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December 12 – January 1

It's A Wonderful Life

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It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra / 1946, USA / B&W
130min / 35mm

44th year!

“It’s a great -- really great -- film, so densely well made that to watch any three minutes is to realize how paltry the vast majority of movies are by comparison.” Richard T. Jameson

“The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.” Dave Kehr

Showtimes:
Fri 12/26: 730pm
Sat 12/27: 5pm & 730pm
Sun 12/28: 5pm & 730pm
Mon 12/29: 730pm
Tues 12/30: 730pm
Thur 1/1: 730pm


Opens January 2

Winter Sleep

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Winter Sleep

Nuri Bilge Ceylan / 2014, Turkey-France-Germany / Color
196min / Blu-ray

Winner of the Palm d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities. From the director of Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. In English & Turkish w/ English subtitles.

“...intricate, monumental and mysterious. This is masterfully staged and performed.” Chicago Reader

“Nuri Bilge Ceylan is at the peak of his powers... a richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus.” Variety

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon-Thur: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 330pm & 7pm


January 11

Czech your Head: Puppetry and Stop Motion

Czech your Head: Puppetry and Stop Motion

Various years / video

An afternoon of puppetry and stop motion from the Czech Republic! Join us for a compilation of practical animation shorts from post World War 2 through modern times. Folk Tales! Surrealism! Thinly disguised political unrest!

Showtimes:
Sun: 1pm


January 10 – March 28

Saturday Secret Matinee

The Sprocket Society presents
Saturday Secret Matinee

Various years & directors / color, B&W / 16mm / approx. 120min

Our series of old-fashioned Saturday matinees returns again! Each week, see a cliffhanger movie serial episode plus a classic (but secret!) feature film. This year we bring you the greatest serial ever made, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (1941)! Can he stop The Scorpion from obtaining the most powerful weapon in the world? The secret features have monthly themes. January: Saturday Morning TV Classics! Cartoons, live action adventure, and early anime revive a lost tradition. February: Antique Futures! Pre-1940s sci-fi, plus rare shorts. March: Walk Like a Wagon! Ride the range with classic westerns. Presented by The Sprocket Society.

Showtimes:
Sat 1/10: 1pm
All other shows: 2pm


January 16 – 22

The Search for General Tso

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The Search for General Tso

Ian Cheney / 2014, USA /
73min / Blu-ray

THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO is a feature-length documentary tracing the origins of Chinese American food through what is arguably America’s most popular takeout meal––General Tso’s Chicken. Anchoring the film is an upbeat quest, through small towns and big cities across America and beyond, to understand the origins and popularity of Chinese American food and its top-selling dish. Who was General Tso? And why do nearly fifty thousand restaurants serve deep-fried chicken bearing his name? Using this Americanized dish and its mysterious mastermind as a lens onto a larger story of immigration, adaptation, and innovation, the film follows a lighthearted journey, grounded in cultural and culinary history, through restaurants, Chinatowns, and the American imagination. Visits to present-day Chinese restaurants spark forays into the past, guided by chefs, scholars, and the occasional opinionated customer. The film’s lively soundtrack and shadow-puppet animations contribute both whimsy and momentum, as viewers find they’re on a search to answer a deeper question: how did America’s Chinese food become so… American? From the director of King Corn.

"A kind of culinary “Searching for Sugar Man” — which also finds room for a thoughtful account of the Chinese-American experience." Variety

Showtimes:
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January 16 – 22

The Philadelphia Story

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The Philadelphia Story

George Cukor / 1940, USA / B&W / 112min, Mono

Katharine Hepburn is the snooty daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia family and about to marry for the second time. Things get hilariously complicated when her cunning ex-husband Cary Grant enters the scene with tabloid reporter James Stewart in tow. One of the greatest romantic comedies ever produced, The Philadelphia Story was selected as one of the top 100 American films of all time by the American Film Institute. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner for Best Screenplay. Stewart took home an Oscar and Hepburn received her third nomination.

