MONDAY DECEMBER 10 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE OLD MAN & THE GUN 3:15, 7:00
Writer/director David Lowery’s elegant follow-up to A Ghost Story is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. Should Redford's claim be true that this is his final acting role, he has chosen a fitting send-off. And Tom Waits turns up for a stand out scene steal. (2018, 93 min, DCP)

+ CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? 5:00, 8:45
In a perfectly nuanced dramatic turn, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970s and 80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (a note-perfect Richard E. Grant). As directed by Marielle Heller (The Diary of Teenage Girl), this sharp character study reveals itself to be an insightful portrait of loneliness. (2018, 106 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


TUESDAY DECEMBER 11 SPECIAL EVENT

AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION Presents
DRUG$: The Price We Pay Documentary Screening 6:00

Join us at the Castro Theatre for an exclusive private viewing of our new documentary, DRUG$: The Price We Pay, up for Academy Award consideration. We will have a great reception and panel discussion to accompany the film screening. Food & Drinks provided! Tickets are free.

Narrated by Academy Award® Winner J.K. Simmons, DRUG$ is a feature-length documentary about the soaring price of medicines in the U.S., featuring interviews with academics, patients, advocates and political leaders, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Elijah Cummings. In a titanic struggle against corporate greed, see how a diverse group of concerned Americans is fighting back to keep lifesaving medicines affordable for us all. Full information at DrugstheFilm.com

Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ahf-presents-drug-documentary-screening-tickets-52413570400

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 12 DOUBLE RITA HAYWORTH CENTENINAL

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI 3:30, 7:20
Orson Welles wrote, directed, produced, and starred in this one-of-a-kind film noir about an Irish sailor who accompanies a beautiful woman and her corrupt husband (Rita Hayworth and Everett Sloane) on a yacht cruise from New York to San Francisco, only to become a pawn in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Initially regarded as a failure, praise has since been lavished on Welles’s uncommon vision, which culminates with the most elaborately staged of all film noir finales—the famous shootout in the hall of mirrors. (1947, 87 min, 4K DCP)

+ GILDA 5:10, 9:00
Hardboiled gambler Glenn Ford confronts his passion for fiery Rita Hayworth when she comes back into his life as the wife of his twisted boss George Macready. One of the steamiest films of the postwar period, Charles Vidor’s direction delivers a palpable erotic tension rare for that era. The legendary Hayworth sizzles with sensuality and magnetism as she sings "Put the Blame on Mame,” a truly dazzling performance. (1946, 110 min, DCP)

 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 13 DOUBLE PETER SELLERS

DR STRANGELOVE or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 7:00 4K RESTORATION!
Crazed U.S. Air Force general Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) is determined to save the free world, personally, by setting WWIII in motion. Stanley Kubrick’s scathing commentary is both hilarious and terrifying, with a crackerjack script by Kubrick, Peter George & Terry Southern. The brilliant cast features Peter Sellers (in three roles), George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn, and Slim Pickens. (1964, 95 min, 4K DCP)

+ BEING THERE 4:30, 8:45

This gentle, clever satire features Peter Sellers’ penultimate performance as a gardener whose perception of reality is based on his life of solitude and the sole influence of television. Hal Ashby’s (Harold and Maude) take on Jerzy Kosiński’s novel is a tour-de-force of sensitivity and serves as a host to a treasure trove of interpretations. Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, and Melvyn Douglas co-star. (1979, 130 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY DECEMBER 14 DOUBLE FEATURE

HOME ALONE 3:00, 7:00
Accidentally left behind when his parents rush off on their Christmas vacation, eight-year-old brat Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) embarks on a hilarious, madcap mission to defend the family home when two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) try to break in—and find themselves tangled in Kevin's bewildering battery of booby traps! Written and produced by John Hughes, Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire) directed what would become the highest grossing Christmas movie of all time in the US. (1990, 103 min, DCP)

+ ELF 5:00, 9:00
Will Ferrell plays a Santa’s elf who, when learning of his true identity as a human, goes to New York City to meet his biological father, and in the city of cynics spreads Christmas cheer in tow. Jon Faverau’s spirited, good-natured holiday comedy benefits greatly from Ferrell’s do anything for a laugh performance. James Caan, Zooey Deschanel and Bob Newhart co-star. (2003, 97 min, DCP)

 
     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 15 & SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 SPECIAL PRESENTATION ($16/$11)

Disney’s MOANA SING-ALONG Noon
Hosted by Sara Moore & Laurie Bushman.

