“Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity, passed away Wednesday March 14. Scientifically, Dr. Hawking will be best remembered for a discovery so strange that it might be expressed in the form of a Zen koan: When is a black hole not black? When it explodes.” – NY Times.
In honor of the theoretical physicist/pop icon, we offer Errol Morris’ fascinating & singular docu-adaptation of Hawking’s best selling book (“that no one read” –S.H.). “It goes without saying that Hawking’s ideas on time black holes and the shape of the universe are beyond the grasp of the layman, but not to worry. Morris’s visual dexterity, and Hawking’s eloquence, allow even a scientific illiterate to grasp the beautiful outlines of these cosmic speculations. And the theory is deftly balanced by Hawking’s extraordinary personal story, a moving tale of triumph over the most daunting personal obstacles that is related without a shred of sentimentality. Hawking’s computer-generated voice narrates the film, which is supplemented by pithy interviews with his mother his friends colleagues and students-all of whom were shot on stage sets, a characteristically uncanny Morris conceit. Propelled by a galvanic Philip Glass score,”A Brief History of Time” is an elegant, inspirational and mysterious movie. Morris turns abstract ideas into haunting images, and keeps them spinning in the air with the finesse, and playfulness, of a master juggler” – David Ansen Newsweek.
Peacemaker Padraig O’Malley & Director James Demo IN PERSON Fri. 3/30!
“A deeply moving portrait of its truly admirable, complex subject.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“The movie is a fascinating portrait that is if anything too brief.”
– New York Times
“The more we get to know him, the more his core motivation – is he an idealist or something else? – becomes the mystery of the film.”
Padraig O’Malley is legendary among the international human rights community for being a negotiator / mediator of reconciliation in some of the world’s most contentious conflict zones—he spent the 1970s and ’80s in Northern Ireland, the 1990s in South Africa, and the years since focused on the Middle East and the Balkans. Paradoxically a pacifist in war-torn countries, and an owner of the Cambridge pub where he first settled into decades of alcoholism, but that now funds his peacekeeping activities as he doggedly struggles to maintain his sobriety in A.A. The developer of groundbreaking principles based upon his experience in recovery, O’Malley ambitiously finances conferences around the world, flying in representatives of divided cultures undergoing their own peace process so as to assist with reconciliation efforts in other regions. We meet Padraig in the third act of his life as he strives to find salvation in conflict zones, his personal relationships and within himself.
“A Masterpiece of Brutal Realism and Observant Drama”
– Consequence Of Sound."(This) Academy Award nominated film by Andrey Zvyagintsev of THE RETURN and LEVIATHAN has devastating power and haunting mystery"
- James Verniere, Boston Herald.
“Boris and Zhenya a middle-class St.Petersburg couple, are finalizing an acrimonious divorce, with their escalating accusations of misdeeds real and imagined inflicting severe pain on their teenaged son Alyosha. But an awful crisis brings aid to the couple, thanks to an unexpected bolt of generosity from a group of good Samaritans. Writer-director Andrey Zvyagintsev, working again with co-writer Oleg Negin, follows his acclaimed, worldwide hit LEVIATHAN with another tale that, like the masterworks of the great 19th century Russian novelists, folds the detailed tragi-comic sense of an entire society’s moral collapse into a story of private grief. At the film’s core are the performances of Spivak and Rozin, who brilliantly display the couple’s furious bewilderment, making LOVELESS simultaneously riveting and devastating, an indispensable addition to the Russian canon.” – Telluride Film Festival.
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Written by Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin. With Alexei Rozin, Maryana Spivak, & Matvey Novikov. RussiaFrance-Belgium-Germany. In Russian with English subtitles. Rated R (for “Strong sexuality, graphic nudity, language and a brief disturbing image.”) 2017. 127 mins.
Forty-five years after inciting mass hysteria with THE EXORCIST, director William Friedkin travels to Italy to shoot a real-life exorcism by The Vatican’s most renowned exorcist, then examines the footage with specialists.
The documentary gives a terrifying look at the ninth and final exorcism performed in 2016 by Amorth on an Italian woman who experiences troubling fits and behavioral changes. Father Amorth, who claimed to have performed thousands of exorcisms, died later that year at the age of 91.
“In the early 1970s when I directed ‘The Exorcist,’ I had not witnessed an exorcism but I wondered how close I had come to portraying reality,” Friedkin said. “I had been curious to meet Father Amorth for many years and when he granted permission to meet and film him in Rome last May, it was the opportunity to complete the circle and see how close that film came to reality.”
Directed by William Friedkin. With Father Gabriele Amorth, William Friedkin & William Peter Blatty. 67 mins.
THE EXORCIST: EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT
A bona fide cultural phenomenon, when THE EXORCIST first released into theaters, all hell broke loose. Adapted from the novel by William Peter Blatty and nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this story of a little girl possessed by the demon and the priests who are charged with saving her soul, is considered by many to be the scariest movie of all time. This Extended Directors Cut adds 10 minutes of previously unseen footage, trimmed from the original release and digitally enhanced Chris Newman’s Oscar-winning sound work.
With Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb. Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, and Mercedes McCambridge endearingly voicing The Demon. 2000. DCP. 132 mins.
The first annual CarcosaFilm Festival is devoted to the discovery and promotion of emerging filmmakers and artists, providing a competition as well as being a new platform for sharing screen based work in San Francisco.
