Warren Beatty Gets His Hollywood Mogul On

Legendary Hollywood actor/director Warren Beatty draws a bit of Thanksgiving weekend movie oxygen around here with his turn as Howard Hughes. Then again, his new film might give the Mike Pences of the world heart palpitations

For those seeking worthy films lacking Warren Beatty levels of attention, check out Sophia Takal’s chilling look at Hollywood competition and sexism. Casey Affleck stars in a highly acclaimed Kenneth Lonergan tale of family grief. And the guys behind the amazing Winged Migration return with an alternate history of humans and nature.

Happy Thanksgiving, and don’t let food comas and Black Friday greed ruin your taste in movies.

Always Shine

In Sophia Takal’s acclaimed new film, Anna (Mackenzie Davis, Halt And Catch Fire) and Beth (Caitlin FitzGerald, Masters of Sex) are two Los Angeles actresses. The duo embark on a Big Sur weekend to repair their estranged friendship. But the weekend doesn’t promise to end well. The two actresses’ very different career trajectories feeds simmering jealousies and resentments. Takal delivers a memorably disturbing take on both the horror film genre and the Hollywood casting system.

Opens November 25 at the Roxie Theatre

Manchester By The Sea

The new family drama from director Kenneth Lonergan stars Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler, a Boston janitor. The death of older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) sparks Lee’s reluctant return to the titular hometown. The solitary janitor has been made guardian of Joe’s spirited teenage son Patrick. But Lee’s trip home also means confronting a past that led to his separating from wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and leaving Manchester By The Sea.

Opens November 25 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, the Albany Twin, the Guild Theatre, and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Mr. Pig

Ambrose Eubanks (Danny Glover) is an old-school California pig farmer. When the family farm gets foreclosed, Ambrose sets off on a road trip to Mexico with his pig Howard. The pig farmer wants to find Howie a new home down south. However, Ambrose’s problems begin with figuring out how to smuggle his very large porker across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Opens November 25 at the Roxie Theatre

Rules Don’t Apply

In 1958 Hollywood, contract actress Marla Mabry and her driver Frank Forbes work for the movie studio of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes (writer/director Warren Beatty). Despite both coming from conservative religious backgrounds, the two traditionalists fall for each other. Unfortunately for them, their romance runs afoul of Hughes’ #1 rule prohibiting any relationship between employees and contract actresses.

Now at the AMC Bay Street 16, the AMC Metreon 16, the AMC Van Ness 14, the AMC Metreon 16, the Century 12 San Mateo, the Century 20 Daly City, the Century at Tanforan, the Presidio Theatre, the Shattuck Cinemas, and the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas


Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud (Winged Migration) return with another widescreen breath-taking nature documentary. This time, their cameras roam the European forests that emerged after the last Ice Age and look at the creatures who make those woods their home. But it’s also the story of how humanity emerged to share and eventually change these forests over time. Yet through all these years of change, humanity has not been able to escape its shared destiny with the creatures of the wild.

Opens November 25 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

The Unmarried Wife

Why is Anne accused of being a mistress? The answer to that question involves understanding the story of her failed marriage with Geoff. What was once a joyous relationship turned into one where the unhappy couple stayed together for the sake of their son. Yet both Anne and Geoff still want to love and be loved. However for Anne, acting on that desire collides with Filipino society’s rigid expectations regarding women’s roles.

Opens November 25 at the Century at Tanforan

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I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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