It's relatively quiet in the bay area's theatres this week, but we do have two Studio Ghibli films starting and ending the week, Russian sci-fi film Attraction, opening at the 4 Star this Friday, and Isabelle Huppert (Elle, Happy End) starring in a new film, which will be opening at the Roxie this Friday. A new title also hits VOD and limited theatres this week: Incident in a Ghostland, which I'm personally pretty interested in.
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...
Tuesday 19th @ 12:55pm (1hr 31min)
Wednesday 20th @ 12:45pm
Thursday 21st @ 1:45pm
Horror/ Family/ Sci-fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
A little boy and his kindly grandmother thwart the efforts of a coven of witches to rid Britain of children by turning them into mice.
Tuesday 19th @ 10:05pm (1he 20min)
Drama/ Horror/ Mystery (Rotten Tomatoes)
Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day; that is until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what's happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. Amidst the chaos, Koldo and Clara become separated and begin a desperate search for one another. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind... -- (C) Magnet
Wednesday 21st @ 10pm (2hrs 7min)
Action/ Biography/ Crime (IMDB)
The daughter of respected actor and matinee idol Lawrence Harvey, and model-turned-socialite Sophie Wynn, Domino Harvey was born into a life of wealth and privilege -- a lifestyle that did not interest her. Even from her earliest years, Domino rebelled against convention and the jet set. When Domino was only eight, her beloved father passed away and her mother looked to the stability of boarding school in a misguided attempt to tame her wild child. But nothing could repress Domino's fiery nature -- not friendships, not school, not her mother's high society. Even the extraordinary excesses paraded before her during a brief stint at modeling paled in comparison to her own escapades. Not until she stumbled upon a job seminar recruiting aspiring bounty hunters was her thirst for excitement at long last quenched. To Sophie's horror, Domino not only fell in love with the job but also with her fellow adventurers, who over the years would become her family.
Monday 18h @ 7:30pm (2hrs 13min)
Action/ Fantasy/ Scifi (Rotten Tomatoes)
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.
Friday 18th @ 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 23rd
Friday 22nd @ 9pm (1hr 35min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Sci-Fi (Rotten Tomatoes)
High school science teacher Mrs. Géquil 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.
Screening All Weekend
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.