Can’t find the films you’re itching to see in the local movie theatre? Looking for more than the same old Hollywood Blockbusters? Tired of overpriced popcorn? Join us on Monday evenings throughout this season to experience the best in Independent and World cinema. Admission is free for Members only. 

Annual membership prices: Artist/Student/Senior $20 | Individual $25 | Family/Dual $35

I, Daniel Blake

February  19 |  7pm

Title character Daniel is an affable, 59-year-old carpenter in Newcastle, fighting to collect his Employment and Support Allowance after falling ill. Waiting to sign on at the local Job centre, Daniel befriends Katie, a young single mother who is also being shoved around by the vagaries of the system, having just been relocated with her two kids from a London homeless shelter to an affordable council flat up north. A mutually beneficial alliance, and makeshift extended family, is formed. Directed by Ken Loach (Jimmy’s Hall), with a great cast of British actors led by Dave Johns in the lead role. R

“What makes the pain of this film bearable is Daniel’s unquenchable decency, courage and perseverance: Mr. Johns portrays him as a genuine working-class hero with a deep streak of kindness and generosity…   New York Times

The Glass Castle

March 12 |  7pm

Based on the 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle chronicles the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, weaving together the past and the present. A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother (Naomi Watts) who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic but joyfully wild father (Woody Harrelson) who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty and unstable family life. Oscar winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as she finds the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. PG-13

“Woody Harrelson steals the movie as a bad, mad dad… The movie comes alive in scenes with Harrelson and Larson” “The Glass Castle offers some well-earned weeping and respects the mystery of parents who screwed up astoundingly, and somehow also inspired their kid to work like crazy to escape them – and fulfill their thwarted creative ambitions a thousand fold”    Tim Appelo

Battle of the Sexes

May 14 |  7pm

The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (EMMA STONE in a terrific performance) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (STEVE CARELL) was billed as THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world. PG-13

“Battle is an extremely well-made movie artistically and should be kept in the game as a contender for critics’ honors and the Oscars at the end of the year.”     Carl Koslowski, Pasadena Weekly

Victoria and Abdul

June 4  |  7pm

When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself (JUDI DENCH). As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. PG-13

“Judi Dench can do no wrong, and playing Queen Victoria for the second time in the richly satisfying Victoria and Abdul is an acting lesson par excellence that proves how rapturous it is to watch this great artist do everything right.”      Rex Reed

The Breadwinner

June 25 |  7pm

From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes the highly-anticipated new feature based on Deborah Ellis’ bestselling novel. Parvana is an 11-year- old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom – and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. PG-13

“…unfolds with an animated artistry that is nothing short of majestic.”      Josh Larson, LarsonOnFilm