The Nightlight Cinema is proud to bring this wonderful Tim Burton masterpiece to the big screen for a limited engagement this Halloween!
Edward Scissorhands (1990), Opens October 21st
Director Tim Burton’s richly entertaining update of the Frankenstein story is a wonderfully comic, romantic and haunting film fantasy. The title character, played with touching gravity by Johnny Depp, is the handiwork of an aging inventor — Vincent Price, in a lovely cameo — who lives in a dark, musty mansion overlooking a small town of pastel-colored tract houses. Engaged in fanciful cooking experiments, the lonely inventor turns one of his cookie-cutting machines into a boy, a companion to chat with and instruct in the wonders of art, poetry and etiquette. But just before he can provide Edward with hands instead of shears, the inventor dies, leaving his synthetic son alone in a world he knows only from the old magazine clippings he keeps near his bed of straw.
As in Burton’s other films (Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice and Batman), the outsider soon becomes the outcast, and the laughs are soon tinged with melancholy. Burton, a misfit kid from California who took solace in drawing cartoons and watching Vincent Price horror movies, clearly relates personally to Edward’s situation. Burton shows how the townspeople’s curiosity about Edward turns to suspicion and hostility (not unlike Hollywood’s reaction to an innovative mind). Edward is denounced as a freak, a fake, a demon. An oversexed housewife (a ripely funny Kathy Baker) tries to seduce him. A hissable teen bully (Anthony Michael Hall) forces him into crime and violence. And when Edward tries to comfort those he loves, his touch draws blood.
~~ Peter Travers, rollingstone.com
Harry & Snowman is a captivating documentary that follows the story of riding instructor Harry deLeyer and his remarkable tale of rescuing a white plough horse off the back of a truck, bound for the glue factory.
Harry & Snowman (2016), Opens September 30th
Paying just eighty dollars for Snowman, in less than two years, Harry and Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, astonishing a nation.
There are very few horse stories that have been able to truly touch the hearts of audiences. Like the racing career of Seabiscuit in the 1930’s, Harry and Snowman captured the hearts of a nation during the 1950’s and 1960’s. This multi-award winning documentary will be the first time that Harry and Snowman‘s remarkable and heartfelt story will be told by 85-year-old Harry himself. The film includes incredible archived footage that transports you to the triumphant moments in the dynamic duos lives.
Including 30 minutes of bonus concert footage of The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium performance – digitally remastered sound and restored 4K picture!
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (2016), Opens September 23rd
We all know the moment, February 9, 1964 at 8:12 PM EST – after a brief commercial break, four young men from Liverpool step onto the Ed Sullivan stage, changing culture forever. Seventy-three million people watched The Beatles perform that night – the largest audience to date in television history. It was an event that united a nation and signaled the birth of a youth culture as we know it today. But while this single performance introduced The Beatles to America – the band had already taken Europe by storm the previous year – what the band did next would introduce them to the entire world, permanently transforming the music industry and forever engraining them into the fabric of popular culture… They went on tour…
From Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week tells the story of these exceptional touring years – from the perspectives of the band, its orbit, the fans, and their world. The film recreates the touring experience through the eyes of the band members themselves, where every stop was an adventure – from early performances in Hamburg to their January 1964 performance in France. It takes us all over Europe and the Far East to Australia – where the group was greeted by hundreds of thousands of avid fans – and Japan. Along the way, the film delves into the inner workings of the group – how they made decisions, created their music, and built a collective career together — as well as the effect those years had on their personal and musical evolution. But while the band created the spark, it was young people around the globe who created the firestorm. The film also explores the incomparable electricity between performer and audience that turned the music into a movement – a common experience into something sublime.
A strong contender for best movie of the year [is Moonlight, a] three-part tale of a young African-American boy growing up… a masterpiece no matter where or how you present it.
