Calendar

May
21
Wed
SPLIT SECOND / EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ
May 21, 2014

SPLIT SECOND

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A vicious killer and his gang crash out of prison and hold a group of hostages in a Nevada ghost town where an atom bomb test is set to happen the following morning! Tension escalates to the boiling point as loyalties among the gang gradually begin to shift. Nuclear noir for the Fallout Generation. Starring Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, Keith Andes, Paul Kelly. Photographed by Nicholas Musuraca. Screenplay by William Bowers and Irving Wallace. Directed by Dick Powell. In B&W. 85 mins. 1953.

At 8:00pm only!

….plus:

EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ

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A group of five prison lifers are given the chance to gain their freedom if they’re willing to subject themselves to a bizarre and hazardous medical experiment — one that will blast radioactive isotopes into these desperate human guinea pigs! An ingenious low-budget noir from one of the legendary Kings of the Bs. Starring John Howard, Joan Dixon, Robert Shayne, Lynne Carter. Photographed by Jackson Rose. Directed by Edward L. Cahn. In B&W. 57 mins. 1950.

At 6:40pm and 9:45pm

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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May
22
Thu
HIGHWAY 301 / DEATH IN SMALL DOSES
May 22, 2014

HIGHWAY 301

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A gang of desperate armed robbers led by a psychotic killer spread a wave of terror throughout the southeast, wantonly killing anyone who gets in their way. One of the last great gangster noirs, breathlessly paced and brutally violent. Based on a true story. Starring Steve Cochran, Virginia Grey, Gaby Andre, Robert Webber, Aline Towne. Photographed by Carl E. Guthrie. Written and directed by Andrew L. Stone. In B&W. 83 mins. 1950.

At 8:00pm only!

….plus:

DEATH IN SMALL DOSES

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Tawdry B expose’ about the illegal amphetamine racket! Long-haul truckers are the targets of this heinous web of destruction that keep sending drugged drivers to their doom. A tough-minded federal agent is called in to straighten things out. As 50s trash-noir goes, this one rates awfully high. Starring Peter Graves, Mala Powers, Chuck Connors, Merry Anders. Photographed by Carl E. Guthrie. Directed by Joseph M. Newman. In B&W. 79 mins. 1957.

At 6:15pm and 9:45pm

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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May
23
Fri
BREASTMILK
May 23, 2014 - May 29, 2014

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Thursday, May 29, 7pm

Post-screening discussion with lactation consultant Tracy Massillon, moderated by doula Susan Arthur

 

GROUP SALES AVAILABLE!

BABIES WELCOME!!

BREASTMILK, the new documentary by first-time filmmaker Dana Ben-Ari, is an unflinchingly provocative, humorous, informative and inspirational exploration of just how, when and why the next generation gets fed.  The film dives into the fray of what really happens among new parents – those who want to breastfeed, those who can’t breastfeed and a whole culture caught up in the heady mix of stress, bliss and judgment that have made breastfeeding choices a matter of polarizing social debate. 

BREASTMILK uncovers all the most surprising and concealed aspects of what it means to have milk: from hooter hiders to work-place pumping, from career moms to gay parents, from wet nurses to sex practices, from freaked-out fathers and impassioned “lactivists” to the moms who halt breastfeeding before their infant is 6 months old. The result is an illuminating portrait of an everyday human subject rarely shown on film. Aiming beyond simplistic debates over what is natural or normal, BREASTMILK scopes out new territory.  For the film is not only a revealing inquiry into our modern approach to one of the body’s most remarkable functions – it’s also an examination of how the most personal things become political and a stirring sketch of the breathtakingly diverse experience of modern parenthood itself. CAVU Pictures presents BREASTMILK, directed and produced by Dana Ben-Ari (making her feature film debut) and executive produced by Ricki Lake (“The Ricki Lake Show,” “The Business of Being Born”) and Abby Epstein (“The Business of Being Born”).

Directed by Dana Ben-Ari. 2014. Digital. 91 mins. NR

Director Dana Ben-Ari IN PERSON
Friday, May 23rd, after the 7pm show
Saturday, May 24th after 11:15am & 3pm shows!!!!