The epic journey continues for Moana fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, criticallylauded comedy-adventure. With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), and starring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson. (2016, full show approx 130 min, DCP)

NO PASSES OR GIFT TICKETS ACCEPTED FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT.
Tickets will be available day of show or can be purchased in advance via
TicketWeb.

 
     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 15 DOUBLE FEATURE

CASABLANCA 3:00, 7:00

The sentimental tale of two men vying for the same woman’s love, this story of political and romantic espionage set in war-torn Morocco is, no doubt, one of the greatest films of all time. Elusive gin joint owner Humphrey Bogart’s world of displaced expats is lit up when old flame Ingrid Bergman reenters the picture. Steeped in rich, smoky atmosphere, trails of lost love, honor and duty, self-sacrifice, and passion collide under Michael Curtiz’s masterful direction. (1942, 102 min, 35mm)

+ THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD 5:00, 9:00

The dashing Errol Flynn is the legendary folk hero who robs from the rich and gives to the poor in this breathtaking Technicolor adventure. Many of the creative forces of Captain Blood return: the ethereal beauty of Olivia de Havilland, the craven villainy of Basil Rathbone, and an Oscar-winning score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Claude Rains co-stars; directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley. (1938, 106 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 through TUESDAY DECEMBER 18

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
Sun (3:00), 5:45, 8:30
Mon & Tue (3:30), 6:15, 9:00

Remi Malek delivers one of the year's finest cinematic performances as Farrokh Bulsara, better known as Freddie Mercury. The film depicts Mercury's ascent from his immigrant beginnings to worldwide fame as the lead singer of the rock band Queen. Though the film plays fast and loose with history, the focus is mainly on the music here: the movie powerfully captures the creation and performance of some of the band's greatest hits (including the operatic title track), culminating in a truly rocking depiction of the band's triumphant 1985 performance at LiveAid. Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor served as consultants and are played by Gwilym Lee and Ben Hardy; Aidan Gillen and Mike Myers also appear. A night at the opera, indeed. (2018, 134 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19 SPECIAL EVENT

Film Noir Foundation Presents
NOIR CITY XMAS: THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER 7:30

Ring in the holidays with a Cruel Yule courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation! Join us at San Francisco's Castro Theatre for Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955). The holiday season is the perfect time to share this timeless noir fairytale about the eternal human struggle—between avarice and atonement, sinners and saviors, good and evil. Robert Mitchum gives a legendary performance as a vile and conniving ex-con masquerading as a man of the cloth. He's not about to let two innocent children come between him and a long-hidden bounty.

In addition to bearing gifts of compelling cinematic artistry at NOIR CITY Xmas, host Eddie Muller will reveal the program for the upcoming NOIR CITY 17 festival January 25–February 3, 2019 at the Castro Theatre. Plus, for your holiday shopping pleasure, we'll have NOIR CITY 17 Passports (all-access passes) for sale, along with select FNF merchandise, on the Castro mezzanine.

Tickets available now—$10 at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3902762

Tickets will also be available at the Castro Theatre box office the night of the show.

 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 20 & FRIDAY DECEMBER 21
PROJECTED IN 70MM! ($14/$11)
WEST SIDE STORY 4:30, 7:30

The greatest love story ever told...in the most acclaimed musical of all time...in 70mm! Experience every sensational song, dazzling dance number and magical movie moment of West Side Story at the Castro! Winner of ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York. Featuring an unforgettable score, exuberant choreography, and powerful performances by Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, and George Chakiris, West Side Story will forever resonate as a true cinematic masterpiece. Directed by Robert Wise (The Sound of Music) and the choreographer Jerome Robbins. (1961, 154 min with intermission, 70 mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 22 FAMILY MATINEE

A CHRISTMAS STORY 12:30

In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie dreams of his ideal Christmas gift—a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle—and mounts a full-scale, hint-dropping, Santa-begging campaign to get it. Director Bob Clark (taking a 180º turn from his horror classic Black Christmas) brings on the childhood calamities and Christmas spirit with heartfelt warmth and observant hilarity in this beloved adaptation of Jean Shepherd's holiday story. We triple-dog-dare you to enjoy a more comical Yuletide classic! Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, and Darren McGavin star. (1983, 93 min, DCP)

 
     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 22 NEW 4K RESTORATION!

