Current & Upcoming Films
NOT NECESSARILY NOIR III
NOT NECESSARILY NOIR III
Friday, October 19 - Wednesday, October 31
($11.00 Double Features!)
For an astonishing THIRTEEN nights the Roxie will once again play host to San Francisco's most eagerly anticipated festival: NOT NECESSARILY NOIR III. And as before, an undeniably astounding juggernaut of powerhouse post-60s cinema--the focus being on CRIME and HORROR.
Beginning on Friday, October 19 and running through HALLOWEEN NIGHT, this year's NOT NECESSARILY NOIR promises to dazzle and delight!
The Roxie Theater is proud to welcome Moving Images Archives, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, as a sponsor of NOT NECESSARILY NOIR III. Featuring an astounding library of feature films, they offer great new hope for repertory programming in the future.
PROGRAMMED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ROXIE by Elliot Lavine.
"Darker Than Dark"- SF Bay Guardian, Dennis Harvey
"You got a car? Or maybe a small private plane? Because you're going to need a getaway plan if you go out to an evening of Elliot Lavine's latest autumnal" -- G. Allen Johnson, SF Chronicle.
(Click on each day to purchase tickets! - $11.00 Double Feature!)
FRI OCT 19:
It was exactly twenty years ago this October when this revolutionary crime film hit theaters and our cinematic universe hasn't been the same. A gang of ruthless, unnamed criminals stage a heist which goes horribly wrong.
Borrowing liberally from a rich history of crime films, this beautifully rude film also created its own ferocious vocabulary. Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Michael Madsen, and Lawrence Tierney.
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. In COLOR. 35mm. 99 mins. 1992. USA. Friday at 8:00 and MIDNIGHT
DAY OF THE WOLVES
Often cited as one of the principal sources of inspiration for RESERVOIR DOGS, this virtually unknown low-budget thriller pits a small army of crooks assembled for the sole purpose of taking over an entire town and robbing all
its banks. Ultra-cheap and ultra-cool, this sleeper will keep you in its grip. NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD. Starring Richard Egan, Martha Hyer, Rick Jason, and Jan Murray. Written and directed by Ferde Grofe, Jr. In COLOR. 16mm.
95 mins. 1971. USA. Friday at 6:10 and 10:00
SAT OCT 20:
TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.
An egocentric and homicidal counterfeiter leads an obsessed Secret Service Agent on a wild chase through the rabidly mean streets of Los Angeles. A great director's greatest film, a nitro-fueled joyride that only gets better with each viewing. Starring William L. Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Darlanne Fluegel, and Dean Stockwell. Directed by William Friedkin. In COLOR. 35mm. 116 mins. 1985. USA.Saturday at 3:30 and 8:00
A blazing saga of revenge and retribution, this killer Hong Kong crime epic made international heroes of both its star and director. Still virtually unparalleled in its depiction of pure, unadulterated action violence, it can now again be enjoyed on the big screen! Starring Yun-Fat Chow and Tony Leung Chiu Wai. Directed by John Woo. In COLOR. 35mm. 126 mins. 1992. HONG KONG. Saturday at 1:15, 5:45, 10:15
SUN OCT 21:
Bank robber Charley Varrick and his gang knock off a small town bank only to find that the money belongs to the Mob. Now they've got the cops AND a relentless band of vicious killers on their trail. From one of the great action directors comes one of his biggest and best films! Starring Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr, Andy Robinson, and Sheree North. Directed by Don Siegel. In COLOR. 35mm. 114 mins. 1973. USA. Sunday at 1:00, 5:15 and 9:30
ONE FALSE MOVE
After a Hollywood coke rip-off turns into a bloody massacre, the trio behind the score lays out for Alabama with the cops in relentless pursuit. One of the best and baddest of the early wave of noirish crime thrillers from the early 90s. NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD. Starring Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams, Billy Bob Thornton, and Michael Beach. Written by Billy Bob Thornton. Directed by Carl Franklin. In COLOR. 35mm. 105 mins. 1992. USA. Sunday at 3:15 and 7:30
MON OCT 22:
Charles Willeford's darkly brilliant "Hoke Mosely" detective novel is the basis for this unpredictably violent crime thriller. An unhinged psychopath is released from prison and heads for Miami to re-establish himself. When he hooks up with a pretty student/prostitute, things really get hairy! Once a well-guarded secret, this film now has a substantial cult following. Starring Fred Ward, Alec Baldwin, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Written and directed by George Armitage. In COLOR. 35mm. 97 mins. 1990. USA. Monday at 6:0 and 9:55.
