Welcome to Jan Grefstad's Hollywood Cinema
20 St. Georges Road, Avondale, Auckland.
Phone 09 828 8393.
Enjoy the latest high-tech movies in our comfortable, friendly and nostalgic surroundings.
Inside Llewyn Davis
Coen brothers' dramedy set against the 1960s New York/Greenwich Village folk scene, loosely based on the travails of singer-songwriter Dave Van Ronk. Stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Oscar Isaac (Drive) in the lead. Grand Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2013. Struggling folk singer Llewyn Davis (Isaac) has lost his musical partner Mike to suicide and his foray into being a solo musician with the album Inside Llewyn Davis is selling poorly. Davis spends his nights on friends' couches and his days trying to score his big break. Finding himself variously in the middle of a love triangle with friends Jim (Timberlake) and Jean (Mulligan); on the road to Chicago with fellow musicians; or getting beaten up outside music venues, this is one tough week in the life of Llewyn Davis.
Saving Mr. Banks
Feel-good biopic dramedy about Walt Disney's (Tom Hanks) 20-year pursuit of the film rights to British author P.L. Travers' (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins. Travers visits California in 1961, but Disney struggles to convince her of his screen vision and to crack her prim exterior. From the director of The Blind Side, co-starring Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Jason Schwartzman.
P.L Travers reflects on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write but one that also inspired the characters in her beloved 1934 book. None more so than the her caring father (Farrell), a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story's patriarch, Mr. Banks, the character that the famous nanny comes to aid). While reluctant to grant Disney the rights, Travers comes to realise that the acclaimed storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film - which, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father.
Dallas Buyer's Club
True story drama with Matthew McConaughey (in a Golden Globe and Oscar-winning performance) as a womanising, redneck Texan staring down a 30-day death sentence when he is diagnosed HIV-positive. Not finding help through traditional means, he hustles his way around doctors and police in acquiring non-approved drug treatment. Ron Woodroof 's free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 with his terminal diagnosis. Learning of medicines lacking government approval, Woodroof took matters into his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, he joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts - brought to life by a supporting cast including Jared Leto, also a Golden Globe and Oscar-winner for his role - and established a hugely successful "buyers' club" to sidestep the law. Leto and McConaughey, who reportedly lost over 17 kilograms for the role, are joined by a cast that includes Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn and Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox in his film debut.