Friday, May 5, 2017

Screenings in the Bay: Friday to Sunday: Cat Power!, Rare Noir, Cyberia VR Film Fest

Happy Cinco de Mayo guys! And if you don't celebrate that, then happy Friday! 😊 We have three big events happening this weekend and they're all pretty different. First there's the Cyberia VR film festival, with is associated with the San Francisco Indie Film Festival. This is your option to hang out at the theatre to watch a bunch of movies with people or stay home and do it all in virtual reality. Today through Monday the Roxie Theatre is showing their Rare Noir lineup in double features, and last but not least, the Yerba Buena Theatre will spend the weekend screening feline films for their Cat Power! film festival. This one is going to run through the end of the month and it's full of gems!

Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th

Watch movie after movie with thousands of other people without ever going into a theatre... unless you want to. 

Midnight Madness

Friday 5th & Saturday 6th @ 11:55pm (1hr 54min)
Action/ Comedy/ Sci-Fi/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job - passing himself off as Natsuki's boyfriend for four days during her grandmother's 90th birthday celebration. But when Kenji solves a 2,056 digit math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, a globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from online shopping and traffic control to national defense and nuclear launch codes. Now a malicious AI program called the Love Machine is hijacking Oz accounts, growing exponentially more powerful and sowing chaos and destruction in its wake. (c) GKids

Friday 5th to Monday 8th
Friday, May 5

An attraction turned obsessive between a crippled railroad worker and a beautiful lemonade seller threatens to turn violent.
The unlikely bond between two damaged lovers is tested to the limit by their squalid surroundings and the baggage of their past lives.
Saturday Matinée, May 6
In the remote mountains of Siciliy, a young judge takes on the Mafia in a questionable attempt to cast out “the old ways.”
When the head doctor of a mental asylum is murdered, the inspector brought into solve the case finds the ground shifting under his feet…
Saturday Evening, May 6
It’s IRA honcho Johnny McQueen’s “dark night of the soul” in Dublin after a robbery goes awry and he is seriously wounded. Come see James Mason circumnavigate his own special region of hell…
Kuba Kowalski has only one lifeline—his girlfriend—who has kept him from diving back into the black pool of his alcohol addiction. One night when she’s delayed, Kuba begins a harrowing odyssey…
Sunday Matinée, May 7
A gigolo and a young girl on the run want to make a clean break from past entanglements, but find their path blocked by an escalating series of complications…
Kafka meets science fiction in a fever-dream noir about an inventor imperiled by his invention of a powerful explosive coveted by the type of people you don’t want to meet in real life.
Sunday Evening, May 7
Criminal lovers complicate the lives of peasant works in Italy’s rice fields, sowing the seeds of betrayal and murder. The film lifted Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman to international stardom…
An alienated loner (Julien Schoenaerts, the “Brando of Belgium”) tries to reclaim his life in the ruins of post-war Antwerp in this singular hybrid of noir and art film.
Monday, May 8
An ex-con stumbles into a vicious payback scheme when he takes on a series of contract killings, and is caught in a maze of deceit. Japon negro at its bleakest and most lurid!
Sexual blackmail goes viral when a young housemaid becomes obsessed with the husband of an unsuspecting family. Eun-shim Lee’s performance is so extreme that a backlash formed against her and she never appeared in any other film!

Cat Power! Film Fest

Friday 5th @ 7:30pm (1hr 34min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Three tales, with a feline as the catalyst. Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan, Robert Hays. Sally Ann: Candy Clark. Hugh: James Naughton. Junk: Tony Munafo. McCann: Court Miller. Milquetoast: Russell Horton. Lewis Teague directed.

Saturday 6th @ 7pm (1hr 42min)
Horror (IMDB)
Aunt Danny (Eleanor Parker) is a wealthy widow with a passion for her many feline companions. When the hair stylist Kassia (Gayle Hunnicut) sees Aunt Danny in near respiratory failure, she contacts her nephew Wylie (Michael Sarrazin) to tell him of her condition. Wylie's brother Luke (Tim Henry) is the one who takes care of the ailing matron, although she detests him. Kassia discovers Aunt Danny wishes to change her will to include Wylie and her houseful of cats. Wylie is phobic of felines, and Aunt Danny asks Luke to get rid of the pets. After Kassia and Wylie enter the house, the cats are on the prowl in this suspenseful drama. Veteran character actor Laurence Naismith plays Dr. Mills in this implausible film.

Sunday 7th @ 2pm (1hr 15min)
Action/ Adventure/ Animation (Rotten Tomatoes)
Aoi Hiiragi's manga about a schoolgirl's adventures with a very unusual feline comes to the screen in this witty anime feature. Haru is a girl who one day saves the life of a cat while on her way to school. To her surprise, Haru learns she came to the rescue of no ordinary cat -- the kitty introduces her to the Kingdom of the Cats, where the feline potentate attempts to arrange a marriage between her and his son. Brought into a world he never knew existed, Haru learns a few lessons about herself as he discovers more about the strange and magical secret world of the cats. Neko No Ongaeshi (aka The Cat Returns) was released in the United States with a dubbed soundtrack featuring the voice talents of Anne Hathaway, Andy Richter, Tim Curry, Peter Boyle, and Elliott Gould.


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