The Guild Screenings

June 2017

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

No June gloom at the Writers Guild Theater. Just a great mix of summer blockbusters, independent features, compelling documentaries and family fare. On June 10th we have an early bird double bill featuring a pair of fascinating documentaries, LAST MEN IN ALEPPO and OBIT. For those in the mood for studio fun there’s BAYWATCH, WONDER WOMAN, THE MUMMY, CARS 3 and TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. On the lower budget side of the spectrum, there are plenty of great offerings, including THE LITTLE HOURS, DEAN and THE BAD BATCH.

We also have a trio of Q&A’s to offer. On Sunday, June 11th we welcome writers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani following the screening of their delightful and emotional rom-com, THE BIG SICK. On Saturday, June 17th don’t miss THE BOOK OF HENRY’S Gregg Hurwitz. And on Sunday, June 18th writer/director Jeff Baena will be on hand to discuss his hilarious new film THE LITTLE HOURS.

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!



Friday, June 9

Suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield perversely vanishes from his own life, then takes up a hidden existence in his family’s garage attic, from where he secretly observes his wife and children, as he slowly becomes a different man.

Screenplay by Robin Swicord
Based on the Short Story “Wakefield” by E.L. Doctorow
Produced by Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis, Elliot Webb, Wendy Federman, Carl Moellenberg
Directed by Robin Swicord

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Jason O’Mara, Beverly D’Angelo, Ian Anthony Dale

Rated R, 109 minutes, Print Courtesy of IFC Films


Saturday, June 10

This powerful documentary profiles a group of first responders known as the “White Helmets,” who work tirelessly to save the victims of bombings and terrorist attacks during the Syrian civil war.

Directed by Feras Fayyad
Produced by Soren Steen Jespersen, Kareem Abeed

Featuring: Khaled Omar Harrah, Nageib, Mahmoud

This Documentary feature is in Arabic with English subtitles.

Not Rated, 110 minutes, Print Courtesy of Grasshopper Film


Saturday, June 10

OBIT is a first-ever glimpse into the daily rituals, joys and existential angst of the New York Times obituary team, as they chronicle life after death on the front lines of history – all in 500 words.

Produced by Caitlin Mae Burke, Vanessa Gould
Directed by Vanessa Gould

Featuring: William McDonald, Margalit Fox, William Grimes, Jack Kadden, Douglas Martin, Jeff Roth, Daniel Slotnik, Paul Vitello, Bruce Weber

This feature is a Documentary.

Not Rated, 93 minutes, Print Courtesy of Kino Lorber


Saturday, June 10

A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a beautiful massive animal named Okja.

Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Jon Ronson
Story by Bong Joon Ho
Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Dooho Choi, Woo-sik Seo, Bong Joon Ho, Ted Sarandos
Directed by Bong Joon Ho

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, An Seo Hyun, Jake Gyllenhaal

This film is in English and Korean with subtitles.

Rated, 118 minutes, Print Courtesy of Netflix


Saturday, June 10

This big-screen action/comedy reboot of the popular ‘90s TV series follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) and brash new recruit (Zac Efron) as they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Screenplay by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift
Story by Jay Scherick & David Ronn and Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant
Based on the Series “Baywatch” created by Michael Berk & Douglas Schwartz and Gregory J. Bonann
Produced by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, Gregory J. Bonann, Beau Flynn, Ivan Reitman
Directed by Seth Gordon

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera

Rated R, 116 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures


Sunday, June 11
10:30 & 8:00 – Presented in 2D only

Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons. When a pilot crash-lands on her homeland, she rescues him and learns of the conflict raging in the outside world, prompting her to leave home and fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers… and her true destiny.

Screenplay by Allan Heinberg
Story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs
Based on Characters from DC Wonder Woman Created by William Moulton Marston
Produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle
Directed by Patty Jenkins

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock, Saïd Taghmaoui

Rated PG-13, 141 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Sunday, June 11

Set against the vibrant backdrop of East LA’s near spiritual car culture, a young street artist finds himself torn between the lowrider world inhabited by his father and his need for self-expression.

Written by Elgin James and Cheo Hodari Coker
Produced by Brian Grazer, Jason Blum
Directed by Ricardo de Montreuil

Cast: Demián Bichir, Gabriel Chavarria, Theo Rossi, Melissa Benoist, Tony Revolori, Eva Longoria

Rated PG-13, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of BH Tilt


Sunday, June 11

Based on the real-life courtship of the writers themselves, THE BIG SICK tells the story of a Pakistani-American standup comedian who falls for an American woman, despite the fact that his family wants him to consent to an arranged marriage with someone from his own culture. A hit at Sundance, starring and co-written by Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley).

Q&A with Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani following this screening.

Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel
Directed by Michael Showalter

Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano

Rated R, 119 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate and Amazon Studios


Friday, June 16

A Brooklyn cartoonist heads to Los Angeles for a fresh start while grieving the recent death of his mother. Elsewhere, his father begins a tentative romance with his real-estate agent. A comedic and heartfelt tale about loss, grief and the redemptive power of love. Comedian Demitri Martin writes, stars and directs.

Written and Directed by Demetri Martin
Produced by Giles Andrew, Demetri Martin, Elliott Watson, Jessica Latham, Charles James Denton

Cast: Demetri Martin, Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs, Rory Scovel, Christine Woods, Ginger Gonzaga, Peter Scolari, Briga Heelan, Reid Scott, Mary Steenburgen

Rated PG-13, 87 minutes, Print Courtesy of CBS Films


Saturday, June 17
11:00(3D) & 2:00(2D)

After being trounced in a race by upstart newcomers, legendary Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.

