The Guild Screenings

August 2016

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

The dog days of August bring with them all kinds of ways to cool off at the movies. From big studio offerings like BEN HUR, SUICIDE SQUAD, and SAUSAGE PARTY to a host of offbeat indies like THE HOLLARS, FLORENCE FOSTER JERKINS, ANTHROPOID and TALLULAH to family fare like the exquisite KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS and Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON to fascinating documentaries like Werner Herzog’s LO AND BEHOLD and the touching LIFE, ANIMATED, there’s truly something for all tastes.

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.



Sunday, August 7
11:00 (3D) & 5:00

From writer/director David Ayer comes a team of the most dangerous Super-Villains with nothing to lose, sent on a mission to defeat the ultimate enemy. With access to the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, our anti-heroes soon find out they were set up to fail.

Written and Directed by David Ayer
Based on the Characters from DC Comics
Produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne

Rated PG-13, 123 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Sunday, August 7

In London, Edina and Patsy are still living the high life. That is, until they become entangled in a media storm after a major incident at a fashion launch party. Fleeing from the paparazzi, they make a plan to escape London permanently and live the glamorous life they deserve!

Written by Jennifer Saunders
Produced by Damian Jones, Jon Plowman
Directed by Mandie Fletcher

Cast: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Chris Colfer, Kate Moss, Lulu, Emma Bunton, Robert Webb, Barry Humphries, Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness

Rated R, 90 minutes, Print Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures


Sunday, August 7

After returning home, Rebecca learns her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying childhood events that once tested her sanity. With their lives in danger, Rebecca unlocks the truth and finds out why this mysterious entity lurking in the dark is attached to their mother.

Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
Based on the Short Film by David Sandberg
Produced by James Wan, Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer
Directed by David F. Sandberg

Cast: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Billy Burke, Maria Bello

Rated PG-13, 81 minutes, Print Courtesy of New Line Cinema


Friday, August 12

Based on the John le Carre’ novel, a bland English couple befriend a charismatic man named Dima while on holiday in Morocco. But Dima is a secret money laundering kingpin for the Russian mafia, and he asks them to help deliver classified information to the British Secret Service, embroiling them on a dangerous journey into international espionage and corrupt politics.

Screenplay by Hossein Amini
Based on the Novel by John le Carré
Produced by Gail Egan, Stephen Cornwell, Simon Cornwell
Directed by Susanna White

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris

Rated R, 108 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions


Saturday, August 13
11:00 (3D) & 2:00

From acclaimed animation studio LAIKA, comes this sumptuous animated family film. When Kubo accidentally summons a spirit from his past and ignites an old vendetta, he sets out on an exhilarating quest, teaming up with his friends and a magical musical instrument, battling gods and monsters, to unlock the secret of his legacy and reunite with his family.

Screenplay by Marc Haimes, Chris Butler
Story by Shannon Tindle, Marc Haimes
Produced by Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight
Directed by Travis Knight

Voice Cast: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey

Family Matinee: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to the 11:00am and 2:00pm screenings.

Rated PG, 101 minutes, Print Courtesy of Focus Features


Saturday, August 13

From celebrated director Werner Herzog comes an examination of our new cyber world. Herzog documents the conversations of famed cyberspace gurus as they discuss how the internet has virtually transformed everything from businesses to education, healthcare and even our personal relationships.

Written and Directed by Werner Herzog
Produced by Rupert Maconick, Werner Herzog

Conversations with: Laurence M. Krauss, Kevin Mitnick, Elon Musk, Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz

This feature is a documentary.

Rated PG-13, 98 minutes, Print Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures


Saturday, August 13

Written by Jim Strouse and directed by and starring John Krasiniski as John Hollars, a struggling NYC artist forced to return to the small town he left behind, by news of his mother's illness. As he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend back in New York, he gets caught up in the problems of his dysfunctional family and an over-eager ex-girlfriend.

Written by Jim Strouse
Produced by John Krasinski, Tom Rice, Allyson Seeger, Ben Nearn
Directed by John Krasinski

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, John Krasinski, Margo Martindale

Rated PG-13, 105 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Monday, August 15

In their attempt to help Joshy deal with his abrupt failed nuptials, his friends decide to take advantage of what was supposed to be his bachelor party getaway and turn it into a wild weekend filled with drugs, booze and debauchery. Featuring a who’s who of cutting edge comic actors.

Written and Directed by Jeff Baena
Produced by Liz Destro, Michael Zakin, Adam Pally

Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll, Brett Gelman, Jenny Slate, Lauren Graham, Lauren Weedman

Rated R, 93 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate Premiere


Saturday, August 20
11:00 & 5:00

Set in 1940s New York City, Meryl Streep stars as Florence Foster Jenkins, in this true story of the legendary tone deaf heiress and socialite who obsessively followed her dream of becoming a singer. Determined to protect his beloved from the truth, her husband/manager is challenged when Florence decides to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Written by Nicholas Martin
Produced by Michael Kuhn, Tracey Seaward
Directed by Stephen Frears

Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, Nina Arianda

Rated PG-13, 110 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures


Saturday, August 20

In this dark comedy, Nils, a reserved, hard-working snowplow driver who was just named "Citizen of the Year," receives unsettling news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. In disbelief, he uncovers evidence that his son was murdered. With heavy machinery in tow, Nils seeks revenge on the responsible crime boss that quickly escalates into a full-blown gang war.

Screenplay by Kim Fupz Aakeson
Produced by Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae
Directed by Hans Petter Moland

Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Jakob Oftebro, Kristofer Hivju

This film is in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, Serbian and German with subtitles.