In the shadows of a city’s landmark, Carcosa’s first annual welcomes you for a journey through other worlds, through a mysterious city in the landscape formed by the talents of tomorrow. This event is brought to you by Discovery Channel India, MCIS Insurance, Subway, Cisco, Burgermeister, Agrapha Films, DeBun Films and the film departments of San Francisco State, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, Academy of Arts University and UC Berkeley.
Local hero Kevin Epps rematerializes with an underground stoner comedy; a cheesy HALFBAKED. The story turns on a series of corny events when Big Chimney loses some rare golden weed seeds that he was delivering to Hippie Hill. In a world full of weed-fiends, thugs and hippies, everybody will smoke you out.
Directed by Kevin Epps. Starring: James Wade as Big Chimney, M1 (of Dead Prez) as The Weed Psychic , Phil Jackson as Flako Amsterdam, Sol Gonzales as Voodoo Town, Shabria Melvins as Yoni, Nick Jonas as cousin Jeffrey, Stack Dough as The Peruvian Llama, Jocelyn June as Mama, Bill Short as The Old Hippie. 80 mins.
This Free Sneak Preview Screening is FULL. You can join the wait listhereto be notified if any seats become available.
ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) event! Dogs are invited and will be in attendance at this screening. Dogs and owners will each need to have a ticket to attend. You do not need to have/bring a dog to attend. Owners are responsible for their dog’s behavior. Overly aggressive or uncontrollable dogs will be asked to leave.
Please do not show up at the event without a pass. Joining the wait list only provides an opportunity to receive a pass if you receive an email. Arriving without a pass will not allow access to the event.
ISLE OF DOGS is coming to the Roxie in April. Stay tuned for an encore BYOD screening, benefiting a local dog-loving organization!
Religious courts in the Middle East have historically banned women from adjudicating domestic and family matters – in both the Shari’a courts of Islam and the Rabbinic courts of Judaism – until Kholoud Al-Faqih, dares to challenge that history. With the support of a progressive Sheik, Kholoud becomes the first woman judge with her appointment to a Palestinian Shari’a court in the West Bank, bringing a subtle new perspective garnered from her early professional life working with battered women as an attorney in both the criminal and Shari’a courts.
This feature-length documentary chronicles Kholoud’s appointment, her first years as a judge, and her tenacious ability to maintain her position despite attempts to marginalize and demote her. Through Kholoud’s eyes, the film examines the religious and legal stipulations between men and women according to Shari’a law, relaying how the worst aspects of misinterpreted Shari’a laws reflect a tragic misogyny – rape, beatings, and polygamy – stemming from misconstrued ignorance of the Qur’an. As Kholoud’s most compelling cases develop in gripping cinema verite style, the film reveals precisely the kinds of misinterpretations of Shari’a law that Kholoud now has the power to correct.
Directed and Produced by Erika Cohn. 2018. 76 mins.
FREE OR DISCOUNTED FOR MEMBERS
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“Film School Drop Outs” is the Roxie Cinema’s brand new, over the top monthly cult movie experience brought to you by Peaches Christ Productions. This time they bring you IDLE HANDS, just in time for 4/20!
Trash drag-queen impresario Veruca Bathsalts & bona-fide film nerd Jerry Lee, lovers of all things midnight movie, will be providing an evening of live entertainment that includes audience participation, drag performance, trivia and all around mayhem, playing homage to their favorite films. These two punks at heart want to showcase dangerous women in power, b-horror, and the ultra outrageous! Become a Film School Dropout and join our class of misfits for a night out at the movies you won’t forget.
Anton would like very much to go about his daily routine of smoking weed, watching TV, and lusting after the girl across the street. The only thing stopping him is his demon-possessed right hand which seems determined to kill anyone it encounters. After dropping his parents and his best friends, the hand sets its sights on Molly, the punk rock girl of Anton’s affection. Luckily for him, Pnub and Mick (his recently deceased buds) are back from below ground to help the problem get solved. Only they better get cracking because the hand is out for more than just a killing spree. If it gets its fingers on Molly before midnight on prom night, her soul is hell-bound.
Andi and Lu embark upon what they anticipate to be a lovely co-bachelorette party with their closest friends at a luxury home situated in Northern California wine country. They have an eclectic group of pals including Andi’s childhood best friend, Josh, Lu’s extremely late sister, Nikki, YouTube-famous singer Kárin, egomaniacal actress Vivien, and the lovable chef Helen, who provides, at times, much-needed comedic relief.
Once nighttime comes around, the cast of characters loosens up a bit with the help of a plethora of cocktails and a few hits of ecstasy. Once everyone is sufficiently inebriated, Lu admits that she’s never had an orgasm in front of Andi. What begins as a fun weekend getaway turns into an awkward, rollercoaster of a couple of days during which the floodgates open and secrets and confessions come pouring out.
Written and directed by Jenée LeMarque (The Pretty One), The Feels is a thoughtful, hilarious, and poignant look into the complexities of love and friendship, and stars Fresh Off the Boat’s Constance Wu in a refreshingly fun and candid role. The groovy indie soundtrack includes originals from cast member Kárin Tatoyan, and features exceptional performances from a committed ensemble. The film has a lighthearted tone and will leave audiences in a an upbeat mood. Don’t miss this Frameline hit!
Directed by Jenée LeMarque. 88 min. USA. 2017.
FREE ENCORE SCREENING!
Advanced tickets are not available. Be sure to arrive early to assure you get a seat!