DARKER THAN AMBER
John D. MacDonald's popular "knight errant / beach bum" Travis McGee gets the feature film treatment in this exciting and inexplicably RARE thriller. McGee is on the trail of the murderous pimp who tossed the pretty ex-prostitute into the drink. A wild ride, with one of the most celebrated climactic fight scenes in 70s cinema history. NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD. Starring Rod Taylor, Theodore Bikel, Suzy Kendall, and William Smith. Directed by Robert Clouse. In COLOR. 35mm. 97 mins. 1970. USA. Monday at 8:00 only!
TUES OCT 23:
BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA
In a Mexican town, an alcoholic American piano player is coerced into searching for the severed head of the man who knocked up the daughter of a powerful and vicious landowner. What follows is a surreal journey to the end of a man's soul. One of the most potent films of Its era, and one of its director's greatest accomplishments. Starring Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, and Gig Young. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. In COLOR. 35mm. 112 mins. 1974. Tuesday at 8:00 only!
Charles Willeford's incendiary novel hit the screen with such forceful ferocity that it was almost uniformly scorned by most of the few who saw it. Today, this sordid but melancholy tale (also known as BORN TO KILL under its re-release title) of a man who makes his living by training cocks to fight to the vicious death, emerges as one of the most individualistic and challenging films of the 70s. NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD. Starring Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton, Richard B. Shull, Ed Begley, Jr., Laurie Bird, and Troy Donahue. Directed by Monte Hellman. In COLOR. 35mm. 83 mins. 1974. USA. Tuesday at 6:15 and 10:00.
WED OCT 24:
This simmering French crime film is based on the novel "The Burglar" by David Goodis, which was filmed previously in the U.S. in 1957. The French always seemed to have a handle on Goodis, and this exciting adaptation is ample proof! An airtight caper with a fantastic car chase; what more could anyone possibly want? NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD. Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Omar Sharif, and Dyan Cannon. Directed by Henri Verneuil. In COLOR. 35mm. 120 mins. 1971. FRANCE. Wednesday at 8:00 only!
PEUR SUR LA VILLE (aka Night Caller / Fear Over the City)
One of the best European thrillers of the 1970s, styled along the lines of BULLITT and THE FRENCH CONNECTION, this one charts its own path: a briskly paced crime story which manages to be an interesting hybrid of polizier and giallo. PEUR SUR LA VILLE is a breathless excursion into the nocturnal trappings of international crime. NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD. Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Charless Denner. Directed by Henri Verneuil. In COLOR. 35mm. 91 mins. 1975. FRANCE / ITALY. Wednesday at 6:10 and 10:15
THURS OCT 25:
An FBI profiler is called out of retirement to help catch a horrific serial killer know as the Tooth Fairy. Driven to desperation, he enlists the aid of Dr. Hannibal Lektor, the extremely dangerous murderer caught years before by this same agent. This sensational film was the first to be adapted from the novels of Thomas Harris ("Silence of the Lambs") and it's nothing short of sensational! Starring William Petersen, Kim Greist, Brian Cox, and Dennis Farina. Written and directed by Michael Mann. In COLOR. 35mm. 119 mins. 1986. Thursday at 8:15 only!
WHITE OF THE EYE
In an isolated desert community, a serial killer is attacking and mutilating beautiful women. A brilliant study in evil, a film that insidiously reveals its secrets incrementally. Stylishly directed by the man who photographed some of Nicholas Roeg's most arresting films. NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD. Starring David Keith, Cathy Moriarty, and Alan Rosenberg. Written and directed by Donald Cammell. In COLOR. 35mm.110 mins. 1987. UK. Thursday at 6:00 and 10:45
FRI OCT 26:
Brian DePalma, the modern master of terror, unleashed this uber-stylish homage to PSYCHO and REAR WINDOW and was rewarded with one of his most stunning cinematic achievements. A struggling actor becomes involved in a deadly game of voyeurism when he begins spying on his sexy neighbor. A total hair-raiser! Starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, and Gregg Henry. Written and directed by Brian DePalma. In COLOR. 35mm. 114 mins. 1984. USA. Friday at 8:15 only!
