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September 21-27

Madeline's Madeline

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Madeline's Madeline

Josephine Decker / 2018, USA
94min / digital

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. Writer/director Josephine Decker has long been an independent filmmaker to admire, utilizing a welcome expressionistic approach that imbues her subjects with a vibrant sense of urgency. Anchored by a virtuoso performance from newcomer Helena Howard, whose powerful screen presence commands attention, Decker’s film displays a rare sensitivity for capturing the messy struggles of discovering a sense of one's self that defies easy narrative categorization.

"In her third film, writer-director Josephine Decker confirms her position as the American indie queen of improv, whose self-styled mission it is to push the outer limits of film language into the stratosphere.” The Hollywood Reporter

“An experimental movie with the emotional tug of a mainstream hit... This is one of the boldest and most invigorating American films of the 21st century.” Indiewire

"One of the best films of the year..." Boston Globe

"One of the year's headiest, most dazzlingly assured moviegoing experiences." LA Times

"The film's slipstream of emotion is powerful and inescapable." Village Voice

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm
Sat: 1pm & 7pm
Sun: 5pm
Mon-Thurs: 7pm & 9pm


September 29 & 30, October 3 HELDOVER AGAIN!

Let the Corpses Tan

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Let the Corpses Tan

Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani / 2018, Belgium-France
92min / digital

Belgian filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani trade in the crushed velvet and creeping shadows of their giallo-worshiping first two films (Amer, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears) for blistering sun, creaking leather and raining bullets in this glorious homage to 1970s Italian crime films. After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves absconds to the ruins of a remote village perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. Home to a reclusive yet hypersexual artist and her motley crew of family and admirers, it seems like a perfect hideout. But when two cops roll up on motorcycles to investigate, the hamlet erupts into a hallucinatory battlefield as both sides engage in an all-day, all-night firefight rife with double-crosses and dripping with blood. Based on a classic pulp novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and featuring vintage music cues by Ennio Morricone, Let the Corpses Tan is a deliriously stylish, cinematic fever dream that will slamfire your senses like buckshot to the brain.

"Meticulously executed, obsessively stylized. You almost expect to see Dario Argento or Mario Bava’s name on the credits and for Morricone to have composed the music." Allan Hunter, Screen International

"An exercise in fetishization, of both the human body and the visual medium that captures it. There’s a gleeful, twisted imagination at work here." Vikram Murth, RogerEbert.com

"Let the Corpses Tan transforms genre pulp into pop art, keeping fetishism intact and frequently erupting into abstraction." Cinema Scope

Showtimes:
Sat: 7pm
Sun: 5pm
Tues: 9pm


September 28–October 4

Rodents of Unusual Size

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Rodents of Unusual Size

Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer
2018, USA / 71min / digital

Filmmakers scheduled to attend for opening night Q&A!

Hard headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn't know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat - hordes of monstrous 20 pound swamp rats. Known as "nutria", these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the roving squads of hunters can control them. And with their orange teeth and voracious appetite they are eating up the coastal wetlands that protects Thomas and his town of Delacroix Island from hurricanes. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who will give up without a fight. Thomas and a pack of lively bounty hunters are hellbent on saving Louisiana before it dissolves beneath their feet. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win. Narrated by Wendell Pierce with music by the Lost Bayou Ramblers.

"Depicting the resilience of both the nutria and the Louisianans who've endured their presence for many years, Rodents of Unusual Size proves enjoyably quirky and informative." The Hollywood Reporter

"A bizarre and fascinating documentary that'll make your jaw drop." San Jose Mercury News

"... a squirmy, funny, fascinating documentary that mixes history, zoology and social and cultural anthropology to examine the relationship of the giant rat to the bayou Louisianans who hunt, skin and sometimes even eat the dagger-incisored critters." Commercial Appeal

Showtimes:
Fri, Tue, Thu: 7pm
Sat: 5pm
Sun: 3pm, 7pm
Mon & Wed: 9pm


September 28–October 4

Outrage Coda

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Outrage Coda

Takeshi Kitano / 2018, Japan
104min / digital

Five years after surviving the all-out war between the Sanno and Hanabishi crime families, former yakuza boss Otomo now works in South Korea for Mr. Chang, a renowned fixer whose influence extends into Japan. A relatively minor incident causes tensions to rise between Chang Enterprises and the faraway powerful Hanabishi. The growing conflict gets out of hand and ignites a ferocious power struggle among the top echelons of the Hanabishi. When eventually Chang's life is endangered, devoted yakuza Otomo returns to Japan to settle things once and for all.