"a delight from start to finish, with everyone involved working on peak form." Time Out NY

Showtimes:
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January 16 – 22

Shop Around the Corner

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Shop Around the Corner

Ernst Lubitsch / 1940, USA / B&W / 99min / 35mm, Mono

James Stewart is a Budapest store clerk who finds himself feuding with his co-worker, Oscar-nominee Margaret Sullavan (Three Comrades), only to unknowingly fall in love with her. With Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz) and Joseph Schildkraut (The Life of Emile Zola). Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

"one of Ernst Lubitsch's finest and most enduring works, a romantic comedy of dazzling range." Dave Kehr

Showtimes:
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January 17

Rock Out With Your VCR Out

Scarecrow video presents
Rock Out With Your VCR Out

Various / 80min / VHS

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ENCORE SCREENING! Scarecrow Video plays "VJ" for the night and kicks out the jams from their collection of vintage videotapes! Featuring no-hit wonders, big hair, break dancing instructions, Ted Nugent and much more!

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


January 23 – 29

Burroughs: The Movie

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Burroughs: The Movie

Howard Brookner / 1983, USA / Color-B&W
86min / Blu-ray

Burroughs: The Movie explores the life and times of controversial Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs, with an intimacy never before seen and never repeated. The film charts the development of Burroughs’ unique literary style and his wildly unconventional life, including his travels from the American Midwest to North Africa and several personal tragedies. Burroughs: The Movie is the first and only feature length documentary to be made with and about Burroughs. The film was directed by the late Howard Brookner. It was begun in 1978 as Brookner's senior thesis at NYU film school and then expanded into a feature which was completed 5 years later in 1983. Sound was recorded by Jim Jarmusch and the film was shot by Tom DiCillo, fellow NYU classmates and both very close friends of Brookner's. Featuring interviews with Lauren Hutton, Pattie Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Brion Gysin and more.

"Bizarrely funny... Rarely is a film as well attuned to its subject..." New York Times

"A wonderful biography... a refreshingly irreverent mediation." Village Voice

Showtimes:
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January 23, 30 & 31

Naked Lunch

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Naked Lunch

David Cronenberg / 1991, USA-Japan-Canada / Color
115min / 35mm

In this adaptation of William S. Burroughs's hallucinatory, once-thought unfilmable novel Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg (Videodrome), a part-time exterminator and full-time drug addict named Bill Lee (Robocop's Peter Weller) plunges into the nightmarish Interzone, a netherworld of sinister cabals and giant talking bugs. Alternately humorous and grotesque—and always surreal—the film mingles aspects of Burroughs's novel with incidents from the writer's own life, resulting in an evocative paranoid fantasy and a self-reflexive investigation into the mysteries of the creative process.

"It's hard to imagine another film maker who could delve so deeply into the monstrousness of Mr. Burroughs's vision, in the end coming up with a bona fide monster movie of his own." New York Times

Showtimes:
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January 24 & 25

It's Gonna Blow

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It's Gonna Blow

Bill Perrine / 2014, USA / Color
86min / HD video

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'It's Gonna Blow!!! - San Diego's Music Underground 1986-1996' chronicles a period when San Diego was touted as 'the next Seattle'. A motley community of musicians with a do it yourself ethos and an aversion to mainstream culture developed their idiosyncratic sounds in the isolation of San Diego but soon found themselves at the center of bidding wars and expense account lunches. What happened when the outcasts from the sticks became the next big thing? Featuring interviews and performances from Drive Like Jehu, Fishwife, Tanner, Rocket from the Crypt, Trumans Water, the Locust, Heavy Vegetable, Physics, Crash Worship, No Knife, Pitchfork, Heroin, Antioch Arrow, Creedle, Swing Kids, Sub Society, Neighborhood Watch, Inch, Funeral March, Tit Wrench, Blink 182 and many others.

Showtimes:
Sat: 830pm
Sun: 3pm


Coming later

VHSEX 3
We're penetrating Scarecrow Video's Sexploitation room again in search of more awkward adult situations and humorous humping! February 14.