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Film Guide

Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 99 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: April 23, 2022
Bust out those plastic spoons! Tommy Wiseau's The Room is returning in all its football-throwing glory!

Wiseau's peerless magnum opus finds the auteur who shaped a generation taking on the arts of acting, writing, casting, directing, editing and more. What's even more remarkable: he's mastered them all. The multi-talented director stars as Johnny, a big-time banker working in gorgeously shot San Francisco. His fiancée Lisa, seemingly a happy part of a successful relationship, has wandering eyes… for Tommy's best friend Mark. Cinema has never witnessed such betrayal!

An intense, sensual thriller, The Room is an intricately knit web of sweet secrets and bitter lies that interrogates the very form of drama itself as well as a truly unforgettable piece of cinema.

Be sure to bring your own spoons so you don't miss out on all the audience participation fun!

Genre: Trivia
Runtime: 150 minutes
Rating: NR
Start Date: May 17, 2022
Join us for The Frida Cinema's next Trivia Night!

Grab some of your fellow trivia lovers, sign up to six team members, and flex your brain muscle as we grill you through six challenging rounds of trivia! The topics will vary (slightly), but will be almost entirely entertainment industry-based! Sign up your team in the form below. Participation is free, but we do need you and your team to RSVP!

THE RULES

1) Doors open at 7pm, and we'll aim to start trivia promptly at 7:30pm. Please give yourself time to make your food and drink purchases before start time!

2) You do not talk about Fight Club.

3) When we are in rounds, cell phones must be put away.

4) We will be utilizing the big screen for some of the rounds, so bring your glasses if ya need 'em!

5) Correct spelling on the answer sheets is not required — but legibility is!

6) We'll have clipboards for your teams — please select the most legible writer in your group!

7) Unless otherwise specified, we are looking for full titles if the answer is a sequel (i.e., “Harry Potter Part 2” or “Friday the 13th Part 7” would not count…)

8) Shhh! As you discuss with your team, keep your voice down so another team doesn't hear your answer!

9) If you must use your cell phone for a call, leave the group and make your call in the lobby. You will not be able to rejoin your group until the next round.

10) In the event of a tie, tying teams will go into a Sudden Death speed round!

Winning team gets Frida Cinema film and concession passes!

See you at Trivia Night!

Genre: Drama
Runtime: 102 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: January 5, 2023
Distributed by A24, Charlotte Wells' feature film debut, Aftersun, is a bittersweet tale of a woman's reflections on her relationship with her father.

The recollections of an adult Sophie center on a summer trip to Turkey she embarked on with her father, Calum, twenty years ago. Eleven-year-old Sophie is observant and intelligent, grappling with the beginning of her adolescence and the growing distance between herself and her father. Though Calum loves his daughter, he conceals his financial troubles and lingering sadness behind a mask of contentment.

Praised by The New York Times as “astonishing and devastating,” Aftersun has received widespread critical acclaim and won a plethora of awards, including the French Touch Prize of the Jury at Cannes Film Festival in 2022.

“[Wells'] storytelling is as precise as it is piercing.” – Mark Kermode, Observer

“For all that Aftersun can be described as gentle, contemplative and even beautiful, it's also the kind of film that feels as if it's teetering on the edge of a cliff.” – Clarisse Loughrey, Independent

“This mesmeric debut will make you want to stay suspended in its sun-baked setting with its two captivating lead characters for far longer than the runtime. A triumph of new British filmmaking.” – Beth Webb, Empire Magazine

Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 88 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: January 20, 2023
A24's When You Finish Saving the World, is a poignant coming-of-age comedy-drama centered on the generational divide between mother and son.

Evelyn (Julianne Moore) runs a shelter for survivors of domestic abuse and is perpetually mystified by her son, Ziggy (Finn Wolfhard), who spends his time performing original folk rock songs for his online fan base. When a mother and son end up in her shelter, Evelyn observes between them a bond that she lacks with Ziggy, and she can't help trying to take the son under her wing. Meanwhile, Ziggy endeavors to attract the attention of socially conscious Lila by reformulating his music to be more political.

The directorial debut of Jesse Eisenberg, When You Finish Saving the World premiered opening night at the Sundance Film Festival in 2022.

“Laughs are interspersed with embarrassing and spiteful moments generated by superb performances by Moore and Wolfhard.” – Joe Friar, Fort Worth Report

“You can feel the nervous, motor-mouthed energy Jesse Eisenberg brings out of his best performances […]” – Esther Zuckerman, Thrillist

“Bittersweet in every sense, Eisenberg's feature directorial debut strides upon the well-worn path of familial conflict tropes only to conclude on a resonant frequency that'll leave you vibrating in its wake.” – Douglas Davidson, Elements of Madness

Genre: Horror
Runtime: 117 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: January 27, 2023
Brandon Cronenberg does it again with his much-anticipated third feature, the science fiction thriller Infinity Pool.

James (Alexander Skarsgard) and Em Foster (Cleopatra Coleman) are on vacation on the island of Li Tolqa, and they meet the mysterious Gabi (Mia Goth). A fatal car accident occurs, and James is found guilty of murder. He faces the death penalty in this foreign land but learns of a process available to the wealthy where a clone can made of the accused and executed in their stead. James and Em are sucked into an acutely violent and hedonistic torment of capital punishment and transformation.

Harnessing the talents of stars Skarsgard and Coleman, Brandon Cronenberg's Infinity Pool is poised to thrill and frighten.