“Shows [Kitano] honing his crime movie craft in a way that consolidates his mastery of a minimalist style that surely makes him the Jean-Pierre Melville of Asian cinema... the pleasure lies in the way that Kitano tracks the moves as they advance to an inexorably logical climax.” ScreenDaily

Showtimes:
Fri, Sun, Thu: 9pm
Sat: 245pm
Mon, Wed: 645pm


September 29

Blood Salvage

Blood Salvage

Presented by VHS Uber Alles

Check out this twisted flick about a crazy, Evangelical preachin' hillbilly named Jake who kidnaps unsuspecting vacationers off the highway and performs sick medical experiments. When he isn't playing God, he's selling their organs on the black market to Mr. Stone. Everything's going along just fine and dandy until he kidnaps the teenage runner-up beauty queen April and finds out she's a real handful. ONLY ON VHS, ONLY $2!

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


October 5–11

The Atomic Cafe

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The Atomic Cafe

Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader & Pierce Rafferty
1982, USA / 88min / digital

NEW RESTORATION! Armageddon has never been so darkly funny as in The Atomic Cafe. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. Taken together, these sources cheerily instruct the public on how to live in the Atomic Age, how to survive a nuclear attack (!) ... and how to fight and win a nuclear war. As a U.S. Army training film advises, "Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man." Returning to theaters in a sparkling 4K digital restoration created by IndieCollect, The Atomic Cafe is an absurdist blast from the past that would be downright laughable if it weren’t so eerily relevant to our fake news present.

"Bitterly funny… as vital as ever. A time capsule of a time capsule, the 1982 documentary compilation film The Atomic Cafe feels suddenly, enragingly relevant again… back to remind us how fucked we truly are, and perhaps have always been." Village Voice

“A stunner, a movie that has one howling with laughter, horror and disbelief. Deserves national attention." The New York Times

“A comic horror film. Everyone should visit The Atomic Cafe.” J. Hoberman

“An artfully assembled collage of official insanity.” Newsweek

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October 5–7

Heavy Trip

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Heavy Trip

Jukka Vidgren & Juuso Laatio / 2018, Belgium-Norway-Finland
91min / digital

In this offbeat comedy from Finland, Turo is stuck in a small village where the best thing in his life is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. The only problem? He and his bandmates have practiced for 12 years without playing a single gig. The guys get a surprise visitor from Norway—the promoter for a huge heavy metal music festival—and decide it’s now or never. They steal a van, a corpse, and even a new drummer in order to make their dreams a reality.

"Part let's-get-it-together band saga and part road movie... a rollicking romp." Hollywood Reporter

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All Monsters Attack

October 11-18

The Night Eats the World

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The Night Eats the World

Dominique Rocher / 2018, France
93min / digital

After waking up in an apartment the night after a raging party, Sam comes face to face with his new reality: an army of zombies has invaded the streets of Paris, and he is one of the lone survivors. Petrified with fear, he barricades himself inside the building to survive. He wonders how long can he last in silence and solitude, and the answer comes when he learns that he's not all alone after all.

“…a well-crafted nightmare that holds its own among the best zombie films in recent memory.” Bloody Disgusting

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October 12-14 & 16

Near Dark

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Near Dark

Kathryn Bigelow / 1987, USA
94min / 35mm

A young cowboy (Adrian Pasdar) is seduced by a new girl (Jenny Wright) in town only to find out he has been kissed by a vampire. Slowly turning into a creature of the night, he is persuaded to join up with the girl and a roaming band of ghouls. But when his own father and sister become targets in the vampires' endless search for 'food,' he is forced to choose between loyalty to the vampires, or loyalty his own family. 'Near Dark' is a stylish and brutal mixture of horror, western, and action conventions from director Kathryn Bigelow ('Strange Days') that ranks among the best vampire movies ever made.

“This is on the whole a striking directorial debut, at once scary and erotic…” Chicago Reader

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October 12, 13, 15 & 17

Near Dark

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Ravenous

Antonia Bird / 1999, Czech Republic-UK-USA
101min / 35mm

It's a recipe for nonstop action and excitement when the inhabitants of an isolated military outpost go up against a marauding band of cannibals in a deadly struggle for survival! Ever watchful of the enemies who might literally tear them apart, the uneasy alliance of soldiers must fight brutal elements of the Sierra Nevada wilderness – as well as their own murderous instincts to stay alive.

