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The Room
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.

Trivia Night!
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!

Vortex
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 135 minutes
Rating: NR
Start Date: May 20, 2022
Legendary provocateur Gaspar Noé takes on a more somber key with Vortex, starring Françoise Lebrun and Dario Argento in a rare onscreen appearance.

The Father (Argento) lives peacefully with his wife (LeBrun) in their Paris apartment. One day, the Father becomes worn down by a heart condition, rendering his health in a dire state. As his wife begins to succumb to her own suffering under dementia, the couple begin to sense finality in their togetherness, reaffirming their love as often - and as strongly - as they can.

Shot entirely in split-screen, Vortex is an emotionally searing and achingly personal detour for Noé, with performances from its lead couple containing immeasurable power.

"Noé's extraordinary film unfolds as a tale of murmured terrors and nameless dread, creeping softly around a cramped Paris apartment like a cinematic Grim Reaper.”?- Xan Brooks, The Guardian

"Doubtless, due to Noé's own real-world experiences, “Vortex” is a success [...]: a dignified, sometimes desperate tribute to, as the dedication reads, “all those whose minds will decompose before their hearts.”?- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

"With its uncommonly human touch and restless, unflinching visual aesthetic, Vortex</I< might well be Noe's finest and most thoughtful work.”?- Jason Solomons, The Wrap

The Neon Demon
Genre: Thriller
Runtime: 118 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: May 25, 2022

The next installment of our Neon Nightmares series is The Neon Demon, a psychological horror film from Nicolas Winding Refn.

The film follows Jesse, a 16-year-old girl who moves from Georgia to LA in hope of becoming a model. Faced with pressure from industry insiders, she misrepresents aspects of herself like her age and sexual activity in order to fit in. It seems to be a winning strategy at first, but Jesse starts to crack as the world she so desperately wanted to be a part of shows itself for what it really is.

Featuring a magnetic performance by Elle Fanning, The Neon Demon is another entrancing offering from the director of Drive.

"Archly silly, quotable, visually hypnotic and perfectly suited for repeat viewings." - Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

"Refn is hardly the first moviemaker to find a link between supermodels and scary monsters, but he may be the most style-minded one to make the connection." - Peter Howell, Toronto Star

"The Neon Demon offers, without a doubt, incomparable style and substance." - Hanna B, Film Threat

Good Time
Genre: Crime
Runtime: 102 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: May 25, 2022
Have a good night with Good Time, a Safdie Brothers crime thriller screening as part of our Neon Nightmares series!

The film stars Robert Pattinson as "Connie" Nikas, a New York City bank robber. Determined to free his brother from prison, Connie sets out on a nightlong odyssey through the city's criminal underworld. Dark and dangerous, it's a risky environment for Connie to maneuver as he races to save his brother.

Premiering at the Cannes FIlm Festival, Good Time is another taut, suspenseful offering from the directors of Uncut Gems and has the distinction of being nominated for Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or.

"An intoxicating downer odyssey." - Adam Woodward, Little White Lies

"The urgent docu-style filming is impressive, but it's Pattinson's fearless turn that lingers." - Kevin Maher, The Times

"Pattinson's performance is one of the year's finest and a revelation for anyone who has wanted to pigeonhole him as an actor." - Adam Graham, Detroit News

Vertigo
Genre: Thriller
Runtime: 128 minutes
Rating: PG
Start Date: May 27, 2022
Our Neon Nightmares series wraps up with Alfred Hitchcock's surprisingly twisted 1958 thriller Vertigo.

Detective John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) faces retirement after his fear of heights causes the death of a fellow officer. When an old college friend pays him to play private eye and follow his wife Madeleine (Kim Novak), who he feels might be possessed by a spirit, he proceeds to follow the mysterious woman through the beautiful streets, buildings, and parks of San Francisco – Bernard Herrmann's hypnotic score accompanying them and adding to the increasingly ominous atmosphere. When tragedy strikes, a Pandora's Box of lies, deceit, and one shocking revelation after another is unleashed.

Considered by some critics to be the greatest film ever made about the powerful and destructive force of obsession, Vertigo is Hitchcock's quintessentially dark twist on Technicolor romance.

"Combines in an almost unique balance Hitchcock's brash flair for psychological shocks with his elegant genius for dapper stylishness." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' is an artistic triumph for the master of mystery." - Wanda Hale, New York Daily News

"A motion picture of incomparable dramatic involvement and hypnotic filmmaking." - Brian Eggert, Deep Focus Review

Grease 2: Presented by OC Pride
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 115 minutes
Rating: PG
Start Date: May 27, 2022
Join OC Pride for the 40th anniversary of Grease 2, the 1982 sequel to Grease!