Screenplay by Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson, Mike Rich
Original Story by Brian Fee, Ben Queen, Eyal Podell & Jonathon E. Stewart
Produced by Kevin Reher
Directed by Brian Fee

Voice Cast: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer

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

Rated G, 109 minutes, Print Courtesy of Disney


Saturday, June 17

A young boy learns that his next-door neighbor is being abused by her father, the town’s police commissioner, and starts writing a book about how to rescue her. When his mother discovers his plans, she decides to enact them herself.

Q&A with Gregg Hurwitz following this screening.

Written by Gregg Hurwitz
Produced by Sidney Kimmel, Carla Hacken, Jenette Kahn, Adam Richman
Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Cast: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler, Dean Norris

Rated PG-13, 105 minutes, Print Courtesy of Focus Features


Saturday, June 17

Beatriz (Salma Hayek) is an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, who has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. One of her clients is a wealthy cutthroat real estate developer (John Lithgow). When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide, and neither will ever be the same.

Written by Mike White
Produced by Aaron L. Gilbert, Pamela Koffler, David Hinojosa, Christine Vachon
Directed by Miguel Arteta

Cast: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Cholë Sevigny, David Warshofsky, John Early

Not Rated, 83 minutes, Print Courtesy of Roadside Attractions


Sunday, June 18
11:00 (2D) & 8:00 (3D)

An unprecedented look into the life of conceptual artist and sculptor Chris Burden. He had himself shot, confined to a locker for five days, and crucified on the back of a VW bug, all in the name of art.

Screenplay by David Koepp and Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman
Screen Story by Jon Spaihts and Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet
Produced by Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, Sean Daniel, Sarah Bradshaw
Directed by Alex Kurtzman

Cast: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, Russell Crowe

Rated PG-13, 107 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal Pictures


Sunday, June 18

Based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. Over the course of their service, they complete more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting both of their fates in jeopardy.

Written by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt
Produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Jennifer Monroe
Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Cast: Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton, Sam Keeley

Rated PG-13, 116 minutes, Print Courtesy of Bleecker Street


Sunday, June 18

In this bawdy independent comedy, a trio of vulgar nuns (Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci) run amok on their Medieval estate, until things get more heated when a strapping young man finds refuge at their convent.

Q&A with Jeff Baena following this screening.

Written for the Screen and Directed by Jeff Baena
Based on “The Decameron” by Giovanni Boccaccio
Produced by Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Destro

Cast: Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke, Nick Offerman, Adam Pally

Rated R, 90 minutes, Print Courtesy of Gunpowder & Sky


Friday, June 23

The true and untold story of legendary rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur, from his political activism, rise to stardom as a hip-hop icon, and untimely death at the age of 25.

Written by Jeremy Haft & Eddie Gonzalez and Steven Bagatourian
Produced by David Robinson, L.T. Hutton, James G. Robinson
Directed by Benny Boom

Cast: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Danai Gurira

Rated R, 139 minutes, Print Courtesy of Summit Entertainment


Sunday, June 25

Two overly imaginative pranksters hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s the ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted Captain Underpants, the superhero from their homemade comic book.

Screenplay by Nicholas Stoller
Based on the Epic Novels by Dav Pilkey
Produced by Mireille Soria, Mark Swift
Directed by David Soren

Voice Cast: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal

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

Rated PG, 89 minutes, Print Courtesy of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation


Sunday, June 25

A biopic of Canadian artist Maud Lewis, who overcame rheumatoid arthritis to become one of the most revered folk painters in her country’s history. Starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.

Written by Sherry White
Produced by Bob Cooper, Mary Young Leckie, Mary Sexton, Susan Mullen
Directed by Aisling Walsh

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Gabrielle Rose, Zachary Bennett, Billy MacLellan

Rated PG-13, 115 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Sunday, June 25

In this Civil War drama, the latest film from writer/director Sofia Coppola, a wounded Union soldier seeks refuge at an all-female boarding school in the South, but his presence there poisons the relationships among the women. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension and rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning.

Written for the Screen and Directed by Sofia Coppola
Based on the Screenplay by Albert Maltz and Grimes Grice
Based on the Novel by Thomas Cullinan
Produced by Youree Henley, Sofia Coppola

Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning

Rated R, 94 minutes, Print Courtesy of Focus Features


Sunday, June 25

In this wild comedy, five best friends from college reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette party weekend that takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. With Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon.

Written by Lucia Aniello & Paul W. Downs
Produced by Matt Tolmach, Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Dave Becky
Directed by Lucia Aniello

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Zoë Kravitz, Paul W. Downs

Rated R, 101 minutes, Print Courtesy of Columbia Pictures


Monday, June 26

Another challenging film from indie writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour. In post-apocalyptic America, a young woman is left in a Texas wasteland where society’s undesirables all live together. Captured by a band of savage cannibals, she soon discovers that being good or bad mostly depends on who you’re standing next to.

Written and Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
Produced by Danny Gabai, Sina Sayyah

Cast: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves

Rated R, 118 minutes, Print Courtesy of Neon


Friday, June 30

Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. As tensions come to a head and each side vies for domination, there’s only room for one world to survive: ours or theirs.

Screenplay by Art Marcum & Matt Holloway & Ken Nolan
Story by Akiva Goldsman and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway & Ken Nolan
Based on Hasbro’s Transformers Action Figures
Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto, Don Murphy, Ian Bryce
Directed by Michael Bay

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Jerrod Carmichael, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera

Not Rated, Runtime Not Available, Print Courtesy of Paramount 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.

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