“Imagine a film that makes A Modest Proposal-style satire out of Dracula's gothic horror tropes in the spaghetti western milieu of The Great Silence. It’s a pitch-black comedy about Manifest Destiny and cannibal frontiersmen.” Village Voice (RIP)

“…clever in the way it avoids most of the cliches of the vampire movie by using cannibalism, and most of the cliches of the cannibal movie by using vampirism. It serves both dishes with new sauces.” Roger Ebert

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October 18 & 19

Ninja Zombie

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Ninja Zombie

Presented by VHS Uber Alles
Mark Bessenger / 1992, USA
87min / digital

If you’ve ever wished for a mutant mix of THE TOXIC AVENGER, ‘80s Marvel Comics and a twelve-year-old’s unfiltered imagination, meet your new favorite movie. Young karate expert Jack is stabbed through the heart by the vile Spithrachne, a martial arts cultist with a spider drawn on his face. Luckily, local voodoo master/tennis enthusiast Brother Banjo revives Jack from the dead to seek revenge as NINJA ZOMBIE. Shot on Super-8 in Chicago and unreleased on any format until now, NINJA ZOMBIE is an unrelenting ruckus of supernatural threats and high-kicking vengeance.

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October 19-23

The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game

Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack / 1932, USA
63min / 35mm

One of the best and most literate movies from the great days of horror, The Most Dangerous Game stars Leslie Banks as a big-game hunter with a taste for the world’s most exotic prey—his houseguests, played by Fay Wray and Joel McCrea. Before making history with 1933’s King Kong, filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack wowed audiences with their chilling adaptation of this Richard Connell short story.

“A superbly paced, sexually charged, tightly constructed, no-holds-barred adventure film with moments of dark, Germanic horror that stick in the mind, a movie that moves.” Bruce Kawin, Criterion.com

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October 20-23 & 25

King Kong

King Kong

Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack / 1933, USA
100min / 35mm

Film director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) and actress Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) arrive on a prehistoric island in the hope of capturing a giant ape, worshipped as a god by the local inhabitants. The mighty Kong shows his sensitive side by falling for Ann, and, after his transportation to New York, rampages across the city in search of his new love.

“…there is something ageless and primeval about King Kong…” Roger Ebert

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October 26-30

The Cabin in the Woods

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The Cabin in the Woods

Drew Goddard / 2012, USA
95min / 35mm

A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape.

“Ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years.” IndieWire

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October 26-30

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Eli Craig / 2010, Canada-USA-India-UK
89min / 35mm

Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count.

“…deft/daft mix of authentic feeling and sharp parody, belly laughs and visceral dread…” Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies

“Here's something you don't see every day: a genial, politically correct splatter comedy.” Chicago Reader

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October 31

Frankenstein Unbound

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Frankenstein Unbound
plus a 2nd secret film!

Presented by the Sprocket Society
Roger Corman / 1990, USA
85min + 90min / 35mm & 16mm

Mary Shelley's novel FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS was first published (anonymously) 200 hundred years ago on Jan. 1, 2018. The first edition was just 500 copies. Since then, Mary's nightmarish tale has permeated the world's collective psyche and become a virtual genre unto itself. The Sprocket Society is celebrating this momentous horror-versary with a special Halloween birthday party and DOUBLE FEATURE!

In Roger Corman's last film as a director, scientist Dr. Joseph Buchanan (John Hurt) has created a super-weapon that has an unfortunate side effect: it rips holes in time! Suddenly, he (along with his talking smart car) is transported to Switzerland in 1817! There he meets Mary Shelly (Bridget Fonda)...and the real Dr. Frankenstein (Raul Julia)! The experiments are real! What follows is an increasingly bizarre and surreal tale that must be seen to be believed!

"One of the most underrated films of 1990...this metaphysical reflection on technology with SF and monster-movie trimmings is packed with wit, originality, and eccentricity." - Jonathan Rosenbaum

PLUS: * A secret second feature!
* Frankenstein-y short films!
* More spooky surprises!

Showtimes:
Wed: 7pm
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Coming later

More will be added to All Monsters Attack!; Jim Jarmusch retrospective; new documentaries about Ingmar Bergman and Buster Keaton; It's A Wonderful Life.