Weekend Picks

SAPL Scaries Vol. IV

Our job as tastemaker in hair-raising horror is over… until next October!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Be spooky and stay safe.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom…blood red.

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The VVitch

A family in 1630s New England faces destruction by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession. When one of their five children goes missing and their life-sustaining crops fail, they fall victim to paranoia and fear as they begin to turn on one another.

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The Exorcist

The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother’s frantic resolve to save her, and two priests, one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith, joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless. Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn in the two-time Academy Award winner that shocked the world.

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Pet Sematary

Louis Creed and his wife Rachel relocate with their two young children from Boston to rural Maine. The couple soon discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbor Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous of events that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.

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Weekend Picks

SAPL Scaries Vol. III

Still scary, over here!

Spree

Kurt dreams of sitting atop a social media empire, but for now, he drives for the rideshare company Spree. Fortunately, Kurt has come up with the perfect way to go viral: #TheLesson. He’s decked out his car with cameras for a nonstop live stream full of killer entertainment, murdering his passengers. In the middle of all this madness, a stand-up comedian with her viral agenda crosses Kurt’s path and becomes the only hope to put an end to his misguided carnage.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

Nancy is having grisly nightmares in which something monstrous wants to kill her. Meanwhile, her high-school friends, who are having the same dreams, are being slaughtered in their sleep by the fiend.

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Summer of ’84

Summer is usually a time for fun and games, but some teens get much more danger than they bargained for after beginning to suspect their neighbor is a serial murderer.

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Midsommar

After a family tragedy, a young American couple joins some friends at a midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that grow increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing.

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Weekend Picks

SAPL Scaries Vol. II

The Love Witch

In this cult favorite, modern-day witch Elaine uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her. A stylish tribute to 1960s technicolor horror, THE LOVE WITCH utilizes camp and pastiche to depict a feminist revision of the classics of a bygone era.

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Child’s Play

Karen, a single mother, gifts her son Andy a Buddi doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic.

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Us

Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.

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Psycho II

After years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, serial killer Norman Bates is finally released. Deciding to move back into his long-dead mother’s infamous old house, he soon finds himself tormented by ‘her’ demands and begins to question his own sanity.

 

Weekend Picks

SAPL Scaries Vol. I

Ready for a month of the best strange, deranged, hacking, slashing, haunting, and nightmarish flicks we have to pick from our crypt of scary movies? Be prepared, because they are coming for you!

Enjoy,

The Fly

When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.

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Let the Right One In

Set in 1982 in the suburb of Blackeberg, Stockholm, twelve-year-old Oskar is a lonely outsider, bullied at school by his classmates; at home, Oskar dreams of revenge against a trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old, next-door neighbor Eli, who only appears at night in the snow-covered playground outside their building.

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A Girl Walks Alone at Night

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom…blood red.

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Suspiria

A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. SUSPIRIA is Italian Horror-master Dario Argento’s best-known and most acclaimed film.

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Autumn Ed.

Each day is an opportunity to add a bit of pumpkin spice to anything, even the movies you’re getting cozy with this weekend.

So, enjoy autumn’s glory, especially when the picks are about to a little spooky over the next few weeks.

When Harry Met Sally

During their travel from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally debate whether or not sex ruins a friendship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they’re still no closer to finding the answer.

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Little Women

Writer-director Greta Gerwig has crafted a film that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters, four young women each determined to live life on her own terms, is both timeless and timely.

Good Will Hunting

Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire.

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October Sky

Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.

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Legends of the Fall

An epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.

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Science Literacy Week Ed.

From some weird fiction to sensational realities, these are but a few films that get us excited about science!

Enjoy,

Contact

The exciting adventure of the day we make contact with life beyond Earth comes to the screen with a profound sense of wonder and a dazzling visual sweep that extends to the outer reaches of space and the imagination.

 

The Fly

Seth Brundle develops a system to transport objects in a matter of seconds, but when he tries it on himself, Seth’s genes and molecules are accidently fused with those of a fly. At first Seth is elated by his new physical abilities but soon his excitement turns into a nightmare as his insect half begins to take over.

