This Week At The New Bev: Ace in the Hole, Pulp Fiction, Alice in Wonderland (1933), Eric Rohmer & More!

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our May / June schedule is available online:

Thursday May 13

Two Directed By Alfred Hitchcock

Rear Window
1954, USA, 112 minutes
dir. Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr
7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Director

Rear Window lovingly invests in suspense all through the film, banking it in our memory, so that when the final payoff arrives, the whole film has been the thriller equivalent of foreplay.- Roger Ebert

- plus on the same bill -

The Trouble With Harry
1955, USA, 99 minutes
dir. Alfred Hitchcock, starring Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Mildred Natwick, Mildred Dunnock, Jerry Mathers, Royal Dano
9:45, Watch The Trailer!

Alfred Hitchcock rarely allowed his dry and barbed sense of humor to rise to the surface as fully as in The Trouble With Harry, one of his only real comedies, and a film that he often cited as a personal favorite. - All Movie Guide

The story's whimsical black-comedy elements are perfectly complemented by Bernard Herrmann's playful music score.
- Bosley Crowther, New York Times

Friday & Saturday May 14 & 15

Jan Sterling double bill

Ace in the Hole
1951, USA, 111 minutes
dir. Billy Wilder, starring Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:10 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

National Board Of Review Best Actress Winner Jan Sterling

Here is, half a century out of the past, a movie so acidly au courant it stings: a lurid pulp indictment of exploitation, opportunism, doctored intelligence, torture for profit, insatiable greed, and shady journalism. - Nathan Lee, Village Voice

Fuck them all - it is the best picture I ever made. - Billy Wilder

- plus on the same bill -

The Harder They Fall
1956, USA, 109 minutes - Humphrey Bogart's final screen role!
dir. Mark Robson, starring Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane, Max Baer, Jersey Joe Walcott
Fri: 9:40; Sat: 5:20 & 9:40

The fight scenes are authentically staged, including some of the ugliest ring carnage onscreen in the era before Raging Bull (1980).
- All Movie Guide

Pacy direction, fight scenes that rival Raging Bull's and intense support from Steiger ensure that the film isn't just memorable for being Bogart's last. Deserves to be regarded as one of the great sports movies. - Film 4

Friday May 14

Pulp Fiction
1994, USA, 154 minutes
written & directed by Quentin Tarantino
starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Uma Thurman
11:59pm, All Tickets $7, Watch The Trailer!

Academy Award Winner Best Original Screenplay
Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm Award Winner

Its greatness comes from its marriage of vividly original characters with a series of vivid and half-fanciful events and from the dialogue. The dialogue is the foundation of everything else. - Roger Ebert

There's a special kick that comes from watching something this thrillingly alive.- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Saturday May 15

Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship present
New Beverly Midnights

Screenwriter Chris Soth in person, schedule permitting!

1998, USA, 89 minutes
directed by Dean Semler, written by Chris Soth
starring Howie Long, William Forsythe, Scott Glenn, Suzy Amis
11:59pm, All Tickets $7, Watch The Trailer!

It moves as fast as the raging forest fire it captures so spectacularly well. Indeed, "Firestorm" has the primitive appeal of early silents with their melodrama, derring-do and last-second rescues.
- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Sunday & Monday May 16 & 17

Alice in Wonderland

1933, USA, 76 minutes
dir. Norman Z. McLeod, starring Charlotte Henry, Gary Cooper, W.C. Fields, Cary Grant, Edward Everett Horton, Richard Arlen
Sun: 3:45 & 7:30; Mon: 7:30

The physical production itself is a marvel, especially for its time, with lavish sets, effects', and costumes (and a delightful animated sequence by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising). - All Movie Guide

This Alice in Wonderland is visually striking and inventive, whimsical and literate, and true to the spirit of Carroll. The production design was based on Sir John Tenniel's famous illustrations, and it's impressively faithful. - DVD Verdict

- plus on the same bill -

Treasure Island
1934, USA, 110 minutes
dir. Victor Fleming, starring Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger
Sun: 5:20 & 9:05; Mon: 9:05

Still rousing good entertainment for children of all ages. - All Movie

Tuesday & Wednesday May 18 & 19

Two by the late Eric Rohmer

Pauline at the Beach
1983, France, 94 minutes
written & directed by Eric Rohmer
starring Amanda Langlet, Arielle Dombasle, Pascal Greggory
7:30, Watch The Trailer!

No other director so clearly reveals the distances between words and meaning, thought and action. Rohmer yet again proves his ability to merge poignancy and humour by means of delicately nuanced performances and naturalistic but pointed dialogue.
- Time Out Film Guide

Beautifully realized, Pauline is a treasure for movie fans that prefer films that whisper rather than boldly proclaim their charms.
- All Movie Guide

- plus on the same bill -

A Tale of Springtime
1990, France, 108 minutes
written & directed by Eric Rohmer
starring Anne Teyssèdre, Hugues Quester, Florence Darel

3 1/2 Stars - Roger Ebert

Cool, calm, and collected, Rohmer's world is one of deeply personal recollection and reflection, and a pleasant tonic to Hollywood's typical screen fare. - All Movie Guide


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Currently, only general admission tickets may be purchased via this link. Discounted student, senior, etc. tickets may not be purchased in advance at this time. As always, any available tickets will also be sold at the theater box office the day of the event. Purchasing advance tickets is generally unnecessary for most shows, as the only programs that ever come close to selling out are special event shows with special guests, etc. Plenty of tickets are available at the door for nearly all of our programs.

Coming Soon:

20-22: David Carradine tribute
22: George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968)
23&24: Fantastic Mr. Fox & A Town Called Panic
28&29: Mystery Team & Ghost Busters
29: John Frankenheimer's 99 and 44/100% Dead
30,31 & June 1: Duck, You Sucker & Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia

2&3: Derek Jarman's Caravaggio & Wittgenstein
5: Jim Wynorski Triple Feature
6: Garbage Pail Kids Movie & Ghoulies II
8: Brian De Palma's Blow Out & Femme Fatale
11&12: Cries and Whispers & Interiors
16&17: Oldboy & Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
20&21: Point Blank & The Outfit
22&23: Bagdad Cafe & Gas, Food Lodging
27&28: Fidder on the Roof

Schedule subject to change

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