This Week At The New Bev: De Palma & De Niro, Disney, Marvin Gardens, Grindhouse Film Fest & More!

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our full August schedule is available online:

Thursday, August 5

Two by Nicole Holofcener

Please Give
2010, USA, 90 minutes
written & directed by Nicole Holofcener
starring Catherine Keener, Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt
7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Holofcener is at the top of her game.
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

The pitch-perfect performances help Holofcener stir up feelings that cut to the heart of what defines an ethical life. There's no movie around right now with a subject more pertinent. It'll hit you hard.
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

- plus on the same bill -

Friends with Money
2006, USA, 88 minutes
written & directed by Nicole Holofcener
starring Catherine Keener, Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Jason Isaacs, Joan Cusack, Timm Sharp, Scott Caan
9:20, Watch The Trailer!

Independent Spirit Award Winner Frances McDormand Best Supporting Female

Holofcener possesses a genius for creating exquisitely realized characters who seem to have led full, rich, complicated lives before the film's first scene takes place, and will go on living complex, idiosyncratic existences long after they disappear from the screen. Of course, it doesn't hurt that she has four of the best actresses in Hollywood as the leads, especially Keener.
- Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club

A quiet but devastating ensemble piece, both acerbic and sweet, "Friends" blends empathy and a great sense of comic timing with the richness of Holofcener's trademark take-no-prisoners observations. - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Friday & Saturday, August 6 & 7

A Brian De Palma/Robert De Niro double bill

The Untouchables

1987, USA, 119 minutes
dir. Brian De Palma, starring Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Andy Garcia, Charles Martin Smith, Billy Drago, Patricia Clarkson
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:20 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Oscar winner Best Supporting Actor Sean Connery plus nominated for 3 other Academy Awards

It's vulgar, violent, funny and sometimes breathtakingly beautiful.
- Vincent Canby, New York Times

Superb performances, exquisite direction and that Ennio Morricone score create an authentic 1920s Chicago feel and a hugely entertaining crime drama.
- Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine

- plus on the same bill -

Hi, Mom!
1970, USA, 87 minutes
written & directed by Brian De Palma
starring Robert De Niro, Charles Durning, Jennifer Salt, Allen Garfield, Gerrit Graham, Paul Bartel
Fri: 9:50; Sat: 5:40 & 9:50, Watch The Trailer!

A blast from the past which recalls De Palma's beginnings as a really eclectic independent. Anarchic and very appealing.
- Time Out Film Guide

Hi, Mom! might have been only the third feature film by the director, but practically every trait that would come to signify the art of De Palma is at play in the film, many of them, natch, in direct conflict with another.- Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine

Saturday, August 7

Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship present
New Beverly Midnights

Enemy Mine

1985, USA, 108 minutes - 25th Anniversary!
dir. Wolfgang Petersen, starring Dennis Quaid & Louis Gossett Jr.
11:59pm, All Tickets $7, Watch The Trailer!

The look of the planet in Enemy Mine is so convincing, the
special effects are so elaborate and the performances are so good
- Roger Ebert

Enemy Mine is a rare and unique example of science fiction being used as a means to ponder humans' relations to each other and the universe, rather than a springboard to the now overly familiar aliens-versus-humans approach. - Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Sunday & Monday, August 8 & 9

Disney Animation

Walt & El Grupo
2008, USA, 106 minutes
directed by Theodore Thomas
Sun: 3:55 & 7:30; Mon: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

No other studio could produce historical treasure like this from its vaults. - Roger Ebert

The best kind of labor of love. A documentary made with affection and intelligence, it looks at a brief episode in the life of a cultural icon and uses it to illuminate what turns out to be a telling moment in time and in the process shed some light on the man himself.
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

- plus on the same bill -

The Three Caballeros
1944, USA, 71 minutes
directed by Norman Ferguson
Sun: 6:00 & 9:35; Mon: 9:35, Watch The Trailer!

Nominated for 2 Academy Awards: Best Music & Best Sound Recording

It still has tremendous charm, thanks to the raw vitality that permeates the picture, as well as the riotous explosions of color that simply flow forth at every opportunity. - Craig Butler, All Movie

A brilliant hodgepodge of Mr. Disney's illustrative art-a literal spinwheel of image, color and music which tumbles at you with explosive surprise.- Bosley Crowther, New York Times

Tuesday, August 10

Eric Caidin and Brian Quinn
with Grindhouse Releasing present

The Grindhouse Film Festival

The Love Exorcist
aka Daddy's Deadly Darlings aka Pigs
1972, USA, 80 minutes
written & directed by Marc Lawrence
starring Toni Lawrence, Marc Lawrence, Jesse Vint, Paul Hickey, Katharine Ross

Might satisfy those seeking the freakish. - Fred Beldin, All Movie

- plus on the same bill -

Satan's Mistress
1982, USA, 98 minutes
dir. James Polakof, starring Lana Wood, Britt Ekland, Kabir Bedi, Don Galloway, John Carradine

Not a bad little time-waster, this film relies more on nudity than scares, with a dollop of gore for good measure. - All Movie Guide

All Tickets $8

Wednesday & Thursday, August 11 & 12

The King of Marvin Gardens
1972, USA, 103 minutes
dir. Bob Rafelson, starring Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Julia Anne Robinson, Scatman Crothers, Charles LaVine

One of the most underrated films of the decade.
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Bob Rafelson's The King of Marvin Gardens is a perversely satisfying movie - and a very eccentric one. An original, individual, and often frustrating movie - Roger Ebert

- plus on the same bill -

Humboldt County
2008, USA, 97 minutes
written & directed by Darren Grodsky & Danny Jacobs
starring Fairuza Balk, Peter Bogdanovich, Frances Conroy, Brad Dourif, Chris Messina, Jeremy Strong, Madison Davenport
9:25, Watch The Trailer!

Just the type of small film that, if given a chance to be seen by audiences, could become somewhat of a hit for grownups ala Sideways or The Squid and the Whale. - Don R. Lewis, Film Threat

An amiably paced, character-driven comedy-drama about a disenchanted student who finds himself among the unreconstructed hippies and second-generation fringe dwellers who farm marijuana in the Lost Coast region of Northern California.- Joe Leydon, Variety


Advance tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking HERE. Advance tickets are not sold at the box office.

Currently, only general admission tickets may be purchased via this link. Discounted student, senior, etc. tickets may not be purchased in advance at this time. As always, any available tickets will also be sold at the theater box office the day of the event. Purchasing advance tickets is generally unnecessary for most shows, as the only programs that ever come close to selling out are special event shows with special guests, etc. Plenty of tickets are available at the door for nearly all of our programs.

Coming Soon:

13 & 14: Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs & The City Of Lost Children
14: Acts of Violence with writer / director Il Lim in person
15 & 16: Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets & Goodfellas
18 & 19: You Only Live Twice & Billion Dollar Brain
20: Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction
22 & 23: Michael Caine in Harry Brown & Get Carter
25 & 26: Tapeheads & The Big Picture
27 & 28: Night of the Hunter & Fritz Lang's M
29 & 30: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure w/ Bogus Journey

Schedule subject to change

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