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Battle Royale - the Original 2000 Shocker!

Apr 26 to Apr 27
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Kinji Fukasaku - 2000 - 122m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 51 !

Before HUNGER GAMES ... In 2000, director Kinji Fukasaku unleashed BATTLE ROYALE, his violently poetic epic about an innocent group of Junior High students forced by the government to hunt and kill their classmates for sport. It was nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards, launched a global phenomenon, and banned from screens by frightened civic groups and distributors across America.

''My favorite movie of the last 20 years…I wish I had made this movie.'' - Quentin Tarantino

''If you love The Hunger Games, Battle Royale sets the stage. One of the best - and most violent - genre films ever made. It's also a hell of a lot of fun.'' - Entertainment Weekly

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Dogman

Apr 26 to Apr 30
Friday to Tuesday 4pm, 8:15

Dir. Matteo Garrone - 2019 - 102m - Italy/France - In Italian with English subtitles

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF GOMORRA - In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences.

“Matteo Garrone's unflinching character study... has a strong chance at the Oscars because of Fonte's expressive performance.” - Gary M. Kramer, Salon.com

“The naively amenable character is wonderfully observed by Fonte, and early scenes show delicious whimsy and black comedy.” - Kate Taylor, Globe and “Mail

The overall feel is of the kind of Aesop's fable Scorsese would tell his kids.” - Philip De Semlyen, Time Out

“A movie with incomparable bite and strength.” - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“A great choice if you're sick of showy crime trifles that arrive from Hollywood on a regular basis.” - Filipe Freitas, Film Threat

“A hyper-realistic urban tragedy, "Dogman" is ferocious and, in its own way, absolutely frightening.” - Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist

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Styx

Apr 26 to Apr 30
Friday to Tuesday 6:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Wolfgang Fischer - 2019 - 94m - Germany, Austria - In English & German w/English subtitles - No Matinees

Premiering at the Berlinale, where it opened the Panorama Special section, STYX is a work of unrelenting intensity and technical brilliance.  ER doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) embarks on a one-woman solo sailing trip to Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. When Rike comes across a sinking ship of refugees, she is quickly torn out of her contented and idealized world and must make a momentous decision. Aptly named after the mythological river that separates the living from the dead, STYX is an astute modern day parable of Western indifference in the face of marginalized suffering. Carrying practically the entire film Wolff is never less than remarkable in a riveting role as a woman pushed to her  physical, psychological, and moral limits.

"Styx weaves a lean and gripping parable about the refugee crisis...a spartan (wo)man-versus-nature adventure tale in the style of All Is Lost, and one that’s even more strikingly authentic in its depiction of ocean sailing than J.C. Chandor’s film." - Keith Watson, Slant Magazine

"A taut moral thriller...." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"A blunt, breathless, and astoundingly unsentimental morality play that’s told with the intensity of a ticking-clock thriller.... " - David Ehrlich, IndieWire

"Like the small sailboat on which it is set, Wolfgang Fischer’s extraordinarily gripping account of a one-woman solo voyage across the Atlantic that is suddenly interrupted when she comes across a sinking trawler overloaded with refugees, is brisk, efficient and thrillingly dynamic. This is “All Is Lost” with a spinning moral compass and a topical dimension that proves even more gripping than its brilliantly achieved visceral action." - Jessica Kiang, Variety

"'Styx' is minimalist filmmaking executed in superbly sharp fashion. Susanne Wolff... accomplishes more in a glance than most of her peers could ever hope to achieve with minute-long, uninterrupted diatribes. Benedict Nuenfels’s cinematography steals your undivided attention, and never once relents its evocative authority." - Jonathan Christian, The Playlist

"Carrying practically the entire film, Wolff is never less than remarkable in a demanding role that’s 80 percent silence and 20 percent English-language dialogue. The fully inhabited turn should further help cement her international status as a star to be reckoned with...." - Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

"A captivating maritime thriller…beautiful, thought-provoking and intense. Definitely see this one if you get the chance. " - Sean Boelman, PopAxiom

"...with such effective, precise performances on both sides of the camera—making tension a constant in the changing inflection of physical and moral jeopardy—Styx emerges as one of the fest’s best." - Adrian Mack, The Georgia Straight

"**** (4 stars) A slow burn thriller…the film ends with a devastating and quite beautiful gut punch." - Ryne Clos, Spectrum Culture

"A thinking person’s survival drama." - Jen Johans, Film Intuition

"As contemplative as it is engrossing...."  - im Ross, Take One Cinema

"A captivating, exhilarating cinematic experience." - Alex Billington, FirstShowing.net

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Battle Royale - the Original 2000 Shocker! poster

Battle Royale - the Original 2000 Shocker!

Apr 26 to Apr 27
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Kinji Fukasaku - 2000 - 122m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special

DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 51 !

Before HUNGER GAMES ... In 2000, director Kinji Fukasaku unleashed BATTLE ROYALE, his violently poetic epic about an innocent group of Junior High students forced by the government to hunt and kill their classmates for sport. It was nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards, launched a global phenomenon, and banned from screens by frightened civic groups and distributors across America.

''My favorite movie of the last 20 years…I wish I had made this movie.'' - Quentin Tarantino

''If you love The Hunger Games, Battle Royale sets the stage. One of the best - and most violent - genre films ever made. It's also a hell of a lot of fun.'' - Entertainment Weekly

View Trailer