 

THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND / AL CAPONE
May 23, 2014

THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND

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Despite any and all historical inaccuracies, this is a dynamic and emotionally wild gangster melodrama, the noir-tinged tale of a blindly ambitious punk whose career left a bloodstained swath across the Roaring 20s. Deeply nuanced and ultimately troubling, an important entry in a great director’s canon. Starring a B movie cast of a lifetime: Ray Danton, Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart, Jesse White, Simon Oakland, Warren Oates. Photographed by Lucien Ballard. Directed by Budd Boetticher. In B&W. 101 mins. 1960.

At 8:15pm only!

….plus:

AL CAPONE

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Fact-fueled opus on the life of the notorious gangster who, after arriving in Chicago at the dawn of Prohibition, rose to the top of the rackets through murder, extortion, and political fraud. Outrageously bold performances highlight this one-of-a-kind film. Starring Rod Steiger, Fay Spain, James Gregory, Martin Balsam, Nehemiah Persoff. Photographed by Lucien Ballard. Directed by Richard Wilson. In B&W. 104 mins.

At 6:00pm and 10:15pm

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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May
24
Sat
MIRACLES FOR SALE / GRAND CENTRAL MURDER / BUNCO SQUAD
May 24, 2014

MIRACLES FOR SALE

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A suave, internationally known magician finds himself involved in a diabolical scheme involving fake spiritualists and…murder! A rare and fascinating proto-noir, wholly unusual and ripe with bizarre imagery. Sadly, this was the final film from the masterful auteur responsible for DRACULA and FREAKS. Starring Robert Young, Florence Rice, Frank Craven, Henry Hull. Photographed by Charles Lawton, Jr. Screenplay by Harry Ruskin. Directed by Tod Browning. In B&W. 71 mins. 1939.

At 1:30pm only!

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GRAND CENTRAL MURDER

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A tough-as-nails private eye matches wits with the cops and a train full of suspects when a glamorous movie star is found strangled to death! Paced at a lightning fast clip and charged with some of the snappiest hard-boiled patter this side of Chandler. Starring Van Heflin, Patricia Dane, Virginia Grey, Samuel S. Hinds, Sam Levene. Photographed by George Fosley. Screenplay by Peter Ruric. Directed by S. Sylvan Simon. 73 mins. 1942.

At 2:50pm only!

….and:

BUNCO SQUAD

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Exciting B noir about the undercover detectives who go after the phony mediums and spiritualists who prey mercilessly on the weak and the grieving. Smartly atmospheric and suspenseful, this is another seldom seen gem in need of critical re-ealuation. Starring Robert Sterling, Joan Dixon, Ricardo Cortez, Douglas Fowley, John Kellogg. Photographed by Henry Freulich. Directed by Herbert Leeds. In B&W. 67 mins. 1950.

At 4:20pm only!

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Tickets are good for one or two or three movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS / BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT
May 24, 2014

WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS

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Internal power struggles at a New York newspaper serve as the backdrop for this unwholesome tale of sex and murder. An ambitious editor exploits the recent series of brutal sex-slayings that has the city in a panic by using fear and greed as motivating principles. A brilliant noir melodrama, and one of this great director’s signature American films. Starring Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Ida Lupino, John Drew Barrymore. Photographed by Ernest Laszlo. Screenplay by Casey Robinson. Directed by Fritz Lang. In B&W. 100 mins. 1956.

At 7:45pm only!

….plus:

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT

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In order to call attention to the inequities of the death penalty, a writer conspires with his editor to have himself framed for murder, tried, convicted and sentenced to death despite being innocent. Fate steps in to deliver a bizarre twist to this ingenious tale from one of the true founding fathers of film noir. Starring Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz, Barbara Nichols. Photographed by William E. Snyder. Written by Douglas Morrow. Directed by Fritz Lang. In B&W. 80 mins. 1956.

At 6:00pm and 9:50pm

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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SEE THE ENTIRE SCHEDULE NOW!

May
25
Sun
BRAINSTORM / THE COUCH
May 25, 2014

BRAINSTORM

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One of the 60s great unsung films and arguably the last great American studio noir film! A research scientist saves a beautiful young woman from a suicide attempt, falls in love with her, and plots to murder her husband–the powerful and egomaniacal head of the corporation he works for. Maddeningly brilliant and compelling no matter how often you’ve seen it, this dazzler was first presented at the Roxie back in 1995 and it’s still a welcome sight! Starring Jeffrey Hunter, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews, Viveca Lindfors. Photographed by Sam Leavitt. Screenplay by Mann Rubin. Directed by William Conrad. In B&W. 113 mins. 1965.

