This is the week of huge names! Fourth of July is right around the corner and that means it's time for the annual Jaws screenings to surface. The Castro will be pairing the infamous shark with another Spielberg film, Duel. The midnight Madness movie at the Clay Theatre is Hausu, which I've seen countless times both in theatres and at home. Terror Tuesday is Cronenberg's sci-fi masterpiece Videodrome, and The First Purge hits theatres tomorrow!
Opening This Week
Early Screenings Tuesday 3rd (1hr 37min)
Opens Wednesday 4th
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
Tuesday 3rd @ 10pm (1hr 27min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.
Wednesday 4th @ 10:10pm (1hr 24min)
Comedy (Rotten Tomatoes)
After several years working along the margins of the underground film scene in New York, director Robert Downey broke through to wider recognition with the arthouse hit Putney Swope, a wildly irreverent satire of race and advertising in America. Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson) is the token African-American executive at an otherwise all-white advertising agency when the chairman of the board unexpectedly drops dead. Through a fluke in the chain of command, Swope becomes the new head of the firm, and decides its time to do things his way. He fires nearly all the staff (except for his one token white employee), renames the agency Truth and Soul, Inc., and announces they'll no longer accept accounts advertising tobacco, alcohol, or war toys. The ads they do produce -- for acne remedies and breakfast cereal, among other things -- are wildly successful, and the iconoclastic ad agency (which only accepts payment in cash) is targeted by government operatives as a threat to the national security. Antonio Fargas and Allen Garfield lead the supporting cast; Mel Brooks makes a cameo appearance. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Tuesday 3rd @ 2:55pm & 7pm (2hrs 4min)
Action/ Drama/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.
Tuesday 3rd @ 5:10pm & 9:15pm(1hr 30min)
Action/ Thriller (IMDB)
In this TV movie, Dennis Weaver is driving down a deserted Southern California highway when he passes a large gas trailer truck. Moments later, the truck dangerously tailgates Weaver before abruptly cutting him off. Weaver and the never-seen truckdriver then engage in a motorized duel ... to the death.
Friday 6th @ 11:55pm (1hr 28min)
Comedy/ Fantasy/ Horror (IMDB)
In an effort to avoid spending time with her father and his creepy new lover, young Gorgeous (Kimiko Ikegami) resolves to visit her aunt's remote mansion. With six of her closest friends in tow, including the musically inclined Melody (Eriko Tanaka) and the geeky Prof (Ai Matsubara), Gorgeous arrives at the estate, where supernatural events occur almost immediately. A severed head takes flight, household appliances come to life and a portrait of a cat seems to contain an evil spirit.
Also Screening Saturday 7th
Opens Friday 6th (1hr 20min)
Documentary (Rotten Tomatoes)
Welcome to Grey Gardens...as you've never seen it before. Three years before the Maysles' landmark documentary introduced the world to Edith and Edie Beale - the unforgettable mother-daughter (and Jackie O. relatives) living in a daycare dream world on Long Island - renowned photographer Peter Beard chronicled life at their crumbling estate during one summer in 1972. For the first time ever, director Goran Olsson (The black Power Mixtape 1967 - 1975) assembles this long-lost footage - featuring glimpses of luminaries like Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, and Truman Capote - into a one-of-a-kind family portrait bursting with the loving squabbles, quotable bon mots, and impromptu musical numbers that would make Big and Little Edie beloved cultural icons.