The Guild Screenings

April 2017

Welcome to the Writers Guild Theater! Please show up early to schmooze and visit with your fellow wits.

Before summer blockbuster blowout hits, we offer you an eclectic mix of studio titles and offbeat indies.  From the Manga-derived GHOST IN THE SHELL to the loopy COLOSSAL, from the mid-life crisis T2: TRAINSPOTTING 2 to the poignant GIFTED to the gonzo shoot 'em up FREE FIRE, there is something for everyone.  Plus, for you parents of young children, we have a ton of family matinees: Bring the kids to THE BOSS BABY, SABAN'S POWER RANGERS, and SMURFS THE LOST VILLAGE!

We also have a special Q&A for members this month.  On Saturday, April 22, writer/director James Gray will appear after his epic adventure THE LOST CITY OF Z.

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!

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GHOST IN THE SHELL

Sunday, April 2
11:00 (3D) & 8:00 (3D)

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, this visual extravaganza follows Major, a cybernetically enhanced policewoman, tasked to take down a notorious hacker.

Screenplay by Jamie Moss and William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger
Based on the Comic “The Ghost In The Shell" by Shirow Masamune
Produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Steven Paul,  Michael Costigan
Directed by Rupert Sanders

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbæk,Chin Han, Juliette Binoche

Both screenings will be presented in 3D only.

Rated PG-13, 120 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

TRUMAN

Sunday, April 2
2:00

In this heartfelt and surprisingly humorous film, a man diagnosed with terminal cancer receives a surprise visit from a childhood friend as he begins to finalize funeral arrangements, settle his accounts, and, most importantly, find a new home for his beloved dog, Truman.

Written by Tomas Aragay, Cesc Gay
Produced by Marta Esteban, Diego Dubcovsky
Directed by Cesc Gay

Cast: Ricardo Darin, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi,

This film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Not Rated, 108 minutes, Print Courtesy of FilmRise

SLEIGHT

Sunday, April 2
5:00

A young street magician becomes the sole caretaker for his sister after their parents die, then gets involved in the drug trade to support her. When she is kidnapped by his supplier, he uses his sleight of hand and keen intelligence to find her.

Written by JD Dillard & Alex Theurer
Produced by Eric B. Fleischman, Sean Tabibian, Alex Theurer
Directed by JD Dillard

Cast: Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Sasheer Zamata, Storm Reid, Cameron Esposito, Dulé Hill

Rated R, 90 minutes, Print Courtesy of Blumhouse Tilt

T2: TRAINSPOTTING

Friday, April 7
8:00

This follow-up to 1996’s cult classic reunites the original characters as they swear off heroin in favor of careers in pornography, while also struggling with middle-age malaise.

Written by John Hodge
Based on the Bbooks “Porno” and “Trainspotting” by Irvine Welsh
Produced by Andrew MacDonald, Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Bernard Bellew
Directed by Danny Boyle

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly MacDonald, Shirley Henderson, James Cosmo, Anjela Nedyalkova

Rated R, 117 minutes, Print Courtesy of TriStar Pictures

THE BOSS BABY

Sunday, April 9
11:00 & 2:00

A hilarious, demented story about how a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby impacts a family, told from the point of view of his imaginative, seven-year-old brother.

Written by Michael McCullers
Based on the Book by Marla Frazee
Produced by Ramsey Naito
Directed by Tom McGrath

Voice Cast: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Bakshi, Tobey Maguire

FAMILY MATINEE: Members may bring up to 3 guests (ages 3 and up) for the 11:00am & 2pm screenings.

Rated PG, 97 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation

NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER

Sunday, April 9
5:00

A character study of a man who lives lonely in the shadow of power and money, constantly trying to make connections to put himself into a position of significance. Three years after helping a politician who is now a world leader, Norman’s life dramatically changes.

Written and Directed by Joseph Cedar
Produced by Oren Moverman, Gideon Tadmor, Eyal Rimmon, David Mandil, Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee

Cast: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michael Sheen, Dan Stevens, Josh Charles

Rated R, 117 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

TOMMY’S HONOUR

Sunday, April 9
8:00

Set against the early days of golf and the stunning landscape of Scotland, this is the moving, true story of the challenging relationship between legendary golf champion “Young” Tom Morris and his golfer father “Old” Tommy Morris.

