MOONLIGHT Q&A – Director Barry Jenkins says “This movie is therapy”

They say that the “eyes are the windows to the soul” and that appears to be Director Barry Jenkins’ secret weapon for his latest work, the masterfully crafted film MOONLIGHT which premiered last Friday at the Angelika Film Center in NYC.

MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. When casting actors to portray the lead character, whose story is told at different ages over three defining chapters of his life,  Jenkins looked to the eyes. “I felt that if I could find these actors with same feeling in their eyes, you wouldn’t see the rest of them, you would see what’s in here [points to eyes].” Though the three actors may not have the most obvious physical resemblance, they all share an expressive and soulful look that embodies the character of Chiron. Jenkins did not allow the three actors to meet during filming to preserve the individuality the character possessed at each stage of his life.

Jenkins, along with supporting actor André Holland and the film’s composer Nick Britell, sat in for a Q&A at the Angelika Film Center in NYC to share a few more gems from MOONLIGHT’s creative process. Push play to sit in on the conversation.

MOONLIGHT is now playing at Angelika NYC!
Opening this Friday 10/28  at Angelika Mosaic



Aquarius Q&A with actress Sonia Braga

Legendary actress Sonia Braga has critics buzzing with award predictions following her performance in Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or nominated film AQUARIUS, and the Angelika Film Center is pleased to announce in-person Q&As with Ms. Braga as the film opens at our locations throughout the coming weeks.

Sonia Braga will be in attendance at the Angelika Film Center in New York City this Thursday, 10/13, for a Q&A following the 7:05pm show. She will also provide a special introduction to the 10:30pm show.

Sonia Braga will be in attendance for Q&As at the Angelika Mosaic & Angelika Pop Up (weekend of 10/21), and the film will also open at Angelika Carmel Mountain (10/28), Angelika Dallas and Angelika Plano (11/11).

Stay tuned to our social media and for more information!

Sonia Braga visited the Angelika Film Center in Manhattan to describe AQUARIUS in her own words. Check out the exclusive video here:

About the film:
Sônia Braga (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN) gives a tour-de-force performance in Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or nominee AQUARIUS. With an impeccable 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and critic predictions of an Oscar nomination, it follows Clara (Braga), who has vowed not to leave her quickly gentrifying home in Recife, Brazil, until her death. Her steadfastness brings about a mysterious confrontation, tingeing even Clara’s most familiar routines with the tension of a thriller. AQUARIUS is an official selection of the 2016 New York and Toronto International Film Festivals.

Participating locations:
Angelika Mosaic,
Angelika Carmel,
Angelika Dallas,
Angelika Pop-Up,
Angelika New York and
Angelika Plano

October is Hitchcock-tober!


There are those of us who Halloween and those of us who don’t. If you’re one of the ones who do, chances are you’ve already thought about your costume, the parties, and your top scary movies to make non-Halloween-loving friends suffer through.

As Alfred Hitchcock would say, “always make the audience suffer as much as possible”.

Alfie totally gets it. He is after all the “Master of Suspense” and it is for that exact reason we’ve decided to once again make October, Hitchcock-tober.

That’s right ladies and gents, every Thursday during the month of October we will be screening one of Hitchcock’s classic thrillers plus a bonus screening on Halloween! Add this to your Halloween to-do list and check out the trailer below to see which films will be featured in Hitchcock-tober 2016.

  • Oct 6th – THE BIRDS
  • Oct 13th – SUSPICION
  • Oct 20th – DIAL M FOR MURDER
  • Oct. 31st – PSYCHO

Participating locations:
Angelika Dallas
Angelika Plano
Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Angelika Carmel
Village East Cinema

Best Movie Theater & Best Entertainment Venue 2016: Thank you, San Diego!

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Savvy film lovers already know the Angelika is a state-of-the-art luxury cinema highlighting the best in quality film and events. Inspired by the original Angelika Film Center & Cafe in New York City, the Angelika Carmel Mountain continues the tradition of thoughtfully curated food, film, and events that made the Angelika a cultural institution.

We’re thrilled to be honored by the San Diego community and the San Diego Union-Tribune as the Best Movie Theater and Best Entertainment Venue of 2016!



Through diverse film programming and a creative menu of craft beverages & bites, the Angelika offers a unique gathering place for the vibrant San Diego community. In addition to traditional movie snacks, the distinctive cafe menu includes gourmet hot dogs, specialty pizzas, local craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails, and more. Premium digital cinema technology, leather recliners, and online reserved seating combine to give you an unparalleled moviegoing experience.

The Angelika is also an ideal venue for a wide range of meetings and events – from hosting corporate gatherings to celebrating private affairs with family and friends. Designed with sophistication, the sleek and modern architecture features an elegant lobby, comfortable mezzanine lounge, and lush outdoor patio. The Angelika is conveniently located along the I-15 corridor in San Diego’s North County, and offers ample free parking.


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EQUITY Q&A with producer/actress Alysia Reiner and director Meera Menon

The phrase “this is a man’s world” has become a harsh reality for many women. When producer/actress Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) and director Meera Menon discovered unsettling statistics on gender inequality in the workplace, they drew parallels to their own profession and were inspired to tell a story in a genre traditionally dominated by men. Enter, EQUITY.

