This Week At The New Beverly: Screwball Comedies, Federico Fellini, Grindhouse Film Fest, Cloak & Dagger, Scott Pilgrim and MORE!

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:

Thursday, September 30

Troll 2 star / Best Worst Movie director Michael Stephenson plus dentist / legendary Troll 2 star George Hardy IN PERSON, schedules permitting, to discuss!

Best Worst Movie
2009, USA, 93 minutes
A new documentary telling the story behind the worst movie ever made - Troll 2. Directed by Troll 2 star Michael Stephenson
7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Winner Best Documentary Fant-Asia Film Festival
Winner New Visions Award Sitges International Film Fest

Strangely moving, insightful and entertaining documentary.
- John Anderson, Variety

In its more amusing and accepting moments, Best Worst Movie captures the geek-joy fizz when fame morphs into notoriety, and artlessness becomes its own art.- Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

- plus on the same bill -

Troll 2
1990, Italy, 95 minutes
directed by Claudio Fragasso, starring Michael Stephenson, George
Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young, Robert Ormsby, Deborah Reed, Jason Wright, Darren Ewing, Jason Steadman
9:25, Watch The Trailer!

Friday & Saturday, October 1 & 2

Classic screwball comedies!

Twentieth Century
1934, USA, 91 minutes
directed by Howard Hawks; written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur; starring John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Ralph Forbes, Charles Lane
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:45 & 7:30

A prickly romance that helped usher in the heyday of 1930s screwball comedy. Swiftly paced by Hawks, the rapid-fire jokes and arguments never let up, setting the standard for the genre's speed and humor. - Lucia Bozzola, All Movie
- plus on the same bill -

1939, USA, 94 minutes
directed by Mitchell Leisen; written by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder; starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer, Mary Astor
Fri: 9:20; Sat: 5:35 & 9:20

It has a superbly malicious script by Brackett and Wilder, gorgeous sets and camerawork, and a matchless cast. All in all, probably Leisen's best film.- Derek Adams, Time Out

Friday, October 1

This event is SOLD OUT! Any tickets that may become available will be sold at the door on a first come, first served basis to those waiting in the stand by line.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
2010, USA / UK / Canada, 112 minutes
directed by Edgar Wright, written by Edgar Wright & Michael Bacall based on the Bryan Lee O'Malley graphic novels, starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Mark Webber, Ellen Wong, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Alison Pill & more!
Fri: 11:59pm (Midnight), All Tickets $7, Watch The Trailer!

Its speedy, funny, happy-sad spirit is so infectious that the movie makes you feel at home in its world even if the landscape is, at first glance, unfamiliar. - A.O. Scott, New York Times

Saturday, October 2

Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship
present New Beverly Midnights

The Most Insane Film Of The Year! The movie truly needs to be seen to be believed... and even then you won't believe it!

Standing Ovation
2010, USA, 102 minutes
written & directed by Stewart Raffill
Sat: 11:59pm (Midnight), All Tickets $7, Watch The Trailer!

Read an excellent piece on the film written by Marc Edward Heuck at The Projector Has Been Drinking.

Off the wall? Friend, you don't know off the wall until you've seen five twelve-year-old girl singer-dancers cover the Tina Turner/Phil Spector epic "River Deep, Mountain High" in the screwball kiddie dance comedy, Standing Ovation. - Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Sunday & Monday, October 3 & 4

Cloak & Dagger creenwriter Tom Holland will appear IN PERSON, schedule permitting, for the Sunday 7:30 show.

Cloak & Dagger
1984, USA, 101 minutes
Davey's hero was imaginary...but the enemy agents were real!
directed by Richard Franklin; written by Tom Holland; starring Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman, Michael Murphy, Christina Nigra
Sun: 3:15 & 7:30; Mon: 7:30

Enjoyable spy thriller that works well for its target audience... Henry Thomas proves that E.T. was no fluke with another capable performance, which when combined with the clever script, carries this to the level of a likeable escapist fantasy.
- Derek Armstrong, All Movie

- plus on the same bill -

1983, USA, 114 minutes
The only winning move is not to play.
directed by John Badham; starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, Ally Sheedy, Barry Corbin
Sun: 5:15 & 9:30; Mon: 9:30, Watch The Trailer!

4 Stars - As a premise for a thriller, this is a masterstroke. There's not a scene here where Badham doesn't seem to know what he's doing, weaving a complex web of computerese, personalities and puzzles; the movie absorbs us on emotional and intellectual levels at the same time. - Roger Ebert

Tuesday, October 5th

Eric Caidin and Brian Quinn
with Grindhouse Releasing present

The Grindhouse Film Festival
Admission: $8.00

Special Guest: Robert Vincent O'Neil and Ross Hagen
Additional guests to be announced

1984, USA, 94 minutes
directed by Robert Vincent O'Neil, written by Robert Vincent O'Neil & Joseph M. Cala, starring Donna Wilkes, Cliff Gorman, Susan Tyrrell, Dick Shawn, Rory Calhoun, Ross Hagen

Plenty of films and filmmakers have exploited the virgin/whore paradigm, but few have done it as crassly or profitably as Angel.
- Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club

- plus on the same bill -

Vice Squad
1982, USA, 97 minutes
directed by Gary Sherman, written by Robert Vincent O'Neil, Sandy Howard & Kenneth Peters, starring Season Hubley, Gary Swanson, Wings Hauser
10:00, Watch The Trailer!

A hysterically violent and seamy flick, Squad's vices are its virtue, especially since D.P. John Alcott (i.e. cinematographer of perhaps the most sumptuously opulent film ever: Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon) maintains a surprising street cred by filming every raunchy setup from a sewer's-eye view. - Eric Henderson, Slant

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, October 6, 7 & 8

a Federico Fellini / Giulietta Masina double bill

La strada
1954, Italy, 108 minutes
directed by Federico Fellini; starring Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani; music by Nino Rota; in Italian with English subtitles
7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Academy Award winner, Best Foreign Language Film

Signor Fellini has used his small cast, and, equally important, his camera, with the unmistakable touch of an artist. His vignettes fill his movie with beauty, sadness, humor and understanding.
- A.H. Weiler, New York Times

La Strada is the first film that can be called entirely 'Felliniesque.'
- Roger Ebert

- plus on the same bill -

Juliet of the Spirits
1965, Italy/France, 137 minutes
directed by Federico Fellini; starring Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese
9:40, Watch The Trailer!

At once an eye-popping display of bravura and a work of compassionate insight.- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

A mad, resplendent peacock of a film, a cinematographic riot of color and sensuality that evokes its era - the swinging mid-'60s - as much as any movie made during those giddy years.
- Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune


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:

9: Third Annual All Night Horror Marathon!
13 & 14: Diary of a Mad House Wife & A Woman Under the Influence
15 & 16: Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby & Chinatown
17 & 18: A TRIPLE bill of classic W.C. Fields & Marx Bros. comedies!
20 & 21: Orphan & Seed of Chucky
22 & 23: The Third Man & Brighton Rock
24 & 25: Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard in The Cat and the Canary & The Ghost Breakers
26 & 27: The Curse of the Werewolf & Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
29 & 30: Trick 'r Treat (2008) & Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Oct 31 & Nov 1: The Wolf Man (1941) & The Invisible Man (1933)

5-11: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (NEW PRINT!) & Seven Year Itch
12 & 13: Cassavetes' Shadows & The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
17 & 18: Car Wash & Used Cars

Schedule subject to change

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