It's been an awesome two weeks of Another Hole in the Head screenings in San Francisco, and if you have not made it out to the New People yet, you still have three days. So check out the remaining schedule at AHITH.com and come watch some indie movies. Closing night of the festival is Wednesday.
As for the rest of the week, we'll be easing into Christmas with another Gremlins Movie Party at the Alamo Drafthouse, followed by The Brood for Terror Tuesday. The House That Jack Built will be opening in select theatres this Friday, and Bird Box will be screening early at the Opera Plaza in downtown San Francisco. I'm pretty interested in this one, it immediately made me think of A Quiet Place but with a different sense, but if it's not screening at a theatre near you, it will also be available on Netflix under two weeks.
And be sure to check out the latest episode of the Overlook Hour Podcast, where the hosts discuss The House That Jack Built, along with some of the other movies that came out this year, as we all frantically try to catch up on the things we've missed. It's on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and the various apps that you may use.
Opening This Week
Select Theatres Friday 14th (2hrs 32min)
Drama/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Boundary-pushing cinematic visionary Lars von Trier (Antichrist) returns with one of his most daring, masterfully provocative works yet. In five audacious episodes, failed architect and arch-sociopath Jack (Matt Dillon) recounts the elaborately orchestrated murders-each, as he views them, a towering work of art-that define his "career" as a serial killer. Mixing pitch black humor, transcendent surrealism, and renegade musings on everything from history to architecture to cinema, von Trier fashions a radical, blazingly personal inquiry into violence, art, and the twin acts of creation and destruction. With Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, and Bruno Ganz.
Bird Box (2018)
Limited Theatres Thursday 13th (2hrs 4min)
Drama/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
When a mysterious force decimates the world's population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. Facing the unknown, Malorie finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they'll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded. Academy Award (R) winner Sandra Bullock leads an all-star cast that includes Trevante Rhodes, with Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich in BIRD BOX, a compelling new thriller from Academy Award (R) winner Susanne Bier.
Monday 10th @ 7pm (1hr 47min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Tuesday 11th @ 10pm (1hr 32min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
As the result of an unorthodox scientific experiment, a woman gives birth to a group of murderous, sexless mutant children. It is up to her ex-husband to discover the truth and stop this brood's rampage before he and his daughter become the next victims in this disturbing, graphic horror film.
Wednesday 12th @ 10:25pm (1hr 40min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiancée, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life.
Super Shangri-La Show Presents
Wednesday 12th @ 7:30pm (2hrs 11min)
Adventure/ Drama (IMDB)
When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.
Friday 14th & Saturday 15th @ 11:55pm (1hr 39min)
This film centers on Johnny, a man who has it all; great friends, a good job, and a gorgeous fiancée named Lisa. But Lisa's innocent act masks the fact that she's looking to bring Johnny down, and her manipulations are tearing Johnny apart. As Lisa informs her cancer-ridden mother, Claudette, that Johnny hit her (and he did not hit her, that is bull$&*t, he did not!), Johnny's best friend, Mark, finds his resistance to Lisa's seductive charms weakening. Meanwhile, local orphan Denny looks up to Johnny, and needs the older man's help after the teen rips off a drug dealer. What kind of drugs? It doesn't matter. Then guys play football in tuxedos, because you can play football anywhere.
Thursday 13th @ 7pm (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Crime (Google)
Iranian directors are getting slaughtered by an unknown serial killer and a blacklisted director, Hasan Kasmai, is curious about only one thing: Why isn't the killer after him?
Midnites for Maniacs
Spoke Art Present
Sunday 16th @ 6pm (1hr 57min)
Sci-Fi/ Thriller IMDB)
Visually spectacular, intensely action-packed and powerfully prophetic since its debut, Blade Runner returns in Ridley Scott's definitive Final Cut, including extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects. In a signature role as 21st-century detective Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants - and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul. This incredible version features the definitive Final Cut of Ridley Scott's legendary Sci-Fi classic.
Sunday 16th @ 8:30pm (2hrs 12min)
Drama/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Terry Gilliam's 1985 film is a surrealist nightmare of a low-level bureaucrat in a dismal world of the near future.