The Dead Lands
Apr 24 to Apr 28
Friday to Tuesday 3:30, 8:00
Dir. Toa Fraser - 2015 - 108m - New Zealand/UK - In Maori with English subtitles
Hongi (James Rolleston) – a Maori chieftain’s teenage son – must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, led by Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka), Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious “Warrior” (Lawrence Makoare), a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years.
"Offers proof that a well-crafted, fight-filled revenge story is the type of pic least reliant on the English language to impress, which this does in spades." - Steve Newall, Flicks.co.nz
"For those willing to take the journey, The Dead Lands proves to be a memorable, rewarding experience." - Jason Gorber, TwitchFilm
The Wrecking Crew - a new doc on the West Coast Sound!
Apr 24 to Apr 28
Friday to Tuesday 5:45pm ONLY!
Dir. Denny Tedesco - 2014 - 101m - No Matinees
SPECIAL BONUS! DIRECTOR IN PERSON WITH A LIVE KDSK RADIO (92.7 FM, 1240 AM) BROADCAST FEATURING ADDITIONAL SURPRISE GUESTS AT THE SATURDAY APRIL 25 NIGHT SCREENING!
ALSO! A MEET & GREET RECEPTION WITH THE DIRECTOR AND SURPRISE MUSICIANS AT ROMA BAKERY & DELI (5TH AND ROMA DOWNTOWN) ON SATURDAY APRIL 25 FROM 3PM TO 5PM!
What the Funk Brothers did for Motown…The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you. THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960s. It didn’t matter if it was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as “The Wrecking Crew”.
"A treasure trove of witness-at-creation anecdotes and enduringly potent ‘60s pop classics. A well-nigh irresistible treat for aficionados of music.” - Joe Leydon, Variety
“A sing-along, joyful doc. A must to see and listen to” - Indiewire
"A wonderful, touching and hilarious film about the unsung stars of so many records that you carry in your heart.” - Elvis Costello
"It was incredible! It had everything I wanted to see and more that I didn’t expect.” - Peter Frampton
The Secret Garden
Apr 25 to Apr 26
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon
Dir. Fred M. Wilcox - 1949 - 92m - MOM'S MATINEE PRESENTS THE CLASSIC 1949 VERSION! ALL SEATS $5
Enormously popular child actress Margaret O’Brien (Meet Me in St. Louis) touches the heart in this classic adventure of a young orphan sent to live at the dark and foreboding English estate of her widowed uncle and his crippled son, played by fellow child sensation Dean Stockwell. Led by a strong will and a stubborn temperament, Mary Lennox (O’Brien) discovers the existence of a secret garden, the history of which slowly reveals the mystery of her uncle and his son’s embittered lives. Eventually, the beloved garden becomes the only hope for their happiness and restoration from the haunting grip of the past. Produced by Clarence Brown, the film is based on the popular novel by acclaimed children’s author Frances Hodgson Burnett (Little Lord Fauntleroy). A dazzling technical effect aptly derived from The Wizard of Oz brings the secret garden alive in a radiant color sequence, making it, and the film, a magical place you’ll have to experience yourself!