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  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.

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Walking the Camino...

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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”.

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“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.”

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“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.”

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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

New movies starting July 11th...

Coming this week to Living Room Theaters on Friday July 11th, “The Last Sentence” from Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell and the indie mind-bender “Coherence”

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“The Last Sentence” is from Oscar nominated filmmaker Jan Troell. The film is inspired by the true story of Torgny Segerstedt, the Swedish journalist who bravely wrote against the rise of fascism in 1930’s Germany. Starring Jesper Christensen, who American audiences will recognize as the James Bond Villain Mr. White from “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace”. Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times calls the film “A more sophisticated work than it appears about a man whose life was more complicated than the world knew.”

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“Coherence” is the bizarre new film from James Ward Byrkit. The film is about a group of friends’ dinner party that’s interrupted by an astronomical anomaly, and they are forced to struggle together to uncover they mystery it leaves behind. A.A. Dowd in the A.V. Club calls it “[A]n uncommonly clever genre movie, reliant not on special effects-of which there are basically none-but on heavy doses of paranoia.”

Also continuing this week is the Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself”, the locally produced “Redwood Highway”, the German hit film “Coffee in Berlin”, teen melodrama “The Fault in Our Stars” and the Polish period drama “Ida”.

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Whatever you’re looking for this weekend we’re sure you’ll find it at Living Room Theaters!

-Ryan Graves

New movies starting July 4th...

Coming this week on Friday, the Fourth of July, are “Lucky Them” Starring Toni Collette and the Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself”. Also playing will be two special screenings of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s rendition of Henry IV Part 2.

“Lucky Them” follows Rock journalist Ellie Klug as she tries to save her dwindling journalism career by landing an interview with long lost Rock god (and ex-boyfriend) Matthew Smith. Starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church and Oliver Platt, Moira McDonald in the Seattle Times says that the film “has that rare gift: It leaves its audiences warm and happy, as the best romantic comedies do.”

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The director of “Lucky Them”, Megan Griffiths, will be in attendance conducting Q&A’s after the 7:30 and 9:50 shows on Saturday night (7/5) as well as the 2:40 show on Sunday (7/6).

“Life Itself” is the new documentary from Steve James, the acclaimed director of “Hoop Dreams”. The film is about legendary film critic Roger Ebert. Adapted from Ebert’s autobiography of the same name, the film is full of his life history as told by his closest friends and the esteemed filmmakers whom received the earliest support from Roger.

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Roger Ebert is arguably one of the most successful film critics of all time. One of the first film critics to receive the Pulitzer prize, Ebert began his career at the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967 as their chief film critic, a post he held there until his death. Most famous for coining the “Thumbs Up” rating, Ebert became a national figure thanks to his film review show, “At The Movies” with his contentious better half, the late Gene Siskel. Towards the end of his life, Ebert contracted thyroid cancer that years later would destroy his ability to speak. Despite great health challenges, Ebert maintained his position as film critic and continually updated his website with a variety essays and film reviews. Joe Neumaier writes in the New York Daily News that the film “is a joy. It celebrates colorful characters, an indomitable spirit and a generous mind.”

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If you want to read any of Roger Ebert’s reviews, you can find them at www.rogerebert.com. Maintained now by film critic heir apparent, Mathew Zoller Seitz, the website contains all of his reviews since 1967, as well as his collection of “Great Movies” essays and a handful of other writings.

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And don’t miss our showings for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s rendition of Henry IV Part 2. We have a matinee at noon on Sunday (7/6), and on Thursday (7/10) at 7 pm.

Get out of the heat, into any of our air conditioned theaters, and enjoy a movie with us!

-Ryan Graves

New movies starting June 27th...

Opening at Living Room Theaters on Friday, June 27th are the new German comedy, “A Coffee in Berlin” and the French bio-pic, “Violette”

In the tradition of Early Woody Allen and Jim Jarmusch, “A Coffee in Berlin” is about young twentysomething Niko, who’s one goal to find a cup of coffee is thwarted by a myriad of former lovers, ex-classmates and psychoanalysts. A major award winner at the German Oscars, this film is a wry dramedy that will please Millennials and anyone else who’s just had one of those days.

