OPENS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15
Marc-André Leclerc climbs alone, far from the limelight. On remote alpine faces, the free-spirited 23-year-old Canadian makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Yet, he draws scant attention. With no cameras, no rope, and no margin for error, Leclerc’s approach is the essence of solo adventure. Nomadic and publicity shy, he doesn’t own a phone or car, and is reluctant to let a film crew in on his pure vision of climbing. Veteran filmmaker Peter Mortimer (The Dawn Wall) sets out to make a film about Leclerc but struggles to keep up with his elusive subject. Then, Leclerc embarks on a historic adventure in Patagonia that will redefine what is possible in solo climbing. (PG-13, 93 mins)
“It’s an intriguing insight into a particular kind of obsessive drive, and a portrait of a man who, as one of his contemporaries remarked, feels almost too comfortable on the side of a mountain.” – Wendy Ide, Observer
“The images here are dizzying and dazzling.” – Lisa Kennedy, Variety
48 Hour Film Project: Horror 2021
Tuesday, October 19th, at 8:00pm
In early October local filmmakers will take 2 days to make a short, 4-7 minute horror genre film. Everyone’s films screen and the participants compete for Audience Favorite Award and to make The Best Grassroots indie filmmaking: See what local filmmakers do! In early October local filmmakers took 2 days to make a short, 4-7 minute horror genre film. Now everyone’s film screens and the participants compete for Audience Favorite Award for the Horror 48 Hour Film Project Hampton Roads. Audiences choose their favorite films on Tuesday night, October 19, 8:00pm. Tickets are $10. (Naro Ticket Books are valid).
Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers
A unique look into the creative mastery and turbulent personal life of the legendary rock star Tom Petty that captures the period of 1993-1995, when Tom worked with legendary producer Rick Rubin for the first time. The film is an unvarnished look at Petty that features never-before-seen footage drawn from a newly discovered archive of 16mm film as well as new interviews with album co-producer Mike Campbell, original Heartbreaker Benmont Tench and many more.
This uplifting 89-minute documentary was directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Wharton (Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President, Sam Cooke: Legend, Elvis Lives!, The Beatles Revolution) and won the Audience Award at SXSW 2021 and Best Documentary Film at the Boulder Film Festival. The picture digs deeper into 2020’s critically acclaimed certified gold reissue, ‘Wildflowers & All The Rest’ (Warner Records), which revealed the long anticipated second half of Tom’s autobiographical masterpiece.
Produced by Peter Afterman with executive producers Mary Wharton, Dan Braun and Adria Petty and presented by Warner Music Entertainment and Warner Records, the documentary illuminates an artist at the height of his powers, providing an intimate and moving look at an enigmatic icon.
Join us on Tuesday or Wednesday, October 20th & 21st only for the global big screen and surround-sound release. All tickets are $10 and are available for advance purchase by clicking here.
The French Dispatch
COMING NOVEMBER 5th
The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun is a 2021 American comedy-drama anthology film written, directed, and produced by Wes Anderson from a story he conceived with Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness, and Jason Schwartzman. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson. Its plot follows three different storylines, as the French foreign bureau of a fictional Kansas newspaper creates its final issue.
Additional cast members in The French Dispatch include Liev Schreiber, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Jason Schwartzman, and Anjelica Huston.
“Anderson’s extraordinary 10th feature, which premiered at the festival earlier this evening, is the cinematic equivalent of a brakeless freewheel through a teeming bazaar…” – Robbiw Collin, Daily Telegraph (UK)
“This is Anderson in full flower, one that only grows in a rarified altitude.” – Todd McCarthy, Deadline Hollywood Daily
“A work of such unparalleled Andersonian wit, that at times the sheer level of detail – mobile, static, graphic and typographic – that bedecked the screen was enough to make your correspondent’s jaw slacken.” – Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
The Wonderful World of Wes (Anderson)
OCTOBER 22 – 28 – Check calendar for showtimes!
The Naro staff has chosen a few of Wes Anderson’s best live-action films to showcase in our run-up to the release of his newest feature The French Dispatch opening here on Nov 5th.
