SATURDAY JULY 4 THEATRE CLOSED - HAPPY HOLIDAY!

     
   


SUNDAY JULY 5 DOUBLE FEATURE

JAWS 2:45, 7:00 40th ANNIVERSARY!

Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw join forces to battle a great white shark that’s been chewing up the locals off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Steven Spielberg’s effective shocker set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster. (1975, 124 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ PIRANHA 5:10, 9:20

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a Texas summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal. With in-jokes galore, what began as a modest rip-off of Jaws served as the launching pad for director Joe Dante (Gremlins), screenwriter John Sayles (Lone Star) and effects wizards Phil Tippett (Starship Troopers) and Chris Walas (The Fly) when it became a surprise hit at the box office. (1978, 94 min, 35mm)

 

MONDAY JULY 6 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


TUESDAY JULY 7 DOUBLE FEATURE

EX MACHINA 7:00

A young programmer (Domnhall Gleeson) is chosen by powerful tech CEO Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) to interview and test Ava (Alicia Vikander), a startlingly beautiful android whose cool demeanor masks longings and plans that neither man could have anticipated. Writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later) makes his directorial debut with this intimate and intelligent opus that delivers as a treatise on issues surrounding artificial life as well as a moody pulp thriller. (2015, 108 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ UNDER THE SKIN 9:05

A beautiful, lonely woman trawls the streets of Glasgow in search of male company, but her would-be hookups find that there's more to this woman than they could possibly imagine. Jonathan Glazer's (Sexy Beast) controversial and compelling adaptation of Michel Faber's novel digs deep into sexual politics and science fiction, combining unforgettable imagery, unscripted encounters, Mica Levy's hypnotic score, and a fearless lead performance by Scarlett Johansson. (2013, 108 min, DCP)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY JULY 8 ROBERT ALDRICH DOUBLE FEATURE

KISS ME DEADLY 7:00

In Robert Aldrich’s atomic adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s novel, Ralph Meeker stars as snarling private dick Mike Hammer, whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, this is a film noir masterwork as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending you will see in American cinema. Shot by Ernest Laszlo. (1955, 106 min, 35mm)

+ HUSTLE 9:00

A brilliant 1975 film noir by Robert Aldrich, with all the power of his Attack!, Kiss Me Deadly, and Legend of Lylah Clare. Burt Reynolds is an emotionally damaged police detective searching for his lost motivation in the rubble of an L.A. shadow world populated by pimps, whores, and killers. Aldrich's vision of a spreading, inescapable moral corrosion is insidiously depressing when it is not immediately horrifying. Reynolds reveals himself as an actor of depth and complexity. -Dave Kehr. Co-starring Catherine Deneuve, Ben Johnson, Paul Winfield and Ernest Borgnine; shot by Joseph Biroc. (1975, 120 min, DCP)

 
     
   


THURSDAY JULY 9 SPECIAL EVENT

INFORUM presents CHUCK PALAHNIUK and LIDIA YUKNAVITCH: A Night of Mayhem In conversation with Michelle Tea.

In the words of Chuck Palahniuk: “Join Chuck Palahniuk at the Castro Theater July 9th, where the air will be filled with color, noise and candy. It's a party to celebrate the release of Lidia Yuknavitch's newest novel, The Small Backs of Children, a major step forward from one of our most avidly watched writers—a masterful exploration of the treacherous, often violent borders between war and sex, love and art. Contests, prizes, disturbing bedtimes stories and mayhem will reign. As always, the wearing of sexy sleepwear is encouraged.” 5:45 check-in and premium reception; 6:30 program; 7:30 book signing - See more at: www.commonwealthclub.org/inforum - See more at: www.commonwealthclub.org/inforum

 
     
   


FRIDAY JULY 10 DOUBLE DOLLY

NINE TO FIVE 7:00

Dolly Parton made her movie debut opposite Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as savvy secretaries who have to contend with their dolt of a boss (Dabney Coleman) and inadvertently find a way to get revenge for his sexist ways. “[Dolly] is, on the basis of this one film, a natural-born movie star, a performer who holds our attention so easily that it's hard to believe it's her first film.” –Roger Ebert. (1980, 110 min, DCP)

+ THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS 9:05

Dolly teamed with Burt Reynolds and her Nine To Five director Colin Higgins for this rollicking, bawdy big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical about a spunky madam trying to keep the proverbial wolves out of her cathouse. An Oscar-nominated Charles Durning all but steals the show as the sidestepping governor with Dom DeLuise not far behind as the local leader of the decency police. (1982, 114 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY JULY 11 SPECIAL EVENT

SCARY COW 26th SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Show stars at 2:00

