The Guild Screenings

January 2017

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

Happy New Year from the Guild Screenings! We’re kicking off 2017 with another great selection of studio films, unique indies, foreign and family films.

And there’s a lot to get excited about in January. There’s SILENCE, from writer/director Martin Scorcese and writer Jay Cocks, Pedro Almadovar’s latest offering, JULIETA, Maren Ade’s much-anticipated TONI ERDMANN, the stunning animated family film THE RED TURTLE, the latest from M. Night Shyamalan, SPLIT, and Jim Jarmusch’s new film, PATERSON, among others.

As always, members may bring TWO GUESTS to all regular screenings and RSVPs are not necessary unless we specifically note they are. 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.



Monday, January 2

A dedicated career woman gets a surprise visit from her estranged father, a retired music teacher with an inexhaustible fondness for practical jokes. However, their mutual aggravation with each other’s behavior may be what’s needed to heal their broken relationship. Winner of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress at the European Film Awards.

Written and Directed by Maren Ade
Produced by Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Michel Merkt

Cast: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter, Hadewych Minis, Lucy Russell, Ingrind Bisu, Vlad Ivanov, Victoria Cocias

This film is in German, English and Romanian with subtitles.

Rated R, 162 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Friday, January 6

The true story of how small-time salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) maneuvered himself into a position to buy the 1950s burger operation of Mac and Dick McDonald and create a billion-dollar fast food empire.

Written by Robert Siegel
Produced by Don Handfield, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Ryder
Directed by John Lee Hancock

Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, B.J. Novak, Laura Dern

Rated PG-13, 115 minutes, Print Courtesy of Film Nation Entertainment and The Weinstein Company


Saturday, January 7
10:30 & 5:00

On a mission to propagate Christianity and find their mentor, two seventeenth century Jesuit priests face violence and persecution in Japan. Directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Scorsese and Jay Cocks.

JUST ADDED! Q&A with Jay Cocks following the 5pm screening.

Screenplay by Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese
Based on the Book "Silence" by Shusaku Endo
Produced by Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Randall Emmett, Barbara De Fina, Gastón Pavlovich, Irwin Winkler, Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Liam Neeson

This film is in English and Japanese with subtitles.

Rated R, 161 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Sharpsword Films and AI Film


Saturday, January 7

After a casual encounter with her long lost daughter’s best friend, middle-aged Julieta learns that her daughter has resurfaced in Madrid. This begins a painful reflection by Julieta into her checkered past, flashing back to the moments that defined her current life. The latest from Pedro Almodóvar.

Written and Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Based on the stories "Chance", "Soon" and "Silence" by Alice Munro
Produced by Agustín Almodóvar, Esther Garciá

Cast: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Darío Grandinetti, Michelle Jenner, Rossy de Palma

This film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Rated R, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Saturday, January 7

A psychosexual noir thriller set in Las Vegas and Paris about love, sex, obsession, betrayal, revenge and ultimately, the search for redemption. Frank (Michael Shannon) is a brooding Las Vegas chef who has always focused his energy into his culinary talents, until he meets Lola (Imogen Poots), a young and beautiful enigma. Will Frank and Lola save each other from themselves, or be each other’s undoing?

Written and Directed by Matthew Ross
Produced by Christopher Ramirez, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, John Baker

Cast: Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots, Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Stella Schnabel, Rosanna Arquette, Emanuelle Devos

Not Rated, 88 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal Pictures and Paladin


Sunday, January 8
11:00 & 2:00

From Studio Ghibli, this original, dialogue-free animated film tells the tale of a shipwrecked man who establishes a family and a new life on an island inhabited only by majestic animal life.

Original Story and Screenplay by Michael Dudok de Wit
Adaptation by Pascale Ferran and Michael Dudok de Wit
Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit

This feature has no dialogue.

FAMILY MATINEE: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to the 11am & 2pm screenings.

Rated PG, 80 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Sunday, January 8

In late 1940’s Chile, an inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who has become a fugitive for joining the Communist Party. A fascinating historical drama, and a beautiful tribute to the power of art.

Written by Guillermo Calderón
Produced by Juan de Dios Larraín
Directed by Pablo Larraín

Cast: Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Mercedes Morán

This film is in Spanish and French with English subtitles.