Genre: Action
Runtime: 266 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: January 27, 2023
Experience an action-packed extravaganza with Gareth Evans' The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2, the last entry in our 21st Century Cult series!

In The Raid: Redemption, a 20-man S.W.A.T. team, led by Sergeant Jaka (Joe Taslim), raids an apartment block in pursuit of a ruthless mobster and encounters a veritable army of killers. Having bid his father and pregnant wife goodbye, rookie officer Rama (Iko Uwais) plunges into the fray in search of his estranged brother as his team members are picked off one by one. The Raid 2 finds Rama undercover, tasked with a mission to help topple crime syndicates and a crooked police chief by ingratiating himself with vicious mobster heir Uco (Arifin Putra).

Praised for his films' fight choreography, Welsh-born director Evans is credited for bringing the Indonesian martial art of pencak silat to a wider audience.

The Raid: Redemption will be dubbed in English, while The Raid 2 will be presented with English subtitles.

“The Raid: Redemption has been hyped as one of the most thrilling and enjoyable action movies to come along in the last decade or so, and this is one of the rare occasions where the hype is actually well deserved.” – Kofi Outlaw, Screen Rant

“[The action sequences are] beautifully choreographed, and almost in sync with the beating, bassline-heavy score that permeates the entire film […]” – Jamie Neish, Hey U Guys

“Get ready for your new favourite fight scenes.” – Tom Bond, One Room with a View

Genre: Anime
Runtime: 134 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Start Date: January 28, 2023
Make 2023 a Ghibli Year with Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki's stunning anime masterpiece!

Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way she discovers San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it — and finds herself playing an integral role in bringing balance to this epic conflict.

An action-packed epic, Princess Mononoke also doubles as a thoughtful meditation on humanity's relationship with nature.

“The film's strength lies in its refusal to paint either its arguments or its characters in black and white: There are no pure heroes, no clear-cut villains and no pat answers.” – Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly

“Beautifully constructed and painstakingly written, this is about as close to a perfect animated epic as you're likely to get.” – Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times

“This imaginative and intriguing Anime deserves all the plaudits heaped upon it.” – Mark Dinning, Empire Magazine

Genre: Drama
Runtime: 130 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: January 30, 2023
Our three-film retrospective on writer/director Todd Field concludes with his 2001 feature debut In the Bedroom, starring Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson.

Ruth and Matt Fowler (Spacek and Wilkinson, respectively) share a peaceful home life in the seaside town of Camden, Maine as their son, Frank, freshly graduated from college, returns home for the summer. In the midst of a fling with an older woman named Natalie, Frank attracts the attention of Natalie's ex-husband, who begins to interfere through dangerous means. When the unthinkable occurs, Ruth and Matt take to it in very different ways — one surrenders to isolation, while the other plans retribution.

The first film to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, In the Bedroom complements its stellar ensemble of actors with a compellingly restrained and literary approach from its debuting director.

“A courageous film - one that's willing to leave questions unanswered, relationships unresolved and injuries unhealed.” - Brian Webster, Apollo Guide

“Few things are more sorrowful than a couple in a house of mourning with nothing but a wall of silence between them.” - Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

“Beneath every smooth exterior runs an undercurrent of turmoil, unrest, and danger.” - John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis

Genre: Action
Runtime: 114 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Start Date: February 2, 2023
Brace yourself for Edge of Tomorrow, a new science fiction action film from Doug Liman.

In a near-future where aliens have invaded the Earth, Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop - forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again… and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Earning positive reviews for its plot and action, Edge of Tomorrow is an epic thriller that's liable to blow viewers away.

Doug Liman's sci-fi action thriller remains one of the most enjoyable American blockbusters of the previous decade. - Jake Cole, Slant Magazine

There's some good science fiction, strategic funny moments, exhilarating action, and a smart and sharp story that never grows dull. - Keith Garlington, Keith & the Movies

“There's a certain unexpected humor coming out of "Edge of Tomorrow" that boosts its doom-and-gloom alien invasion setup.” - Don Shanahan, Every Movie Has a Lesson

Genre: Special Event
Runtime: 180 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: February 3, 2023
Join us Friday, February 3rd for a Birthday Celebration, a Documentary Big-Screen Premiere, a Classic Comedy, and a Fundraiser -- all rolled into one! We're celebrating Gustavo Arellano's birthday with a double-feature of director Brendan Bubion's documentary short Con Su Pluma en Su Mano: The Ballad of Gustavo Arellano, followed by a screening of Gustavo's favorite comedy, Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles -- presented on 16MM!

Event Schedule

7PM: Doors

7:30PM: Introduction - and special announcement... - by Gustavo Arellano

7:40PM: Con Su Pluma en Su Mano: The Ballad of Gustavo Arellano

7:50PM: Conversation and Q&A with Brendan Bubion and Gustavo Arellano

8:20PM: Break

8:30: Blazing Saddles, with an introduction by Gustavo Arellano as to why he selected it for this event!

About Con Su Pluma en Su Mano: The Ballad of Gustavo Arellano One of the most prolific Latino journalists in America, Gustavo Arellano, faces the challenges of a changing landscape in journalism while trying to stay true to his principles and unique voice. A documentary short by Brendan Bubion.

About Blazing Saddles

In this satirical take on Westerns, crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new railroad. Initially, the people of Rock Ridge harbor a racial bias toward their new leader; however, they warm to him after realizing that Bart and his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend (Gene Wilder) are the only defense against a wave of thugs sent to rid the town of its population. An irreverent, daring, and hilarious comedy by the legendary Mel Brooks.