Scary Cow is a Bay Area co-op that makes short films using a community oriented model that empowers anyone with a passion for the art. We believe that the best way to learn filmmaking is by making films with like-minded enthusiasts. With over 250 shorts screened to date, filmmakers continue to shine with several entries on the film festival circuit. We give back to our members and have awarded over $250,000 in budget money to date. So come support emerging filmmakers and vote for your favorite films. There's something for everyone! More info and tickets at www.scarycow.com

 
     
   


SUNDAY JULY 12 MATINEE (ALL SEATS $8.50)

THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T. 1:00

In this dazzling, criminally underrated fantasy film, young Tommy Rettig has a surreal nightmare involving his meglomaniacal piano teacher Hans Conreid who has plans to kidnap 1,000 children and put them to work banging the keys. With a script, song lyrics and set design from the mind of Dr. Seuss himself, this movie is a wild little trip into an imaginative and colorful world. Directed by Roy Rowland. (1953, 89 min, 35mm)

 

 
     
   


SUNDAY JULY 12 DOUBLE MARILYN

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES 3:30, 7:00

Howard Hawks’ effervescent update of the Broadway hit stars Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell as a pair of sassy beauties on the prowl en route to Paris. Russell was never better here, giving a sly, knowing comic performance. (1953, 91 min, DCP)

+ NIAGARA 5:15, 8:45

In her first major role, Monroe became an instant icon playing the cold-blooded, conniving wife of shell-shocked, sexually insecure Joseph Cotton in a story of adultery and murder played out against the Falls. Jean Peters, Max Showalter and Casey Adams co-star in Henry Hathaway’s hypnotic high-tension act. (1953, 89 min, DCP)

 
     
   


MONDAY JULY 13 & TUESDAY JULY 14

BLADE RUNNER – The Final Cut 7:00, 9:30

Harrison Ford is Rick Deckard, an ex-cop forced out of retirement to hunt four renegade android slaves on the acid rain swept streets of dystopian Los Angeles, 2019. Back in limited release, Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi noir classic is where it belongs: on the Castro’s 45-foot wide screen! Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Edward James Olmos and the music of Vangelis co-star. (1982/2007, 117 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY JULY 15 DOUBLE BOGIE

THE MALTESE FALCON 3:15, 7:00

Outstanding detective drama wherein Humphrey Bogart’s iconoclastic Sam Spade and a cast of shady characters embark on a search for the titular statuette. Screenwriter John Huston made his directorial debut with this fast-paced adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s mystery. Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet make indelible impressions in support. (1941, 100 min, 35mm)

+ IN A LONELY PLACE 5:10, 8:55

Nicholas Ray’s powerful drama stars Bogart as a self-destructive screenwriter who gets involved with starlet Gloria Grahame as he dodges a murder rap. A haunting work of stark confession disguised as a taut noir thriller, this unflinching examination of disintegration is uniquely compelling. (1950, 94 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


THURSDAY JULY 16 DOUBLE FEATURE
CHRISTOPHER LEE (1922-2015)

HORROR OF DRACULA 7:30

Hammer Films cemented their reputation as THE horror studio of the 1950s and 60s with this loose adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Christopher Lee begins his reign as the famous vampire and director Terence Fisher balances sumptuous atmosphere and elegance with just the right amount of Technicolor blood. Also featuring Hammer horror mainstay Peter Cushing as Professor Van Helsing. Not to be missed! (1958, 82 min, 35mm)

+ THE WICKER MAN 5:30, 9:05

Robin Hardy’s thriller stars Edward Woodward as a devoutly Christian police officer who, in his investigation of a missing 12-year-old girl, encounters pagan worshippers on a remote Scottish island where their morals clash in a horrific fashion. Cited by Christopher Lee as the favorite of his films, stalwart Hammer vampiress Ingrid Pitt and Swedish blonde bombshell Britt Ekland co-star. (1973, Restored cut-102 min, DCP)

 
     
   

MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS presents
FRIDAY JULY 17
"GOiNG NOWHERE FAST"
Double Bill ($12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAD MAX 2 (aka THE ROAD WARRiOR) 7:20 34th Anniversary!
Now that George Miller has re-claimed the world this summer with his undeniable contemporary classic Fury Road, come pack the Castro for what many consider to be one of the defining post-apocalyptic films of the 1980s. Decades before Tom Hardy assertively took over the stoic character Max Rockatansky, there was an Australian actor named Mel Gibson. In fact, this jaw-dropping, low-budget, punk-western paved the way for Gibson to one-day rule Hollywood (Braveheart.) (1981. 96 min, DCP ‘Scope)

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THE HiTCHER 9:30 29th Anniversary!
This truly terrifying hitch-hiking horror flick is one of the hidden treasures of the 1980s. Rutger Hauer embodies another skin-crawling, wandering soul who will stop at nothing to get whatever he wants. With glorious “Americana” cinematography by John Seale, who would later win an Oscar for The English Patient and deserves one for his most recent Mad Max 4: Fury Road), be prepared for what Siskel&Ebert declared “sick, disgusting and meaningless” with “non-stop mayhem that makes it feel like its all happening in slow motion.” Screened from the “only 35mm print in the world.” (1986, 97 min, 35mm ‘Scope) Preceded by trailers from other unfairly dismissed 80s horror flicks.

