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July 3rd...

Now Playing on July 3rd, The Al Pacino starring “Manglehorn”, and the sensational and spectacular “Magic Mike XXL”

Written and Directed by highly acclaimed auteur David Gordon Green, “Manglehorn” stars Al Pacino in the title role of Manglehorn, a criminal turned locksmith who struggles to overcome a long lost love and reconcile his relationships, new and old. An experimental character study, the film’s supporting cast of Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, and Chris Messina all deliver fascinating performances.


John Hartl in the Seattle Times writes that “Pacino easily captures the character’s longtime frustration, though it’s Holly Hunter who supplies the story’s heartbreak.”

Look out! Magic Mike and his crew are back in “Magic Mike XXL” as you can tell from its title this sequel to the thrilling “Magic Mike” is bigger and better. Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, “Magic Mike XXL” finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.


And in honor of Magic Mike we have not one but two cocktails to try! You can go with the original, best-selling ‘Magic Mike’ a concoction of Absolut Mandarin, Passoa Liquer, and Orange Juice served up with a sugar rim. Or try the ‘Magic Mike XXL’ a mix of Absolut Hibiscus Passoa Liquer, Hibiscus Puree, and Lemonade, served in a pint.

And don’t miss “A Little Chaos” starring Kate Winslet, “About Elly” from Academy Award winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, Fashion documentary “Iris”, Israeli drama “The Farewell Party” and the groundbreaking documentary “The Wolfpack”.

Opening June 12th...

Opening on June 12th the Award winning French film “Love at First Fight”, Environmental-Pranksterism Documentary “The Yes Men Are Revolting”, and the terrifying Horror-Documentary “The Nightmare”

Making a splash at the Cannes Film Festival, “Love at First Fight” is a new spin on the romantic comedy. The film is about a young man, Arnaud, who faces an uncertain future. When he meets the terrifyingly strong Madeleine, he’s immediately smitten. Together they join a boot camp, instigated by Madeleine’s fear of environmental collapse. As they are challenged by the brutality of boot camp, their young love surprisingly blossoms.




Ben Sachs writes in the Chicago Reader, “This debut feature by French writer-director Thomas Cailley is the rare romantic comedy that’s satisfying as genre entertainment but also inspires serious thought on pertinent social issues.”

The third film to come from the Prankster-Activist group, “The Yes Men Are Revolting” follows the comedy duo’s hijinks in pranking and lampooning the powers that be in the name of the environmental concerns. Executive produced by Adam McKay (“Anchorman”) this film is as funny as it is insightful.




Rodney Ascher first stunned audiences with his conspiracy theory laden doc “Room 237”. But in his newest film “The Nightmare” he focuses on a very real and very terrifying condition: Sleep Paralysis. Through interviews intercut with frightening and sometimes surreal re-enactments, we are shown the horrors of sleep paralysis and the seemingly real demons that crop up.




Scott Tobias writes in The Dissolve, “With ‘The Nightmare’, Ascher abandons the strictures of a conventional documentary to frolic in the terrifying netherworlds of human consciousness. It’s not enough for Ascher, a sufferer himself, to tell his audience about sleep paralysis—they have to feel it, too.”

And don’t miss “5 Flights Up” starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman, “About Elly” from Academy Award winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, “Aloha” starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams, “Iris” from Academy Award nominated documentarian Albert Maysles and “Age of Adaline” starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford.


Opening June 5th...

Opening this week, June 5th, are the mystery-thriller ABOUT ELLY from the Academy Award winning director of A SEPERATION and the previously unreleased cult classic of the 1990’s REBELS OF THE NEON GOD from world renowned filmmaker Ming-liang Tsai.



ABOUT ELLY is a gripping mystery set among a group of old college friends on a holiday retreat. With the return of their close friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of former college pals decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter’s kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating from the moment the group arrives at the seashore, suddenly swing round and come back full force when one afternoon Elly suddenly vanishes. Her mysterious disappearance sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear.