Moonlight (2016), Opens November 18th
Ah yes, the M-word — so overused and abused, so very dangerous to throw around when you’re talking about an artist with only two films under his belt. But Moonlight earns the right to be identified as a cinematic pinnacle as well as a personal statement; this is what “the movies” look like when the medium’s full arsenal of expression is being tapped by someone with vision. In adapting playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s work “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” [director, Barry] Jenkins has found a vehicle for refracting various aspects of African-American life through the prism of one sensitive kid’s bumpy journey to manhood, one woozy, swooning shot at a time.
Moonlight [is Jenkins’] ambitious sophomore movie about a young African-American male’s coming-of-age and breaking-of-spirit. Such an immersive, sensuous film will already make you feel that you’ve stepped into another world entirely, one of painfully sunny Miami afternoons where dealers make their paper and deep-blue midnights at a beach where melancholy handjobs take place… The movie [has a] palpable sense of you-are-there Southerness. [And] it isn’t like this extraordinary character study required [anything else] to make you feel the love and heartbreak of its lonely hero.
~~ David Fear, Rolling Stone
“We’re making incredibly quality films that represent the real face of America, the real struggles of America.” – Justin Tipping
Kicks (2016), Opens September 16th
In director Justin Tipping’s feature debut Kicks, nothing is as simple as it seems. Fifteen-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy, assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex, and picked on by everyone—even his best friends. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by local hood Flaco. Seemingly the embodiment of menace, Flaco harbors complexities of his own that will be revealed when Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers with his two best friends in tow. Boasting a strong ensemble cast, and featuring a memorable lead performance by newcomer Jahking Guillory, the film transcends a deceptively traditional hero’s journey to deliver an entertaining and sobering look at the realities of inner-city life, the concept of manhood, and the fetishization of sneaker culture. Visually and thematically rich, with an amazing soundtrack of both hip-hop classics and Bay Area favorites, Kicks creates an authentic and original portrait of a young man drowning in the expectations of machismo.
~~ Loren Hammonds, Tribeca Film Festival
Adam Nimoy is paying tribute to his [father, Leonard Nimoy’s] legacy (and honoring the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in general) with the new documentary For the Love of Spock… You probably don’t have to be a Trek fan to get a little misty-eyed at the new trailer.
For the Love of Spock (2016), Opens September 9th
For the Love of Spock tells the story of two men, one real and one fictional. In one corner, you have Mr. Spock, the stone-faced alien intellectual who could say volumes with a raised eyebrow and acted as the perfect counterpart and companion to Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise. In the other, you have Nimoy himself, an actor, artist, musician, filmmaker, and father who found himself living with the weight of a character who defined him. It looks like a genuinely loving tribute to a fascinating man.
As you’d expect from a movie where the chief subject is one of pop culture’s great icons, For the Love of Spock features an impressive collection of talking heads sharing stories, including “Star Trek” veterans like William Shatner, George Takei, Walter Koenig, J.J. Abrams, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, and the new Spock himself, Zachary Quinto. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
The film’s focus began as a celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, but after Leonard passed away in February 2015, his son, director Adam Nimoy, was ready to tell another story: his personal experience growing up with Leonard and Spock. Adam not only shares details on the creation, evolution, and universal impact of Mr. Spock, but also about the ups and downs of being the son of a TV icon.
~~ Jacob Hall, SlashFilm
Little Men takes a compassionate look at the ways in which adult problems impact childhood friendships – and offers another affecting New York drama from director Ira Sachs.
–– 97% on RottenTomatoes!
Little Men (2016), Opens September 9th
Ira Sachs’ 2014 film Love Is Strange told the story of a longtime couple (played by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina) forced to live apart because of the reality of New York’s real estate market. The film was devastating in its emotional impact. Little Men, Sachs’ follow-up, tells the story of two families, living and working on one block in Brooklyn, and has the same fraught background of relationships and real estate. The script, co-written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, does not stack the deck one way or the other. Looking at the situation in Little Men is like looking through a prism: what you perceive depends on the angle. It is reminiscent of Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, a similar story of the clash of two families from different backgrounds and classes… Little Men is extremely powerful in its own right, with its devotion to its characters’ differing perspectives so refreshing in an increasingly black-and-white world.