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (2:30), 5:15, 8:00

A Christmas perennial, Frank Capra’s classic stars Jimmy Stewart as a family man at the end of his rope who is shown by a friendly angel what life would be like without him. Sentimental in the best sense, with a deep strain of melancholy coursing through it, Stewart gives one of his finest performances. Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers co-star. (1946, 130 min, 4K DCP)

 

SUNDAY DECEMBER 23 (THEATRE CLOSED IN ANTICIPATION OF “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”)

     
   


MONDAY DECEMBER 24 SPECIAL EVENT

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents
“HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” 5:00, 7:00 & 9:00

“Home for the Holidays” brings out the full spectrum of holiday revelry as few other shows can do. Backed by a brilliant brass quintet, we will dash from glorious classical fare to swing to big band... plus a few new twists on holiday season classics. Be dazzled and delighted by the breathtaking sound of 250 men's voices performing favorites from "Silver Bells" to "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," as well as a cutting-edge version of "Silent Night." On top of that, we welcome the amazing Marnie Breckenridge to join us in the sublime and the ridiculous... from classy to sassy and back.

$30 General Admission / $40 Priority Seating
Tickets via SFGMC.org or City Box Office at (415) 392-4400

 

TUESDAY DECEMBER 25 (THEATRE CLOSED - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!)

     
   


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 26 DOUBLE FEATURE (evening)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (2:00), 4:15, 6:30

Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds dance up a storm in what is perhaps the greatest movie musical of all time. Directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, they spoof the transitional period in film from silents to talkies as concocted by the matchless writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, plus MGM’s catalog of Arthur Freed-Nacio Herb Brown songs. Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse, and Rita Moreno co-star. (1952, 103 min, DCP)

+ XANADU 8:30
Olivia Newton-John stars in this fantastical musical odyssey as Terpsichore, the Greek muse of dance, who visits Earth as a human to inspire a young artist (Michael Beck of The Warriors). Aided by an ex-Big Band musician (Gene Kelly, in his final role), they open a glitzy disco roller rink, but what happens when muse and mortal fall in love? Robert Greenwald’s cult classic is a colorful updating of 1947's Down to Earth and features five Top 20 hits by Newton-John and ELO: “Xanadu,” “I’m Alive,” "Suddenly," "Magic," and "All Over the World." (1980, 96 min, DCP)

 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 27 DOUBLE WILDER & LEMMON
NEW 4K RESTORATIONS!

SOME LIKE IT HOT 2:15, 7:00

After witnessing a gangland rub-out, musicians Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon run from the mob and into the scrumptious arms of Marilyn Monroe, a member of an all-girl band. Billy Wilder’s immortal, riotous sex farce is dazzling from beginning to end, with a particularly memorable turn by Monroe as ‘Sugar Kane’. (1959, 119 min, 4K DCP)

+ THE APARTMENT 4:30, 9:15

Fresh off Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon re-teamed for this darkly comic morality tale about a go-getter insurance clerk who lends out his apartment to his adulterous
Boss (Fred MacMurray). Trouble starts when the gal he has fallen for turns out to be the boss’ mistress (Shirley MacLaine). Clearly an inspiration for “Mad Men,” the film won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture and Director. (1960, 125 min, 4K DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


FRIDAY DECEMBER 28 through TUESDAY JANUARY 1
SPECIAL PRESENTATION ($14/$11)

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY — The 70mm / 4K Challenge
Fri, Sat, Sun 1:00 (70mm), 4:30 (4K), 8:00 (70mm)
Mon 1:00 (70mm), 4:30 (4K)
Tue 1:00 (70mm), 4:30 (4K), 8:00 (70mm)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of this seminal film, Warner Bros. Pictures released an “unrestored” 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking science fiction epic. A true photochemical film recreation, this print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative with no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. This anniversary also brought the release of the film in a 4K restoration. To wrap up 2018 and ring in 2019, the Castro will be screening both restorations daily—choose your preference, compare, discuss! The odyssey stars Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, and the soothing voice of Douglas Rain (RIP). (1968, 142 min plus intermission, 70mm 'Scope/4K DCP ‘Scope)

 
 
 
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