Monday, August 27, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Friday): Blood Fest, Boarding School, Stereo Argento: Complex!

Hey guys! Hope everyone had a painless Monday and that we're all in the mood for movies this week, because there are definitely some noteworthy titles coming our way.

First thing's first... Terror Tuesday this week is a movie that I have seen an almost embarrassing number of times, but one that I have yet to see in a proper theatre. It's that very 90's sequel starring teen Edward Furlong, Pet Sematary II! And it'll be screening in 35mm, which is just the cherry on top of a nostalgic sundae for me. Weird Wednesday, featuring Jack and Jill is also screening in 35mm, but it just doesn't feel the same, ya' know?

We have two new titles coming out this week, but the only one I ca actually speak to is Blood Fest, which we saw a screener of earlier this month. This is worth a watch regardless of how you feel about comedy, because it works. And although I have not seen this year's Boarding School, it's something I would not be opposed to renting. Also this week, Searching gets a wide release, so get to your local theatre and check it out! I know I will.

And if you just don't feel like sitting still this Friday night but are craving something in the horror realm, check out the seventh installment of Stereo Argento  at the Stud! The theme this month will be Murder Mystery Drag. Get the details HERE!

Opening This Week

Limited Theatres/VOD Friday 31st (1hr 32min)
Comedy/ Horror (IMDB)
Fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the event has a diabolical agenda. As festival attendees start dying off, three teenagers more schooled in horror-film clich├ęs than practical knowledge about neutralizing psycho killers must band together and battle through various madmen and monstrosities to survive.

Limited Theatres/VOD Fiday 31st (1hr 41min)
Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
When troubled 12-year-old Jacob Felsen is sent away to boarding school, he enters every kid's worst nightmare: A creepy old mansion, deserted except for six other teenage misfits and two menacing and mysterious teachers. As events become increasingly horrific, Jacob must conquer his fears to find the strength to survive.

Wide release starts Friday 31st (1hr 42min)
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
After David Kim (John Cho)'s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter's digital footprints before she disappears forever.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 28th @ 9:55pm (1hr 40min)
Horror/ Fantasy (IMDB)
This follow-up to the sizable horror hit concerns a Maine teenager who discovers the eerie power of a legendary local haunt. Edward Furlong stars as Jeff Matthews, who, with his veterinarian father Chase (Anthony Edwards), moves to latter's small hometown of Ludlow, Maine, in order to escape unhappy memories. Jeff's divorced mother, low-budget horror movie actress Renee (Darlanne Fluegel), was recently electrocuted and killed in a freak accident -- the entire incident was witnessed by Jeff. In his new community, Jeff hears stories of an ancient Indian burial ground nearby where dead pets that are interred come back to life. Jeff also becomes friends with pudgy Drew (Jason McGuire), whose abusive, bullying dad Gus (Clancy Brown) is Ludlow's sheriff. When Gus kills his son's dog, Drew and Jeff bury the animal, which returns from the dead. When the vengeful dog kills Gus, Drew and Jeff bury the lawman in the cemetery and he comes back significantly the worse for wear, wreaking evil havoc that temporarily puts several of Ludlow's residents six feet under.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 29th @ 9:55pm (1hr 31min)
Comedy (IMDB)
Jack and Jill is a comedy focusing on Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his twin sister, Jill (also Adam Sandler). Jill's neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down.

Tuesday 28th @ 7pm (1hr 44min)
Comedy/ Crime/ Romance (IMDB)
An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife, who is trying to restart her life following her husband's murder while being pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.

Kung Fu Double Feature

Enter the Dragon (1973)
Tuesday 28th @ 7pm (1hr 42min)
Action/ Crime/ Drama (IMDB)
One of the most popular kung fu films ever, and perhaps the peak of the famed Bruce Lee's career, Enter the Dragon achieved success by presenting a series of superbly staged fighting sequences with a minimum of distractions. The story finds Lee as a martial-arts expert determined to help capture the narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for his sister's death. This evil villain operates from a fortified island manned by a team of crack martial artists, who also host a kung fu competition. Lee uses his skills to enter the contest and then tries to chop, kick, and otherwise fight his way into the dealer's headquarter. The story is, of course, merely an excuse for showdown after showdown, featuring masterly fighting by Lee in a wide variety of martial arts styles.


The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
Tuesday 28th @ 9pm (1hr 55min)
Action/ Adventure/ Drama (IMDB)
Lau Kar-leung directs this revenge thriller, widely considered to be the greatest kung-fu flick of all time. Liu Yu-te (Gordon Lau Kar-fai) is a gentle ethics scholar until his family and friends are brutally slaughtered by a band of Manchu troops. Vowing revenge, he ventures to the fabled Shaolin temple hoping to become a one-man martial arts killing machine. Rechristened San Te, his first year at the temple is spent largely doing menial chores. His begins training during his second year, which involves passing through 35 chambers where he learns the finer points of kung-fu through grueling and excruciating tests. After a year of training, he moves on to learn about weapons. He soon proves to be the finest student in the history of the temple, mastering the entirety of the training in mere five years. He is cast out of the temple, however, for wanting to teach his skills to the masses.

Midnight Madness

Friday 31st @ 11:55pm (1hr 52min)
Action/ Comedy/ Romance (IMDB)
Based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's Oni Press comic book of the same name, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World follows the eponymous slacker rocker on his colorful quest to defeat his dream girl's seven evil ex-boyfriends. Twenty-two-year-old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) may not have a job, but rocking the bass for his band, Sex Bob-omb, is a tough job unto itself. When Scott locks eyes with Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he knows she's the girl he wants to grow old with. But Ramona has some serious baggage; her supercharged exes rue the thought of her being with another man, and they'll crush any guy who gives her a second glance. Now, in order to win Ramona's heart, Scott will do battle with everyone from vegan-powered rock gods to sinister skateboarders, never losing sight of his gorgeous goal as he pummels his way to victory.

Monday 27th, Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th @ 7pm & 9pm (1hr 33min)
Tuesday 28th @ 4:30pm & 9pm
Drama/ Mystery/ Thriller (IMDB)
Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women's lives.


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