Monday, June 12, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): 47 Meters Down, The Bad Batch, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

We're in for an interesting week as far as our movies are concerned... But before I get into that I want to with one of my favorites monsters a happy 30 year anniversary! Thirty years ago today, Predator was released in theatres, and to celebrate that, the Alamo Drafthouse is having a movie party tonight, complete with "fourth wall busting props". There are still some tickets available, but you'd better act fast!
This week also features two new releases, an early screening, and a lot of sci-fi (which I'm totally not complaining about). Anything catch your interest?

Opening This Week

Early Screenings Thursday 15th (1hr 29min)
Opens Friday 16th
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

Select Theatres/ VOD Friday 16th (1hr 31min)
Sci-Fi/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
Acclaimed writer-director Tim Smit explodes on to the scene with his futuristic, VFX-heavy feature debut! KILL SWITCH charts the story of a pilot battling to save his family and the planet, based on Smit's short What's In The Box? Set in a future version of the world, the video game style plot follows an experiment for unlimited energy, harnessing parallel universes, which goes wrong. Chased by drones and soldiers, pilot and physicist Will Porter must race through an imploding world to get the Redivider box to a tower, which will save humanity, including his family, in the real world.

Movie Party

Monday 12th @ 7pm (1hr 47min)
Action/ Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Terror Tuesday

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Tuesday 13th @ 9:45pm (1hr 31min)
Slasher/ Thriller (Google)
A carefree lakeside vacation is interrupted by the re-emergence of killer Jason Voorhees (Ted White). After he escapes from a morgue, leaving bodies in his wake, Jason travels to Camp Crystal Lake where a group of friends is staying. The teens meet some locals: Tommy (Corey Feldman) and Trish (Kimberly Beck), as well as secretive hiker Rob (Erich Anderson). As the group of teenagers engages in drunken debauchery, their numbers begin to dwindle, and pieces of the past resurface.

Wednesday 14th @ 7pm (1hr 58min)
Sci-Fi/ Drama (Google)
The aforementioned girl is Arlen, (Suki Waterhouse), one of thousands of Americans deemed unacceptable to society, who is unceremoniously dumped into a hostile desert wasteland fenced off from civilized society. While wandering in her desert exile, she is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realizes she'll have to fight for her very existence in this human-eat-human world. With electrifying visuals, a score to die for and a stellar cast, Amirpour has created another cinematic chapter that is as uncategorizable as her first.

Video Vortex

Desperation Rising (1989)
Thursday 15th @ 9:15pm (1hr 30min)
Action/ Adventure (IMDB)
What if David Lynch dropped acid and remade SCARFACE? This is just one of thousands of questions that will not be answered while your brain is invaded by DESPERATION RISING. Starring Nick “Son of John” Cassavetes and dozens of real-life Los Angeles gang members who appear as part of a rehabilitation program, this is the best movie on earth about a stockbroker seminar that turns into a cocaine-fueled rage war. DESPERATION RISING is filled with dad karate, phone sex, real sex, cocaine, humans exploding, talking parrots, Uzi battles, more cocaine, and rappin’ kids. This psychedelic sleaze-burger could only be better if director/star Jason Holt wrote and recorded Casio-soaked yacht rock songs with titles like “Get Ready To Rip” and “Love Blooms” for the soundtrack. Oh wait. He did!

Midnight Madness

Friday 16th @ 11:55pm (1hr 43min)
Adventure/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant children's adventure yarn about a young witch striking out on her own. At her mother's behest, 13-year-old Kiki sets out on a year-long apprenticeship with her black cat in tow. With a shaky command of her broom, she ends up in a charming little coastal town that looks like a cross between the French provincial and San Francisco. Unfortunately, the local hotels have a strict "no witches" policy and the police have taken a dim view of her recent aerial mischief-making. She's saved from the street by a kindly baker's wife, who offers her room and board in exchange for her delivering by broom the baker's wares. Soon she befriends a college-aged artist, an old women who fusses over her, and a boy her same age who is nursing a massive crush. All is well until she wakes up one day and realizes that she can't make her broom levitate nor can she talk to her cat. What will Kiki do? ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Also Screening Saturday!

Friday 16th @ 9:15pm (1hr 37min)
Horror/ Drama (IMDB)
An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O'Shea's debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo's dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.


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