Guild Screenings

Welcome to your theater! Please feel free to arrive early and enjoy some gossip and fun with your fellow writers.

As awards season winds down, we have some remaining Oscar bait to share with you this month, as well as our regular assortment of offbeat indies and big studio fare. We’ll be screening the final two Academy Award nominated Foreign Films – the excellent A WAR and the stunning EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT. We’ve also got a powerful documentary pairing on Saturday, February 6th – CARTEL LAND and THE LOOK OF SILENCE.

And if you’re looking for a true writer-friendly double feature, we’ve got the Coen brothers returning to Capitol Pictures with the premiere of their latest Golden Age of Hollywood comedy, HAIL CAESAR!, and a 25th anniversary screening of their angsty, surreal classic BARTON FINK. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with that Barton Fink feeling!

February also features some great Q&A events. On Saturday, February 20th, we’ll be sitting down with Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein following a screening of their new romantic comedy, HOW TO BE SINGLE. The following day we welcome writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to the stage to discuss their subversive super hero pic, DEADPOOL. Finally, on Friday night, February 26th, we’ll be honoring Black History Month as the Committee of Black Writers presents a special retrospective screening of THE FIVE HEARTBEATS followed by a Q&A with Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans. (Please see the special RSVP instructions and link below.)

Members may bring TWO GUESTS to all 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.

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Saturday, February 6

In this offbeat gem that veers from absurdist comedy to tragedy, two rival sheep farmers in a remote Icelandic farming valley who haven’t spoken in forty years must work together when a rare disease threatens to wipe out both of their flocks and livelihoods.

Written and Directed by Grímur Hákonarson
Produced by Grímar Jónsson

Cast: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theódór Júlíusson, Charlotte Böving, Jón Benónýsson, Guðrún Siburbjörnsdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Jörundur Ragnarsson, Þorleifur Einarsson

This film is in Icelandic with English subtitles.

Rated R, 93 minutes, Print Courtesy of Cohen Media Group

Saturday, February 6

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, this is the third film from Danish writer/director Tobias Lindholm. Exploring themes of morality, superiority, the value of human life and what it means to atone for one’s sins, A WAR tells the story of a military commander forced to make a life-altering decision when his comrades are caught in heavy crossfire, with the fallout threatening to tear apart his family back home.

Written and Directed by Tobias Lindholm
Produced by René Ezra, Tomas Radoor

Cast: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling, Dar Salim, Dulfi Al-Jabouri

This film is in Danish with English subtitles.

Not Rated, 115 minutes, Print Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Saturday, February 6

This documentary is filmmaker Josh Oppenheimer’s companion piece to his Academy Award nominated “The Act Of Killing.” With unflinching footage of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The film follows the youngest son who does the unimaginable in a society where murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother.

Produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

This feature is a documentary and is in Indonesian with English subtitles.

Rated PG-13, 103 minutes, Print Courtesy of Drafthouse Films

Saturday, February 6

This riveting documentary offers a harrowing look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their mutual enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

Produced by Tom Yellin, Matthew Heineman
Directed by Matthew Heineman

This film is in English and Spanish with subtitles.

Rated R, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Orchard

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

The remarkable true story of a Coast Guard rescue attempt off the shores of Cape Cod, during a ferocious storm in the winter of 1952. After an oil tanker splits in half, trapping its crew aboard the sinking vessel, four brave Guardsmen set out in a heroic attempt to save them. 

Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Based on the Book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
Produced by Jim Whitaker, Dorothy Aufiero
Directed by Craig Gillespie

Cast: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Eric Bana

Family Matinee: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to the 11:00am and 5:00pm screening.

Rated PG-13, 117 minutes, Print Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

Sunday, February 7

The contemporary story of Zev, a 90-year-old struggling with memory loss, who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in the United States under an assumed identity. With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor, Zev sets out on a solitary mission to find the man and deliver long-delayed justice with his own trembling hand.

Written by Benjamin August
Produced by Robert Lantos, Ari Lantos
Directed by Atom Egoyan

Cast: Christopher Plummer, Bruno Ganz, Jürgen Prochnow, Heinz Lieven, Henry Czerny, Dean Norris, Martin Landau

Rated R, 95 minutes, Print Courtesy of A24

Sunday, February 7

An outrageous comedy that parodies the ultra-popular erotic romantic drama film Fifty Shades of Grey. Co-written by and starring Marlon Wayans.

Written by Marlon Wayans & Rick Alvarez
Produced by Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
Directed by Michael Tiddes

Cast: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Affion Crockett, Fred Willard, Mike Epps

Rated R, 92 minutes, Print Courtesy of Open Road Films

Friday, February 12

An ambitious lawyer finds himself caught in a power struggle between a corrupt pharmaceutical executive and his firm’s senior partner. When the case takes a deadly turn, he must race to uncover the truth before he loses everything. Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel star.

Written by Simon Boyes & Adam Mason
Produced by Ellen Wander
Directed by Shintaro Shimosawa

Cast: Josh Duhamel, Alice Eve, Malin Akerman, Byung-hun Lee, Julia Stiles, Glen Powell, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins

Rated R, 106 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate

Sunday, February 14

Winner of the Director’s Fortnight prize at Cannes and nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Embrace Of The Serpent centers on the relationship of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists, who, over the course of 40 years travel through the Colombian Amazon and bear witness to the destruction of indigenous culture at the hand of European colonialism. Filmed in stunning black-and-white.

Written by Ciro Guerra and Jacques Toulemonde
Produced by Cristina Gallego
Directed by Ciro Guerra

Cast: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Antonio Bolívar Salvador, Nilbio Torres, Yauenkü Miguee

This film is in Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan, and Latin with English subtitles.

