This Week At The New Beverly: Night of the Hunter & Fritz Lang's M, Bill & Ted, Gone With The Pope, Dario Argento & More!

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:

Thursday, August 26

Director Bill Fishman and star Clu Gulager will appear IN PERSON, schedules permitting, for a post film Q&A.

1988, USA, 93 minutes
dir. Bill Fishman, starring John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Mary Crosby, Clu Gulager, Katy Boyer

Ignored both at the cinema and on tape, this is a gem that is as happy sending up the music video world as it is poking fun at politics. - Film 4

It's now spoken of with something akin to reverence, as it's funny and smart and holds up very well against contemporary competition. - Buzz McClain, All Movie Guide

- plus on the same bill -

The Big Picture
1989, USA, 100 minutes
directed by Christopher Guest, written by Christopher Guest, Michael Varhol & Michael McKean, starring Kevin Bacon, Emily Longstreth, J.T. Walsh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael McKean

Befitting two of the co-authors of This is Spinal Tap, Guest and Michael McKean, The Big Picture displays a keen eye for the silliness of film biz customs, lingo and attitudes. - Variety

Friday & Saturday, August 27 & 28

The Night of the Hunter
1955, USA, 92 minutes
dir. Charles Laughton, starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters,
Lillian Gish, James Gleason
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:35 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

A monochrome masterpiece, pure cinematic alchemy and just about every other superlative that spells genius.
- Trevor Lewis, Empire Magazine

4 Stars - Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter' (1955) is one of the greatest of all American films... an expressionistic oddity, telling its chilling story through visual fantasy. - Roger Ebert

- plus on the same bill -

1931, Germany, 99 minutes
dir. Fritz Lang, starring Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos
Fri: 9:25; Sat: 5:30 & 9:25, Watch The Trailer!

Very likely the greatest film of one of cinema's greatest directors.
- Jake Euker,

Watching the new restoration of M, I found the film more powerful than I remembered, because I was not watching it through a haze of disintegration. - Roger Ebert

Friday, August 27


Miss last month's sold out show that everyone's talking about? Here's one last chance to catch it on the big screen!

The Grindhouse Film Festival presents

Gone With The Pope
1975/2010, USA, 83 minutes - New 35mm Print!
written & directed by Duke Mitchell
starring Duke Mitchell, Peter Milo, Jim LoBianco, Lorenzo Dardado
11:59pm, All Tickets $8, Watch The Trailer!

It's gloriously, hilariously offensive - Karina Longworth, Village Voice

Saturday, August 28

Stars Jennifer Rubin & Dean Cameron will appear IN PERSON, schedules permitting, to discuss the film!

Bad Dreams
1988, USA, 84 minutes
dir. Andrew Fleming, starring Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott, Richard Lynch, Dean Cameron, Elizabeth Daily, Sy Richardson
11:59pm, All Tickets $7, Watch The Trailer!

It's kinda sorta perfect in a way, a late eighties stand alone horror tale filled with pop psychology, retro tune-age and a cast I could send piles of stalker Valentines to. -

Without question when it comes to horror, this film means business.
- Dread Central

Sunday & Monday, August 29 & 30

A Most Excellent Double Feature!

Alex Winter will appear IN PERSON, schedule permitting, for a Q&A following the 7:30 Sunday screening!

Screenwriter Ed Solomon will appear IN PERSON, schedule permitting, Monday for a Q&A!

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
1989, USA, 90 minutes
directed by Stephen Herek, written by Ed Solomon & Chris Matheson, starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri, Dan Shor, Tony Steedman, Rod Loomis, Al Leong, Jane Wiedlin, Diane Franklin
Sun: 3:45 & 7:30; Mon: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

An insanely effective no-brainer of a film, sparkling with a simple charm and energy rarely witnessed this side of illegal substances.
- Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine

As these high school goofballs travel back in time to score some heavy dudes like Napoleon, Socrates, and Billy the Kid for their history presentation, they wrote themselves into the teen-movie pantheon. - Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle

- plus on the same bill -

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
1991, USA, 93 minutes
directed by Peter Hewitt, written by Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon
starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, William Sadler
Sun: 5:35 & 9:20; Mon: 9:20, Watch The Trailer!

A riot of visual invention and weird humor that works on its chosen sub-moronic level, and on several others as well, including some fairly sophisticated ones. - Roger Ebert

One of the most worthwhile sequels of recent years, maybe funnier than the original as it intelligently expands the potential for the surreal and it ties up all the loose ends managing, quite remarkably, to give pointlessness a purpose. - Empire Magazine

Tuesday & Wednesday, August 31 & September 1

Two Starring Adrien Brody

1998, USA, 107 minutes
dir. Eric Bross, starring Adrien Brody, Elise Neal, David Moscow, Simon Baker, Catherine Kellner, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

At its best, this is a movie of unusual integrity and insight.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times

Brody, who has the lean-and-hungry charisma of a skinny young De Niro, turns his potentially cliched, tortured artist character into somebody from whom you'd actually want to buy a drink.
- Steve Simels, TV Guide

- plus on the same bill -

Liberty Heights
1999, USA, 127 minutes
written & directed by Barry Levinson
starring Adrien Brody, Ben Foster, Orlando Jones, Bebe Neuwirth, Joe Mantegna, Rebekah Johnson, David Krumholtz
9:40, Watch The Trailer!

Offers a deeper immersion in that old '50s feeling than any other Hollywood film in recent memory.
- Stephen Holden, New York Times

This is a mature, accomplished piece of work, both funny and deeply felt, personal cinema of the best kind.
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, September 2, 3 & 4

Two By Dario Argento Featuring Music By Goblin

1977, Italy, 92 minutes
directed by Dario Argento, written by Daria Nicolodi & Dario Argento, music by Goblin, starring Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Barbara Magnolfi, Flavio Bucci, Udo Kier
Thurs & Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:35 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

It's always fascinating to watch; the thrills and spills are so classy and fast that the movie becomes in effect what horror movies seemed like when you were too young to get in to see them.
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out

One of the most striking assaults on the senses ever to be committed to celluloid... the closest a filmmaker has come to capturing a nightmare on film. - Jason Buchanan, All Movie

- plus on the same bill -

Deep Red
1975, Italy, 98 minutes
directed by Dario Argento, music by music by Goblin, starring David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril, Eros Pagni
Thurs & Fri: 9:25; Sat: 5:30 & 9:25, Watch The Trailer!

Dario Argento's first full-fledged masterpiece.
- Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Undoubtedly the finest of Argento's thrilling horrors.
- Empire Magazine

Please note that both films are being presented in their US theatrical versions. Suspiria will screen from a beautiful, eye-popping, color filled print while Deep Red will be projected from an extremely rare, original release 35mm print that is color faded and showing some surface wear.


Advance tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking HERE. Advance tickets are not sold at the box office.

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:

4: The Transformers: The Movie
5 & 6: Ulzana's Raid w/ Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
10-16: BRAND NEW 35mm print of The Sound Of Music
11: Savage Steve Holland's How I Got Into College
17 & 18: Sorry, Wrong Number & Witness to Murder
18: Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive

1 & 2: Classic Screwball Comedies Twentieth Century & Midnight
3 & 4: Cloak & Dagger w/ WarGames
9: Third Annual All Night Horror Marathon!
15 & 16: Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby & Chinatown
17 & 18: A TRIPLE bill of classic W.C. Fields & Marx Bros. comedies!
24 & 25: Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard in The Cat and the Canary & The Ghost Breakers

Schedule subject to change

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