If you have an appetite for a superior movie, then go see Chef, which starts at the Orinda Theatre on May 30th. Just don’t see it on an empty stomach for the numerous culinary scenes will result in your stomach growling in the theatre Chef is written, directed and stars, John Favaveau. Favaveau knows how to eloquently prepare a film and Hollywood A listers will jump at the chance to be in it. Favaveau’s track record is a direct is the result of this, with Swingers, Elf and the first two Iron Man movies.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
How many times have you heard people say "sequels are never better than the original movie"? The unexpected quality of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes surpasses the 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes goes to a whole new level of filmmaking. In this installment, Caesar, portrayed by Golden Globe nominee Andy Serkis (Longford, Lord of the Rings), leads the genetically evolved nation of apes against the human survivors of a devastating ten-year-old virus.

California Independent Film Festival
The California Film Festival (CAIFF) is excited to present another year exhibiting a diverse array of films from around the world. The festival has also honored actors and filmmakers including Richard Dreyfuss, Martin Landau, Cloris Leachman, Tony Curtis, Rita Moreno, Diane Ladd, Penny Marshall, Ed Asner, Tippi Hedren, Barry Morrow, and others. The festival takes place at the New Rheem Theatre in Moraga, The Orinda Theatre, and The Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well.

Directed by Robert Stromberg. Stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley

Watch the trailer (above)