2010 Cinema Rex


   PG—1986—101 min.
dir. Jim Henson w/David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly
Jim Henson’s iconic coming of age fantasy classic. It’s not that Rex didn’t want to show the most requested film in the history of CONvergence… He was just waiting for an opportunity worthy of David Bowie in spandex.

House on Haunted Hill:

   NR—1959—75 min.
dir. William Castle w/Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long
The classic original! An eccentric millionaire, played by the master of the macabre Vincent Price, invites five guests to a peculiar party. Following the promise of fistfuls of cash for staying the night, they arrive to find themselves locked in – provided with complementary guns, booze and terror.

Death Proof:

   R—2007—114 min.
dir. Quentin Tarantino w/Kurt Russell and some other people
Quentin Tarantino’s slasher-esque tale of a mad man in a muscle car. Buckle up.

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.


   R—1977—88 min.
dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi
This 1970s Japanese cult classic is an over-the-top, camp haunted house story with gorgeous cinematography and some genuinely creepy horror elements, too. This will be released on Criterion Collection DVD this fall but Rex managed to get an advance copy!

Highlander II: The Riffening (with Joseph Scrimshaw and Tim Uren):

   R—1991—91 min.
dir. Russell Mulcahy w/Michael Ironside, Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery
There can be only one!  And yet they made a sequel.  After the success of last year’s Masters of the Universe riff, Tim Uren and Joseph Scrimshaw return to poke fun at a film Ebert described as “one of the immortal low points in the sci-fi genre”!


   R—1995—127 min.
dir. David Fincher w/Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman
Kevin Spacey chillingly portrays serial killer John Doe as he takes it upon himself to eradicate a randomly chosen representation of each of the seven deadly sins. Murder-by-Numbers!

One Hundred and One Dalmations:

   G—1961—79 min.
dir. Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman w/Betty Lou Gerson
What could be more villainous than killing cute, innocent, animated talking puppies for the sake of fashion? Having bad glam-hair and a smokers cough while you do it.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

   PG—2009—153 min.
dir. David Yates w/Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter
The sixth and latest installment of the film adaptions of J. K. Rowling’s celebrated novels. This film focuses on the return of the Dark Lord and rise of his minions. Antagonism isn’t limited to the Death Eaters, however, as tension grows between the maturing friends.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (director’s cut):

   PG—1982—116 min.
dir. Nicholas Meyer w/Ricardo Montalban, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

Best of 2010 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival:

Filmmakers from around Minnesota and the upper Midwest submitted short films of various moods, from funny to downright creepy. Come see some of Rex’s favorites.

Dirt Dauber:

   NR—2009—33 min.
dir. Steve Daniels
In this disturbing Lovecraftian fairytale, a man awakes naked and confused in an isolated mountainous region and soon encounters a strange local who offers to help him. The two seek the truth about local folklore and rumors of a murderous cult. Winner of Best Short Film at the 2009 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.

The Shining:

   R—1980—146 min.
dir. Stanley Kubrick w/Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
Heeeeeeeere’s Johnny!


   PG—1964—110 min.
dir. Guy Hamilton w/Gert Fröbe, Sean Connery, Honor Blackman
Goldfinger; he’s the man, the man with the Midas touch.  A spider’s touch. Such a cold finger.  Beckons you to enter his web of sin . . . but don’t go in.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street:

   R—2007—116 min.
dir. Tim Burton w/Alan Rickman, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
Johnny Depp seeks revenge for the destruction of his family in this film adaption of Sir Malcom Arnold’s 1959 ballad gone Broadway. What is an antagonist? Are vile acts less heinous if they are “justified?” Sweeney Todd explores that fine line– in song!

Sherlock Holmes:

   PG-13—2009—128 min.
dir. Guy Ritchie w/Mark Strong, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
The latest  mystery following the bromance… er, partnership between the iconic Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they play cat and mouse with a ritualistic murderer.

The Wizard of Oz:

   G—1939—101 min.
dir. Victor Fleming w/Margaret Hamilton, Judy Garland
Rex is off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz! (And you can come too.)

Superman II (Richard Donner cut):

   PG—1980—116 min.
dir. Richard Donner w/Terence Stamp, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder
Kneel before Zod… and Richard Donner, as you marvel at how radically different his 2006 cut is from the version that was released into theaters 30 years ago after he was replaced as director on the film.

Emily Hagins Shorts

2007 guest of honor and teen filmmaker Emily Hagins returns to show some new film shorts and update us on her latest projects.

The Seventh Seal:

   NR—1957—96 min.
dir. Ingmar Bergman w/Bengt Ekerot, Max von Sydow
Death and Chess. This film put world-renowned director Ingmar Bergman on the mainstream map. A masterpiece of cinematography in beautifully haunting black and white.

The Silence of the Lambs:

   R—1991—118 min.
dir. Jonathan Demme w/Anthony Hopkins, Ted Levine, Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn
The American Film Institution ranks Hannibal Lecter as the number one film villain of all time. Bring some fava beans and a nice chianti.


   R—2003—120 min.
dir. Chan-wook Park w/a bunch of people you’ve probably never heard of
A man locked in a room for fifteen years quests for the motive of his captor. This twisted psychological thriller is hailed as one of the top ten Asian films ever made.

The Dark Knight:

   PG-13—2008—152 min.
dir. Christopher Nolan w/Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Christian Bale, Michael Caine
The late Heath Ledger single handedly redefined “villain” with his dismaying and powerful portrayal of Batman’s arch nemesis. Sorry, Jack.

Mission To Mars (with Bridget Landry and Jim Kakalios):

   PG—2000—114 min.
dir. Brian De Palma w/story and screenplay by Lowell Cannon, Jim Thomas, John Thomas, Graham Yost
Spreading misinformation to the uninformed public is an act of antagonism! Thankfully, Bridget Landry of JPL along with Dr. Jim Kakalios have come to defeat this villainy. Bear witness as these gross inaccuracies are revealed and join in the fight to defend real science!


A locally produced Lovecraft-inspired comedy!  Chuck and Dexter, best friends and crappy cultists, are on a mission. Armed with the power of the internet, small daggers and poor social skills they vow to spread the bad word that CTHULHU IS REAL!

Connie reclining