Guild Screenings
SEPTEMBER 2015

Welcome to your theater! Please feel free to arrive early and enjoy a little schmooze and fun with your fellow writers.

Summer is over, and with fall comes the roar of Serious Movies. We have a terrific lineup of interesting, ambitious films this month. From the nail-biter SICARIO to the social drama 99 HOMES... from the sprawling biopic BLACK MASS to the unnerving Elisabeth Moss showcase QUEEN OF EARTH. For horror fans, we also have a pair of extremely creepy films: GOODNIGHT MOMMY and THE VISIT.

We also have a number of exciting Q&As: On Saturday, September 12, please join us as writer/director Nancy Meyers speaks after her adult comedy THE INTERN. On Sunday, September 20, writer Drew Dowdle and writer/director John Erick Dowdle will appear after their action film NO ESCAPE. On Saturday, September 26, we welcome writer Mark Mallouk to discuss his highly anticipated film, BLACK MASS. And on Sunday, September 27, writer/director Brian Helgeland will speak after his gangster tale, LEGEND.

Members may bring TWO GUESTS (*unless otherwise noted) to all regular screenings. As always, we ask that members frequent the food and drink offerings from Homeboy Industries before the film. On weekends, we serve popcorn, beverages, salads, sandwiches, and fresh pastries. Only popcorn and water are allowed inside the theater, and patrons may not bring in outside food.

Click on movie titles to view trailers.

Friday, September 4
7:30

COP CAR
Two rebellious young boys take a police car on a joy ride, setting off a chilling series of events with the enraged small town sheriff. A chilling, taut indie, reminiscent of early Coen Brothers, and a fantastic example of creative filmmaking on a minuscule $800,000 budget.

Written by Jon Watts & Christopher Ford
Produced by Cody Ryder, Alicia Van Couvering, Sam Bisbee, Andrew Kortschak, Jon Watts
Directed by Jon Watts

Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Camryn Manheim, Shea Whigham

Rated R, 88 minutes, Print Courtesy of Focus World


Monday, September 7 (Labor Day)
11:00

MISSISSIPPI GRIND
In this freewheeling '70s-style character piece, a down-on-his-luck gambler becomes convinced that his new friend is a good-luck charm. The two set off on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game, trying to reclaim everything they've lost in their lives.

Written and Directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden
Produced by Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, Tom Rice, Ben Nearn

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Robin Weigert, Alfre Woodard

Rated R, 108 minutes, Print Courtesy of A24


Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) 
2:00

A WALK IN THE WOODS
In this comedy adventure, Robert Redford and Nick Nolte star as old friends who make the improbable decision to hike the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail. Funny and poignant, as it captures the frustrations and delights of a lifelong friendship.

Screenplay by Rick Kerb and Bill Holderman
Based upon the Book by Bill Bryson
Produced by Robert Redford, Bill Holderman, Chip Diggins
Directed by Ken Kwapis

Cast: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, Mary Steenburgen

Rated R, 98 minutes, Print Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures


Monday, September 6 (Labor Day)
5:00

SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE
A good-natured womanizer and a serial cheater try to maintain a platonic relationship, while a mutual attraction unwittingly sets in. Sexy, funny, and outrageously smutty at times.

Written and Directed by Leslye Headland
Produced by Sidney Kimmel, Jessica Elbaum, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell

Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Brody, Amanda Peet

Rated R, 95 minutes, Print Courtesy of IFC Films


Monday, September 7 (Labor Day)
8:00

GOODNIGHT MOMMY
In an isolated house, nine-year-old twin brothers await their mother's return after reconstructive surgery. With her face wrapped in bandages, and her demeanor odd, the boys start to doubt whether this woman is actually their mother. Watch the attached trailer and be absolutely terrified.

Written and Directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala
Produced by Ulrich Seidl

Cast: Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Hans Escher, Elfriede Schatz, Karl Purker, Georg Deliovsky, Christian Steindl, Christian Schatz

This film is in German with English subtitles.

Rated R, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of RADiUS


Friday, September 11
7:30

THE SECOND MOTHER
When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken barriers that exist within the family's home are thrown into disarray. A fierce, socially-conscious comedy about class differences and privilege.