EYES OF LAURA MARS
Laura Mars is a highly successful fashion photographer who can now, inexplicably, see through the eyes of a serial killer as he commits his hideous crimes! But will the police believe her before the killer comes looking for…her? Deliriously arch, this horror thriller is still a great ride! Starring Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, and Rene Auberjonois. Written by John Carpenter. Directed by Irvin Kershner. In COLOR. 35mm. 104 mins. 1978. USA. Friday at 6:00 and 10:30
SAT OCT 27:
A straight-laced businessman (with a few dicey secrets) is dragged (somewhat willingly) into a bizarre road trip by a mysterious young woman. Their adventure takes a noticeably dark turn when her ultra-violent ex-husband turns up. One of the 80s most influential films, an uninhibited and sexy roller-coaster from start to finish! Starring Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, and Ray Liotta. Directed by Jonathan Demme. In COLOR. 35mm. 113 mins. 1986. USA. Saturday at 1:00, 5:15 and 9:30
KISS KISS BANG BANG
A sadly unheralded film that is now ripe for a reappraisal. An out-of-work crook stumbles into a bizarre plot after he impersonates an actor and lands a role in a film. Things get much dicier when murder steps in! A scintillating blend of film noir and dark humor make this completely unexpected film a pure delight. Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmler, Michelle Monaghan, and Corbin Bernsen. Written and directed by Shane Black. In COLOR. 35mm. 103 mins. 2005. USA. Saturday at 3:15 and 7:30
SUN OCT 28:
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN
Blistering drama of a pair of Vietnam vets who become involved in a plan to smuggle heroin into California. As befitting the late 70s, everything that can possibly go wrong, does. A brutal picture of life at the end of wartime. Brilliant in the extreme. Starring Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld, Michael Moriarty, and Anthony Zerbe. Written by Judith Rascoe. Directed by Karel Reisz. In COLOR. 35mm. 126 mins. 1978. USA. Sunday at 2:45 and 7:15
Whacked out drug drama about an ex-rock star who has now become a dealer who is in turn blackmailed by a corrupt cop into forming an unholy alliance. Intensely felt and brimming with early 70s cinematic bravura! NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD. Starring Kris Kristofferson, Gene Hackman, Karen Black, Harry Dean Stanton, Viva, and Joy Bang. Written and directed by Bill L. Norton. In COLOR. 35mm 95 mins. 1972. USA. Sunday at 1:00, 5:15 and 9:40
MON OCT 29:
AFTER DARK MY SWEET
An ex-boxer, now an escapee from a mental institution, falls in with a seriously disturbed but beautiful young widow. Her equally disturbed uncle manages to talk them into a deadly kidnapping scheme. From the demented poison pen of Jim Thompson--and one of the best adaptations of this seriously serious writer. Starring Jason Patric, Rachel Ward, and Bruce Dern. Directed by James Foley. In COLOR. 35mm. 114 mins. 1990. USA. Monday at 8:00 only!
NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY
Things begin to go terribly wrong after a gang of kidnappers snatches a young heiress and hold her for ransom at a lonely beach house in France. Diabolically evil, this seldom seen crime film is a depraved descent into the fractious world of demented criminals. Starring Marlon Brando, Richard Boone, Rita Moreno, and Pamela Franklin. Directed by Hubert Cornfield. In COLOR. 35mm. 93 mins. 1968. USA. Monday at 6:30 and 10:00
TUES OCT 30:
GANJA & HESS
An archaeologist is stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife and before long he is taken over by a savage lust for human blood! A remarkably frank and unsettling version of the vampire legend. This is a film that has been severely misunderstood due largely to the badly cut versions that surfaced in the wake of its original release. We will be screening the fully restored version! Starring Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, and Bill Gunn. Written and directed by Bill Gunn. In COLOR. Digital. 110 mins. 1973. USA. Tuesday at 8:00 only!
After her boyfriend is brutally murdered by gangsters, beautiful Sugar Hill decides to get even in a most horrifying way: she enlists the aid of Baron Zamedi, Lord of the Dead and his zombie army to extract a gruesome revenge! Blaxploitation thrills at their best! Starring Marki Bey, Robert Quarry, and Don Pedro Colley. Directed by Paul Maslansky. In COLOR. Digital. 91 mins. 1974. USA. Tuesday at 6:10 and 10:00
WED OCT 31:
A family of craven, bloodsucking vampires tours the country in search of new flesh. An innocent young man is drawn into their midst and joins them on a horrifically gruesome death spree! Brutal, brilliant film from the director of THE HURT LOCKER. Starring Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton. Directed by Katherine Bigelow. In COLOR. 35mm. 95 mins. 1987. USA. Wednesday at 6:00 and 10:00
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
Part Jim Thompson-esque pulp noir, part gore-ific horror, it is the ultimate Halloween grind house attraction: a pair of desperate killers blast their way to Hell in spectacular, vampiric fashion. Not to be missed on this of all nights! Starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek, and Cheech Marin. Written by Quentin Tarantino. Directed by Richard Rodriguez. In COLOR. 35mm. 108 mins. 1996.USA. Wednesday at 8:00 only!