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“Violette” is about Violette Leduc, French novelist and memoir writer. Suffering a harsh childhood, Violette worked as a telephone operator until she eventually met famed feminist writer Simone De Beauvoir, and an intense friendship was then founded on Simone’s encouragements to write. Violette was one of the first women writers in France to tackle issues such as female sexuality, abortion and same-sex attraction head-on. Mahnola Dargis in the New York Times writes “Violette’s hold on life can be terrifying, at times ugly, but what she finally makes of that life is beautiful.”

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Continuing this week is our special Greek Pizza. Made with feta, arugula, black olives, artichoke hearts, roasted roma tomatoes and a special creamy béchamel sauce as the base, you can add bacon for one dollar or prosciutto wrapped chicken for three.

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Also continuing this week is the locally produced film “Redwood Highway”. In honor of the film’s smashing success this weekend we are continuing the specialty cocktail as well.  “The Bourbon Branch” is made with bourbon, grapefruit juice and maple syrup.

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Remember you can reserve your seats online for any show time. So book your tickets ahead of time,  come on in, have a drink and try our new greek pizza!

-Ryan Graves

New movies starting June 20th...

Opening this week on Friday, June 20th are the locally produced “Redwood Highway” and the Mike Myer’s documentary “Supermensch”

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Starring Oscar Nominee Shirley Knight and television superstar Tom Skerrit, the film follows the retired Marie who decides to walk 80 miles to see her estranged daughter’s wedding. Along the way she is faced with traumas from her past and is forced to confront the hardships in her life. Locally made in southern Oregon, Marc Mohan in the Oregonian says “The landscapes of the Rogue River Valley, and the lifetime of experience on Knight’s face, are enough to make “Redwood Highway” a modest, heartwarming winner.”

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Mike Myers makes his directorial debut with the documentary “Supermensch”, a biography of Shep Gordon, Hollywood mega-manager. In his life he’s managed careers like Alice Cooper and Blondie as well as inventing the celebrity chef. But Gordon is also known for his philanthropic work with the Dalai Lama. Steven Rea in the Philadelphia Inquirer remarks simply, “How can you not love this guy, this story?”

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And in honor of “Redwood Highway”, our specialty cocktail this week is the Bourbon Branch. Made with Bourbon, Grapefruit juice, a few dashes of bitters and a special ingredient, Maple Syrup. Served over ice with a fresh lemon garnish.

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My kitchen manager is currently putting together this week’s pizza special- it’s going to feature arugula, artichokes, roasted tomatoes and olives with a white sauce base (it’s also been rumored that you’ll be able to add bacon to it, which will make it extra tasty).  I don’t have any pictures of it yet, but when I do I’ll be sure to post them.

-Ryan Graves

Movies starting June 13th...

Continuing on screen this week at Living Room Theaters is the number one film in the nation “The Fault in Our Stars”. Based on the bestselling book of the same name by John Green, the film follows two teenagers struggling with cancer who fall in love. The melodrama stars Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley. Stephen Rea in the Philadelphia Inquirer says Woodley “balances grace with gravity, wit with heart.”

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Like the book, the film is amassing a major following and nationwide made $48 million in its first weekend alone.

Premiering this Friday, June 13th is “Ai Weiwiei: The Fake Case” the second film to play here about the provocative Chinese artist. The film documents Ai Weiwei’s struggle with the Chinese government, who slap a “fake case” against the artist, in an attempt to silence his rebellious voice.

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The film is required viewing for any Ai Weiwei fans.

Also new this week is the premiere of our mocktail menu featuring the following drinks, each created by our lead bartender Jess;

Spiced Peach Palmer

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Made with White Peach Puree, Iced Tea, Lemonade, and Aromatic Bitters

Hibiscus Cucumber Press

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Made with Sweet Hibiscus extract, Cucumber, Citrus, and Soda

Sparkling Mango Punch

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Made with Mango Puree, Bordeaux Cherries, Soda

All three are delicious and refreshing, plus they can be made into cocktails if you’d prefer a little kick!

