Movie Screenings: Dec. 20-27

“Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.” Screencap courtesy YouTube.

“Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi”

Now playing in 2D and 3D

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“Christmas Evil.” Courtesy The Parkway.

“Christmas Evil”

Dec. 22 and 24

I just saw “Love Actually” for the first time last holiday season (I know, I know) and so this marks the first year I’ve believed in both Christmas and love itself. But I still make room in my heart for evil this time of year, and there’s no better way to foster yuletide depravity than by cozying up to the fire—or, this weekend, to the Parkway’s big screen—for a viewing of the 1980 holiday slasher “Christmas Evil.” Well known as John Waters’ favorite Christmas movie, and of course it is, “Christmas Evil” tells the story of Harry, a middle-aged toy factory worker who suffers from A. the dickheads and Scrooges who surround him, and B. the childhood trauma of walking in on his father, dressed as Santa Claus, groping his mother by the tree. What could arguably be some kind of Oedipal complex drives Harry to desire to become Santa, and this pained need is felt to the point that a scene in which he weeps with joy at the sight of his reflection, white beard glued to his face, is almost heartwarming. But soon, any infringement on his identity and the sanctity of the season turns bloody. Here you’ll find plenty of injurious uses for Christmas paraphernalia (other tutorials can be found in “Home Alone”), such as blinding by toy soldier and slashing by tree topper. Dec. 22, 9:30 p.m. and Dec. 24, 7:30 p.m., The Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave., (410) 752-8083, mdfilmfest.com. (Maura Callahan)

 

“Big Sonia” opens Dec. 22 at The Parkway. Screencap courtesy YouTube.

The Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com.

“The Disaster Artist” (James Franco, U.S., 2017), now playing.

“Lady Bird” (Greta Gerwig, U.S., 2017), now playing.

“The Shape Of Water” (Guillermo del Toro, U.S., 2017), now playing.

“Wonder Wheel” (Woody Allen, who by the way has been accused of sexual assault; even a judge said his behavior toward Dylan Farrow was “grossly inappropriate,” U.S., 2017), now playing.

“Akira” (Katsuhiro Otomo, U.S., 1989), Dec. 20.

“Beat The Devil” (John Huston, U.S.,1953) Dec. 21.

“Call Me By Your Name” (Luca Guadagnino, U.S./Italy, 2017) opens Dec. 22.

“Darkest Hour” (Joe Wright, U.K., 2017), opens Dec. 22.

“The Shop Around The Corner” (Ernst Lubitsch, U.S., 1940) Dec. 23, Dec. 28.

 

The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org.

Interactive Movie Night: “Die Hard” (John McTiernan, U.S., 1988) Dec. 22.

“Something Funny About Rape” short with panel discussion (Hannah Brancato, U.S., 2010) Dec. 20.

 

The Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave., (410) 752-8083, mdfilmfest.com.

“My Friend Dahmer” (Marc Meyers, U.S., 2017), through Dec. 21.

“Shadowman” (Oren Jacoby, U.S., 2017), through Dec. 21.

“Thelma” (Joachim Von Trier, Norway, 2017), through Dec. 21.

“Tom of Finland” (Dome Karukoski, Finland/Denmark/Sweden/Germany, 2017), through Dec. 21

“Big Sonia” (Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday, U.S., 2017) opens Dec. 22.

“The Paris Opera” (Jean-Stéphane Bron, France/Switzerland, 2016), opens Dec. 22.’

“Christmas Evil” (Lewis Jackson, U.S., 1980), Dec. 22, Dec.24.

 

The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, (410) 323-4424, senatortheatre.com.

“The Greatest Showman” (Michael Gracey, U.S., 2017), now playing.

“Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” (Jake Kasdan, U.S., 2017), now playing.

“Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” (Rian Johnson, U.S., 2017), now playing.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Martin McDonagh, U.S., 2017), now playing.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” + Food Drive (Frank Capra, U.S., 1946), Dec. 23.

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