David Edelstein says in New York Magazine (Vulture) “It’s breezy, then suspenseful, and gradually, crushingly sad. On its own terms, it’s a perfect film.”



Never released in America until now, Tsai Ming-liang emerged on the world cinema scene in 1992 with his groundbreaking first feature, Rebels of The Neon God. His debut already includes a handful of elements familiar to fans of subsequent work: a deceptively spare style often branded “minimalist”; actor Lee Kang-sheng as the silent and sullen Hsiao-kang; copious amounts of water, whether pouring from the sky or bubbling up from a clogged drain; and enough urban anomie to ensure that even the subtle humor in evidence is tinged with pathos. The loosely structured plot involves Hsiao-kang, a despondent cram school student, who becomes obsessed with young petty thief Ah-tze, after Ah-tze smashes the rearview mirror of a taxi driven by Hsiao-kang’s father. Hsiao-kang stalks Ah-tze and his buddy Ah-ping as they hang out in the film’s iconic arcade (featuring a telling poster of James Dean on the wall) and other locales around Taipei, and ultimately takes his revenge.

Clayton Dillard in Slant Magazine says “Tsai Ming-liang’s debut makes one yearn for an alternative reality where it, not Pulp Fiction, became the beacon of ’90s independent filmmaking.”

And don’t miss these other great films playing: 5 FLIGHTS UP starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman, ALOHA starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams. CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA starring Kristen Steward and Juliette Binoche. The fashion documentary IRIS from legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter) AGE OF ADALINE starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford and the Oscar Nominated WILD TALES executive produced by Pedro Almodovar.

Nick Kroll Live...



Appearing at 2 sold out shows, Nick Kroll was his usual hilarious self in answering audience member’s questions. Nick picked his first audience member and immediately asked, “are you vegan?” teasing Portland’s hipster food habits.

Nick shared that he really wants to do everything: produce, act, television, film, whatever. He said he was both too insecure but also filled with too much hubris to wait around for something to come along.

So with ADULT BEGINNERS it was a project he believed in and called in as many favors as he could. Joel McHale, Mike Birbiglia, Bobby Moynihan and others all had worked with Nick before and wanted to help.

But the biggest aid to the project was Nick’s co-star from THE LEAGUE, Mark Duplass. “I was shopping the script around to several producers and I realized the best producer in world for indie comedies was in the trailer next door.” With the Duplass brother’s help they were able to get the film going and with the casting of Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, they were able to get fully funded and start shooting.

Nick enjoyed working with Byrne and Cannavale, saying that almost every scene has some improvisation from every actor, but said Cannavale took their dramatic scenes very seriously, always wanting to work with the written material, which Nick really appreciated.


Nick also discussed the future of his Kroll show characters, “they’ll show up in some form or another, maybe live, maybe somewhere else on TV.” Several audience members shouted out the characters they wanted to see the most, which Nick really enjoyed hearing.

When asked if there were any projects he wanted to do with girlfriend, Amy Poehler, he immediately joked “A reality show!” but elaborated that he doesn’t see any major projects with her, but does enjoy exchanging ideas and feedback with her.

The last question of the evening posed to Nick was how satisfied he was with his work in ADULT BEGINNERS compared to everything else he’s done. He replied that he rarely thinks any work he’s done is perfect. “I know everything I do could be better, I’m pleased with what I learned– this’ll help in doing more stuff, so I guess I’ll give myself a ‘B.’ But for a first film, yeah, I’m incredibly happy with what we got.”


ADULT BEGINNERS opened at Living Room Theaters in downtown Portland on Friday, May 1st.

Age of Adaline & Clouds of Sils Maria...

Opening this week on 4/24: The timeless AGE OF ADALINE and the newest drama from Olivier Assayas CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA.

