2011 Cinema Rex

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: G – 1971 – 100 min.
dir. Mel Stuart w/Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three. We’ll begin with a spin traveling in the world of my creation what we’ll see will defy explanation. If you want to view paradise, simply come to Cinema Rex and view it!

Metropolis: NR – 1927 – 145 min.
dir. Fritz Lang w/Alfred Abel, Gustav Frohlich

A defining moment in science fiction film. A defining moment for this year’s convention theme. See the wondrous film as few before have seen it. A recently discovered print from Argentina, combined with another from New Zealand, has restored all but 8 minutes of the original vision of Fritz Lang’s masterpiece.

Escape From L.A.: R – 1996 – 101 min.
dir. John Carpenter w/Kurt Russell and some other people

The past foretells that Kurt Russell will be servin’ up some pizza in your future!

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.

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello: NR – 2005 – 26 min.
dir. Anthony Lucas

An airship navigator is haunted by his past in this dark, beautifully shot steampunk-style animated short that was nominated for an Academy Award.

9: PG-13 – 2009 – 79 min.
dir. Shane Acker w/Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly

This is an epic movie set in a small scale. It’s visually spectacular, and director Shane Acker’s attention to detail succeeds in drawing viewers into the film’s universe.  It’s not just “Steam Punk” it’s “Stitch Punk” With a cast that includes Christopher Plummer and Jennifer Connelly, it’s a must see.

The Illusionist: PG-13 – 2006 – 110 min.
dir. Neil Burger w/Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell

Class struggle in the Victorian era through the microcosm of one magician in whose love is a member of the wealthy elite. This film and The Prestige came out less than two months and both were excellent; come see the lesser-known of the two.

Death Race 2000: R – 1975 – 84 min.
dir. Paul Bartel w/David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone

10 points for Grandma! This movie gives meaning to “blood sport.” Who will be mowed down in the quest for cross-country glory? 

Howl’s Moving Castle: PG – 2004 – 119 min.
dir. Hayao Miyazaki

A vain and esoteric wizard takes a liking to a cursed hat shop girl in this Miyazaki film. Children, adults and vengeful witches with an eye for dazzling animation can’t miss this one!

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: PG – 2004 – 106 min.
dir. Kerry Conran w/Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie

Airships, robots, and super science mumbo jumbo are at the core of this stylized and fast paced homage to the old time serials.

Best of 2010 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival:

Filmmakers from around Minnesota and the upper Midwest submitted short films of various geeky genres and styles. Come see some of Rex’s favorites.

Curse of Yig: NR – 2011 – 33 min.
dir. Paul Van Stoetzel w/ Tim Uren, Amy Schweickhardt, Conor Timmis, Dawn Krosnowski

H.P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop’s classic tale of terror is brought to the screen by Tim Uren and Paul Von Stoetzel! In 1929, a young academic visits the Guthrie Asylum in Oklahoma to learn more about the native tribal belief in the snake god, Yig. There she is confronted by a bizarre creature, the sole living survivor of the nightmarish Halloween of 1889. As she learns the tragic tale of Walker and Audrey Davis—early residents of the Oklahoma Territory—she too begins to fall under the spell of an unrelenting fear that time cannot diminish.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: NR – 1954 – 127 min.
dir. Richard Fleischer w/Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre

It’s a whale of a tale my friends, my friends! Disney’s classic, number one live action adventure. Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or missed this one, dive in!

The Dead Matter: NR – 2010 – 90 min.
dir. Edward Douglas w/Jason Carter, Brian Van Camp, Tom Savini

The premiere film by gothic horror band Midnight Syndicate. A vampire relic finds it’s way to a woman mourning the loss of her brother– a woman who will do anything to get him back. Stick around to hear from the creator! 

The Fountain: R – 2006 – 96 min.
dir. Darren Aronofsky w/Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

The mind behind Pi and Requiem for a dream does sci-fi. A heartbreaking exploration into love and death, mesmerizing visuals and an unforgettable score by Clint Mansell, Mogwai and the Kronos Quartet. Bring tissues and the explanation that, really, you got something in your eye.

The City of Lost Children: R – 1995 – 112 min.
dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro w/Ron Perlman and some French people

Mad scientists, circus freaks and french girls galore! A cult scours the underbelly of the city to kidnap children and steal their dreams.  Stunning, bizarre visuals and a extraordinary collection of dark, odd characters shine in this twisted French film.

Vidocq: R – 2001 – 98 min.
dir. Pitof w/Gerard Depardieu and some other French people

This French supernatural thriller has all the trappings of the most recent Sherlock Holmes film. Beautifully photographed by the same cinematographer as City of Lost Children, it was the first full length action film shot entirely with a digital camera. With highly experimental interlacing technology, the director moves from film like quality for dramatic effect to televisionesque video looks with motion blur for action sequences.

Inception: PG-13 – 2010 – 148 min.
dir. Christopher Nolan w/Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Christopher Nolan directed one of the smartest geek films of the last several years. You probably saw it but you know you want to see it again, and what better place than Rex?

City of Ember: PG – 2008 – 90 min.
dir. Gil Kenan w/Tim Robbins, Bill Murray

A society created underground for the safe-keeping of humanity loses track of why they were put there. As technology breaks down, they must find a way out of the only world they know. This recent film was missed by many in the geek crowd but stylistically fits this year’s theme quite well.

Back To The Future II: PG – 1989 – 108 min.
dir. Robert Zemeckis w/Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Save the clock tower, Doc!

Westworld: PG – 1973 – 88 min.
dir. Michael Chrichton w/Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin

Come see what vacation theme parks of the future have to offer. Move over Arnold . . . Yul Bryner was an unstoppable killing machine while you were still pumping iron and yodeling in the Alps!

My Sucky Teen Romance: NR – 2011 – 77 min.
dir. Emily Hagins w/Devin Bonnee, Tina Rodriguez, Lauren Lee, Elaine Hurt

Emily Hagins is back in Rex to introduce her new comedy which takes place at a sci-fi convention based on our very own Convergence: In a culture that is currently overrun with romanticized vampires, it is up to four geeky teenagers to defend their friend and beloved sci-fi convention from a group of very real, and very blood-thirsty vampires.

The Prestige: PG-13 – 2006 – 130 min.
dir. Christopher Nolan w/Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson

A stylish period piece with Jackman and Bale battling for the best trick. The film is an exciting portrait of obsession and the dark competitive spirit of professional magicians, and fits quite nicely into the feel of this year’s theme.

True Nature: NR – 2010 – 92 min.
dir. Patrick Steele w/Carolyn McCormick, Marianne Porter, Reg Land

This independent film from Ohio is the best looking indie-film Rex has seen. Dazzling visuals with truly creepy moments build real tension in this slow-burn character study. Supernatural? Conspiracy? This film will leave you thinking. Come see for yourself.

Crack In The World (with Dr. Jim Kakalios): NR – 1965 – 96 min.
dir. Andrew Marton w/Dana Andrews, Janette Scott

Dr. Jim Kakalios will be back in Rex with another film where the science is so bad it’s good. Ok, not good; but fun to watch with a real physicist telling you just how much they got wrong. Jeremy Stomberg & Paul and Storm join in the commentary fun.

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