Monday, November 26, 2018

Screenings in the Bay (Monday to Sunday): The House That Jack Built, The Possession of Hannah Grace, Another Hole in the Head Film Festival

Looks like the smoke is gone and we're about to get all the rain we've been asking for in the bay area. And that's great! Both for the state and because you could basically spend this whole week at the movies. There are several long awaited things taking place over the next six days: The Possession of Hannah Grace opens in theatres everywhere, The House That Jack Built screens is all of it's director's cut glory for one special day, and ...

Another Hole in the Head Film Festival returns to the New People Cinema for its fifteenth year! Opening night is this Wednesday the 28th, so if you're not interested in a two and a half hour long serial killer film, you should check out what they have on their calendar.

This Saturday, the Castro Theatre hosts A Day of Silents, the Alamo Drafthouse presents the 4K restoration of Zombi 2, and Perfect Blue returns the the big screen at the Clay Theatre's Midnight Madness at the end of the week!

Opening This Week

Early Screeings Thursday 29th (1hr 25min)
Opens Friday 30th
Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
A shocking exorcism spirals out of control, claiming the life of a young woman. Months later, Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) is working the graveyard shift in the morgue when she takes delivery of a disfigured cadaver. Locked alone inside the basement corridors, Megan begins to experience horrifying visions and starts to suspect that the body may be possessed by a ruthless demonic force.

Special Event

Wednesday 28th ONLY (2hrs 32min)
Drama/ Horror/ Suspense (Rotten Tomatoes)
Boundary-pushing cinematic visionary Lars von Trier (Antichrist) returns with one of his most daring, masterfully provocative works yet. In five audacious episodes, failed architect and arch-sociopath Jack (Matt Dillon) recounts the elaborately orchestrated murders-each, as he views them, a towering work of art-that define his "career" as a serial killer. Mixing pitch black humor, transcendent surrealism, and renegade musings on everything from history to architecture to cinema, von Trier fashions a radical, blazingly personal inquiry into violence, art, and the twin acts of creation and destruction. With Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, and Bruno Ganz.

Director's Cut will ONLY be screening on Wednesday 28 in select theatres!

Screening All Week (1hr 59min)
Drama (Rotten Tomatoes)
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

Terror Tuesday

Tuesday 27th @ 10:05pm (1hr 31min)
Horror (Rotten Tomatoes)
This audaciously disgusting spectacle from the late master of gruesome horror, Lucio Fulci, was posited as a semi-sequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, which was released in Italy as Zombi. Tisa Farrow and a group of vacationing tourists travel to an island where they find a doctor (Richard Johnson) who is attempting to cure a condition that reanimates the dead. Things quickly get out of control as undead Spanish conquistadors crawl from their graves hungry for human flesh.

Weird Wednesday

Wednesday 28th @ 10pm (1hr 20min)
Comedy/ Horror/ Sci-Fi (IMDB)
Southern California is being terrorized by a mysterious murderous monster living in a cave. As the bodies pile up -- with incriminating banana peels always near by the crime scene -- a group of teens stumble on the guilty party: a 20-million-year-old Schlockthropus, an ape-like creature with a sense of the absurd. Schlocky moves easily through a strangely stupid suburban society, the members of which don't seem to see him as a hairy menace. Young Mindy Binermen (Eliza Garrett), blind for the last three years, falls in love with him thinking he's a dog. When an operation to restore her eyesight proves successful, she discovers her pet is a lovesick gorilla being chased by the National Guard.

SF Silent Film Festival Presents

Saturday 1st @ 10am 
One glorious full day of live cinema (six programs!) at San Francisco's landmark movie palace Castro Theatre. Beautiful images from the silent era set to superb live musical accompaniment—you won't want to miss it!

Midnight Madness

Friday 30th & Saturday 1st @ 11:55pm (1hr 21min)
Horror/ Anime (IMDB)
Mima was a pop idol, worshiped by the masses until fashion dictated otherwise. In order to salvage her career, she is advised to drop music and pursue acting. A soap opera role is offered but Mima's character is less clean cut than desired. Regardless, she agrees and events take a turn for the worse. She begins to feel reality slip, that her life is not her own. She discovers (imagines) her identical twin, a mirror image that hasn't given up singing. Internet sites appear describing every intimate detail of her life and a figure stalks her from the shadows. Her friends and associates are threatened (and killed) as Mima descends into a dangerous world of paranoid delusion. She fears for her life and must unravel fact from illusion in order to stay alive. Perfect Blue represents a major change from traditional anime subject matter, analyzing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer.

Wednesday 28th @ 6:30pm (
The 8th Annual Festival of the Moving Image highlights emerging talent from City College of San Francisco’s Cinema, Visual Media Design and Broadcast Electronic Media Arts Departments in a combined festival program.

Staff Picks

Sunday 2nd @ 4pm (1hr 37min)
Comedy/ Drama/ Romance (IMDB)
A philosophical comedy about a Greek prostitute who agrees to spend two weeks with an American intellectual improving her mind. The conservative American tries to educate the harlot, much to the dismay of family and friends. The bouzouki music of the instrumental title track was an international hit.


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