I dub this the week of Del Toro! With just a couple of exceptions, this week highlights Guillermo Del Toro's classics in anticipation of the release of The Shape of Water at the end of the week. (Upon closer inspection, it looks like this movie won't make it to San Francisco until next week.) Midnites for Maniacs will be presenting Pan's Labyrinth followed by The Devil's Backbone in 35mm this Wednesday at the Roxie Theatre. And this week both Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday sound like gems you won't want to miss. So we have some choices to make yet again.
Opening This Week
Limited Theatres Friday 1st (2hrs 3min)
Adventure/ Drama/ Fantasy
An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
Tuesday 28th @ 9pm (1hr 38min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
After a young girl is brutally murdered during her first communion, her strange and withdrawn older sister becomes the main suspect. But are the authorities mistaken?
Wednesday 29th @ 9:25pm (1hr 14min)
A couple infiltrate the carnival where their son disappeared. They come to discover that Malatesta, the eccentric owner, is actually a vampire.
Midnites for Maniacs Presents
A Genuine Tribute to Guillermo Del Toro
Wednesday 29th @ 7pm (1hr 59min)
Drama/ Horror/ SciFi (Rotten Tomatoes)
Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom. Her mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), recently remarried to sadistic army captain Vidal (Sergi Lpez) and soon to bear the cruel military man's child, shy young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is forced to entertain herself as her recently-formed family settles into their new home nestled deep in the Spanish countryside. As Ofelia's bed-ridden mother lies immobilized in anticipation of her forthcoming child and her high-ranking stepfather remains determined to fulfill the orders of General Francisco Franco to crush a nearby guerilla uprising, the young girl soon ventures into an elaborate stone labyrinth presided over by the mythical faun Pan (Doug Jones). Convinced by Pan that she is the lost princess of legend and that in order to return to her underground home she must complete a trio of life-threatening tasks, Ofelia sets out to reclaim her kingdom and return to her grieving father as Vidal's housekeeper Mercedes (Maribel Verd) and doctor (Alex Angulo) plot secretly on the surface to keep the revolution alive. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Wednesday 29th @ 9:30pm (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos (Fernando Tielve) arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen (Marisa Paredes), and the kindly professor, Casares (Federico Luppi). Soon after his arrival, Carlos has a run-in with the violent caretaker, Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega). Gradually, Carlos uncovers the secrets of the school, including the youthful ghost that wanders the grounds.