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So get out of the heat, get into any of our air conditioned theaters and grab a mocktail (or a cocktail!) to enjoy during your film at Living Room Theaters!

-Ryan Graves

New Movies Starting May 30th...

This week at Living Room Theaters we are excited to open 3 films- “Chinese Puzzle”, “Finding Vivian Maier”, and an encore of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s rendition of “Richard II” Starring David Tenant.

“Chinese Puzzle” is the newest film from writer-director Cédric Klapisch, a threequel to “Russian Dolls” (2005) and “L’auberge Espagnol” (2002) This multicultural, multi-language series follows a group of friends from all across the globe who first meet at a Spanish hostel. Now, in “Chinese Puzzle”, the main character Cedric (Romaine Duris) relocates to New York City to be closer to his children who now live with his ex-wife. Charles Gant in the Variety says that it brings “an appreciative outsider’s perspective to the sights, sounds and polyglot energy of New York, Klapisch and his collaborators ensure that the two hours whiz by decoratively and entertainingly.”

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Although you can still enjoy this film without seeing the others in the series first, they are available for free on Amazon Prime, or for $2.99 for non-members at Amazon.com if you’re interested.

“Finding Vivian Maier” is a critically acclaimed documentary about the reclusive street photographer Vivian Maier. Working as a Nanny all of her life, her photos weren’t discovered until years after her death. Now considered one of the greatest street photographers, the documentary covers the secrets and surprises that came from unveiling her work. It has garnered a 97 percent approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and has been certified fresh!

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Due to popular demand we will be screening another encore of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s rendition of “Richard II” starring David Tenant. See it while you still can!

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And for another week we are extending our specialty pizza- The BBQ Chicken- featuring our house made barbeque sauce, red onions and prosciutto wrapped chicken.

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(I wish smell-o-vision was a thing cause trust me, this pizza smells heavenly).

So come on down, enjoy a drink, dinner and a movie!

-Ryan Graves

New Movies starting May 23rd...

This Friday, May 23rd, Living Room Theaters will be playing three new films. The French language “Bicycling with Moliere” the Jesse Eisenberg starring film, “The Double” and in 3-D, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”.

Billed as a warm, funny and literate comedy, “Bicycling with Moliere” was directed by Philippe Le Guay, whose previous film, “The Women on the Sixth Floor”, you may have seen here. “Bicycling with Moliere” is about two French actors struggling to put on Moliere’s “The Misanthrope”, both of them vying for the lead role of Alceste.  This film is a New York Critic Pick- in his review, Stephen Holden remarks that “The screenplay ultimately bears out Alceste’s observations about treachery, selfishness and deceit, but with such charm and zest that their sting tickles more than it hurts.”

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Another comedy, “The Double”, starring Jesse Eisenberg as the neglected and unassuming Simon- as well as his confident doppelganger, James- is Richard Ayoade’s adaptation of Dostoevsky. This is the second film from Richard Ayoade (his first film “Submarine” was a festival favorite). You may also recognize Ayoade as Moss from the “IT Crowd”. In his review for the New York Times, A.O. Scott observes that Eisenberg “plays Simon with cringing, stammering authenticity.”

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In honor of this film our cocktail special of the week will be “The Doppelganger”! It’s made with hibiscus, cucumber, lemonade and spiked with Vodka OR its juniper doppelganger Gin. It also makes a delightfully refreshing mocktail.

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And in 3-D we are excited to screen “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.  This one is fun for the whole family and would be a great choice for the Memorial Holiday weekend.

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If you missed it last time, we are excited to announce a special Encore screening of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s rendition of “Richard II” starring David Tenant. It has one screening only on Sunday, May 25th, at 12 Noon.

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Also new this week we’re excited to serve house made cold brew coffee. Come and find a respite from the hot weather, have a cold brew and enjoy one of the new movies at Living Room Theaters.

-Ryan Graves

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