Friday, June 22, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Friday to Sunday): The Lair of the White Worm, Mrs. Hyde, Upgrade

Happy Pride Weekend from San Francisco!

The pride parade is this Sunday, and while that means that the city will full of floats and characters, it also means that the city will be much more packed than usual. Remember to give yourself extra time to get wherever you're going, and avoid that stress educing rush. (This advice is honestly more for me than you LOL)

There are not a ton of titles I want to talk about playing in the city this weekend but if you're looking for something to watch, there are still some interest ticklers out there... Russian sci-fi action film Attraction opens at the 4 Star today, and the Roxie Theatre will be presenting The Lair of the White Worm on Sunday evening. But if you're looking to get out of the city, while also catching up on some must see films, the New Parkway will be screening both Upgrade and A Quiet Place several times over the weekend!

Opens Friday 22nd (1hr 57min)
International/ Sci-Fi/ Romance (Rotten Tomatoes)
An unidentified falling object from space changes our view of humanity and life beyond Earth. As local residents of Moscow residential district gather to see the fallen object, it forces mankind to question existing civilization and the potential for learning more...

Midnight Madness

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd @ 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

A Quiet Place (2018)
Friday 22nd @ 8:25pm (1hr 30min)
Satuday 23rd @ 8pm
In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

Upgrade (2018)
Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd @ 10pm (1hr 35min)
Action/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall Green, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, PROMETHEUS) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will "upgrade" his body. The cure - an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM - gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead.

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd @ 9pm (1hr 35min)
Sunday 24th @ 8:30pm
Comedy/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
High school science teacher Mrs. GĂ©quil is struck by lightning on the night of a harvest moon. The woman begins to embody a powerful alter ego, Mrs. Hyde, that instills a newfound confidence in her. However, the new persona is dangerous and must be controlled.

Staff Pick

Sunday 24th @ 7pm (1hr 33min)
Horror (IMDB)
Taken from Bram Stoker's last novel, Ken Russell adds his artistic flair to this campy horror comedy. While staying at the ancestral home of sisters Mary (Sammi Davis) and Eve Trent (Catherine Oxenberg), a Scottish archaeology student uncovers a skull of unknown origin. Angus Flint (Peter Capaldi) reveals his findings to the neighboring nobleman Lord James (Hugh Grant). The two connect the ancient legends of a dragon to a strange cult that worships a giant, ravenous subterranean white worm. The property of the Trent sisters is later revealed to have been built on the sight where ancient pagan rituals took place. Vampire vixen and cult-member Lady Silvia Marsh (Amanda Donohoe) lures victims to the white worm to feed on.


Limited Theatres/ VOD Friday 22nd (1hr 31min)
Horror / International (Rotten Tomatoes)
Following her aunt's death, Colleen and her daughters inherit her house. However, during their first night in their new home, murderers enter the home, putting Colleen in a situation where she must fight to save her daughters' lives. When the girls suffer a terrible trauma during the night, their disparate personalities diverge even further. The eldest daughter, Beth, is said to become a famous horror author with a perfect family and life in Los Angeles, while her sister, Vera, can't cope and loses her mind faced with an unshakable sense of paranoia. Sixteen years later the daughters and mother reunite at the house where Colleen and Vera continue to reside. It is then that strange events begin to take place.


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