Rated R, 116 minutes, Print Courtesy of Magnet Releasing


Saturday, August 20

From writer/director Sian Heder. Two women (Allison Janney and Ellen Page) come to terms with motherhood, after their messy lives and a missing baby thrust them together. A heartfelt comedy-drama, and a hit at this year's Sundance.

Written and Directed by Siân Heder
Produced by Heather Rae, Chis Columbus, Russell Levine, Todd Traina

Cast: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit, Uzo Aduba, Felix Solis, Fredric Lehne, John Benjamin Hickey, David Zayas, Zachary Quinto

Not Rated, 111 minutes, Print Courtesy of Netflix


Sunday, August 21
11:00 (3D) & 2:00

An orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who happens to be a dragon, get ready for an on-the-run adventure in this remake of Disney’s classic film.

Screenplay by David Lowery & Toby Halbrooks
Based on a Screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein
Based on a Story by Seton I. Miller & S.S. Field
Produced by Jim Whitaker
Directed by David Lowery

Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford

Family Matinee: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to the 11:00am and 2:00pm screenings.

Rated PG, 102 minutes, Print Courtesy of Disney


Sunday, August 21

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, this feature recounts the summer of 1989, when a young law firm associate from Harvard tried to woo his feisty advisor. Their daylong date took them from an art museum to a movie and onto the site of their first kiss, outside of an ice cream shop.

Written and Directed by Richard Tanne
Produced by Robert Teitel, Tika Sumpter, Richard Tanne

Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway

Rated PG-13, 81 minutes, Print Courtesy of Miramax and Roadside Attractions


Sunday, August 21

Life, Animated is the inspiring story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child, until his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional documentary follows Owen as he graduates into adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.

Inspired by the Book by Ron Suskind “Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism”
Produced by Roger Ross Williams, Julie Goldman
Directed by Roger Ross Williams

Interviewed Cast: Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind

This feature is a documentary.

Rated PG, 89 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Orchard


Friday, August 26

This film is based on the astonishing true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the leader of occupying Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia whose reign of terror prompted Allied soldiers to plan a top-secret assignment that would change Europe forever.

Written by Sean Ellis and Anthony Frewin
Produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Sean Ellis
Directed by Sean Ellis

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerová, Harry Lloyd, Alena Mihulová, Marcin Dorociński, Bill Milner, Sam Keeley, Jiří Ŝimek, Mish Boyko, Václav Neužil, Andrej Polák, Toby Jones

This film is in English and German with subtitles.

Rated R, 120 minutes, Print Courtesy of Bleeker Street


Saturday, August 27
11:00 (3D) & 8:00

Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, this is the epic story of Prince Judah Ben-Hur, who was stripped of his title and forced into slavery after falsely being accused of treason by his adopted brother. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland seeking revenge, but finds redemption instead.

Screenplay by Keith Clarke and John Ridley
Based on the Novel, “Ben-Hur” Written by Lew Wallace
Produced by Sean Daniel, Joni Levin, Duncan Henderson
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov

Cast: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Morgan Freeman

Rated PG-13, 116 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures


Saturday, August 27

Margherita, a film director, tries to hold her life together with an ailing mother and teenage daughter at home, all while shooting a movie with a famous annoying actor who’s quite a headache on set.

Screenplay by Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo, Valia Santella
Original Idea by Gaia Manzini, Nanni Moretti, Valia Santella, Chiara Valerio
Produced by Nanni Moretti, Domenico Procacci
Directed by Nanni Moretti

Cast: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti, Beatrice Mancini

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

Rated R, 106 minutes, Print Courtesy of Music Box Films


Saturday, August 27

Two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who live opposite lives come together to rob several branches of a bank that is foreclosing on their family property. A showdown ensues between the brothers and a relentless, foul-mouthed Ranger (Jeff Bridges) bent on taking them down before he retires.

Written by Taylor Sheridan
Produced by Sidney Kimmel, Peter Berg, Carla Hacken, Julie Yorn
Directed by David Mackenzie

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham

Rated R, 102 minutes, Print Courtesy of CBS Films


Sunday, August 28
11:00 & 5:00

Exploiting an unknown government initiative that allowed small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts, two young 20-something friends (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) get in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal that puts them in business with the wrong people. Based on a true story.

Screenplay by Stephen Chin and Todd Phillips & Jason Smilovic
Based on the Rolling Stone Article ‘Arms and the Dudes’ by Guy Lawson
Produced by Mark Gordon, Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper
Directed by Todd Phillips

Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana De Armas, Bradley Cooper

Rated R, 114 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Sunday, August 28

In this stirring action film, an ex-convict (Mel Gibson) must use his old criminal skills to protect his estranged daughter from a drug cartel that is out to get her.

Screenplay by Peter Craig and Andrea Berloff Based on the Novel by Peter Craig Produced by Chris Briggs, Peter Craig, Pascal Caucheteux, Sébastien K. Lemercier Directed by Jean-François Richet

Cast: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, William H. Macy

Rated R, 88 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate Premiere


Sunday, August 28

The guys who brought us THIS IS THE END are back with the first R-rated CG animated movie of its kind: The tale of a sausage who leads a group of grocery store foods on a quest to find out the truth about their existence and what happens when they are chosen to leave the supermarket. Featuring an all-star comedy voice cast, including Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Bill Hader.

Screenplay by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir
Story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonah Hill
Produced by Megan Ellison, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Conrad Vernon
Directed by Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan

Voice Cast: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek

Rated R, 89 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.