Landmark Theatres presents ongoing Q&As for newly released films. Recorded live in front of a movie theatre audience, the panel discussions feature directors, writers, actors and other key players for each film.
Nov. 14, 2017
Terry Notary (actor) at The Landmark in West Los Angeles. Moderated by Mike DeLorenzo (Landmark Theatres). Film synopsis: From Ruben Östlund, writer/director of Golden Globe nominee Force Majeure, comes another unnerving and provocative satire, The Square, winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Christian (Claes Bang) is the handsome, sophisticated and somewhat smug curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square,” an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish over-reaction to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square.” The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. Also starring Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Dominic West (“The Affair”) and “animal” actor Terry Notary. Sweden’s Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film consideration at the 90th Academy Awards. (Partially subtitled).
Nov. 14, 2017
Richard Linklater (director) at The Landmark in West Los Angeles. Moderated by Claudia Puig (USA Today). Film synopsis: In 2003, thirty years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with Former Marines Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives. Directed and co-written by Richard Linklater (Boyhood, the Before Trilogy).
Oct. 27, 2017
Todd Haynes (Director) at The Landmark in West Los Angeles. Moderated by Gregory Ellwood (The Playlist). Film synopsis: The magical and mysterious family drama Wonderstruck impressively weaves the parallel stories of Ben (Oakes Fegley) and Rose (Millicent Simmonds), children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry. Also starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. Written by Brian Selznick, based on his critically acclaimed novel, and directed by Todd Haynes, the visionary director of Carol and Far From Heaven. (All shows will be open captioned with English subtitles for the hearing impaired).
Oct. 23, 2017
Andy Serkis (director) at The Landmark in West Los Angeles. Moderated by Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood). Film synopsis: A heartwarming celebration of love and human possibility, Breathe brings to life the inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish (Academy Award nominee Andrew Garfield of Hacksaw Ridge and Golden Globe winner Claire Foy of “The Crown”), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together—raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Written by two-time Academy Award nominee William Nicholson (Gladiator) and shot by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson (Hugo, The Aviator), Breathe marks the directorial debut of acclaimed actor Andy Serkis, known for his stunning performance capture roles as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes trilogy.
Oct. 12, 2017
Sean Baker (writer/director), Chris Bergoch (writer/producer) and Alexis Zabe (cinematographer) at The Landmark in West Los Angeles. Moderated by Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times). Film synopsis: Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey (Valeria Cotto), a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter. From the director of Tangerine.
Sept. 11, 2017
Lake Bell (writer/director/actor) at The Landmark in West Los Angeles. Moderated by Jeff Garlin. Film synopsis: From acclaimed writer/director Lake Bell (In A World…) comes the new comedy I Do…Until I Don’t. In Vero Beach, Florida, a trio of couples at various points in their relationships become the subjects of a film about marriage being an antiquated idea that needs a reboot: Why not turn marriage into a seven-year deal with an option to renew? For Alice and Noah (Lake Bell, Ed Helms), more than a hint of boredom is setting in as they approach their first decade together and the prospect of parenthood. Meanwhile, Alice’s funky sister Fanny (Amber Heard) is sure her “open marriage” to Zander (Wyatt Cenac) is the key to their free-spirited happiness. And then there’s Cybil and Harvey (Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser), a pair of empty-nesters wondering what the next stage will be. As the manipulative filmmaker (Dolly Wells) attempts to show how marriage is outmoded, the couples she interviews discover the “do’s” and “don’t’s” in their own relationships.
Aug. 29, 2017
Taylor Sheridan (writer/director) at The Landmark in West Los Angeles. Moderated by Joe Utichi (Deadline). Film synopsis: Wind River is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. Written and directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water), Wind River also stars Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille and James Jordan.
Aug. 29, 2017
Geremy Jasper (writer/director), Danielle Macdonald (actor) and Siddharth Dhananjay (actor) at The Landmark in West Los Angeles. Moderated by Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood). Film synopsis: In a joyous and endearing coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in Patti Cake$, the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, Patti Cake$ chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats. Danielle Macdonald stars as Patti, with Bridget Everett, Cathy Moriarty, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, McCaul Lombardi, Sahr Ngaujah, Wass Stevens and MC Lyte.
Aug. 2, 2017
Former Vice President Al Gore at The Landmark in West Los Angeles. Moderated by Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood). Film synopsis: A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes—in moments both private and public, funny and poignant—as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.
May 12, 2017
Liev Schreiber (actor) and Philippe Falardeau (director) at The Landmark in West Los Angeles. Moderated by Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood). Film synopsis: He was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career. His life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. It’s the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame—but what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up? Driven by a committed performance from Schreiber, Chuck is a refreshingly human tale of resilience and redemption. Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts co-star.