Written and Directed by Anna Muylaert
Produced by Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane, Debora Ivanov, Anna Muylaert

Cast: Regina Casé, Michel Joelsas, Camila Márdila, Karine Teles, Lourenςo Mutarelli, Helena Albergaria

This film is in Portuguese with English subtitles.

Rated R, 110 minutes, Print Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories


Saturday, September 12
11:00 & 5:00

THE INTERN
In this timely comedy, a 70-year-old widower has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site.

Q&A with Nancy Meyers following the 5:00 screening

Written and Directed by Nancy Meyers
Produced by Nancy Meyers, Suzanne Farwell

Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells, Adam Devine, Celia Weston, Nat Wolff, Linda Lavin, Zack Pearlman.

*Please note members may only bring ONE (1) Guest to the 5:00pm screening

Rated PG-13, 121 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Saturday, September 12
2:00

SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY
An old-fashioned, affectionate screwball comedy, featuring a messy love triangle backstage at a Broadway show.

Written by Louise Stratten & Peter Bogdanovich
Produced by Logan Levy, Holly Wiersma, Louise Stratten, George Drakoulias
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich

Cast: Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Aniston

Rated R, 93 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate


Saturday, September 12
8:30

WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS
Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood clubs, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ works on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ, before falling for his new mentor's young girlfriend...

Screenplay by Max Joseph & Meaghan Oppenheimer
Story by Richard Silverman
Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin
Directed by Max Joseph

Cast: Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski, Jonny Weston, Shiloh Fernandez, Alex Shaffer, Jon Bernthal

Rated R, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures & StudioCanal


Friday, September 18
7:30

99 HOMES
A visceral, intelligent drama about a single father who struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from, by working for the ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place. Set against the backdrop of the 2008 housing market, the filmmaking is relevant and angry.

Written and Directed by Ramin Bahrani
Produced by Ashok Amiritraj, Ramin Bahrani, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee, J.D. Evermore

Rated R, 112 minutes, Print Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures


Sunday, September 20
11:00

MEET THE PATELS
A laugh-out-loud, real-life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams… and his parents. A delightful documentary about a rarely-portrayed world.

Written by Ravi V. Patel, Geeta V. Patel, Billy McMillin, Matthew Hamachek
Produced by Janet Eckholm, Geeta V. Patel
Directed by Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel

Cast: Ravi V. Patel, Geeta V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel, Champa V. Patel

This feature is a documentary.
This film is in English and Gujarati.

Rated PG, 88 minutes, Print Courtesy of Alchemy


Sunday, September 20
2:00

COMING HOME
A sweeping romantic drama, about a devoted couple forced to separate when the husband is arrested and sent to a labor camp, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the end of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, he returns home to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him. Gong Li gives a beautiful, touching performance.

Screenplay by Zou Jingzhi
Based on the novel by Yan Geling
Produced by Jia Yueting, Jerry Ye, Bill Kong, Li Li, Yifang Zhao, Zhang Zhao
Directed by Zhang Yimou

Cast: Chen Daoming, Gong Li, Zhang Huiwen, Guo Tao, Liu Peiqi, Zu Deng, Xin Baiqing, Zhang Jiayi, Chen Xiaoyi, Ding Jiali

This film is in Mandarin with English subtitles.

Rated PG-13, 109 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Sunday, September 20
5:00

NO ESCAPE
An intense international thriller that centers on an American businessman, as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city.

Q&A with John Erick Dowdle & Drew Dowdle following the 5:00 screening

Written by John Erick Dowdle & Drew Dowdle
Produced by Drew Dowdle, Michael Litvak, David Lancaster
Directed by John Erick Dowdle

Cast: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Sterling Jerins, Claire Geare, Pierce Brosnan

Rated R, 103 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Weinstein Co.


Sunday, September 20
8:00

PAWN SACRIFICE
A gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, as American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer faced the Soviet Union. Tobey Maguire is riveting as the mentally ill, struggling Fischer.

