Monday, May 14, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): The Hollow Child, Black Magic, TerrorVision

While we do have several repeat titles making their way to different theatres in the bay area, we also have three brand new titles that will be gracing our screens in the very near future. Currently, Dark Crimes is the only one with a showtime this week, and will be opening at the Roxie Theatre Friday night. First Reformed is one of the new A24 films hitting the public this week, but the soonest showtime I could find is still a week and a half away, so I'm hoping that changes soon. And finally, The Hollow Child, which I fear may be a VOD only release. However, that remains to be seen!

Also this week, Terror Tuesday returns to the 80's with TerrorVision, the Super Shangri-La Show plays with Black Magic at the Balboa Theatre, and the Stanford breaks out their romantic crime double feature. 

Opening This Week

Opens Friday 18th (1hr 32min)
Horror/ Thriller (IMDB)
Troubled teen Samantha's position in her new foster family is jeopardized when her new sister Olivia goes missing in the woods, only to reappear, apparently unharmed, days later. But when Sam begins to suspect that what emerged from the woods is not Olivia, her investigation will bring her face to face with an evil presence which has haunted the town for generations.

Opens Friday 18th (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

Opens Friday 18th (1hr 32min)
Crime/ Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Jim Carrey commands the screen in this spellbinding thriller from Executive Producers of The Revenant and Black Mass. When police officer Tadek (Carrey) finds similarities between an unsolved murder and a crime outlined in a book by famed writer Krystov Kozlov, Tadek begins to track Kozlov and his girlfriend, a mysterious sex-club worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg). As his obsession with Kozlov grows, Tadek descends into a deadly underworld of sex, lies, and corruption to find the shocking, deadly truth.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 15th @ 9:45pm (1hr 23min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
When their satellite dish accidentally picks up the energy of a voracious alien beast and it is suddenly reconstructed in material form, an otherwise normal family is terrorized. This sci-fi/horror pic contains violence and adult situations.

Tuesday 15th @ 12:55pm & 3:45pm (1hr 48min)
Wednesday 16th @ 12:55pm
Action/ Thriller (IMDB)
Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly--and viciously--intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge. A white-knuckle tale of transgression and transformation, REVENGE gloriously blurs the lines of vengeance and survival while simultaneously delivering a ferocious dissection of gender and genre.

Super Shangri-La Show Presents

Wednesday 16th @ 7:30pm (1hr 45min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Romance (IMDB)
Hypnotist uses his powers for revenge against King Louis XV's court.

Screening All Week (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?

Double Feature

Charade (1963)
Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th @ 7:30pm (1hr 53min)
Comedy/ Mystery/ Romance (IMDB)
Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Whom can she trust?


Arabesque (1966)
Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th @ 5:30pm & 9:35pm (1hr 45min)
Action/ Adventure/ Crime (IMDB)
An American expert in hieroglyphics travels to Oxford to decipher a cryptic message. He soon discovers that the message is of great import to a series of foreign spies and Middle Eastern leaders and finds himself at the center of an international conspiracy in this espionage drama.


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