Not Rated, 125 minutes, Print Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories

Sunday, February 14
2:00 & 8:00

The Coen brothers return in glorious fashion to Capitol Pictures with an all-star metaphysical comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer as he springs into action when a movie star gets kidnapped and an actress becomes pregnant.

Written and Directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Produced by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner

Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum

Rated PG-13, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Sunday, February 14

25th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING! Also set at the Coens’ fictional Capitol Pictures, intellectual playwright Barton Fink has made it big on Broadway and is enticed to California to write for the movies where he discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. Winner of the Palme d’Or, as well as Best Director and Best Actor (John Turturro) at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, this Coen brothers classic is a must-see on the big screen for WGA members, or anybody who’s ever suffered from writers block.

Written by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Produced by Ethan Coen
Directed by Joel Coen

Cast: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, Jon Polito

Rated R, 116 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Friday, February 19

When and how do we ever stop grieving? In this unlikely romance, a young widow falls for a brash New York writer who barrels into her rural Maine town investigating the death of her husband, folk-music hero Hunter Miles.

Screenplay by Desiree Van Til
Story by Desiree Van Til & Sean Mewshaw
Produced by Kristin Hahn, Aaron L. Gilbert, Margot Hand
Directed by Sean Mewshaw

Cast: Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis, Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne, Joe Manganiello, Richard Masur

Rated R, 105 minutes, Print Courtesy of Starz Digital

Saturday, February 20
11:00 & 5:00

Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson lead this alt rom-com which centers around the lives of various singles living in New York City, a place full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle, in an age where the definition of love isn’t at all what it used to be.

Q&A with Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein following the 5:00 screening

Screenplay by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein and Dana Fox
Screen Story by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein
Based on the Book by Liz Tuccillo
Produced by John Rickard, Dana Fox
Directed by Christian Ditter

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Damon Wayans, Jr., Anders Holm, Alison Brie, Nicholas Braun, Jake Lacy, Jason Mantzoukas, Leslie Mann

Rated R, 110 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Saturday, February 20

Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby star as two poets with bipolar disorder whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they meet in a psychiatric facility, their chemistry is instant and intense, driving each other’s mania to new heights in this gutsy romantic drama. Inspired by writer/director Paul Dalio’s own struggles of overcoming bipolar disorder.

Written and Directed by Paul Dalio
Produced by Jeremy Alter, Kristina Nikolova

Cast: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne, Bruce Altman

Rated R, 104 minutes, Print Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Saturday, February 20

Based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, this romantic drama traces the relationship between a feisty medical student and a perennial ladies’ man over the course of a decade. As their bond grows, the unlikely couple must decide how far they’re willing to go to keep the hope of love alive.

Screenplay by Bryan Sipe
Based on the Novel by Nicholas Sparks
Produced by Nicholas Sparks, Peter Safran, Theresa Park
Directed by Ross Katz

Cast: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, Brett Rice, Tom Wilkinson

Rated PG-13, 110 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate

Sunday, February 21
11:00 & 5:00

After a former Special Forces operative-turned-mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin, and a twisted sense of humor, he adopts the alter ego Deadpool and becomes a bad-ass crime fighter. Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero. 

Q&A with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick following the 5:00 screening

Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick
Based on the X-Men Comic Books
Produced by Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, Ryan Reynolds
Directed by Tim Miller

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand

Rated R, 106 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Sunday, February 21
2:00 & 8:00

Have you ever wondered if there was more to life than being really, really ridiculously good looking? Well, you’re about to find out. Again! When the world’s most beautiful celebrities are systematically assassinated with formerly famous male model Derek Zoolander’s iconic “Blue Steel” look on their faces, Derek and Hansel infiltrate a new world of high fashion in order to put a stop to it.

Written by Justin Theroux and Ben Stiller & John Hamburg and Nicholas Stoller
Produced by Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld, Scott Rudin, Clayton Townsend
Directed by Ben Stiller

Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen

Not Rated, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Monday, February 22

The incredible true story of legendary black Olympian Jesse Owens whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.

Written by Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse
Produced by Jean-Charles Lévy, Luc Dayan, Louis-Philippe Rochon, Dominique Séguin, Stephen Hopkins, Kate Garwood, Karsten Brünig, Nicolas Manuel
Directed by Stephen Hopkins

Cast: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree, Shanice Banton, Carice van Houten, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt

Rated PG-13, 125 minutes, Print Courtesy of Focus Features

Friday, February 26

25th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING! Sponsored by the Committee of Black Writers to celebrate Black History Month. Co-written by Keenan Ivory Wayans and Robert Townsend, and directed by Townsend, HEARTBEATS tells the dynamic story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group within the space of seven years. Along the way, the group deals with all manner of fame and fortune including jealousy, greed, womanizing, and drugs, culminating with murder.

Q&A with Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans following the 7:30 screening
*This film is co-sponsored by the Committee of Black Writers*

Written by Robert Townsend & Keenen Ivory Wayans
Produced by Loretha C. Jones
Directed by Robert Townsend

Cast: Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon, Harry J. Lennix, Tico Wells, Harold Nicholas, Diahann Carroll


Rated R, 121 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Monday, February 29

Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England has been kicked up a notch — with an army of undead zombies.

Written for the Screen and Directed by Burr Steers
Based on the Book by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Produced by Sean McKittrick, Allison Shearmur, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson, Marc Butan

Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Lena Headey

Rated PG-13, 108 minutes, Print Courtesy of Screen Gems

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, California 90211 

Seating is on a first-come first served basis.

WGA Membership cards are required to attend The Guild Screenings and must be presented by the WGA member. Your WGA membership card allows you to bring TWO guests. If you are not a member of the WGA, you will not be allowed admittance. Please read our Rules and Regulations before attending the screenings.

Guild Screenings Office: (323) 782-4508 or email Guild Screenings.