At 7:45pm only!

….plus:

THE COUCH

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While undergoing therapy, a charming serial killer continues his murder spree as police stand by helplessly trying to figure things out. Generally overlooked at the time of its release, this is nevertheless a disarming thriller with a psychologically complex central character. Coming during the tsunami of deeply dark shock-thrillers left in the wake of Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, this is a fairly forgotten film that deserves closer scrutiny. Starring Grant Williams, Shirley Knight, Onslow Stevens. Photographed by Harold E. Stine. Screenplay by Robert (PSYCHO) Bloch, from a story by Blake Edwards. Directed by Owen Crump. In B&W. 100 mins. 1962.

At 5:30pm and 10:00pm

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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TWO ON A GUILLOTINE / THE HYPNOTIC EYE
May 25, 2014

TWO ON A GUILLOTINE

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The pretty young daughter of a recently dead magician must spend seven nights in a row in a darkly foreboding mansion if she expects to cash in on the family inheritance. Macabre chills with a nasty noirish touch make this ultra-rare shocker a must-see for any discerning movie-goer. Starring Connie Stevens, Dean Jones, Cesar Romero. Photographed by Sam Leavitt. Screenplay by Henry Slesar. Directed by William Conrad. In B&W. 107 mins. 1965.

At 3:00pm only!

….plus:

THE HYPNOTIC EYE

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Beautiful women all over the city are inexplicably mutilating themselves. Could these women be under the hypnotic control of someone so evil, so maniacally diabolical that nothing, absolutely nothing can be done to stop this unholy madness? See for yourself in one of the 60s hottest cult horror noirs! Starring Jacques Bergerac, Merry Anders, Allision Hayes, Joe Partridge. Photographed by Archie Dalzell. Directed by George Blair. In B&W. 79 mins. 1960.

At 1:30pm only!

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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SEE THE ENTIRE SCHEDULE NOW!

May
27
Tue
LOOKING FOR JOHNNY: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY THUNDERS
LOOKING FOR JOHNNY: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY THUNDERS
May 27, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE!

From his birth in Queens to his mysterious death in New Orleans, LOOKING FOR JOHNNY chronicles the life of rock’n’roll true believer Johnny Thunders. A founding member of the New York Dolls and the leader of the Heartbreakers, Thunders epitomized a sort of post- Stones platonic ideal of how a rock star should be, minus the worldwide fame but with all the riffs, excess, excellence and tragedy that implies. Features interviews with Lenny Kaye, Alan Vega, Sylvain Sylvain and more!

Dir: Danny Garcia. 2014. Digital. 90 mins

May
30
Fri
SF GREEN FILM FEST 2014
May 30, 2014 - June 4, 2014

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“We’re excited to be at the historic Roxie Theater this year in the vibrant Mission neighborhood, for a week long voyage into the latest compelling films about people and the planet. The 2014 program is our most far-reaching yet, presenting 60 films from 21 countries to inspire, inform, and motivate your green core.”

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Friday, May 30:

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EMPTYING THE SKIES / MONDO BANANA

Saturday, May 31:

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FUTURE FILMMAKERS: GOING GREEN / PROJECT WILD THING / AMAZON GOLD / WAY BEYOND WEIGHT /

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TELOS / THE ELEMENTS STRIKE BACK / COME HELL OR HIGH WATER / ONCE UPON A FOREST / CHINATOWN

Sunday, June 1:

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LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY / BEYOND RECOGNITION / THE LAST OCEAN / RESTORING BALANCE / ONCE UPON A FOREST /

THE GREAT FLOOD / WATERMARK (centerpiece!)

Monday, June 2:

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SEEDS OF TIME / A WILL FOR THE WOODS

Tuesday, June 3:

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ANGEL AZUL / URANIUM DRIVE-IN

Wednesday, June 4:

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LOST RIVERS / WRENCHED (closing night!)

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To see an online (pdf) version of the full 2014 program, click HERE!