Screenplay by Steven Knight
Story by Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson and Steven Knight
Produced by Gail Katz, Tobey Maguire, Edward Zwick
Directed by Edward Zwick

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Live Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Sarsgaard, Edward, Lily Rabe, Robin Weigert, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Aiden Lovekamp, Sophie Nélisse

Rated PG-13, 116 minutes, Print Courtesy of Bleecker Street Media


Monday, September 21
7:30

THE VISIT
The terrifying story of two children who are sent to their grandparents’ remote farm for a weeklong trip. Once there, the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Written and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock

Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge

Rated PG-13, 94 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal Pictures


Saturday, September 26
11:00 & 5:00

BLACK MASS
The true story of James "Whitey" Bulger and his unholy alliance with the FBI that spiraled out of control, allowing him to become one of the most powerful gangsters in Boston history.

JUST ADDED! Q&A with Mark Mallouk following the 5:00 screening

Screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth
Based on the Book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill
Produced by John Lester, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick, Tyler Thompson
Directed by Scott Cooper

Cast: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons

Rated R, 122 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Saturday, September 26
2:00

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS
After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers battle the powerful organization WCKD, while facing the perils of Scorch, a desolate landscape. The second film in the Maze Runner trilogy.

Written by T.S. Nowlin
Based upon the novel “The Scorch Trials” by James Dashner
Produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Lee Stollman
Directed by Wes Ball

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Patricia Clarkson

Rated PG-13, 129 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


Saturday, September 26
8:30

QUEEN OF EARTH
A tour-de-force portrait of psychological breakdown. Elisabeth Moss stars as a woman careening towards emotional collapse after a series of heartbreaking events. She heads to the secluded lakehouse of her best friend to recuperate, only to suffer a steadily mounting hysteria in their relationship.  

Written and Directed by Alex Ross Perry
Produced by Elisabeth Moss, Alex Ross Perry, Adam Piotrowicz, Joe Swanberg

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterson, Patrick Fugit, Kate Lyn Sheil

Not Rated, 90 minutes, Print Courtesy of IFC Films


Sunday, September 27
11:00 & 5:00

LEGEND
The true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Ronald and Reginald Kray. Tom Hardy portrays both brothers, in an amazing double performance. A classic crime thriller that takes us into the secret history of the 1960s.

Q&A with Brian Helgeland following the 5:00 screening

Written and Directed by Brian Helgeland
Based on the Book “The Profession of Violence” by John Pearson
Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Brian Oliver, Chris Clark, Quentin Curtis

Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald, Taron Egerton

*Please note members may only bring ONE (1) Guest to the 5:00pm screening

Rated R, 131 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal Pictures


Sunday, September 27
2:00 & 8:30

SICARIO
In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elite government task force official to aid in the escalating war against drugs. In order to survive, Kate is forced to question everything she believes in.

Written by Taylor Sheridan
Produced by Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill
Directed by Denis Villenueve

Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal

Rated R, 121 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate


Monday, September 28
7:30

A BRILLIANT YOUNG MIND
A socially awkward young math prodigy finds new confidence after being taken under the wing of an unconventional and anarchic teacher. After landing a place on the UK National Team, he is confronted by a series of unexpected challenges – one of which is most surprising: love.

Screenplay and Directed by Christian Petzold
Based on the novel “Le retour des cendres” by Hubert Monteilhet
Produced by Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Jo Yang, Martin McCann

Not Rated, 111 minutes, Print Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films


As a courtesy to your fellow members, please turn off all cell phones, pagers, etc., and refrain from talking during the screenings.

Screenings are held at:
Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90211 

Seating is on a first-come first served basis.

WGAW Membership cards are required to attend The Guild Screenings and must be presented by the WGAW member. Your WGAW membership card allows you to bring TWO guests. If you are not a member of the WGAW, you will not be allowed admittance. For recorded Guild Screenings information, please email Guild Screenings or call (323) 782-4591. Please read our Rules and Regulations before attending the screenings.

Guild Screenings Office: (323) 782-4508 or email Guild Screenings.

PLEASE REMEMBER: OUTSIDE FOOD & DRINKS ARE PROHIBITED IN THE WGA THEATER