I doubt that I need to tell any of you guys that the remake of It is out today; seems like 80% of the posts I've been seeing on social media are about this movie (and with good reason if you ask me!). And to celebrate, the Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco has had several more Clown Screenings which audience members should dress up as clowns for. The last of these is Saturday night but I'm sure they won't mind if you show up to a regular screening in full clown getup. In addition to that we've also got a weirdly wide variety of indie horror and genre screening in the bay area this weekend. Red Christmas, which we had the pleasure of reviewing almost exactly a year ago, is screening at the 4 Star, although it's not yet listed on their calendar. Rememory is screening in limited theatres, one of which happens to be in downtown San Francisco, and the New Filipino Cinema film fest wraps up at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts theatre.
Read on for showtimes!
Read on for showtimes!
Opens Friday 8th (2hrs 15min)
Drama/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
New Line Cinema's horror thriller "IT," directed by Andy Muschietti ("Mama"), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
Screening All Weekend (1hr 51min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
REMEMORY explores the unexplained death of Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan), a visionary scientific pioneer whose body is found shortly after the unveiling of his newest work: a device able to extract, record and play a person's memories. Gordon's wife, Carolyn (Julia Ormond), retreats into her house and cuts off contact with the outside world when a mysterious man (Peter Dinklage) shows up. After stealing the machine, he uses it to try and solve the mystery, beginning an investigation of memories that lead him to unexpected and dangerous places.
Screening at AMC Van Ness
Screening All Weekend @ 9pm (1hr 22min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Matriarch Diane (Dee Wallace) has invited her children to celebrate one last Christmas in their family home. Amid celebrations and domestic drama, they receive a visit from a mysterious stranger. Disfigured and cloaked, they feel sorry for him until they discover his extreme religious motives and anti abortion message.
Sunday 10th @ 10pm (1hr 43min)
Action/ Crime/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
In near-future Detroit, a murdered police officer is resurrected as an experimental crime-fighting cyborg named Robocop. Tormented by memories of his past, he soon deviates from his law enforcement program to seek revenge on his killers. This highly successful sci-fi action film balances ultraviolence with black comedy and cutting satire.
Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Peter Weller
broadcast from Texas
Screening All Weekend (1hr 28min)
During the battles between insurgents and the Realist Spanish Army in the Independnce of Mexico some outlaws try to find a treasure guarded by zombies and few women.
New Filipino Cinema
Sunday 10th @ 3:15pm (1hr 50min)
The film imagines a backstory for this witch, casting her as a woman betrayed by the man she loves, left to die while he flees for a better life in Manila. This story is filtered through an avant-garde lens that unravels the various imbalances in Filipino society, whether between man and woman, rich and poor, Christian and not. Lily is strange and haunting, yet speaks with an authentic, confident voice.
Saturday 9th @ 1pm (2hrs 22min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
Three tales about enigmatic strangers (Kenichi Matsuyama, Go Ayano and Mirai Moriyama) entering into the lives of trusting citizens play out in three different Japanese cities, hinting at a connection to a grisly home invasion homicide in the Tokyo metro area.