Screenplay by Pamela Marin and Kevin Cook
Based on the Book entitled “Tommy’s Honour” by Kevin Cook
Produced by Keith Bank, Bob Last, Jim Kreutzer, Tim Moore
Directed by Jason Connery

Cast: Jack Lowden, Ophelia Lovibond, Peter Mullan, Sam Neill

Rated PG, 117 minutes, Print Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

COLOSSAL

Saturday, April 15
11:00

After losing her job and boyfriend, a woman (Anne Hathaway) discovers that severe catastrophic events, and a really giant monster, are somehow connected to the mental breakdown she’s suffering from.

Written and Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Produced by Nahikari Ipiña, Russell Levine, Nicholas Chartier, Zev Foreman, Docminic Rustam

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson

Rated R, 110 minutes, Print Courtesy of Neon and Voltage Pictures

SPEECH & DEBATE

Saturday, April 15
2:00

Frustrated by the hypocrisy they see in their parents, teachers, and the entire school board, three misfit students set out to make their voices heard, as they revive an extinct school club and take on the world.

Screenplay by Stephen Karam
Based on the Play “Speech & Debate” by Stephen Karam
Produced by Tom Rice
Directed by Dan Harris

Cast: Liam James, Austin P. McKenzie, Sarah Steele, Skylar Astin, Roger Bart, Janeane Garofalo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kal Penn, Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Rated PG-13, 105 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sycamore Pictures

GOING IN STYLE

Saturday, April 15
5:00

Three desperate retired men and lifelong pals embark on a daring adventure to rob the bank that’s withholding their pensions, after the company they’ve worked for their entire lives is sold to a foreign corporation.

Screenplay by Theodore Melfi
Based on the Story by Edward Cannon
Produced by Donald De Line
Directed by Zach Braff

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Joey King, John Ortiz, Peter Serafinowicz, Kenan Thompson, Matt Dillon, Christopher Lloyd

Rated PG-13, 96 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema

FREE FIRE

Saturday, April 15
8:00

In 1978, a woman brokers an arms deal in an abandoned warehouse between various parties. But when shots fire during the handover, pandemonium ensues, thrusting the entire cast into a completely insane shootout. This film is a hilarious, violent tribute to '70s B movies.

Written by Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley
Produced by Andy Starke
Directed by Ben Wheatley

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor

Rated R, 90 minutes, Print Courtesy of A24

A QUIET PASSION

Monday, April 17
8:00

This biopic of 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson explores her introspective life. from her days as a schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.

Written and Directed by Terence Davies
Produced by Roy Boulter, Solon Papadopoulous

Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Jodhi May, Catherine Bailey, Emma Bell, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine

Rated PG-13, 125 minutes, Print Courtesy of Music Box Films

GIFTED

Friday, April 21
8:00

Frank is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary, but his plans for a normal school life are foiled when Mary’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of her mother, drawing Frank into a custody battle.

Written by Tom Flynn
Produced by Karen Lunder, Andy Cohen
Directed by Marc Webb

Cast: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer

Rated PG-13, 101 minutes, Print Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS

Saturday, April 22
11:00

The pink, yellow, blue, black and red rangers infused with unique superpowers take the stage to save the world, in this reboot of the long-running kids action franchise.

Screenplay by John Gatins
Story by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless and Michele Mulroney & Kieran Mulroney
Based Upon “Power Rangers” Created by Haim Saban
Based Upon “Super Sentai” Created by Toei Company Ltd.
Produced by Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey
Directed by Dean Israelite

Cast: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Elizabeth Banks

FAMILY MATINEE: Members may bring up to 3 guests (ages 3 and up) to this screening.

Rated PG-13, 124 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate

THEIR FINEST

Saturday, April 22
2:00

During World War II, a group of filmmakers struggle to make an inspirational propaganda film celebrating England’s resilience, as a way to boost morale during the Blitz.

Screenplay by Gaby Chiappe
Based on the Novel “Their Finest Hour and a Half” by Lissa Evans
Produced by Stephen Woolley, Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer, Elizabeth Karlsen
Directed by Lone Scherfig

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Jack Lacy, Rachel Stirling, Richard E. Grant

Rated R, 117 minutes, Print Courtesy of STX Entertainment and EuropaCorp USA

THE LOST CITY OF Z

Saturday, April 22
5:00

The incredible true story of British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon in 1906 and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization.

Q&A with James Gray following the screening.

