Friday, April 27, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): Lowlife, Ghost Stories, George Romero Double Feature

I hope you guys are in a grindhouse kind of mood, because IFC Midnight's Lowlife is opening at the 4 Star Theatre in just a couple of hours! It will be screening all weekend and into next week, but it's definitely worth your while to see it opening weekend, because there will be several special guests joining the audience. Filmmakers will be at the theatre and will be doing a Q&A after the movie! On Saturday, a familiar face will be co-hosting the event. You may know his as Dave O'Shea, of Dave O'Shea's Day Job. It'll be at 8pm tomorrow!

Also this weekend, the British ghost anthology Ghost Stories will be screening at the Opera Plaza in downtown San Francisco! I was kind of bummed when it was only released on VOD last week, but seeing it on the Landmark Theatre calendar got me very excited! I definitely want to make it out to the theatre to check it out soon. I love a good anthology.

San Francisco Premiere

Friday 27th - Sunday 29th @ 8:10pm (1hr 36min)
Comedy/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That's the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Lowlife zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate-and a ruthless crime boss-connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane. Careening from savagely funny to just plain savage to unexpectedly heartfelt, this audacious thriller serves up nonstop adrenaline alongside hard-hitting commentary about the state of contemporary America.

Filmmakers will be in attendance opening weekend and will do a Q&A after the film!

Friday 27th @ 10:40pm (1hr 30min)
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th @ 11:20am & 10:55pm
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Also Screening at Landmark Embarcadero

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Friday 27th @ 7:30pm (1hr 36min)
Horror (IMDB)
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters.


Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Friday 27th @ 9:20pm (2hrs 7min)
Action/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Screening All Weekend (1hr 38min)
Drama/ Horror (IMDB)
Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all thing paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans on his own television show. His skepticism is put to the test, however, when he receives a file of three chilling, inexplicable cases: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Black Mirror's Alex Lawther) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Sherlock's Martin Freeman) visited by the poltergeist spirit of his unborn child. Even scarier: each of these macabre stories seems to have sinister connection to Professor Goodman's own life. Will they make a believer of him yet?

Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Friday 27th @ 7:30pm (2hrs)
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th @ 3:45pm & 7:30pm
Action/ Romance/ Thriller (IMDB)
Fourteen scriptwriters spent five years toiling over a movie adaptation of war correspondent Vincent Sheehan's Personal History before producer Walter Wanger brought the property to the screen as Foreign Correspondent. What emerged was approximately 2 parts Sheehan and 8 parts director Alfred Hitchcock--and what's wrong with that? Joel McCrea stars as an American journalist sent by his newspaper to cover the volatile war scene in Europe in the years 1938 to 1940. He has barely arrived in Holland before he witnesses the assassination of Dutch diplomat Albert Basserman: at least, that's what he thinks he sees. 


The 39 Steps (1935)
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th @ 5:55pm & 9:40pm (1hr 27 min)
Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB) 
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and he stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring trying to steal top secret information.


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