Wheeler Opera House

Academy Screenings 2021

Films Listed in Chronological Order

Sunday, December 12


3 PM 


An aging jockey (Clifton Collins Jr.) hopes to win one last title for his longtime trainer (Molly Parker), who has acquired what appears to be a championship horse. But the years – and injuries – have taken a toll on his body, throwing into question his ability to continue his lifelong passion. And the arrival of a young rookie rider (Moises Arias), who claims to be his son, and whom he takes under his wing, further complicates the path to fulfilling his dream. Instilled with an immediately engaging realism by filmmakers Clint Bentley and Greg Kwedar, JOCKEY takes audiences inside the “backside” of racetrack life in a way no other film has. Filmed at a live racetrack in Arizona, and featuring real jockeys, JOCKEY reveals the true rider experience – real life, behind the track. (US, 2021) 94MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Sundance Film Festival 2021 – Best Actor: Clifton Collins Jr | Toronto International Film Festival 2021
DIRECTOR Clint Bentley
WRITTEN BY Clint Bentley + Greg Kwedar
WITH Clifton Collins Jr, Molly Parker, Moises Arias


7 PM 


Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) are threatened by shocking personal accusations, a political smear and cultural taboos in Academy Award®-winning writer and director Aaron Sorkin’s behind-the-scenes drama BEING THE RICARDOS. A revealing glimpse of the couple’s complex romantic and professional relationship, the film takes audiences into the writers’ room, onto the soundstage and behind closed doors with Ball and Arnaz during one critical production week of their groundbreaking sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Featuring J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda. (US, 2021) 131MIN


DIRECTOR Aaron Sorkin
WRITTEN BY Aaron Sorkin
WITH Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, J.K. Simmons

Monday, December 13


5 PM 


When world renowned climber Alex Lowe was tragically lost in a deadly avalanche, his best friend and climbing partner went on to marry his widow and help raise his three sons. This profoundly intimate film from eldest son Max, captures the family’s intense personal journey toward understanding as they finally lay him to rest. (US, 2021) 92MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Telluride Film Festival 2021
WITH Conrad Anker, Alex Lowe


8 PM


From director-writer Adam McKay, DON’T LOOK UP follows two astronomers (Jennifer Lawrence & Leonardo DiCaprio) scrambling to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth…if only anyone cared. Cast includes Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett & Tyler Perry. (US, 2021) 145MIN


WRITTEN BY Adam McKay + David Sirota
WITH Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ariana Grande, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Lawrence, Melanie Lynskey, Ron Perlman Tyler Perry, Meryl Streep

Tuesday, December 14


5 PM 


From director Joel Coen, THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH features Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in a cinematic adaptation of the classic Shakespearean text; a tale of murder, mad- ness, ambition and wrathful cunning. With Kathryn Hunter, Corey Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson and Moses Ingram. (US, 2021) 105MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS New York Film Festival 2021
WRITTEN BY Joel Coen (adapted by)
WITH Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Alex Hassell


8 PM


The audacious new film from writer-director Sean Baker (THE FLORIDA PROJECT, TANGERINE), starring Simon Rex in a magnetic, live-wire performance, RED ROCKET is a darkly funny and humane portrait of a uniquely American hustler and a hometown that barely tolerates him. (US, 2021) 128MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Cannes Film Festival 2021 | Telluride Film Festival 2021 | New York Film Festival 2021
WRITTEN BY Sean Baker + Chris Bergoch
WITH Simon Rex, Bree Elrod

Wednesday, December 15


5 PM 


Cyrano de Bergerac (played by Peter Dinklage) is a man ahead of his time. Dazzling one and all whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel, the hale and hearty Cyrano exults in gallantry and is always up for a challenge. Except, that is, in matters of the heart. This bold new adaptation, scripted by Erica Schmidt, re-imagines the timeless tale of wit, courage, and love. (UK, 2021) 124MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Telluride Film Festival 2021 | Hamptons International Film Festival 2021
WRITTEN BY Edmond Rostand + Erica Schmidt
WITH Haley Bennett, Peter Dinklage, Ben Mendelsohn


8 PM


Two women coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in those hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and becomes complicated, changing their lives in a decisive way. (SPAIN, 2021) 120MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Venice Film Festival 2021; Best Actress: Penélope Cruz | New York Film Festival 2021
DIRECTOR Pedro Almodóvar
WRITTEN BY Pedro Almodóvar
WITH Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Penélope Cruz, Rossy de Palma

Thursday, December 16


5 PM 


Alone on a seaside vacation, Leda (Olivia Colman) becomes consumed with a young mother and daughter as she watches them on the beach. Unnerved by their compelling relationship, (and their raucous and menacing extended family), Leda is overwhelmed by her own memories of the terror, confusion and intensity of early motherhood. An impulsive act shocks Leda into the strange and ominous world of her own mind, where she is forced to face the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and their consequences. Maggie Gyllenhaal makes her directorial debut from a script she adapted from the novel by Elena Ferrante. THE LOST DAUGHTER also stars Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Mescal and Dagmara Dominczyk. (US, 2021) 121MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Venice Film Festival 2021; Best Screenplay | New York Film Festival 2021 | Telluride Film Festival 2021
DIRECTOR Maggie Gyllenhaal
WRITTEN BY Elena Ferrante (novel), Maggie Gyllenhaal WITH Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, Jessie Buckley, Oliver Jackson-Cohen


8 PM 


LICORICE PIZZA is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love. (US, 2021) 133MIN


DIRECTOR Paul Thomas Anderson
WRITTEN BY Paul Thomas Anderson
WITH Bradley Cooper, Skyler Gisondo, Sean Penn, Maya Rudolph, John C. Reilly, Tom Waits