Friday, May 19, 2017

Screenings in the bay (Friday to Sunday): Showgirls, Sepultura Endurance, Twin Peaks

There doesn't appear to be a dull moment this weekend, every day has either a movie or a cool event happening. Battle of Memories and Prevenge both kick off their limited theatrical runs today, and tomorrow a 20 year long annual tradition comes to an end as Peaches Christ presents Showgirls for the final time. But following that is the return of Twin Peaks for a long awaited season 3. And if you're looking for something to do while you take a break from movies, the San Jose Super Toy and Collectible Show will be at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds all weekend.

Battle of Memories (2017)
Opens Friday 19th (2hrs)
Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
In this sci-fi thriller, a novelist (Bo Huang) decides to have memories of his ex-wife (Xu Jinglei) deleted following a painful divorce. But when a glitch in the procedure causes him to receive a killer's memories instead, he gets dragged into a police investigation regarding an unsolved murder. Directed by Leste Chen.

Sunday 21st @ 1:30pm (1hr 44min)
"Sepultura Endurance" shows the journey from SEPULTURA's humble rural beginnings to decades spent on the international stage, giving an in-depth look into how the band continues to thrive in a changing metal landscape. Crammed full of rare archival footage, and featuring interviews with legends like Lars Ulrich (METALLICA) and Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), and younger artists influenced by SEPULTURA, like SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor, "Sepultura Endurance" is the definitive document of the band's myths, struggles and heart. (Blabbermouth)

Peaches Christ Productions Presents

Saturday 20th @ 8pm (Doors at 7)
This event marks Peaches Christ's 20th Annual screening of the best movie ever made and in honor of such an important anniversary, Peaches promises an XXX-tra special Goddess Spectacular pre-show celebration!
So dust off those glittery g-strings and come on down to the Castro Theatre on May 20 to bid farewell to this time-honored yet dishonorable San Francisco staple. Consider this extravaganza the final fondle, because we’re really blowing our load on it. And be prepared for a swarming barrage of legendary lap-dancers the likes of which you’ve never experienced before — or have tried very hard to forget.

Free lap dance with every Large Popcorn!

Double Feature

The Birds (1963)
Sunday 21st @ 2pm, 4:30pm & 7pm (2hrs)
Horror/ Suspense Rotten Tomatoes)
The story begins as an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), and schoolteacher Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette). The human story begins in a San Francisco pet shop and culminates at the home of Mitch's mother (Jessica Tandy) at Bodega Bay, where the characters' sense of security is slowly eroded by the curious behavior of the birds in the area. At first, it's no more than a sea gull swooping down and pecking at Melanie's head. Things take a truly ugly turn when hundreds of birds converge on a children's party. There is never an explanation as to why the birds have run amok, but once the onslaught begins, there's virtually no letup. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Village of the Damned (1995)
Sunday 21st @ 9:15pm (1hr 39min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Thriller (IMDB)
This film is a remake of the classic 1960 science-fiction thriller, Village of the Damned, which was based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. Veteran horror director John Carpenter is at the helm this time, with Christopher Reeve replacing George Sanders in the starring role. Aliens put the entire village of Midwich to sleep for 24 hours and impregnate many women. Reeve plays Alan Chaffee, the town doctor, whose wife Barbara (Karen Kahn) is one of the women carrying an alien baby. Visiting scientist Dr. Susan Verner (Kristie Alley) is monitoring the situation for the government. She supervises a mass birthing in a barn. The children turn out to be white-haired, glassy-eyed, and telepathic. Their plan is to use their supernatural powers to kill the villagers and help the aliens take over, and only Chaffee and Verner can stop them.

Midnight Madness

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th @ 11:55pm (2hrs 15min)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
This dark drama is the prequel to the TV series, Twin Peaks, also by director David Lynch. A woman who seems to be innocent and pure by day leads a double life in a rural community where quite a bit of evil lurks just beneath the surface of an otherwise typical American small town. As she was sexually abused throughout her childhood by her possessed father, Laura has some obvious sexual problems and is heavily addicted to cocaine. This film tells of the bizarre and twisted circumstances that led to her murder--which was where the television series began.

(Also screening at the New Parkway Theatre Sunday 21st)

Cult Night

Friday 19th @ 10:30pm (1hr 47min)
Action/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Sunday 21st @ 9pm 
Crime/ Mystery/ Drama (IMDB)
Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

Playing All Weekend (1hr 28min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Fantasy (IMDB)
Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

Saturday 20th @ 9:30pm (1hr 14min)
Comedy/ Musical/ Fantasy (IMDB)
The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement.

Cat Power!

Sunday 21st @ 2pm (1hr 18min)
Animation/ Adventure/ Comedy (IMDB)
With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.


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