Blake Lively was made a star on TV’s GOSSIP GIRL, but now is in a quite literally grown up role in the AGE OF ADALINE, who decades ago suffered a mysterious accident that rendered her forever stuck at 29. She leaves town every decade to conceal her secret, and the only permanent relationships is with her daughter, by now a senior citizen and played by a scene stealing Ellen Burstyn. Joining the cast as Adaline’s love interest is Michiel Huisman as Ellis Jones and his father, played by the legendary Harrison Ford.

Kristen Stewart was the first American ever to win the Cesar award, the French academy award for her work in CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA. Stewart plays a young assistant to veteran Actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche). Their professional and personal relationship is put to the test when she’s cast against the meteoric up and comer Jo-Ann Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz). The film was directed by Olivier Assays, who previously worked with Binoche on the critically acclaimed SUMMER HOURS.


And in honor of CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA we have concocted the CHERRY SUNRISE. Tequila and White Peach infused with a special Cherry Grand Marnier, much like this international production infused with some special French assets.

Cherry Sunrise

Don’t forget we’re also playing the Oscar Nominated WILD TALES, the FARGO inspired KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER and the canine epic WHITE GOD.

Help support a local filmmaker!...


We’re very excited to share that local filmmaker (and Living Room Theater employee!) Ryan Graves is in the midst of completing his first feature film, “Emily”.  The film, which was directed by Graves, is about a young married couple struggling to stay together after the husband suffers a crisis of faith.


“Emily” was produced by Stately and Spry Pictures which is co-owned by Graves and Producer Kelly McCrillis. This is their first feature film, you can learn more about them at their website


The film was shot here in Portland this past November and is now in Post-Production, but they need your help to finish it! The Stately and Spry team is raising funds via the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo.  They need to raise $10,000 in order to pay for post-production tasks such as editing, composing, color correction and festival submissions.

There are numerous incentives for donating, including digital copies of the final film, locally roasted coffee and movie passes to Living Room Theaters!

In addition to helping out a local filmmaker, five percent of your donation will be given to UNICEF.


You can learn more about the film and donate here:

Thank you!



LRT Pick Review by Ryan Graves

Recommended Book Tense, riveting, and thoughtful, the newest film from Volker Schlöndorff is a compelling war drama about one diplomat’s urgent fight to save Paris from imminent destruction. Given it’s sterling quality and it’s reliable genre attraction (who doesn’t love a good WAR movie) I have no doubt that the film would be popular with our clientele.

The film begins in 1944 in Paris. Allied forces have surrounded the city and the German officers are holed up in a decadent hotel. Their order from the Fuhrer arrives: Raze Paris to the ground before the Allies can fight their way in. As soldiers line the streets with explosives, one diplomat sneaks into the bedroom of the commanding officer and begs for the mercy of Paris.

Based on a play of the same name, Schlondorff focus the drama on the contention between the two men. To follow orders or not? The film deals in grand questions of ethics but never falls into abstract philosophy. The film progresses almost completely in real time, and the urgency is apparent. To me it felt like Dial M For Murder, except Grace Kelly is played by Paris. And like a good Hitchcock film, it is both thoughtful and accessible. I give it my highest recommendation.3


  1896947_1460853420831658_9142631893534485472_nLRT Pick Review by Ryan Graves.

At first a liberally polemic doc that paints a bleak portrait of worldwide dependence on natural oil, the film makes a clear and deliberate argument for the use and propitiation of alternative fuel sources: ethanol, methanol, hybrid fuel like e85 and Tesla’s pure electric solution.

The film traces the history of American oil dependence since the horseless carriage, to the newest oil demand from China, whose obsession with automobiles has created car ownership as serious  Louis Vuitton Handbags marriage eligibility! The film argues that the rapid automobile expansion in China and the dwindling supply of natural oil means that we as Americans must adapt or die. Citing Brazil as a success story through their use of ethanol as an energy source, the film makes the argument that Americans need choice at the gas pump, it’s the American way.

