How slack a time is it for big new releases? AMC is bringing freakin’ Cars back to theaters for a week. But, as always, there’s plenty worth catching if you look around. Let me put in a special word for the Trylon’s Kinuyo Tanaka series, a rare look at the female Japanese director’s work. And if you’re inclined to be locally angled, there’s Hockeyland, a look at high school hockey up north.
Special Screenings This Week
Thursday, September 8
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Emagine Willow Creek
Oh shit, it’s Khan! $13.44. 7 p.m. More info here.
After Happy Ever (2022)
Emagine Willow Creek
This is apparently the fourth film in a series. $15. 7 p.m. More info here.
The Thing (1982)
Grandview 1 & 2
Hmm, could you be more specific, Mr. Carpenter? What kind of a thing?$9.50. 9:15 p.m. More info here.
A one-night animation festival featuring local filmmakers. $10. 7 p.m. More info here.
We forget now, but those broad accents and dark truths about Minnesotans rubbed many locals the wrong way when this was released. With pre-show trivia contest. $9-$12. Trivia 7:30 p.m. Screening 8 p.m. More info here.
Friday, September 9
Top Gun (1986)
Three screenings. All sold out. U! S! A! Friday-Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday 8 p.m. More info here.
AMC Southdale 16
Christian Bale leads a newsboy strike against skinflint publisher Joseph Pulitzer. 4:30 p.m. Also Sunday 7:40 p.m. and Wednesday 4:30 p.m. Ticket price and more info here.
Playful baby animals move from one gorgeous, impressionist landscape to another. (Credit Tyrus Wong for those distinctive backgrounds.) Still a total joy to look at. Though I don’t like [SPOILER] when the animals’ voices get deeper. $8. Friday-Saturday 7 & 8:45 p.m. Sunday 1:15, 3 & 4:45 p.m. More info here.
Saturday, September 10
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Wait, there’s more?! $10. 6:30 p.m. More info here.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
James Mason as the brooding nuclear submarine Captain Nemo dedicated to sinking munitions supply ships? What more do you want? How about Peter Lorre? $5-$10. 1 p.m. More info here.
Sunday, September 11
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Double Feature (2011)
They named the fucking baby Renesmee. $18. 1:25 p.m. More info here.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Showplace Icon
Can’t think of a better way to commemorate 9/11 than to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Anna Kendrick doing her little cup song bit. $16.13. 3 & 7 p.m. Also Wednesday 7 p.m. More info here.
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Extended
Emagine Willow Creek
Still not extended enough to include Tom Bombadil though. $10.75. 12 & 7 p.m. Also Wednesday. More info here.
The Moon Has Risen (1955)
After catching Forever a Woman last week, I’m excited for the next film in the Trylon’s Kinuyo Tanaka series, which features Ozu regular Chishû Ryû (master of the noncommittal “mmm”) in a very Ozu/Ryû plot. He’s a widower marrying off his daughters in a changing postwar Japan. $8. 6:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday 7 & 9 p.m. More info here.
Monday, September 12
Don’t Worry Darling (1956)
A preview screening, if all the backstage drama hasn’t exhausted you already. $14.50. 7 p.m. More info here.
The Conversation (1974)
Gene Hackman is a surveillance whiz who develops inconvenient scruples when he believes the young couple he’s wiretapping are potential murder victims. Nixon-era paranoia at its absolute tops. $10. 6:30 p.m. More info here.
Black Sabbath (1963)
Emagine Willow Creek
Boris Karloff introduces three Italian Gothic tales. $6. 7:30 p.m. More info here.
Tuesday, September 13
Advance screening for the Ti West prequel to X, which I loved, followed by a livestream Q&A with West and star Mia Goth. $6. 7 p.m. More info here.
The Silent Twins (2022)
Two sisters communicate in their own language. Advance screening. Free. 7 p.m. More info here.
Wednesday, September 14
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (2019)
The movie that made it impossible to take any medieval period drama seriously. (Not that anyone stopped making them.) $10. 5:10 p.m. More info here.
The Lighthouse (1999)
Grandview 1 & 2
“Haha, I would never go insane if I was trapped inside for months and months with another person,” we said smugly to ourselves once. $12. 9:15 p.m. More info here.
Anonymous Club (2021)
An intimate 16 mm look at the human side of Courtney Barnett’s rise to fame. Presented by Sound Unseen. $12. 7 p.m. More info here.
Opening This Week
A woman books a rental home in Detroit for the night and discovers it’s double-booked with the creepy young Skarsgård from It. And she stays anyway? That’s on you, girl.
Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva
This Hindi “fantasy adventure” looks pretty wild.
With big-money cineplex fodder sparse, it’s back in theaters this week.
Another kiddie movie back to fill some empty theaters.
Rival high school hockey teams battle it out in northern Minnesota.
Hold Me Tight
Vicky Krieps is a woman fleeing her family for reasons that don’t become clear until the film’s finale. Always making us guess, those French!
An adopted teen meets his birth parents. Since Kirk Cameron’s a producer, I’m guessing there’s an anti-abortion message in here somewhere.
A 15th century Czech warlord fights off the imperialists.
Oke Oka Jeevitham
“An Indian science fiction drama.” That’s all I got on this one.
A husband bets a womanizing pal that he can’t seduce his wife, for some reason.
Ongoing in Local Theaters
Bodies Bodies Bodies
DC League of Super-Pets
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
Elvis (read our review here)
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Gigi and Nate
The Good Boss
Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul
Marcel the Shell With Shoes On
Minions: The Rise of Gru
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (read our review here)
Nope (read our review here)
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Thor: Love and Thunder (read our review here)
Three Thousand Years of Longing
Top Gun: Maverick (read our review here)
Where the Crawdads Sing (read our review here)