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Monday 1/13 at 7PM
Mickey One
Arthur Penn, 1965

Warren Beatty is a comedian in debt. Fearful of being found out, he takes on a fake name and moves to Chicago. As his career heats up, he finds himself growing all the more paranoid that the mob is on to him. Influenced by the French New Wave, and with a soundtrack by jazz legend Stan Getz, this movie immortalizes a night-time Chicago of paranoia and desperation in areas long since made comfortable and clean.

runtime: 93m format: 35mm

Tuesday 1/14 at 9:30PM
Farewell China
Clara Law, 1990

30th anniversary! A sensitive yet bitter take on migration and its various crises, Clara Law’s third feature Farewell China has been woefully unavailable since its release. Maggie Cheung stars as Li Hong, a woman who curtly leaves her husband Zhou Nansheng (Tony Leung Ka-fai) and baby for the States after acquiring a student visa. Concerned about his wife and her dwindling letters, Nansheng follows her into New York's unique underworlds of alienation, poverty, and hardship.

runtime: 116m format: 35mm

Thursday 1/16 at 7PM
Dan Gilroy, 2014

Nightcrawler's protagonist, a thief-turned-journalist played by Jake Gyllenhaal, presents a disturbed depiction of the voyeuristic news world. Armed with a camera, he seeks out the more horrendous crimes to be captured on tape and sold to the highest bidder. For the acting alone, Nightcrawler is a must-see thriller that takes to task the ways in which the contemporary culture's insatiable need for titillation can cause real damage.

runtime: 117m format: DCP

Friday 1/17 at 7PM and Sunday 1/19 at 1:30PM
Vive L'Amour
Tsai Ming-Liang, 1994

Three exhausted salespeople struggle in a rapidly developing Taipei. Hsiao-kang, a suicidal vendor of columbarium niches, begins squatting in an unsold luxury apartment. A James Dean-impersonating street vendor also begins squatting after an evening of meaningless sex with the apartment's ambitious realtor. A thoroughly modern melancholic slapstick--all three unwittingly share an apartment that none of them own--Vive L'Amour is a masterpiece of queer frustration. Print courtesy of the Taiwan Film Archive

runtime: 118m format: 35mm

Sunday 1/19 at 7PM
Ashes and Diamonds
Andrzej Wajda, 1958

Macek (played by Zbigniew Cybulski, known as the "Polish James Dean") is a resistance fighter in the Polish Home Army, a nationalist organization struggling against the Soviet domination of their homeland. He finds himself with an opportunity to further the cause by assassinating an official, but his loyalty is shaken when he meets a beautiful barmaid. Ashes and Diamonds is a lyrical and tragic portrait of political radicalism, depicting both the price that it exacts and the idealism that fuels it.

runtime: 103m format: DCP

Tuesday 1/14 at 7PM
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Tobe Hooper, 1974

Though slasher films are almost as old as filmmaking itself, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a strong candidate for the most influential member of the genre. During a visit to an old family homestead in East Texas, a young group of friends encounters a family of cannibals led by the fearsome Leatherface. While controversial upon release for its violence, the film helped to popularize some of the horror genre's most famous tropes, from fake "true story" marketing to the use of power tools for murderous purposes.

runtime: 98m format: 35mm


Wednesday 1/15 at 7PM + 9PM
The Man I Love
Raoul Walsh, 1946

When a lounge singer (Ida Lupino) comes home for the holidays, she ends up solving everyone's problems--except her own. Lupino's performance as Petey, a smart-mouthed, tough-and-tender dame with an awesome collection of hats, may be her finest. Bruce Bennett co-stars as the man Petey loves, San Thomas, a troubled jazz musician. One of Raoul Walsh's most endearing films and a favorite of Martin Scorsese, it inspired New York, New York. Print courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research

runtime: 96m format: 16mm

Thursday 1/16 at 9:30PM
Kill, Baby, Kill!
Mario Bava, 1966

A giggling, pretty, blond girl in a white lace dress--we instantly recognize her as an unnerving icon of evil, but Bava is one of the pioneering directors we can thank for that knowledge. The girl in question is a ghost allegedly responsible for a rash of mysterious deaths in a Transylvanian village. Naturally, a sophisticated doctor comes to investigate, scoffing at the villagers' superstitions. These classic Gothic elements combine with trippy effects to create a uniquely haunting horror.

runtime: 83m format: DCP

Saturday 1/18 at 7PM and 9:30PM and Sunday 1/19 at 
The Lighthouse
Robert Eggers, 2019

From director Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse follows the story of two lighthouse keepers who attempt to maintain their sanity after they are stranded by a storm. William Dafoe stars alongside Robert Pattinson trapped on an island off the coast of New England. Shot in gritty black-and-white and with only two speaking characters, this unvarnished psychological-horror film follows these two men as their relationship unravels along with their minds.

runtime: 109m format: DCP

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