~~ Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com
A fantastical biopic of the daughter of one of Japan’s most famous artists, this is the tale of Miss Hokusai.
Miss Hokusai (2016), Opens October 21st
Miss Hokusai is a personal tale of frustrated artists and their family bonds. Katsushika is completely enveloped in his work, or so it would appear. He creates masterpieces with seemingly little effort, and will even leave commissioned work up to his daughter O-Ei. It’s debatable whether this is out of trust, faith, encouragement, or just his laziness. Or perhaps it is even all of the above. Meanwhile O-Ei is looking for her own voice to come through, while suitors also seem to be passing her way and passing her by.
The animation is a huge part of the film, but it goes above and beyond in representing the themes of the film and bringing to life the artwork of both Hokusais. Whether subtle, or the focus of attention, these creations make sure there are always treats to be seen in both the foreground and background.
Bright and rambunctious, the film feels alive at all times and also refreshingly modern. Even the soundtrack sometimes slips into rock, which perfectly represents the chaos of an old city to modern day audiences. The voice work is delicate throughout, with each star capturing the essence of the various and varied scenes. Romance, comedy, and even bits of horror combine in a wonderful and inventive biopic that captures the essence of those it focuses on.
~~ Luke Ryan Baldock, thehollywoodnews.com
A socially conscious, pulpy-as-hell Texas crime drama that’s quietly becoming the runaway hit of the season.
Hell or High Water (2016), Opens September 2nd
[Hell or High Water is] a crime thriller about brothers holding up small banks, updating a tried-and-true B-movie narrative about robbers on the run and the men trying to catch them. But gracefully nestled within this gritty nugget of Lone Star pulp is a story about fraternal bonds (blood-related and otherwise), social commentary about the way our financial system f***s over the little guy and the sense that certain things are coming to an end — both the ability to live with dignity when the game is rigged and the myth of the American West. It was one of the few small U.S. films to genuinely wow audiences at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. And somehow, as it transitioned from a limited opening to a wide release over the weekend, in a landscape dominated by superheroes and foul-mouthed sausages, this critically praised, minor-key gem has slowly emerged as the unlikely sleeper hit of the summer.
~~ David Fear, Rolling Stone
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World finds Werner Herzog bringing his distinctive documentarian gifts to bear on a timely topic with typically thought-provoking results. –– 92% on Rotten Tomatoes!
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016), Opens August 26th
“The corridors here look repulsive, and yet this one leads to some sort of a shrine,” [Herzog] says… That room is home the first machine ever to send an electronic message via what would become the internet. (The message—“LO,” an interrupted transmission of the “LOGIN” prompt—is where the film title comes from.) Yes, in keeping with Herzog’s ambitious documentary themes, this one is entirely on the internet.
[The film is] not so much a sweeping view of the internet as it is 10 serialized chapters of how our humanity interacts, retracts and abuses “one of the greatest revolutions,” as Herzog says. Some of these chapters include appearances by Arizona State cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, Carnegie Mellon brain researcher Marcel Just, Stanford roboticist Sabastian Thrun and everyone’s favorite Silicon Valley poster boy, Elon Musk. Topics include a colony of people who claim to suffer from sensitivity to wireless radiation signals and who live off the grid, people recovering from internet addiction, questioning scientists about whether the internet will dream of itself or fall in love, [and] how video-gamers helped with mapping and solving molecule puzzles that baffled scientists for years.
With each topic, Herzog is compassionate but stoic. He is not here to judge but also not to be skeptical, after all, he’s a documentarian, not a journalist. In many ways, the film depicts the negative side of humanity, with commentary on the world’s materialism, cruelty and abuse of power (the power of anonymity to be exact). Sometimes it is comical and other times devastating. On one hand, we have the possibilities of the future or self-driving cars and creating colonies on Mars, and the next we have physicist Lucianne Walkowicz explaining how a solar flare could bring the whole internet to a devastating crash that would not project civilization back to the 19th Century but more like the 8th Century.
~~ Emma Sandler, Forbes