“JANE is an epic romance filled with hope and brimming with a love for life and all of its ups and downs.” – LA Weekly
“Few films this year offer up such lush and formal components. Morgen has made a film of deep emotional beauty. Required viewing for anyone seeking a classic in the making” – IndieWire
“It’s a revelation!” – Vanity Fair
Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.
Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.
“The Florida Project is both radiant and unsentimental.” – TIME Magazine
“Dafoe delivers his finest performance in recent memory, bringing to levelheaded, unsanctimonious life a character who offers a glimmer of hope and caring within a world markedly short on both.” – Washington Post
The Florida Project tells the story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.
EVERY Saturday at MIDNIGHT
If you haven’t seen ROCKY with our shadowcast you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Costumes and audience participation galore! This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of newlyweds inside a mad scientist’s strange mansion and crazy party that they come across on a rainy night after their car breaks down in the woods.
Rated R, 1 hr, 40 min.
Coming Tuesday November 21 at 8pm
“Attention Jawbreaker fans– Here is THE ONE you’ve been waiting
for!” – -Actual Film Review Quarterly
In 2007, 11 years after one of the most influential American punk bands, Jawbreaker, called it quits the three members, Blake Schwarzenbach, Chris Bauermeister, and Adam Pfahler reconnected in a San Francisco recording studio to listen back to their albums, reminisce and even perform together. Follow the band as they retell their “rags to riches to rags” story writhe with inner band turmoil, health issues, and the aftermath of signing to a major label. Featuring interviews with Billie Joe Armstrong, Steve Albini, Jessica Hopper, Graham Elliot, Chris Shiflett, Josh Caterer and more.
Coming November 23
“Gerwig the actress skillfully pivots between the wacky and the poignant, so it’s no surprise that Gerwig the auteur so delicately balances hilarity and heartbreak.” – TheWrap
“It’s funny, lively, and then devastating when it needs to be, made with the kind of confidence even its heroine could only dream of.” – The Atlantic
“Lady Bird is both generous and joyous, but when it stings, it stings deep..” – TIME Magazine
In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
Coming Friday November 24 at 11pm
Coming Saturday November 25 and Sunday November 26 at 11am.
“The visual storytelling is powerful, and coupled with the effective soundtrack, you don’t even need to read the subtitles to know what the characters are saying.” – The New Paper (Singapore)
“The confrontational subject matter is one thing, but what really makes the film stand out is female director Naoko Yamada’s direction, full of unexpected turns and images, which genuinely suggests a fresh way of looking at the world.” – Radio Times
“It’s a beguiling film: subtle, sensuous and delicate.” – Guardian
“A Silent Voice” follows the poignant and moving story of Shoya Ishida, a school bully, and Shoko Nishimiya, a young girl with a hearing disability. Their story begins in sixth grade when Shoko transfers to Shoya’s elementary school and quickly finds herself bullied and isolated due to her hearing disability. Years later, the tables turn, and Shoya finds himself the victim. “A Silent Voice” depicts the struggles and challenges of adolescence alongside coming-of-age outside the norm.
Coming Sunday December 9 at 11am
Charles Phoenix Retro Jubilee on Retro Row
Live Comedy Slide Show Celebrating Mid-Century Holiday Life & Style … +book signing & cake after party … presented by INRETROSPECT …
Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix super charges the classic living room slide show into laugh-out-loud roast and toast of classic and kitschy New Years, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!
With his keen expertise, quick wit, and eagle eye for oddball detail, Charles lavishes commentary on the very best flea market-found vintage Kodachrome slides, of dining, drinking, dressing up, decorating, gifting and glamming it up for the holidays in the 50s and 60s.
Charles also shares his latest eye-popping Test Kitchen recipes, and best of guide to local holiday attractions.
This fun-filled, action packed, crazy kaleidoscope of seasonal life and style is sure to get you on the mood for the holidays like NEVER before!
The show is at the historic Art Theatre (doors at 10:30) on Retro Row – world’s greatest shopping street!
Festive dress is encouraged … but not expected!
AFTER SHOW BOOK SIGNING & CAKE PARTY … across the street at INRETROSPECT …
Charles will sign his new book, ADDICTED TO AMERICANA – Cake will be served !!! …
Coming Wednesday December 13 at 6:30pm
Holiday Gift Drop with the Long Beach Firefighters
Musical Performance by Taylor Anne Crawford
Please join us for a special showing of Grease and support Robert Garcia for Mayor!
