The Pageant Theatre

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT

Hannah Pearl Utt

  • 98 minutes
  • Starts Friday October 18

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    Producer MALLORY SCHWARTZ in person opening night October 18 7pm show with post film Q+A has SOLD OUT! By demand Mallory Schwartz will do Q+A after the Sat October 19 7pm show (no advance tickets, regular pricing)!

    Stage manager Rachel Gurner (Hannah Pearl Utt) still lives in her childhood apartment above the theater her family owns and operates in New York City. Level-headed Rachel is the only thing standing between her family - her off-kilter actress sister Jackie (Jen Tullock), her eccentric playwright father Mel (Mandy Patinkin), and her deadpan preteen niece Dodge (Oona Yaffe) - and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother (Judith Light) is not just alive but thriving as a soap-opera star. Also starring Mike Colter and Alec Baldwin.

AQUARELA

Victor Kossakovsky

  • 89 minutes
  • Coming soon

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    AQUARELA takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Filmed at a rare 96 frames-per-second, the film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth's most precious element. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia's Lake Baikal to Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma to Venezuela's mighty Angels Falls, water is AQUARELA's main character, with director Victor Kossakovsky capturing her many personalities in startling visual detail.

    An eco-documentary on water in the age of climate change, AQUARELA is an incredible film to watch unfold, from crumbling icebergs to chaotic hurricanes - and is both gorgeous and terrifying, mesmerizing and absolutely breathtaking.

OFFICIAL SECRETS

Gavin Hood

  • 112 minutes
  • Starts Friday October 25

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    She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handling of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain's help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council members in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to the press. So begins an explosive chain of events that will ignite an international firestorm, expose a vast political conspiracy, and put Gun and her family directly in harm's way. This true story of a political whistle blower could not be more timely and important.

EVIL DEAD (1981)

Sam Raimi

  • 98 minutes
  • Friday Oct 25 - Saturday Oct 26 / 10pm

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    This new 4k restoration of the original EVIL DEAD done from the original 16mm print in close collaboration with director Sam Raimi also features a brand new 5.1 surround sound mix, and a completely reimagined soundtrack by original composer Joseph LoDuca. Don't miss this one!

    A group of friendss go to a small cabin in the middle of the woods for a fun getaway. Their adventure turns to terror after they discover the book of Necronomicon and inadvertently play a chant that resurrects demonic spirits. It’s up to Ash (Bruce Campbell) to save the others and survive the night against some unspeakably evil enemies. Maintaining suspense and a nightmarish mood, this classic low budget horror film combines just the right amount of gore and black humor, giving EVIL DEAD an equal amount of thrills and laughs.

STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS

Brandon Vedder

  • 90 minutes
  • Sunday Oct 27 / 7pm

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    A very special ONE NIGHT ONLY preview screening of the SXSW premiered documentary STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS from award-winning filmmaker Brandon Vedder. The film takes an unconventionally poetic and personal approach to the music doc, exploring the spiritual, artistic and personal turmoil of David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) as he navigates his career and family-life after walking away from the foundational Christian faith of his youth. This arc plays out as David tours an America that is in its own crisis of faith, highlighted by the 2016 presidential election. Scored by Chico's own Sean Galloway. Brandon will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

    All seats for this special screening $8 (no passes or discounts).

MONOS

Alejandro Landes

  • 102 minutes
  • Starts Friday November 1

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    MONOS, Alejandro Landes' third feature, is a survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels -- bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom -- who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson). The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force know only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Order descends into chaos and within MONOS the strong begin to prey on the weak in this vivid, cautionary fever-dream.

    With a rapturous score by Mica Levi, director Alejandro Landes examines the chaos and absurdity of war from the unique perspective of adolescence, recalling LORD OF THE FLIES and BEAU TRAVAIL in a way that feels wholly original. Landes brings together a diverse young cast of both seasoned professionals and untrained neophytes and thrusts them into an unforgiving, irrational and often surreal environment where anything can happen — even peace. MONOS is the official Colombian entry for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

PAIN AND GLORY

Pedro Almodóvar

  • 112 minutes
  • Starts Friday November 8

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    PAIN AND GLORY tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. PAIN AND GLORY finds writer-director Pedro Almodóvar drawing on his own life to rewarding effect -- and honoring his craft as only a master filmmaker can.

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