2009 Cinema Rex

The Addams Family:

   PG-13—1991—99 min.
dir. Barry Sonnenfeld w/Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci
Barry Sonnenfeld faithfully reworks the Addams Family genre from the comics and TV series, making a fun film that is outrageous, silly, dark and just all-around fun.

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

   PG—1985—90 min.
dir. Tim Burton w/Paul Reubens
Kids and late-night drunks alike . . . everybody loves Pee-Wee!

Big Trouble in Little China

   PG-13—1986—99 min.
dir. John Carpenter w/Kurt Russell and some other people
Kurt Russell is back and again, he’s servin’ up Chinese. Well… er… um… at least he’s servin’ up some trouble.

Trailer Park

See what the future holds as Rex dishes out trailers for hot upcoming releases, as well as some independent shorts and other fun stuff.


   PG—1988—92 min.
dir. Tim Burton w/Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis
A married couple end up in freak car crash only to find out that they are dead, trapped in their house, and a yuppy couple with a tragically goth teenager have moved in. Antics ensue as they employ an improvising Michael Keaton as a freaky bio-exorcist to get rid of them.

Masters of the Universe (with Joseph Scrimshaw and Tim Uren)

   PG—1987—106 min.
dir. Gary Goddard w/Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella
1987’s Masters of the Universe is a really stupid movie. Tim Uren and Joseph Scrimshaw could talk about how stupid it is for 106 minutes straight. In fact, they could talk about it while the film is playing. By the power of Grayskull, that’s exactly what they’re going to do.


   R—2006—95 min. (this showing closed captioned)
dir. James Gunn w/Nathan Fillion and some other people who weren’t in “Firefly.”
Malcolm Reynolds/Captain Hammer fights freakish slimy slugs in this fun and cheesy horror-comedy. Not enough people have seen this creepy, funny film so if you’re in that category, attendance is mandatory.

The Princess Bride

   PG—1987—98 min.
dir. Rob Reiner w/Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Robin Wright, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn
A fairy tale story with a sly, sardonic wit, this also may be one of the most geek-quoted films of all time along with “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the key difference being that when someone quotes “The Princess Bride” you don’t want to punch them in the face.


   PG—1985—94 min.
dir. Jonathan Lynn w/Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren
Board games are funny too! Based on the omnipresent board game, this film is a who’s who of 80s comedic talent. Which ending will Rex show? Come and find out!

Groundhog Day

   PG—1993—101 min.
dir. Harold Ramis w/Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot
Not typically thought of as fantasy of sci-fi, but there are clearly strange forces at work as Bill Murray wakes up to the same damn day over and over. Living in his own personal repeating hell, he struggles to break the cycle with hilarious results.

Ed Wood

   R—1994—127 min.
dir. Tim Burton w/Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker
Shot in beautiful black & white, this great biography film details the trials and tribulations of infamous director Ed Wood as he creates some of the worst sci-fi/horror films ever.

Plan 9 From Outer Space

   NR—1959—79 min.
dir. Edward D. Wood Jr. w/Bela Lugosi, Vampira, Criswell, Tor Johnson
Shown as a companion piece to the Ed Wood biopic, this is Cult Comedy Camp Horror at its finest.

Young Frankenstein

   PG—1974—106 min.
dir. Mel Brooks w/Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr
The first film in our Classic Horror Monster Triple Feature, Mel Brooks’ homage to the classic Frankenstein genre is also his best work. Stellar performances highlighted by Gene Wilder and Ray Barone’s dad Peter Boyle make this hilarious parody delight to watch.

An American Werewolf in London

   R—1981—97 min.
dir. John Landis w/David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne
Part two of our Classic Horror Monster Triple Feature: This film wasn’t the first to combine horror and comedy, but it broke new ground with it’s combination of graphic violence, top-notch special effects that still look good today, clever direction and a sharp, biting script (pun intended).

