson, Wynton Marsalis, Kamasi Washington, Dr. Cornel West

This feature is a Documentary.

Not Rated, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of Abramorama


Sunday, September 10

A CIA agent, still reeling from a recent failure that resulted in dozens being killed, is lured into a ruse that puts London at risk of a lethal biological attack.

Written by Peter O’Brien
Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Georgina Townsley, Erik Howsam, Claudia Bluemhuber
Directed by Michael Apted

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Michael Douglas

Rated R, 98 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate Premiere


Saturday, September 16
11:00 & 5:00

A trip to Boston with his college-bound son triggers a crisis of confidence for Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller). He begins to compare his life with those of his four college friends, all of whom have done much better financially than he does, which makes him feel inferior about his life’s choices.

Q&A with Mike White following the 5pm screening.

Written and Directed by Mike White
Produced by David Bernard, Dede Gardner, Sidney Kimmel, Brad Pitt, Mike White

Cast: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer, Luke Wilson, Michael Sheen

Rated R, 101 minutes, Print Courtesy of Amazon Studios


Saturday, September 16
2:00 & 8:30

In Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears, when they square off against a shape-shifting entity, who takes the form of an evil, murderous clown. Based on the novel by Stephen King.

Screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman
Based on the Novel by Stephen King
Produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Barbara Muschietti
Directed by Andy Muschietti

Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott

Rated R, 135 minutes, Print Courtesy of New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures


Monday, September 18

A black ops recruit, recovering from the death of his fiancée in a terrorist attack, is assigned to Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). Together they join a Turkish agent on a mission to stop another World War.

Screenplay by Stephen Schiff and Michael Finch and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz
Based on the Novel by Vince Flynn
Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Nick Wechsler
Directed by Michael Cuesta

Cast: Michael Keaton, Dylan O’Brien, Taylor Kitsch, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar

Not Rated, 111 minutes, Print Courtesy of CBS Films


Friday, September 22

In this unsettling film, a couple’s tranquil existence is disrupted when uninvited guests arrive at their home, believing it to be a bed and breakfast. From writer/director Darren Aronofsky.

Written and Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Produced by Scott Franklin, Ari Handel

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer

Not Rated, 115 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures


Saturday, September 23
11:00 & 5:00

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between world champion Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs, that became the most watched televised sports event of all time.

Written by Simon Beaufoy
Produced by Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, Robert Graf
Directed by Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton

Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue

Rated PG-13, 121 minutes, Print Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures


Saturday, September 23

The unbelievable story of Mark Felt, who risked and ultimately sacrificed everything in the name of justice by revealing himself as “Deep Throat,” the notorious whistleblower for one of the greatest scandals of all time, Watergate.

Written and Directed by Peter Landesman
Based on the Books by Mark Felt and John O’Connor
Produced by Marc Butan, Giannina Facio, Tom Hanks, Peter Landesman, Jay Roach

Cast: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Josh Lucus, Tony Goldwyn, Michael C. Hall, Tom Sizemore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ike Barinholtz, Bruce Greenwood, Brian D’Arcy, Kate Walsh, Noah Wyle, Maika Monroe

Rated PG-13, 103 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Saturday, September 23

With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States. Together, these two secret organizations must band together to battle a common enemy.

Written by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn
Based on the Comic Book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons
Produced by Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling
Directed by Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges

Rated R, 141 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


Sunday, September 24

The spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist (Harry Dean Stanton) and the quirky characters that inhabit his tiny desert town. Having outlived all his contemporaries, he comes to terms with his own mortality and searches for that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

Written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja
Produced by Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Ira Steven Behr, Richard Kahan, Greg Gilreath, Adam Hendricks, John Lang, Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja
Directed by John Carroll Lynch

Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, James Darren, Shabaka Henley, Beth Grant, Yvonne Huff Lee, Hugo Armstrong

Not Rated, 88 minutes, Print Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures


Sunday, September 24

A film based on the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk. The two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that the queen’s inner circle tries to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

Screenplay by Lee Hall
Based on the Book by Shrabani Basu
Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, Tracey Seaward
Directed by Stephen Frears

Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar

Rated PG-13, 112 minutes, Print Courtesy of Focus Features


Sunday, September 24

The inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city to become a symbol of hope, following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Q&A with John Pollono following this screening.

Screenplay by John Pollono
Based on the Book by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witler
Produced by Jake Gyllenhaal, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Michel Litvak, Scott Silver
Directed by David Gordon Green

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown

Not Rated, 116 minutes, Print Courtesy of Roadside Attractions


Sunday, September 24

An ensemble comedy investigating the concept that marriage should be a seven-year contract with the option to renew.

Written and Directed by Lake Bell
Produced by Lake Bell, Jett Steiger, Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall

Cast: Lake Bell, Ed Helms, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Amber Heard, Wyatt Cenac, Dolly Wells

Rated R, 103 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Film Arcade

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.

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