Well produced with voice over narration from Jason Bateman, Pump directly addresses  Cheap Louis Vuitton Bags issues that have been in the headlines for years now. It is highly recommended.


Walking the Camino...


Lydia Smith, director and producer of Walking the Camino will do a Q&A with audiences after the prime screening on Friday August 29th.

Walking the Camino is an up-close look at one of humanity’s most time-honored traditions. By following pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind, we witness the Camino’s magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and- Louis Vuitton Bags soul into their physical trek to Santiago and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves.

Walking the Camino presents universal themes through personal stories for those seeking to redefine the way they live their lives, to deepen their relationship with themselves, and to rediscover their connection with the world in which they live. Many refer to the Camino as a ‘metaphor for life,’ in that each person must determine and find their own way – what is right for one may not be for another. There is no single right way to do the Camino, nor to live life.

The film speaks to young viewers in the process of self-formation, offers a way for retirees and mid-lifers to reflect on their past and possibilities for their future, and encourages our disabled population to think beyond their limits. Rather than merely entertaining with mental diversion, the film engages its audience in an active rumination on their own lives.

The Camino provides a structure with no agenda where one can develop themselves from the inside-out. Walking for miles with only nature and their thoughts for company, pilgrims are forced to step out of their comfort zones, look inward and examine their fears, insecurities and prejudices towards others. Out of such self-awareness inevitably emerges open-mindedness and generosity, as pilgrims help each other reach the finish line. Generosity emerges in touching  indielab moments of kindness: when one pilgrim suffers from a heavy load and cannot go on, another carries their backpack without a second thought; when one runs out of cash, another will loan even a complete stranger whatever they need. The Camino is a great equalizer, where our differences become irrelevant and our similarities more apparent.

The documentary, just like the Camino itself, creates a sense of global community and spark a dialogue about life’s biggest questions. Amidst a time of considerable social malaise, Walking the Camino will illuminate what enables us to transcend the perceived boundaries of race, language, social status, age, faith and nationality, and remind us of what is best about being human. Don’t miss it!

New movies starting July 18th...

Opening this week at Living Room Theaters on Friday, July 18th are the films “Venus in Fur” directed by Roman Polanski, and the French-Canadian drama “Gabrielle”.

“Venus in Fur” is Director Roman Polanski’s 20th feature film, and was adapted from the play by David Ives. The film stars Mathieu Amalric as Thomas, a frustrated theater director disheartened in his search for the perfect actress to star in his revival of “Venus in Furs”. At the end of a fruitless open audition, Thomas is about to go home to his fiancée but is interrupted by a rain drenched actress begging to audition. Her name is Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski’s Wife), ominously sharing the name of the play’s main character. Thomas lets her read for the part, but what follows is a confusion of life imitating art, in which the director and actress plunge into the dark themes found within “Venus in Furs”; Sex , Power, Submission and Domination. Betsy Sharkly in the Los Angeles Times calls the film “a caustic, comic, cerebral romp for a long time before it hits you with its best shot — some Polanski-worthy darkness.”

“Gabrielle” is a moving drama from French-Canadian writer-director Louise Archambault. The story is about the musically gifted and mentally handicapped Gabrielle. When she falls in love with a similarly diagnosed young man in her choir, her caretakers and sister are fraught with concern. And when Gabrielle’s sister is called away to India, Gabrielle soon finds her life falling apart. Liam Lacey in the Globe and Mail says of the film that “Instead of a message movie, Gabrielle is a romance and an unusual kind of musical that seamlessly integrates special needs actors with the other cast members.”

And in order to keep everyone cool this week we are offering the Blood Orange Tequila Gimlet, a refreshing combination of Jose Cuervo, Blood Orange puree and muddled lime, shaken and served up in a sugar rimmed glass.  So come down to any of our air conditioned theaters and enjoy drinks, food, and a show!

-Ryan Graves

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