What's happening at ArcLight Cinemas, this weekend and beyond?
This weekend, two big fantasy films are opening in the ArcLight's Hollywood and Sherman Oaks theatres:
- THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES (PG) Family/Fantasy ArcLight Hollywood, ArcLight Sherman Oaks When Mallory and her twin brothers Jared and Simon leave New York to move into their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick's secluded old house, peculiar things start to happen. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames Jared. But when he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it. Directed by Mark Waters (JUST LIKE HEAVEN, MEAN GIRLS). Starring Sarah Bolger, Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, David Strathairn, Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Andrew McCarthy, Martin Short, Joan Plowright.
- JUMPER (PG13) Action/Science Fiction ArcLight Sherman Oaks A smart kid with a tough family life discovers that he has the ability to teleport. Empowered, he leaves home for New York City. While using his abilities to track the man he blames for the death of his mother years earlier, he draws the attention of both the NSA and a possibly nefarious guy his own age who has the same abilities, and enters into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with both. Directed by Doug Liman (MR. & MRS. SMITH, THE BOURNE IDENTITY). Starring Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane, Jamie Bell.
SPIDERWICK is playing in the Cinerama Dome, which is the must-see venue for a spectacular fantasy film. JUMPER is featured in "21+" Screenings this weekend, Friday through Sunday, in Sherman Oaks. You can enjoy your martini, beer or other favorite libation while watching JUMPER (21 Plus). Admission restricted to those age 21 and over; ID required.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (R) is not exactly horror, but it is at least as frightening as THE HITCHER, so you might want to check out this Oscar-nominee - which, sadly, features a rather disappointing ending, so don't say we didn't warn you. Still worth checking out.
ArcLight members receive a $1 discount on tickets for films designated as "Member Movies" and can redeem 100 points and purchase 2 tickets for the price of 1!
This week, at the ArcLight Hollywood, you can take advantage of this offer with THE ORPHANAGE (R), a fine ghost story from Spain that delivers the chills without the gore.
AFI'S "100 YEARS...100 MOVIES" SCREENING SERIES
This American Film Institute series is currently featuring Modern Musicals at the ArcLight Hollywood and 1970s Classics at the ArcLight Sherman Oaks. Although those designations don't sound like the fantasy films, mystery movies, and sci-fi cinema we usually cover at Hollywood Gothique, a few films do slip into those genres, or at least fall on the borderline:
- ALL THAT JAZZ (R) is a musical, but there is also a substantial fantasy element, with the late Roy Scheider's choreographer frequently conversing with death (embodied by Jessica Lange). Wednesday, February 27, 8:00 pm ArcLight Hollywood ALL THAT JAZZ is showbiz stripped of glitz and illusion. Bob Fosse's semi-autobiographical film details the life of dancer Joe Gideon who is exhausted from womanizing, drug use, rehearsals and the editing of a film that's months behind schedule. Gideon is becoming increasingly aware of his mortality and so Fosse invites us into his own flamboyant dream of a funeral replete with confessions, nightmares, grand illusions and chorus girls. It is a remarkable and visionary musical from an extraordinary director and choreographer. Directed by Bob Fosse. Cast: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking.
- CHINATOWN (R) is one of the great Mystery Movies ever made. Monday, February 18, 7:300pm ArcLight Sherman Oaks Robert Towne's extraordinary script won the Oscar at the 1975 Academy Awards for Best Writing, Original Screenplay, and Roman Polanski was nominated for Best Director. Polanski's Los Angeles is a parched landscape of corruption just waiting to be washed clean. Jack Nicholson is the private eye whose sleepy gaze unravels layers of private depravity behind a public waterworks scam involving gentleman farmer John Huston and his skittish daughter Faye Dunaway. CHINATOWN is a film in a class, if not a genre, of its own. Director: Roman Polanski. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston.
SHARE THE EXPERIENCE MONTH
Coming in March, the ArcLight Cinemas are offering something they call "Share the Experience" Month, which will include two programs between their two locations: a series of "21+" screenings, and a series of newly restored archival prints. All of these will be designated as "Member Movies." So members get $1 off admission and can redeem 100 points to purchase 2 tickets for the price of 1! Films of interest to us include:
- MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (PG). This is a deliberately old-fashioned murder-mystery, with an all-star cast. Monday, March 3, 7:30pm, ArcLight Sherman Oaks
- BARBARELLA (NR). A campy piece of science-fiction, starring Jane Fonda as the intergalactic heroine. Tuesday, March 4, 8:00pm, ArcLight Hollywood
- LA DOLCE VITA (NR). A bizarre, almost surreal comedy-drama from Federico Fellini. Not exactly a genre film but eccentric enough to be of interest to fans of the bizarre, about about a reporter viewing the strange things going on in Rome. Tuesday, March 18, 8:00pm, ArcLight Hollywood
- MOMMIE DEAREST (PG). Unintentional camp comedy, with Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford delivering a villainous performance of monstrous proportions. March 25, 7:30pm, ArcLight Sherman Oaks MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS - Thursday, February 21 (films open 2/22)