Rated R, 107 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Orchard


Sunday, January 8

In this wild studio comedy, an overprotective dad is horrified to discover his daughter’s new boyfriend, a tattooed, party-hearty lout who is by far the opposite of his envisioned perfect suitor.

Screenplay by John Hamburg & Ian Helfer
Story by Jonah Hill and John Hamburg & Ian Helfer
Produced by Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Dan Levine
Directed by John Hamburg

Cast: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally, Zoey Deutch, Cedric the Entertainer, Griffin Gluck, Keegan-Michael Key

Rated R, 111 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


Monday, January 23

The story of a couple who are forced to move to a new apartment. Once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant creates tension in their lives. Amidst all this tumult, the couple rehearses their respective roles in a community production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Winner of Best Actor and Best Screenplay at this past year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Written and Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Asghar Farhadi

Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Mina Sadati

This film is in Persian with English subtitles.

Rated PG-13, 143 minutes, Print Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group


Friday, January 27

A man looks to find a way to escape the criminal ways of his outlaw family. Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson star in this intense British import.

Written by Alastair Siddons
Produced by Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan, Alastair Siddons
Directed by Adam Smith

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal, Killian Scott, Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris

Rated R, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of A24


Saturday, January 28
11:00 & 5:00

Three teenage girls are kidnapped by a ruthless stranger (James McAvoy) with 23 different personalities, who imprisons them in a basement apartment. The nightmare begins when the man’s 24th personality, an entity known as the “Beast”, begins to emerge. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Written and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock

Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson

Rated PG, 117 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal Pictures


Saturday, January 28

An aging comedian (Robert DeNiro) best known for his work on a TV show angles for a career comeback while doing community service as punishment for assaulting a heckler.

Screenplay by Art Linson & Jeff Ross and Richard LaGravenese and Lewis Friedman
Story by Art Linson
Produced by Art Linson, John Linson, Mark Canton, Courtney Solomon, Taylor Hackford
Directed by Taylor Hackford

Cast: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Veronica Ferres, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman, Patti LuPone, Harvey Keitel

Rated R, 118 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Saturday, January 28

This film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of a Paterson, New Jersey bus driver of the same name; Paterson (Adam Driver) is also a poet who adheres to the same simple routine daily. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch.

Written and Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Produced by Joshua Astrachan, Carter Logan

Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Cliff Smith, Chasten Harmon, William Jackson Harper, Masatoshi Nagase

Rated R, 118 minutes, Print Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street


Sunday, January 29

Over the course of several owners and lifetimes, follow a dog's journey to discover his own special purpose in life.

Screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky
Based on the Novel by W. Bruce Cameron
Produced by Gavin Polone

Cast: Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad

FAMILY MATINEE: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to this screening.

Rated PG, 120 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal Pictures


Sunday, January 29

A high schooler with a serious passion for trucks discovers an otherworldly creature who can act as an engine to his monster truck, allowing him to perform superhero feats.

Screenplay by Derek Connolly
Story by Matthew Robinson and Johnathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
Produced by Mary Parent, Denis L. Stewart
Directed by Chris Wedge

Cast: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Barry Pepper, Thomas Lennon, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, Holt McCallany, Frank whaley

FAMILY MATINEE: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to this screening.

Rated PG, 104 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures


Sunday, January 29
5:00 & 8:00

The third explosive chapter in the xXx franchise follows extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage, who comes out of self-imposed exile to take on four dangerous individuals in possession of a device that controls every military satellite in the world. 

Written by F. Scott Frazier
Based on Characters Created by Rich Wilkes
Produced by Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Vin Diesel, Samantha Vincent
Directed by D. J. Caruso

Cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Samuel L. Jackson

Rated PG-13, Runtime TBD, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures


Monday, January 30

Caught up in a web of corrupt cops and a criminal underworld, a police officer (Jamie Foxx) spends a sleepless night trying to rescue his kidnapped son from a dangerous gang after a heist goes wrong.

Screenplay by Andrea Berloff
Based on the Film "Nuit Blanche" Written by Frédéric Jardin & Nicolas Saada & Olivier Douyère
Produced by Roy Lee, Adam Stone
Directed by Baran Bo Odar

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour, Tip "T.I." Harris, Gabrielle Union, Scoot McNairy

Rated R, 95 minutes, Print Courtesy of Open Road Films

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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