Friday, August 4, 2017

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): The Dark Tower, 68 Kill, The Untamed

It is the weekend of VOD releases here in the bay area, but luckily they have not squeezed out the theatrical ones all together! Stephen King's The Dark Tower is easily the biggest release today, but if you ask me The Untamed is much more exciting. Its first screening is tonight at 7pm and will be followed by a Skype Q&A with the director. And we have a new addition to the VOD releases coming out today which we found out about from the guest of the 50th episode of The Overlook Hour. 68 Kill is a dark comedy written by Trent Haaga (Dead Girl, Cheap Thrills) and has definitely piqued my interest!

Opening This Week

Opens Friday 4th (1hr 35min)
Horror/ Sci-Fi/ Western (Rotten Tomatoes)
There are other worlds than these. Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world's most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

VOD Friday 4th 
Comedy/ Crime/ Romance (IMDB)
Scraping by flushing septic systems is not Chip's vision of a perfect life. But he's a simple guy and he's got a great girlfriend in Liza. Sure, she supplements their income with a sugar daddy, but every relationship has it's own complexities. When Liza suggests that they relieve her sleazy benefactor of a stack of cash, Chip begins to see a side of her he never knew existed...or never wanted to admit. Now he's got a gun in his hand, a girl in his trunk and less than 24 hours to figure his way out of this mess. A punk-rock romantic comedy for our jagged times.

Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
Limited Theatres/ VOD Friday 4th 
A college professor (Vanessa Angel) gives six students an assignment to research a historical event, and one member of the group (Parker Croft) convinces the others to investigate a 19th century legend involving a werewolf in the Georgia backwoods. They delve deeper into the story, but aren't prepared for the terror that awaits them. Bev Land directed this horror film, which co-stars Dania Ramirez, Gail O'Grady, and Rebekah Graf.

Limited Theatres/ VOD Friday 4th (1hr 33min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
A team of special forces soldiers approach the designer of a high-tech military compound to investigate the disappearance of another team guarding the facility. The compound, known professionally as a Temple, is an artificial intelligence powered facility designed for interrogating high level prisoners. Upon entering the Temple, the soldiers quickly find the earlier team horrifically slaughtered but no evidence as to who is responsible. Almost immediately, the crew begins to experience strange and horrific supernatural phenomena as they attempt to uncover who killed the previous team. Soon enough, they find a lone survivor, a dangerous terrorist who may hold the key to who killed the soldiers. But as the story goes on, we'll learn that there's more to it than we've been told and a dark secret the soldiers share may hold the key to surviving The Temple.

Midnight Madness

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th @ 11:55pm (2hrs 5min)
Fantasy/ Mystery (Google)
In this animated feature by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 10-year-old Chihiro (Rumi Hiiragi) and her parents (Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku (Miyu Irino), who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

Opens Friday 4th (1hr 40min)
Drama/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction.

Friday 7pm show will be followed by a Skype Q&A with Director Amat Escalante
Screening All Weekend


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