“While Isle of Dogs is basically a fizzy, ornately mounted assembly of quirks and barks, the sheer artistry displayed… is so expertly accomplished, and so clearly fueled by love, that you can’t help but grin.” – Vanity Fair
“Wes Anderson crafts a stop-motion fable blending delightful fantasy, visual wonder and timely political parable.” – Forbes
When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
Rated PG-13, 1 hour, 41 mins
EVERY Saturday at MIDNIGHT
If you haven’t seen ROCKY with our shadowcast you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Costumes and audience participation galore! This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of newlyweds inside a mad scientist’s strange mansion and crazy party that they come across on a rainy night after their car breaks down in the woods.
Rated R, 1 hr, 40 min.
April 20 at 11pm – Tribute screening of this cult classic on the 2nd anniversary of Prince’s passing. Join us as we honor the legendary icon and celebrate of his life.
“Purple Rain is not a living room kind of movie. It demands to be experienced in all its awesomely ridiculous glory on the biggest screen, with the biggest speakers and the biggest crowd.” – RogerEbert.com
The Kid is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his father, the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with singer, Apollonia. But, another musician, Morris, looks to steal the Kid’s spotlight – and his girl.
Rated R, 1 hours, 51 mins
Coming April 21
* Q & A after the film with special guests:
Sandy Trautwein, PdD, Interim VP of Husbandry, Curator of Fish and Invertebrates, Aquarium of the Pacific; and Henry C. Lystad, Producer, International Ocean Film Tour!
Adventure. Action. Ocean Life. OCEANS FILM TOUR Volume 5 is on its way with the best ocean adventures and environmental documentaries on board. 120 minutes packed with the most inspiring stories from the seven seas and the best water sports action of the year.
Featuring: The Ocean Rider; Paradigm Lost; Vamizi; Water II; The Big Wave Project; Why Not Now, And Then We Swam.
Unrated, 2 hours
Coming April 22
* Special Q & A after the film with:
Steve Rice, LB activist and Chef Paul, Primal Alchemy Catering and John Sangmeister from Gladstones Restaurants!
“This inspiring program raises important environmental issues and reinforces the positive effects of grassroots advocacy.” – BookListOnline.com
“I highly recommend STRAWS as an educational and entertaining film about plastic pollution.” – Actor and Environmentalist Ed Begley Jr.
STRAWS is a documentary film that charts the history of straws and continues to present day issues that surround our current culture’s obsession of single use conveniences. It’s estimated every day 500,000,000+ plastic straws are used once and tossed in the U.S. alone. Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the #5 most found litter item on beaches. They’re non-recyclable, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.
A viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nose has now sparked anti-plastic straw campaigns globally and inspiring sustainable alternatives. Oscar winner Tim Robbins narrates a humorous history of straws, and Director Linda Booker interviews marine researchers, artists, citizen activists, and business owners about how it’s possible to make a sea of change, one plastic straw at a time.
PG-13, 32 mins
Coming April 22
* Special Q & A after the film with local youth panel; facilitated by Algalita Marine Research and Education!
“Solutions that could change things for the better.” – ABC Radio
While journalist Craig Leeson is searching for the elusive blue whale, he discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers. Together they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.
Unrated, 1 hour, 42 mins
Coming April 22
* Special Q & A after the film with:
Director Ashley Bell, Elephant Conservationist Sangdeaun “Lek” Chailert, Executive Producer Roddy Tabatabai and Writer/Cinematographer John McCarthy!
“You don’t need a bull hook to control an elephant. You can guide an elephant with love… and bananas” –Lek Chailert, Founder of Save Elephant Foundation
LOVE & BANANAS is a heartwarming and hopeful story about a team of elephant rescuers, led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist Lek Chailert, as they embark on a daring 48-hour mission 500 miles across Thailand to rescue a 70-year old captive blind Asian elephant and bring her to freedom.
The touching story exposes the plight of Asian elephants and the people who work tirelessly to save them.
Unrated, 1 hour, 15 mins
“Stanley Tucci’s look at the legendary artist Alberto Giacometti is a mesmerizing meditation on the mystery of genius and anything but paint by numbers.” – Rolling Stone
In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees. So begins not only the story of a touching and offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process. FINAL PORTRAIT is a bewitching portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse.
Rated R, 1 hour, 30 mins
Coming April 28
* John Thomas, past president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and co-author of Long Beach Art Deco, will explore the set designs and themes of Cedric Gibbons prior to the screening of this classic film Grand Hotel!
“If you want to see what screen glamour used to be, and what, originally, ‘stars’ were, this is perhaps the best example of all time.” – New Yorker
GRAND HOTEL is a 1932 classic B&W film about the lavish Grand Hotel in Berlin, a place where “nothing ever happens.” That statement proves to be false, however, as the story follows an intertwining cast of characters over the course of one tumultuous day. The once-wealthy Baron Felix von Gaigern (John Barrymore) supports himself as a thief and gambler. He romances one of his marks, the aging ballerina Grusinskaya (Greta Garbo), and teams with dying accountant Otto Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore) against his former boss, crooked industrialist Preysing (Wallace Beery), and his ambitious stenographer, Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford). Winner of Best Picture at the 1932 Academy Awards.
Unrated, 1 hour, 42 mins
Coming April 29
* Featuring a powerful Q & A afterwards hosted by We Love LB, with three special guests whose lives are inspired toward shaping a Long Beach community that is more loving, inclusive, and aware.
“Summer in the Forest is an extraordinarily tender documentary that asks what it means to be human. Here, even the most gentle scenes raise mighty questions.” – New York Times
“Provides considerable insight into how various special-needs conditions might be better handled by society than they are presently.” – Variety
Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled ‘idiots’, locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release – the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L’Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. A quiet revolution was born. Now in his 80s, and still at L’Arche, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten – what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy. SUMMER IN THE FOREST invites us to abandon the rat race and forge new friendships.
Unrated, 1 hour, 48 mins
Coming May 22
* This rare screening of the 1920 silent film will feature a musical score performed live by the acclaimed Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble!
In 1920, filmgoers were treated to this memorable film version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. John Barrymore plays the humanitarian Dr. Henry Jekyll, who becomes obsessed with the notion of separating the good and evil impulses within every man. To this end, he develops a potion which unleashes his own darker side: the demonic Mr. Hyde. This silent classic horror film will be accompanied by a live score by the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble. Join us for an evening you won’t want to miss!
Unrated, 1 hour, 47 mins