Written for the Screen and Directed by James Gray
Based on the Book by David Grann
Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas, James Gray, Dale Armin Johnson

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus MacFadyen, Ian McDiarmid, Franco Nero

Rated PG-13, 141 minutes, Print Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street

MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA

Saturday, April 22
9:00

A high school built on an earthquake fault collapses into the sea, where it slowly sinks like a shipwreck. The first animated hipster disaster film.

Written by Dash Shaw
Produced by Kyle Martin, Craig Zobel, Dash Shaw
Directed by Dash Shaw

Voice Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon, Thomas Jay Ryan, Alex Karpovsky, John Cameron Mitchell

Rated PG-13, 75 minutes, Print Courtesy of GKids

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE

Sunday, April 23
11:00

In this fully-animated Smurf romp, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest, leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

Written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon
Based on the Characters and Works of Peyo
Produced by Jordan Kerner, Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews
Directed by Kelly Asbury

Voice Cast: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Jake Johnson, Meghan Trainor, Mandy Patinkin, Julia Roberts

FAMILY MATINEE: Members may bring up to 3 guests (ages 3 and up) to this screening.

Rated PG, 89 minutes, Print Courtesy of Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

Sunday, April 23
2:00 & 8:00

The newest installment of The Fast and the Furious has the crew finding a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime, the crew faces trials that test them as never before.

Written by Chris Morgan
Based on Characters Created by Gary Scott Thompson
Produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Michael Fottell
Directed by F. Gary Gray

Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron

Rated PG-13,136 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal

GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM

Sunday, April 23
5:00

A homeless woman is found dead in a farmhouse, but then a diary found next to her documents her starvation and loss of sanity, as she attempted to survive a brutally cold winter. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Produced and Directed by Jedd Wider & Todd Wider

Featured Interviews: Lori Singer, Kevin Carbone, Matthew Nelson, Wayne Digeronimo, Brian Smith, Lora Goss, Jennie Duval, Joan Bishop, Caitlin Murtagh, Kathy White, Doug Bixby, Thomas Scarlato, Stephanie Savard 

This feature is a Documentary.

Not Rated, 97 minutes, Print Courtesy of BOND/360

YOUR NAME

Sunday, April 30
11:00

On the night of a meteor shower, two strangers discover they can switch bodies in their sleep when they share the same dream. Now, they seek each other out wanting something more – a chance to finally meet. An endearing, nutty Japanese animated tale.

Screenplay by Makoto Shinkai
Produced by Genki Kawamura, Yoshihiro Furusawa
Directed by Makoto Shinkai

Voice Cast: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi

FAMILY MATINEE: Members may bring up to 3 guests to this screening.

This film is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Rated PG, 106 minutes, Print Courtesy of TOHO

THE PROMISE

Sunday, April 30
2:00

This historical drama, set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, centers on a love triangle between an artist from France, an American journalist, and an Armenian medical student who is engaged to a woman from his home village.

Written by Terry George and Robin Swicord
Produced by Eric Esrailian, Mike Medavoy, William Horberg
Directed by Terry George

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Daniel Giménez-Cacho, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rade Sherbedgia

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

Rated PG-13, 134 minutes, Print Courtesy of Open Road Films

CONTEMPORARY COLOR

Sunday, April 30
5:00

In the summer of 2015, David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers. With the addition of original music, this is a beautifully filmed snapshot of a one-of-a-kind spectacle.

Produced by Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald, David Bryne
Directed by Bill Ross & Turner Ross

Featuring: David Bryne, Lucius, Nico Muhly & Ira Glass, Nelly Fertado, St. Vincent, Devonté Hynes, How To Dress Well, Zola Jesus, Money Mark + Ad-Rock, Tune-Yards

This film is a Documentary.

Rated PG-13, 97 minutes, Print Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories

UNFORGETTABLE

Sunday, April 30
8:00

In this thriller, a jilted ex-wife’s jealousy takes a pathological turn, when she does everything in her power to turn the life of her husband’s new wife into a nightmare.

Written by Christina Hodson
Produced by Denise Di Novi, Alison Greenspan, Ravi D. Mehta
Directed by Denise Di Novi

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Geoff Stults, Isabella Rice, Simon Kassianides, Whitney Cummings, Robert Wisdom, Cheryl Ladd

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.

PLEASE REMEMBER: OUTSIDE FOOD & DRINKS ARE PROHIBITED IN THE WGA THEATER