“Grease,” said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, “is the word.” Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz ’50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978. 1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their “Summer Nights” falling in love, but once fall comes, it’s back to Rydell High and its cliques. As one of the bad-boy T-Birds, Danny has to act cool for best pal Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) and their leather-clad mates Sonny (Michael Tucci) and Doody (Barry Pearl, in the role Travolta played on-stage). Despite befriending Frenchy (Didi Conn), one of the rebel Pink Ladies, virginal Sandy is “too pure to be Pink,” as the Ladies’ leader, Rizzo (Stockard Channing), acidly observes. Declaring their devotion in such ballads as “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “Sandy,” Sandy and Danny split, reconcile, and split again amidst a pep rally, dances, drive-ins, and a drag race, before deciding “You’re the One That I Want” at the climactic carnival. With Travolta white-hot from Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease soundtrack singles climbed the charts and summer movie crowds poured in. With the presence of Joan Blondell, Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, and Frankie Avalon appealing to grown-up memories, Grease became the highest-grossing film of 1978, the highest-grossing movie musical ever, and the third most popular film of the new blockbuster ’70s after Star Wars (1977) and Jaws (1975).
Coming Thursday December 14 at 7pm
A special of screening of a documentary called Served Like a Girl, providing a candid look at several American women as they transition from active duty to civilian life after serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our wounded U.S. female service personnel often return to a stark reality, one that is rarely discussed or considered. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, serious illness, physical injuries, and the aftermath of military sexual abuse, these amazing women find ways to adapt and overcome debilitating challenges through participation in the “Ms. Veteran America” competition. Guided by event founder and veteran, Jas Boothe, the women leverage their experiences gained through competition to recover the parts of themselves and their personal identities they had lost on the battlefield. Called “Engaging, Honest and Powerful,” this film is a beautiful tapestry interlaced with poignant moments, social commentary, and humor.
A Q&A will follow the screening, featuring the film’s director Lysa Heslov and MA1 Hope Garcia.
Sponsored by: Arts Council for Long Beach, We Are Hear, Entertainment Studios Motion Picture, U.S. VETS – Long Beach, Uptown Business Improvement District, Fingerprints, Final Salute Inc., AMPED Distribution & The Art Theatre
Coming Sunday December 17 at 11am
“A rambling tour of Yuletide frivolity that comes from a very serious – and personal – place for the writer-director.” – Toronto Star
“A gonzo mix of interviews and music concocted by first-time feature film director Mitchell Kezin. His passion for alternative holiday music is clear from start to finish.” – Movie Chambers
Are there any songs that embrace our modern, eclectic,conflicted, but still beloved Christmas celebration? Is there no music to inspire our slightly cranky, somewhat jaded, yet sincerely searching souls?
There is! But these scrappy slices of vinyl can be hard to find. Jingle Bell Rocks! will take you on a trippy, cinematic sleighride to unearth to unearth twelve of the most amazing Christmas songs ever recorded.
With titles like, “Green Chri$tma$,” “Santa Claus Was a Black Man” or “Merry Christmas Someone” these funny, sad, satirical, and scathing songs explore the flipside of the Yuletide: racial inequality, religious freedom, nuclear war, family angst, conspicuous consumption, or just the yearning sadness of being alone at the happiest time of the year.
Jingle Bell Rocks! follows Christmas music junkie Mitchell Kezin as he unveils twelve of his most cherished, alternative Christmas songs. Hitting the road to uncover the stories inside the grooves, Mitchell hangs with his holiday heroes — musicians, deejays, record execs, radio hosts, composers, critics and fellow collectors — who share his passion. NYC’s hip hop archivist & music writer Bill Adler, Chicago rock promoter Andy Cirzan and LA Water Works laborer Tim Sewell are three of the world’s legendary Christmas music fanatics who will open up their hearts and their astonishing collections.
We’ll feature exclusive conversations with the artists behind the music: from hiphop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN DMC, to late 60s folk pop family The Free Design, from alt pop chanteuse Erin Moran of A Girl Called Eddy to “Schoolhouse Rock” creator & genuine hillbilly bebopper Bob Dorough, who wrote and sang the caustic “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)” — a landmark collaboration with jazz giant Miles Davis.
Amid this merry mayhem, we’ll hear irreverent and insightful commentary from figures including L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Canadian radio legend David Wisdom.
Through rollicking live performances, intimate interviews and a kaleidoscope of touching and kooky archive, we’ll journey deep into the Christmas cosmos, uncovering the remarkable stories behind twelve of the weirdest, wildest, most poignant Christmas songs you’ve never heard.
Equal parts social history, pop culture pilgrimage and revealing character study, Jingle Bell Rocks! follows this motley crew of merry misfits as they confront the Christmas music mainstream, reinventing the seasonal soundtrack for the 21st century.
Unrated, 1 hours, 34 mins