 
     
   


SATURDAY JULY 18 & SUNDAY JULY 19 SPECIAL EVENT

Sing Along ANNIE Sat 1:00; Sun Noon
Hosted by Sara Moore & Friends.

The Castro presents the multiple Tony-winning musical Annie—sing along style! Bring your vocal chops to the show and join in with such memorable numbers as “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,” and “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here.” In addition to belting out the tunes, audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest! Annie stars Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters and Aileen Quinn; directed by John Huston. (1982, full program runs approx 150 min, Digital).

NO PASSES ACCEPTED. Special Admission: $16 general / $11 kids (12-) & seniors (62+). Advance tickets available via Ticketweb

 
     
   


SATURDAY JULY 18 DOUBLE FEATURE

SHORT CUTS 5:00
The visions of two great American artists merge in Short Cuts, maverick director Robert Altman’s kaleidoscopic adaptation of Raymond Carver short stories. Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, the film interweaves the lives of twenty-two characters struggling to find solace and meaning in contemporary Los Angeles. The extraordinary ensemble cast includes Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Lemmon, Frances McDormand, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Waits—all giving fearless performances in one of Altman’s most compassionate creations. (1993, 187 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

+ PULP FICTION 8:30

One of the most eclectic casts ever assembled is among the many highlights of Quentin Tarantino’s obsessively stylized—and insanely influential—crime film. Charting intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals and a mysterious briefcase, the film was nominated for 7 Oscars—QT and Roger Avery’s screenplay won the gold. Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames and Christopher Walken head the cast. (1994, 154 min, 35mm 'Scope)

 
     
   


SUNDAY JULY 19 DOUBLE HITCH

THE LADY VANISHES 3:30, 7:00

Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful synthesis of comedy and suspense on the rails finds playgirl Margaret Lockwood uncovering a conspiracy involving the disappearance of an elderly passenger. Michael Redgrave, in his first major role, plays her only ally in the web of intrigue. (1938, 96 min, 35mm)

 

+ THE 39 STEPS 5:20, 8:50

Robert Donat plays an innocent vacationer unwillingly drawn into an elaborate scheme and is soon on the lam, handcuffed to the lovely Madeleine Carroll. This classic thriller was one of Hitchcock’s first major international successes and introduced a number of his future hallmark elements. (1935, 86 min, 35mm)

 

MONDAY JULY 20 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


TUESDAY JULY 21 DOUBLE FEATURE

CONTEMPT 7:00
 Jean-Luc Godard’s subversive foray into commercial flmmaking is a star-studded Cinemascope epic. Contempt (Le Mépris) stars Michel Piccoli as a screenwriter torn between the demands of a proud European director (played by legendary director Fritz Lang), a crude and arrogant American producer (Jack Palance), and his disillusioned wife, Camille (Brigitte Bardot), as he attempts to doctor the script for a new f lm version of The Odyssey. “Brilliant, romantic and genuinely tragic. It’s also one of the greatest films ever made about the actual process of moviemaking.” –Martin Scorsese. In French and English with English subtitles. (1963, 103 min, DCP ‘Scope) 

+ MULHOLLAND DRIVE 9:00

Down from the Hollywood Hills, an enigmatic woman wanders into the life of an aspiring actress and together they follow a labyrinthine mystery that could only come from the unique imagination of David Lynch. Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Herring and Justin Theroux lead the cast of this immortal spellbinder. (2001, 147 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY JULY 22 DOUBLE FEATURE

DUSTY AND SWEETS McGEE 7:00

Utilizing real-life heroin addicts and an effective barrage of vintage rock n roll radio, unsung '70s maverick Floyd Mutrux’s (American Hot Wax) devastating debut feature posits the viewer smack dab into the lives of dope fiends, pushers and hustlers in post-Manson Los Angeles. The listless days and boulevard nights of this film were uncannily rendered as the landscape of PT Anderson’s Inherent Vice, informing that film much like John Huston’s Let There Be Light served The Master. A true stunner! (1971, 92 min, 35mm)

+ INHERENT VICE 8:45
Paul Thomas Anderson’s unpredictable and entrancing film, the very first adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, is a cinematic time machine, placing the viewer deep within the world of the paranoid, hazy L.A. dope culture of the early ’70s. Joaquin Phoenix goes all the way playing Doc Sportello, the private investigator searching for his ex-girlfriend Shasta (Katherine Waterston, a revelation), menaced at every turn by a jaw dropping Josh Brolin as the telegenic police detective “Bigfoot” Bjornsen. Among the other members of Anderson’s mind-boggling cast are Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro and Martin Short. (2014, 148 min, 35mm)

 
 
 
 
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