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Special Film Screenings This Week



There are several exclusive screenings this week – here are a few details, taken from the venue websites and distributor press releases:

Wednesday, July 9th: Crest Theatre, “And So It Goes” – 7:30pm

Here’s the official synopsis: The New York Film Critics Series screening for July will feature a special preview of the new romantic comedy And So it Goes, directed by Rob Reiner (The Princes Bride, When Harry Met Sally), and featuring the first-ever onscreen pairing of acclaimed actors Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. In And So it Goes, a cranky, self-centered realtor (Douglas) enlists the help of his reluctant neighbor (Keaton) when he’s suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home. Can the two highly-mismatched neighbors learn to overcome their differences in order to take care of this unexpected “bundle of joy, and maybe even find love in the process?

Films in this series are introduced via video feed from New York and then followed by a question and answer session with key members of the cast and crew. This is an advance screening of a film due to open in Sacramento on July 25th.

More information at www.thecrest.com.

Thursday, July 10th: Crest Theatre, “Stop Making Sense” – 8:00pm

This 30th anniversary one night screening of the Talking Heads concert film is described as follows: Directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) and produced by Gary Goetzman (The Silence of the Lambs, Where the Wild Things Are), Stop Making Sense subverted the typical concert film with long shots, lack of audience footage, and minimal lighting. The focus remained entirely on the band as they supported the release of Speaking In Tongues with a bare-bones stage setup and performances of ‘Psycho Killer’, ‘Heaven’, ‘Once in a Lifetime’, and ‘Girlfriend Is Better’. It was shot over three days at Hollywood, CA’s Pantages Theater in 1983.

More information at www.thecrest.com.

Thursday, July 10th: Tower Theatre, “A Hard Days’s Night” – 7:00pm
Sunday, July 13th: Tower Theatre, “A Hard Day’s Night”  11:00am

This 50th anniversary screening has optional screening times (so film and music lovers don’t have to choose between the conflicting screenings) and the distributor says this about the film: Just one month after their popularity exploded in the U.S., John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. The bandmates play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, capturing the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, A HARD DAY’S NIGHT reinvented the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.

More information at www.readingcinemasus.com/tag/the-tower-theatre.

And mark your calendars for the following weekend’s 10th annual Sacramento Japanese Film Festival, July 18th-20th at the Crest Theatre. More information at www.sacjapanesefilmfestival.net.

About the author

Tony Sheppard

Tony is a Professor at Sacramento State, Co-Director of the Sacramento Film & Music Festival and a long-time writer, primarily on topics related to film and the film industry. He is an active supporter of the local arts community, an amateur photographer, and has an interest in architecture and urban planning topics. He is currently designing a 595 sq.ft. house on a very small infill lot in Sacramento.

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