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"If you want something done, do it yourself." Good news, sci-fi fans! One of my all-time favorite sci-fi films is returning to theaters this year for its 20th anniversary. Luc Besson's The Fifth Element is showing on the big screen for two nights only as part of a special event from Fathom Events. Fathom will be screening a brand new 4K restoration of the film in cinemas nationwide on May 14th and May 17th, with showings at 2PM and 7PM. Following its two-day-only theatrical presentation, The Fifth Element will debut on 4K Ultra HD in July (even though it already has multiple Blu-ray re-releases in the last few years). In addition, the event will include a sneak preview of Luc Besson's next sci-fi Valerian. If you're a fan, don't miss out on this.
Take the kids! Take your friends! Take your whole family! Bring everyone you can to see these movies on the big screen. Fathom Events and GKids have announced a new screening series this summer. Starting in June, Fathom will screen one classic Studio Ghibli movie every month, for the next six months. Yay! They'll be showing six different Ghibli movies (the best of the best) in total, in both subtitled and dubbed versions, on screens all across the country (so you don't have to drive 6 hours away just to see them - or maybe you will anyway). The first movie will be Hayao Miyazaki's original animated classic My Neighbor Totoro (first released in 1988), which will be shown on Sunday, June 25th, and Monday, June 26th. More info below.
"In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration." Fathom Events has officially announced an event for Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller North by Northwest, first released in 1959. Fathom and Warner Bros are showing North by Northwest on the big screen for two nights only - April 2nd and April 5th. The screenings will take place at theaters nationwide, as part of a special Fathom Events night presented by TCM Big Screen Classics. The event also includes exclusive commentary from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz, who will provide additional insight into this classic film. Tickets are already on sale here. This is one of my favorite Hitchcock films; I'd love to see it on a big screen.
"If you really love film, then join us to recognize, celebrate and support film screenings in independent theaters everywhere." Yes! This is awesome news. Alamo Drafthouse has partnered with Kodak to launch the first ever "Reel Film Day", a special event happening on March 5th at all of the Drafthouse cinemas around the country, to celebrate and support 35mm film. Drafthouse CEO Tim League announced the news: "This scrappy group of fellow cinephiles is truly preserving film history. Support your local theater, support 35mm (and 70mm) film on 3/5, the first annual Reel Film Day." This is a great idea, and in conjunction with Art House Theater Day, will be an exciting annual event that all cinephiles should participate in every year.
This is exciting news! ShortsHD, an online short film channel, has announced that they have partnered with Magnolia Pictures to release all 15 Academy Award nominated short films in theaters starting this February. The shorts program will be playing on over 500 screens across the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America starting on February 10th, 2017. They will be screening the Live-Action Short Films, Animated Short Films, and Documentary Short Films nominated for Oscars, which includes Pixar's Piper as well as The White Helmets documentary. This is the perfect way to see all of these acclaimed short films, instead of trying to find them online. The Oscar ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 26th in about a month.
Nicolas Cage is a unique talent in the acting world. His performances often give us something to talk about regardless of the quality of the film surrounding that performance, and it creates an air of excitement that follows the actor wherever he's seen. This is exactly why, for the past four years, the Alamo Drafthouse has programmed a day of movies in Cage's honor. Entitled CAGED (or "C4GED" for this year's program) the day, usually coordinated by Tough Guy Cinema programmer Greg MacLennan and in honor of Cage's 53rd birthday, treats movie-going fans to five, surprise titles all headlined by a memorable Nicolas Cage performance. Every year MacLennan has invited Cage to attend, and it was for seemingly this final year of CAGED that we were all witness to the biggest surprise of them all. Nicolas Cage actually showed up.
Looks like we're getting another Christopher Nolan prologue in theaters this December. Reports from TrailerTrack and SlashFilm have confirmed that there is a 7-minute prologue for Nolan's Dunkirk playing in front of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The new solo Star Wars movie opens in theaters December 16th (in just over a week), including in most IMAX theaters all over the world. The reports state that this 7-minute prologue (along with a brand new trailer) will play exclusively in IMAX, and won't end up online. This is the same as the IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight (and TDKR) which only showed in theaters in December before the film opened the next summer. I'm very excited to see this footage, whatever it may be.
Miyazaki is coming back to theaters! GKids and Fathom Events have announced a special 15th anniversary screening of Spirited Away, Studio Ghibli's 2001 film written & directed by Hayao Miyazaki, which won the Best Animated Feature Oscar (in 2003). The film will be showing in theaters nationwide for two days only - on Sunday, December 4th (the English dubbed version) and Monday, December 5th (the English subtitled version). The special event will also include the short film "Ghiblies: Episode 2" - described as a unique 25-minute film from Studio Ghibli, featuring "several comedic vignettes and caricatures" of Studio Ghibli staff as they go about their day. As a huge Ghibli fan, it's always a treat to see their films in theaters.
Malick fans, listen up! The Brooklyn Academy of Music, aka BAM, is hosting the US premiere of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life with live orchestra coming up later this month. BAM has announced two nights of The Tree of Life, on November 18th and November 19th, featuring "more than 100 musicians and singers from the Wordless Music Orchestra" performing live over the film. The first version of this live event took place in Dublin back in June, and now it's finally coming to the US. The score was composed by Alexandre Desplat (read my interview with Desplat from Cannes in 2011), however the film also features additional music by Mahler, Berlioz, Brahms, Mozart and other legends. Tickets range between $35 and $85 for seats on either night, and they will likely sell out fast. This is one of those very rare don't-miss-it special events.
"It is the quality of ones convictions that determines success, not the number of followers." Warner Bros has announced that all eight of the Harry Potter movies, from Sorcerer's Stone to Deathly Hallows 1 & 2, will be re-released in IMAX theaters for one week only later this month. As a cross-promotion for J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, WB will be updating and showing the eight movies in IMAX from October 13th until the 20th. The screening series will kick off with a special Fantastic Beasts event on October 13th (more info on that here) and continue with screenings every day. You can catch any of the movies individually, or buy day passes and other packages. Don't miss out on this special IMAX event.
"You maniacs! You blew it up!" This is one film definitely worth seeing on the big screen. Fathom Events is hosting a special event screening of the original Planet of the Apes movie from 1968, starring Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, Kim Hunter and Roddy McDowall as Cornelius. The event is part of Turner Classic Movies' (TCM) yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, and they will be showing this classic sci-fi movie in cinemas only two nights this month - on July 24th and on July 27th. TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will provide exclusive commentary before and after the film. It will be screening in more than 650 select movie theaters nationwide at 2:00PM & 7:00PM local time each day - Sunday & Wednesday. Don't miss it!
Three cheers for art house cinemas! Following in the footsteps of Record Store Day and Free Comic Book Day, an annual event will be taking place this September called "Art House Theater Day". This special celebration of art house / independent cinemas will take place on September 24th, and this will be the inaugural year. The event has its own official website with details and theater listings, but we're not exactly sure if it will involve free screenings of movies. Maybe, but it's up to every individual theater to figure out what they're doing for AHTD. We've always been big supporters of art house cinemas and movie theaters of all sizes, and it's great to see a nationwide coordinated event to celebrate them. Add it to your calendar now.