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Gattaca

In Gattaca, only the strong succeed and the strong are genetically pre-selected at birth. When one man dares to defy the system, he gets caught in a web of lies, corruption, and murder.

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Weird Science

Critically acclaimed filmmaker John Hughes is at it again, giving nerdy computer whiz Ilan Mitchell-Smith and his best friend power to create the “perfect woman”. Like a computer-generated fairy godmother, the duo’s out-of-this-world creation guides the pair through the pleasures and pitfalls of adolescence.

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Upstream Color

Kris is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again. Along the way, she finds another being-a familiar, who is equally consumed by the mysterious presence. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.

 

 

 

 

 

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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Crisp and cozy September weekends are a great time to be entertained by an actor who stole nearly every scene he was cast. This month, make it a September to remember one of the finest actors of their generation,  Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Enjoy,

The Master

 

The Talented Mr. Ripley

 

Jack Goes Boating

 

Punch-Drunk Love

 

Capote

 

Mission: Impossible 3

 

Synecdoche, New York

 

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

 

25th Hour

 

Magnolia

 

A Late Quartet

 

God’s Pocket

 

Doubt

 

A Most Wanted Man

 

Cold Mountain

 

Moneyball

 

The Ides of March

 

Money For Nothing

 

 

 

Weekend Picks

Get your holds on new and acclaimed films from aroundthe world and make an upcoming weekend a foreign affair.

Leto

Leningrad, one summer in the early eighties. Smuggling LP’s by Lou Reed and David Bowie, the underground rock scene is boiling ahead of the Perestroika. Mike and his beautiful wife Natasha meet with young Viktor Tsoï. Together with friends, they will change the destiny of rock’n’roll in the Soviet Union.

 

Deerskin

A man’s obsession with owning the designer deerskin jacket of his dreams leads him to turn his back on his humdrum life in the suburbs, blow his life savings, and even turn him to crime.

 

Beanpole

In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha, intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world.

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Mr. Six

A once-notorious hoodlum named Mr. Six spends the remainder of his life in a lonely hut behind the convenience store that he owns, reminiscing about the good old days and missing his estranged son Bobby. One day Bobby is taken by a group of rich kids after a minor altercation; their leader Kris is the son of a government official. On his son’s behalf, Mr. Six tries to reason with the group but is met with a humiliating defeat.

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Long Weekend Long Plays

Enjoy a few flicks that clock in at over 2hrs.

Have a wonderful and safe long weekend!

Fences

In 1950s Pittsburgh, a frustrated African-American father struggles with the constraints of poverty, racism, and his own inner demons as he tries to raise a family.

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The Master

Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new “religion” he forms after World War II.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

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Weekend Picks

Today’s holds are tomorrow’s answer to the question “what should we watch tonight?”

Wildlife

A meticulously crafted portrait of the American nuclear family in crisis charts the rift that forms within a 1960s Montana household when the father and breadwinner abruptly departs to fight the forest fires raging nearby, leaving his restless wife and teenage son to pick up the pieces. A deeply human look at a woman’s wayward journey toward self-fulfillment in the pre-women’s liberation era and a sensitively observed, child’s eye coming-of-age tale.

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The Way Back

Jack Cunningham was a basketball star with a full university scholarship when he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now, years later, Jack is spiraling down, and drowning in alcoholism. When he is asked to coach the team at his alma mater, he reluctantly accepts. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront his demons. But will it be enough to heal the deep wounds of his past and set him on the road to redemption?

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The Assistant

One day in the life of Jane, a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. As Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.

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The Burnt Orange Heresy

Hired to steal a rare painting from one of most enigmatic painters of all time, an ambitious art dealer becomes consumed by his own greed and insecurity as the operation spins out of control.

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The King of Staten Island

Scott has been a case of arrested development ever since his firefighter father died when he was seven. He’s now reached his mid-20s having achieved little, living with his mother, spending his days smoking weed, hanging with the guys, and secretly hooking up with his girlfriend Kelsey. But when his mother starts dating a loudmouth firefighter named Ray, it sets off a chain of events that will force Scott to grapple with his grief and take his first tentative steps toward moving forward in life.

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The Hunt

Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen for a very specific purpose.

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