“Elf” (2003) at the Cerrito on Thursday, December 16, at 7:00

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Join Will Ferrell in his adventure to find his elf-roots in “Elf” (2003) at the Cerrito on Thursday, December 16, at 7:00

6ft.-3inch Will Ferrell believes himself an elf. And we believe him, too.

As critic Roger Ebert wrote, “This is one of those rare Christmas comedies that has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor, and it charms the socks right off the mantelpiece.”

The story begins when a baby (played as an adult by Ferrell) crawls into Santa Claus’ toy bag and is transported to the North Pole. There, he is adopted by Papa Elf (played by Bob Newhart), who supervises all the elves, and eventually grows to his full height, among the diminutive elves.

Still believing himself an elf called Buddy, he happens to hear that his biological father is a hard-driving New York businessman, played by James Caan. Buddy sets out to New York to meet his real father.

Complications, including much humor, ensue. They involve various superbly-cast characters, including Buddy’s love interest, Zooey Deschanel, who plays an apathetic department-store elf (on 34th Street in New York, no less), and Mary Steenburgen, who plays Caan’s warm-hearted wife. Another brilliant stroke of casting gives us Ed Asner as Santa.

This delightful soufflé was directed by Jon Favreau.

“Elf” will play only once at the Cerrito, on Thursday, December 16, at 7:00 p.m. Moviegoers are strongly advised to buy advance tickets at the box office or online, as the movie may sell out. All seats are $9.50. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.

Upcoming Classics

Cerrito Classics usually play at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The price is $9.50 for all seats.

Coming soon

    “Battlestar Galactica” Thurs., January 20 at 7 p.m.

Note

Rialto Cinemas Cerrito requires proof of vaccination for all attendees age 12 and up. Please read the details of the policy here, on the Rialto web site.

“Charade” (1963) at the Cerrito on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00

Join the adventure with Cary and Audrey in Paris at the Cerrito on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00!

Few thrillers create as much sheer joy and happiness as “Charade,” in which Cary Grant spoofs his Alfred Hitchcock persona, Audrey Hepburn exudes her usual magnetic charm, and Paris is as scenic as ever.

— S. F. Chronicle movie reviewer G. Allen Johnson

The plot has many twists and turns but basically concerns Audrey Hepburn as a newly-widowed woman, whose murdered husband may have stolen a quarter-million dollars, which is now missing. Then, Hepburn is pursued by an array of men, who offer their services to her, but can she trust any of them? The fascinating actors portraying these men include Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy. And of course, Cary Grant, with a particularly slippery identity and chemistry to burn.

It was the only movie to star Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn together.

Director Stanley Donen’s homage to Alfred Hitchcock broke the box office record at the iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Do yourself a favor–come and enjoy.

“Charade” will play only once at the Cerrito, on Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. Moviegoers are strongly advised to buy advance tickets at the box office or online, as the movie may sell out. All seats are $9.50. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.

Upcoming Classics

Cerrito Classics usually play at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The price is $9.50 for all seats.

Coming soon

  • “Elf,” Thurs., December 16 at 7 p.m.

Note

Rialto Cinemas Cerrito requires proof of vaccination for all attendees age 12 and up. Please read the details of the policy here, on the Rialto web site.

“An American Werewolf in London” (1981) at the Cerrito on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00

Get your fright on and your laughs at “An American Werewolf in London” at the Cerrito on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00!

Imagine a couple of clean-cut American college boys hiking across the English moor. The scene darkens, day turns into night, and….they are attacked by a werewolf. One, David (played by David Naughton), is maimed but survives. The other, Jack (Griffin Dunne) is killed. David begins to experience visions of hunting on all fours and running wild through the woods. Jack returns from the dead to warn David to commit suicide before the next full moon, or he will become a werewolf himself. Is that scary enough for you?

It’s also funny, especially since the director and writer is John Landis, who also directed “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers.”

“An American Werewolf in London” won the Oscar for Best Makeup in 1981. The pop music adds to the movie’s satirical horror/comedy appeal.

“American Werewolf in London” will play only once at the Cerrito, on Wednesday , October 20 at 7:00 p.m. NOTE: this is the third Wednesday of the month, not Thursday! Moviegoers are strongly advised to buy advance tickets at the box office or online, as the movie may sell out. All seats are $9.50. Arriving early is a good idea, in order to choose your seat and also order delicious food and wine or beer.

Upcoming Classics

Cerrito Classics usually play at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The price is $9.50 for all seats.

Coming soon

  • “Charade,” Thurs., November 18 at 7 p.m.
  • “Elf,” Thurs., December 16 at 7 p.m.