Fright Night

   R—1985—106 min.
dir. Tom Holland w/Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse
In a brilliant move, Rex has made the final installment of the Classic Horror Monster Triple Feature into part one of the Roddy Double Feature which also happens to showcase a wonderful performance by actor Roddy McDowall.

They Live

   R—1988—93 min.
dir. John Carpenter w/Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster
There aren’t many dystopian comedies out there but Rex managed to find one. Nothing like making fun of a creepy situation! Although Roddy Piper is no match for Roddy McDowall in the theater, he sure could kick his ass in the ring!

Galaxy Quest

   PG—1999—102 min.
dir. Dean Parisot w/Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub
Certainly one of the best sci-fi comedies ever made, this film manages to simultaneously poke fun at and do homage to original Star Trek, it’s cast, it’s fan base and conventions all at the same time. More fun than you can shake an Omega 13 Device at.

Addams Family Values

   PG-13—1993—94 min.
dir. Barry Sonnenfeld w/Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci
Rather than rehashing what was established in the first film, this sequel does a fabulous job of building on that tone and carrying it to new heights. The filmmakers clearly realized Christina Ricci’s impact in the previous movie as they expanded her role as Wednesday Addams here, this being part of what may make this film even funnier than the first.

Emily Hagins Shorts

2007 guest of honor and teen filmmaker Emily Hagins joins us again with a few new film shorts as well as an excerpt of her new film, “The Retelling”.

Mystery Men

   PG-13—1999—121 min.
dir. Kinka Usher w/Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garafalo, Paul Reubens, Greg Kinnear
You know the names: The Blue Raja. The Bowler. Mr. Furious. The Spleen. The Shoveler. Come experience the greatness of these incomparable superheroes again.

Last Action Hero

   PG-13—1993—130 min.
dir. John McTiernan w/Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Austin O’Brien
Arnold does a great job of poking fun at his typical action flicks in this over the top crazy comedy with a fantasy twist. Loads of laughs, film genre humor, bullets, and let’s not forget . . . Death himself.

The Apple

   PG—1980—86 min.
dir. Menahem Golan w/a bunch of people you’ve probably never heard of
What happens when you cross the Rocky Horror Picture Show with the stories of Faust and Adam & Eve, then add in a bit of Tommy plus Logan’s Run? Whatever it is it can’t be good. But it can be hilarious. Trust Rex… you’ve never seen anything like this!


   R—2006—91 min.
dir. Andrew Currie w/K’Sun Ray, Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker
Remember when you were a kid living in a fifties-esque alternate reality where your Mom was Trinity from “The Matrix” and you had a zombie as a domesticated servant/pet? Oh, you don’t? Then come to this film and see what happened to you.


The first episodes of Tim Uren and Joseph Scrimshaw’s new comedy about the world’s worst cult. Chuck and Dexter know the great god Cthulhu is real, but can they spread the bad word? Kind of like “the Office” with a lower budget and more evil! Plus, post viewing discussion with Tim and Joseph and details on where you can buy the DVD!


This was a huge hit in Cinema Rex last year, here’s your chance to see it again! When three 30-something geeks wait for their perpetually late friend, a gaming session is spent dissecting how RPGs have warped their lives. Is reality really better than fantasy? And what do you need a thirty-sided die for? Based on the sell-out hit play from the 2005 Fringe Festival, THAC0 has been revamped for the screen with new material and a cameo appearance by Neil Gaiman.

The Hagstone Demon

   NR—2009—103 min.
dir. Jon Springer w/Mark Borchart, Nadine Gross, Cyndi Kurtz
Finishing off our afternoon of local film productions, this macabre feature may not have any laughs but its excellent directing and cinematography, supported with a good script and solid acting make it one of the best local films Rex has ever seen!

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

   PG—1986—119 min.
dir. Leonard Nimoy w/William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
Rex almost scheduled this film for the time travel theme year, but finally the time has arrived (pardon the pun) [you see this is the comedy theme year and a pun is a form of comedy] for Rex to show the most comedic of all the Star Treks.

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