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Set on Wall Street, EQUITY tells the story of an executive (Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad) who finds herself tangled in a web of deception and office politics as she fights for the opportunity to take a start-up public. But when an employee raises questions, Naomi must decide whether to investigate rumors that may compromise the deal or push forward with the confidence her superiors expect. As the IPO draws closer, Naomi sees that her career choices have left her very much alone. Forced to reexamine the cutthroat world she loves, she finds herself in a fight for her very survival.

Despite the immense progress in workplace equality signaled by US Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow, and many more, there’s still much to discuss. That’s exactly the type of conversation Reiner and Menon wanted to spark when they stopped by the Angelika Dallas to discuss the film.

Watch the trailer below!

EQUITY opens July 29th at Angelika New York and August 12th in Dallas, Plano, Fairfax, and San Diego.

Live From 80s Prom & SEOUL SEARCHING

Who doesn’t love going back in time to indulge in all things 80s? For the release of SEOUL SEARCHING,  the true story of the Korean government’s summer camps for foreign-born teenagers in the 1980s,  we thought it was only right to host our own 80s Prom at the Angelika Pop-Up.

We went live as guests dressed up in their best 80s fits, listened to 80s hits and received fresh flower bouquets from Urban Stem before watching the film. Check out the live stream below!

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SEOUL SEARCHING is playing now at the Angelika Pop-Up!

My Love Don’t Cross That River

In an era where love is hard to find and relationships are fleeting, MY LOVE DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER reminds us of how remarkable life-long companionship actually is.

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The twilight days of lovebirds Byong-man Jo and Gye-Yeul Kang are captured by fly-on-the-wall director Moyoung Jin, in an unforgettable story of true love that transcends both generations and cultures. After 76 years of companionship, the couple remains inseparable; living in their small home by the river, they wear traditional Korean clothes, go shopping at the local market, have picnics with neighbors, and enjoy dance parties. Every night they go to sleep holding hands, and their tender moments reveal simple acts of affection – from a good-natured leaf fight to a gentle caress of the cheek.

MY LOVE DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER is playing now at Angelika NYC

Coming soon to Angelika Pop-Up, Angelika Dallas and Angelika Carmel


Now Playing – Art Bastard

ART BASTARD is the story of the audacious independent New York artist Robert Cenedella. Although at the time Cenedella was not as widely celebrated as his pop-art contemporaries like Andy Warhol, Cenedella still managed to make a lasting impression in the art world.

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“You can bastardize everything else in your life, but if you compromise with your art, why be an artist?”  – Robert Cenedella

This close-up exploration follows Cenedella’s artistic journey as he struggles towards creative expression.  ART BASTARD raises questions on art’s value and its relationship to society. In portraying Cenedella’s determination to buck the system of what is popular, while critiquing that popularity in his attempt to turn the art world upside down, ART BASTARD is a funny, touching, and insightful look inside the maverick mind of a true original.

Catch the ART BASTARD at now Angelika Carmel and Village East

Coming soon to  Angelika Pop-Up and Angelika Dallas

Maggie’s Plan – Interview with Writer & Director Rebecca Miller

MAGGIE’S PLAN might just be the romantic comedy you didn’t know you needed to see. In this candid interview with filmmaker Rebecca Miller, we get the inside scoop on Miller’s creative process for developing each of the film’s characters. Miller shares what it was like to work closely with the actors and creative team to determine every rich detail about the characters – from their job to their personal style. She even shared her ideas about the taste of the elusive (but tasty) Bavarian Pickle! How’s that for details? Check out the  interview below!

In Rebecca Miller’s witty, modern romantic comedy MAGGIE’S PLAN, Greta Gerwig portrays Maggie Hardin, a vibrant and practical thirty-something New Yorker who, without success in finding love, decides to have a child on her own. But when she meets anthropoligist John Harding (Ethan Hawke), Maggie falls in love and immediately adjusts her plans for motherhood. Complicating matters, John is in a strained marriage to brilliant academic Georgette Nørgaard (Julianne Moore). With a Greek chorus of Maggie’s eccentric best friends Tony (Bill Hader) and Felicia (Maya Rudolph), Maggie sets into motion a new plan that catapults her into a nervy love triangle with John and Georgette, intertwining their lives and connecting them in surprising and humorous new ways. MAGGIE’S PLAN is a sweet, sophisticated and funny exploration of the unexpected complexities of modern romance, mixing heart and humor in a story of the delightful variability of relationships over the course of time.

MAGGIE’S PLAN is playing now at Angelika Plano and Angelika Dallas,

Q&A with the creators of DARK HORSE

Recently, the Angelika Film Center in NYC had the honor of hosting a Q&A with the filmmaker and subjects of DARK HORSE. The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winning documentary tells the story of an inspirational group of friends who decide to breed themselves a racehorse. Despite their meager setting in a Wales mining village, the foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land. After suffering a near fatal accident, the foal makes a remarkable recovery and, ultimately, returns to the racetrack, providing endless inspiration and hope for the owners who nursed him back to health.

Director Louise Osmond, and the film’s subjects Jan and Brian Vokes, came all the way across the pond to share the incredible and true story of Dream Alliance and the obstacles they overcame to tell it.

“We’ve had difficult times but I have to say, all the Syndicate members at the worst time with the horse – every one of them, even though some of them were struggling to feed their children, gave up their prize money for that horse to have his operation. So it’s been a fantastic journey.” – Jan Vokes”


DARK HORSE opens at Angelika Dallas this Friday!