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See the Films on the Oscar Documentary Shortlist at Laemmle and Online

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced January 15th but Oscar completionists can get a head start on the Documentary Features category thanks to the Academy’s 15-film shortlist and Laemmle Theaters. The Academy’s Documentary Branch narrowed the field to 15 from 134 submissions. While we’ve already screened many films, some are still in theaters, and five will play as morning shows over the next few weeks. By the time nominations are announced, every film on the shortlist will have played at one or more of our theaters... for those keeping track! Weekend morning shows in Claremont, North Hollywood, Pasadena, and West LA: 12 [...]
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A "Lost-and-Found Delight," THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD Finally Restored and on U.S. Movie Screens

A animated classic, Paul Grimault's THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD, written by Grimault and legendary poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, has been restored and after many decades finally getting a theatrical release in the United States. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, this wildly satirical film follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king. A masterpiece of traditional hand-drawn cell animation, THE KING AND THE MOCKINGBIRD is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world-famous Studio Ghibli. Its influence can als [...]
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UZUMASA LIMELIGHT Q&A's this Weekend at the Royal and Playhouse

UZUMASA LIMELIGHT follows an aged movie extra who specializes the hero’s victim in samurai movies without ever being lit by the limelight. Using Charlie Chaplin's film Limelight as an underlying theme, the admirable story of Seiichi Kamiyama dealing with a new generation and fading craftsmanship is told with melancholy and soul. UZUMASA LIMELIGHT director Ken Ochiai and producer Ko Mori will participate in Q&A's after the 4:20 and 9:50 screenings at the Royal on Friday, December 5; after the 9:50 screening at the Royal on Saturday, December 6; and after the 4:50 screenings at the Playhouse on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7.
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MONK WITH A CAMERA Q&A's Opening Weekend at the Royal

MONK WITH A CAMERA chronicles the life and spiritual quest of Nicholas (Nicky) Vreeland, who for the past twenty-eight years has been a Tibetan Buddhist monk. The son of a United States Ambassador, grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, and a photographer by trade, Nicky left his privileged life behind to follow his true calling. He moved to India, cutting his ties with society, photography, and his pleasure-filled world, to live in a monastery with no running water or electricity. MONK WITH A CAMERA filmmakers Tina Mascara and Guido Santi will participate in Q&A's at the Royal after the 2:55, 5:20 and 7:45 PM screenings Fr [...]
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Italy's Great Toni Servillo Returns to U.S. Screens in VIVA LA LIBERTA

Many U.S. arthouse moviegoers were wowed last year when they were introduced to Toni Servillo, one of Italy's finest actors, in The Great Beauty. The film went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Next Friday the 28th we are excited to open Mr. Servillo's latest film to make the journey from overseas, VIVA LA LIBERTA. Servillo plays Enrico Oliveri, a politician who realizes that the decline of his party is inevitable and decides to disappear, fleeing to Paris to find peace in the home of his ex-girlfriend Danielle (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) while creating a panic within the party. His top aide and his wife decide to contact his twin broth [...]
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