We’re officially in end-of-year mode, which means reading endless year-end lists, working extra hours to pay for Christmas gifts, and hopefully going to Spectacle Theater night after night to catch their Best of Spectacle 2013 series. Their December program features some moments from 2013 you may have missed: it’s their “Now That’s What I Call Hits” but they call it “BoS2K13.” Highlights for this week include: The Embryo Hunts in Secret (12/16), Boxer (12/18), Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore (12/19), Marquis (12/20), and Anti-Clock (12/21). For a complete list go here!
Catch these and other trilogies, parties and X-mas movies we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
MONDAY TO SUNDAY
Originally conceived as one movie, each part follows a different woman on vacation for the holidays. One goes to Kenya and takes part in the sex tourism industry, one does missionary work in Vienna, and the last goes to a diet camp for teenagers. Each part became so long that filmmaker Ulrich Seidl made it into three movies instead of one. Each screening will allow you to see all three films in a day if you wish.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave., East Village; $10
Night of the Hunter
Part of Vice’s Film Foundation screening series, Charles Laughton’s only directorial feature stars Robert Mitchum as religious fanatic/sociopath Harry Powell, who marries women for their money and then murders them. He meets a foolish widow and marries her to get his hands on $10,000 her husband left the family when he passed. The only problem is her children will not reveal the whereabouts of the fortune, leading to a chase that is one of the most nightmarish hunts in movie history.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg; 9:30 p.m.; $16
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Ron Burgundy is back with his crew to take the helm of NYC’s first ever 24-hour news station. Starring Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Harrison Ford, Steve Carell, etc etc… you know this is going to be good.
Williamsburg Cinemas, 217 Grand St., Williamsburg; $11
“The Stalker” leads “the Writer” and “the Professor” to the forbidden zone where their wishes are to be granted. The catch, the stalker explains, is that the wishes you are granted aren’t your consciously expressed wishes, but your true unconscious wishes. The writer is skeptical while the professor is all in. Director Andrei Tarkovsky’s use of color and tracking shots make this one of the most visually striking and influential films in recent decades.
BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene; $13
doNYC, BrooklynVegan, Sound & Vision and Goose Island Present: HOLIDAY PARTY
Videology is throwing a holiday party in the true spirit of Christmas. Their gift to you? Tons of clips from your favorite holiday movies (expect some appearances from The Pizza Underground’s Macaulay Culkin’s Home Alone days), a DJ set from Brooklyn Vegan’s Bill Pearis and a complimentary Goose Island hosted bar!
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 8 p.m.; Free with RSVP
After being separated for four years Marie asks her ex-husband Ahmad to return to Paris from Tehran to finalize their divorce so she can marry her new boyfriend Samir. While in town Ahmad sees something is wrong with the relationship between Marie and her daughter Lucie. While attempting to help their relationship, he unveils a secret from (you guessed it) the past.
Film Forum, 209 W Houston St., SoHo; $12.50
The Selfish Giant
Based on the Oscar Wilde tale of the same name, two young working class kids collect scrap metal for a scrap dealer/criminal who’s involved in the horse-cart racing business. As the dealer favors one boy’s gift for horse training over the others, jealousy sets in and the boys’ bond begins to break.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., West Village; $13.50
FRIDAY – SATURDAY
Divine’s back as Dawn Davenport in John Waters’S Female Trouble. Dawn is a troubled teenager who runs away from home after she doesn’t get the cha-cha heels she wants for Christmas. She hitchhikes, gets pregnant and lives a life of crime from the day she leaves until she sits in the electric chair.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg; Midnight; $11
Elf 10th Anniversary presented in 35 mm!
Will Ferrell is Buddy, an orphan who crawls into Santa’s gift bag and is accidentally taken to the North Pole where he’s raised as an elf. He realizes he doesn’t fit in with the other elves and makes his way to NYC to find his father. In NYC he notices a lack of Christmas spirit and sets out to teach the world the true meaning of Christmas.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; Midnight; $10