Kenny's Korner

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Each Thursday for the past decade, I have put out a commentary on the week's films, Vine happenings and fun information in the form of Kenny's Korner.  This has been in our weekly email newsletter.  Please sign up for this newsletter to get my commentary, and the best information about the Vine.  Below is this week's Kenny Korner - enjoy!


Hello Everyone,

We had a wonderful turnout last weekend for ROADRUNNER!  We posted one of the Bay Area’s highest grosses with the film, and we have you, our wonderful patrons to thank for that!

From the director of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and “20 Feet From Stardom” comes ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN. 

Currently at 92% on Rottentomatoes, this film is very much worth watching on the big screen.

Synopsis:  It's not where you go. It's what you leave behind.... Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly.  Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon.  From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.

We are so VERY pleased to be opening STILLWATER next Friday, July 30th!  This is the first major, new drama we will have played since we have re-opened.  Matt Damon is receiving a ton of praise for his role, and the film itself has been very well reviewed.

STILLWATER Synopsis:  Unemployed roughneck Bill Baker (Academy Award winner Matt Damon) travels from Oklahoma to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter Allison (Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin).  Imprisoned for a murder she claims she did not commit.  Allison seizes on a new tip that could exonerate her and presses Bill to engage her legal team, but Bill eager to prove his worth and regain his daughters trust, takes matters into his own hands.  He is quickly stymied by language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system until he meets French actress Virginie, mother to eight-year-old Maya. Together, these unlikely allies embark on a journey of discovery, truth, love and liberation.

After watching the amazing trailer for this film, you may be wondering what this film reminds you of.  Well, it is loosely based on the story of Amanda Knox from about a decade ago.

Tickets for STILLWATER go on sale in a few days, online and at the box office.

Join us tonight, July 22nd at 7pm for SUPERMAN II: THE RICHARD DONNER CUT.  This is the original film with special edits that Donner made to the film.  It features a significant amount of lost footage shot by the original director, Richard Donner, in 1977 before he was taken off the project and replaced by Richard Lester. 

On July 29th at 7pm we are screening the original TOP GUN.  See it again in theatres before TOP GUN: MAVERICK is released in theatres this November.  TOP GUN still looks and sounds amazing in our theatre, some 35 years later!

And on August 12th at 7pm we are screening JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR!  We are so very proud to welcome back TED NEELEY to the Vine Cinema!  Mr. Neeley was of course, Jesus Christ in the film, and hosted a sold out sing-a-long screening in 2019 at the Vine.  While this screening will not be a sing-a-long, Ted Neeley will be on hand to meet all audience members, sign autographs and take pictures. 

On August 13th we are excited to be opening RESPECT!  Starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker & Mary J. Blige the film follows the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom.  Early word on this film is that Jennifer Hudson’s performance is outstanding.  Tickets for RESPECT go on sale in about 7-10 days.

Thank you all again for your passionate support of the Vine, and I hope you and your family are staying safe out there.