It's 1961, two years after the original Grease gang graduated, and there's a new crop of seniors and new members of the coolest cliques on campus, the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Michael Carrington is the new kid in school - but he's been branded a brainiac. Can he fix up an old motorcycle, don a leather jacket, avoid a rumble with the leader of the T-Birds, and win the heart of Pink Lady Stephanie?

Starring Michelle Pfeiffer in her breakout role, Grease 2 is a rocking and bopping follow-up to one of cinema's most beloved musicals.

"It is, in fact, something of a camp classic, enjoyable on its own terms and boasting a marvelously insouciant performance from Pfeiffer as the leader of the Pink Ladies." - Jamie Graham, Digital Spy

"Grease 2 is a film with a female protagonist who is unabashedly herself to the judgment of her peers." - Courtney Enlow, Pajiba

"Grease 2 will win you over with its unique approach to movie sequelry." - Jason Shawhan, Nashville Scene

Men

Men

Genre: Horror
Runtime: 100 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: May 27, 2022
Ex Machina and Annihilation visionary Alex Garland pivots from elegant sci-fi to horror drama with his third film as writer-director, Men.

Young Harper retreats for a solo vacation to the idyllic English countryside, looking to heal in the aftermath of a personal tragedy. Her interactions with the men in the nearby town are loaded with eerie projections from her memory. A haunting, shadowy presence also lurks in the surrounding woods, seemingly stalking her. Harper's steps into the dark green forest turn simmering dread into a feverish nightmare informed by her darkest fears.

Starring Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear, Men is a cryptic, tense, and pared-down affair from a burgeoning auteur known for his thought-provoking meditations.

Peggy Sue Got Married
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 103 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Start Date: May 28, 2022
One of the contenders for Round 5 of Cage Match is Francis Ford Coppola's fantastical dramedy, Peggy Sue Got Married!

It's 1985, and Peggy Sue Bodell (Kathleen Turner) ends up having to bring her daughter to her 25-year high school reunion instead of her unfaithful husband, Charlie (Nicolas Cage). But Peggy Sue quickly becomes overwhelmed and faints: when she awakes, it's 1960, and she's in her senior year of high school. Having retained all her memories of her future, Peggy Sue initially resolves to do things differently this time around. But would she really trade her future for something else?

Peggy Sue Got Married was a popular and critical success, earning Coppola his first box-office success since The Outsiders.

“[…] seamlessly combines comedy with get-out-your-handkerchiefs heart.” – Paul Attanasio, The Washington Post

“In arguably the most humanistic work of his career, Coppola forgoes the epic in favor of the personal.” – Tim Stevens, The Spool

“Frank Capra made comedies like this, in which the humor welled up out of a deep, even sentimental, drama of human emotions.” – Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com

The Evil Dead Trilogy
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 250 minutes
Rating: NC-17
Start Date: May 28, 2022
GROOVY! Our Director of the Month: Sam Raimi series is ending in a big way with a triple feature of his cherished cult horror classics: The Evil Dead, The Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness!

The Evil Dead introduces us to Ash Williams, a college student who is vacationing with four of his friends in an isolated cabin in rural Tennessee. From the second they step foot on the premises, inexplicable demonic terrors begin to send waves through the group until they find the Naturom Demonto, a Sumerian version of The Book of the Dead with a tape recorder full of demonic incantations. Once played, all hell breaks loose until Ash is the only one left standing.

The Evil Dead 2 places Ash back in a cabin for a romantic vacation with his girlfriend, Linda. Ash plays a tape from the archeologist who previously inhabited the cabin—reciting passages from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis and unleashing the Kandarian Demon! Ash must once again battle the evils of hell in order to escape the clutches of doom and does so by falling into a vortex that lands him in The Middle Ages!

Army of Darkness (which should have been titled The Medieval Dead) kicks off with Ash being captured by Lord Arthur's men, who suspect him of being a spy. After proving himself a hero, Ash finds out that the only way to return to his own time period is through the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, which is buried deep inside a haunted forest. By messing up the incantation, Ash has unknowingly united the deadites into an Army of Darkness, which must be defeated before he returns to the present day!

Grab your trusty chainsaw and get ready for a fun night of Raimi terror!

“It remains stunning, almost forty years later, how much of that sort of spectacle Raimi and company managed to achieve amid such a fledgling production.” – Andrew Bloom, The Spool

“What do you get when you cross George Romero with The Three Stooges by way of the director of A Simple Plan and The Gift? Something offbeat, to be sure. Something grotesque, without a doubt. Something... groovy.”- James Berardinelli, ReelViews

“The special effects in 'Army of Darkness' are ingenious and a lot of fun. The makeup is state of the art. So are the severed limbs, geysers of blood, etc.”- Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com