Two New Films and a Classic, Plus Fundraising Events

Monday, July 29, Nick Ryan’s Seat-In. Nick Ryan’s Saloon will donate 20% of lunch and dinner receipts to the Friends of the Kentucky Theatre. Five artists who display their work at the restaurant will also donate 20% of any sales that day. In addition, a “seat-in” to raise money for replacing the theatre’s seating will be held from 4:00-6:00. $25 donation will include a drink, appetizers and a chance to meet and greet the artists.

the-way-way-back-posterTHE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget. (c) Fox Searchlight trailer

fruitvale station posterPassionate and powerfully acted, FRUITVALE STATION serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan. This is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother, whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant. © The Weinstein Co. trailer

my_man_godfreyThis week’s Summer Classic, one of the landmark “screwball” comedies of the 1930s, MY MAN GODFREY offers the radiant Carole Lombard in her definitive performance as flighty young heiress Irene Bullock, who on a society scavenger hunt stumbles on Godfrey (William Powell), an erudite hobo residing in the city dump. Godfrey becomes the family’s butler, much to the dismay of Irene’s father Alexander who thinks his household is crazy enough without another apparent lunatic under his roof. Halfway through the film, we discover that Godfrey isn’t a penniless bum at all, but the scion of a wealthy Boston family. Having been burned by an unhappy romance, Godfrey dropped out of life, taking up residence in the dump. Here his faith in humanity was restored by his fellow indigents, who managed to survive and remain optimistic despite the worst deprivations. Meanwhile, however, he wants to straighten out the Bullock family, who he feels are a basically decent bunch beneath all their pretensions and eccentricities — and along the way, of course, Irene determines that Godfrey will be her husband. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Wednesday at 1:30 and 7:15 trailer

And folks, keep Sept 5th open on your calendars for a special add-on to our Summer Classics Series. (It was a winner of 8 Academy Awards!) Then stay with us for the Rosa Goddard International Film Festival on Sept 11, 18 and 25. Wednesdays will still be special! Details to follow.