Friday, June 16, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): 47 Meters Down, Hounds of Love, The Transfiguration

We're in for a hot weekend in the bay area! As someone who gets very, very burned, I don't think I'm looking forward to spending the whole time at the beach... but I will check out some of these movies.

47 Meters Down and It Comes At Night open today. These are two very different kinds of movies, but I have a feeling they have more in common than in immediately obvious. Kill Switch is also out today, but that's one many of us will have to check out on VOD.

Opening Today

Opens Friday 16th (1hr 29min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

Select Theatres/ VOD Friday 16th (1hr 31min)
Sci-Fi/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
Acclaimed writer-director Tim Smit explodes on to the scene with his futuristic, VFX-heavy feature debut! KILL SWITCH charts the story of a pilot battling to save his family and the planet, based on Smit's short What's In The Box? Set in a future version of the world, the video game style plot follows an experiment for unlimited energy, harnessing parallel universes, which goes wrong. Chased by drones and soldiers, pilot and physicist Will Porter must race through an imploding world to get the Redivider box to a tower, which will save humanity, including his family, in the real world.

Beer Movies

The Lost Boys (1987)
Saturday 17th @ 10pm (1hr 38min)
Adventure/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

Midnight Madness

Friday 16th @ 11:55pm (1hr 43min)
Adventure/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant children's adventure yarn about a young witch striking out on her own. At her mother's behest, 13-year-old Kiki sets out on a year-long apprenticeship with her black cat in tow. With a shaky command of her broom, she ends up in a charming little coastal town that looks like a cross between the French provincial and San Francisco. Unfortunately, the local hotels have a strict "no witches" policy and the police have taken a dim view of her recent aerial mischief-making. She's saved from the street by a kindly baker's wife, who offers her room and board in exchange for her delivering by broom the baker's wares. Soon she befriends a college-aged artist, an old women who fusses over her, and a boy her same age who is nursing a massive crush. All is well until she wakes up one day and realizes that she can't make her broom levitate nor can she talk to her cat. What will Kiki do? ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Also Screening Saturday!

Saturday 17th @ 4:25pm (1hr 48min)
Sunday 18th @ 9:30pm
Crime/ Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive. Hounds of Love is an exercise in expertly-crafted tension, offering a bold, challenging debut from writer/director Ben Young.

Friday 16th @ 9:15pm (1hr 37min)
Horror/ Drama (IMDB)
An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O'Shea's debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo's dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.

Sunday 18th @ 3pm (2hrs 14min)
Drama (IMDB)
In this film, based on William Gibson's novel, Richard Widmark plays the head of a posh psychiatric clinic. Widmark's wife Gloria Grahame jockeys for the honor of selecting new drapes for the hospital's library. Thanks to those drapes, we are allowed to probe the disturbed psyches of several patients.


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