What is the Wes Anderson style? Is it a mixture of vintage tchotchkes, droll repartee, intricate and rich pastel set design? Well … yes, but there’s more to it than that, a lot of which has generally gone unnoticed. The Wes Anderson aesthetic is much more deliberate. It seems simple, but it’s actually complex. The viewer gets to enjoy a sophisticated, tongue-in-cheek feature that spoon-feeds its audience with inside-information. His stories are undeniably fun, and he is one of the only working directors who can pull off massive tonal shifts and shift genres within the same feature.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Visually stunning, exceptionally well-acted, beautifully written, and masterfully executed, The Grand Budapest Hotel may well be Anderson’s crown achievement. A glorious hotel in the mountains is the location of many exciting events over the years, this is the story from the perspective of the present owner who was once a hardworking lobby boy mentored by the silk-tongued concierge played by Ralph Fiennes. Displayed on a miniature set that was carefully handcrafted, it makes for a gorgeous frame to go along with this treasure of film history. (2014, PG-13, 99 mins) Sun., Oct 24 @ 6:30 | Tue., Oct. 26 @ 5pm | Thu., Oct. 28 @ 8:15
The Royal Tennenbaums
One of the first films where we really start feeling the Anderson signature filmmaking style. This is a story about a big family and a whole smorgasbord of issues that arise from their physically and emotionally absent father. Featuring the biggest combination of on-screen talent of all his films, the performances are all incredibly poignant and carry all their own meanings. Plus, Alec Baldwin randomly narrates throughout the film which just gives it that shiny cherry on top. Thinking about this movie just brings back the emotions and the laughs that it consistently provides, making it an absolute highlight for movies released in the early 2000s. (2001, PG-13, 110 mins) Sat., Oct. 23 @ 4:30 | Tue., Oct. 26 @ 7:15 | Thu., Oct. 28 @ 6pm
With an entirely wholesome main plot that stays consistent with his theme of adventure, Moonrise Kingdom is one of Wes Anderson’s later live-action films where he really starts to get his formula down. On the island of New Penzance in 1965, there is a community that lives an abnormal, campy life, where two kids have fallen in love and decide they will run away together. The young character played wonderfully by Jared Gilman is much more courageous and bold than he was apparently, as the story plays out in a dreamlike fashion. (2012, PG-13, 94 mins) Fri., Oct. 22 @ 7pm | Mon., Oct. 25 @ 7:15 | Wed., Oct. 27 @ 5pm
The Life Aquatic
When marine biologist/documentarian/ship captain Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) loses his mentor to the legendary jaguar shark, he makes it his mission to hunt and kill the creature while, of course, documenting it all. The reason the movie is bleak is the main character, Steve Zissou (played wonderfully by Bill Murray), who provokes a strange sort of curiosity if the viewer chooses to look a little deeper and see his many life failures. This feature ranks quite high on the quirky scale even for our famously quirky creator, Wes Anderson. With Owen Wilson and Angelica Houston. (2004, PG-13, 119 mins) Sat., Oct. 23 @ 7pm | Mon., Oct 25 @ 4:45 | Wed., Oct 26 @ 7:15
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Animated classic from director Tim Burton. The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry. (1993, 75 min.) Sat., Oct. 30 & Sun., Oct.31 time to be announced.
The Bride of Frankenstein
As with the original 1931 film Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein was directed by James Whale and stars Boris Karloff as the Monster. The sequel features Elsa Lanchester in the dual role of Mary Shelley and the titular character at the end of the film. Colin Clive reprises his role as Henry Frankenstein, and Ernest Thesiger plays the role of Doctor Septimus Pretorius. Since its release the film’s reputation has grown, and it is now frequently considered one of the greatest sequels ever made; many fans and critics consider it to be an improvement on the original, and it has been hailed as Whale’s masterpiece. (1935, 75 min.) Sun., Oct. 24, time to be announced.
Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet store and decides to follow him home. She brings with her the gift of two love birds and they strike up a romance. One day birds start attacking children at Mitch’s sisters party. A huge assault starts on the town by attacking birds. Produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1963, 119 min.) Sat., Oct. 23 TBA.
Creature From The Black Lagoon *Monster Matinee*
Remnants of a mysterious animal have come to light in a remote jungle, and a group of scientists intends to determine if the find is an anomaly or evidence of an undiscovered beast. To accomplish their goal, the scientists (Antonio Moreno, Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Whit Bissell) must brave the most perilous pieces of land South America has to offer. But the terrain is nothing compared to the danger posed by an otherworldly being that endangers their work and their lives. (1954, 69 min.) Sun., Oct 17 TBA
Psycho *Monster Matinee*
Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother. The film was initially considered controversial and received mixed reviews, but audience interest and outstanding box-office returns prompted a major critical re-evaluation. Psycho was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Janet Leigh and Best Director for Hitchcock. Psycho is now considered one of Hitchcock’s best films, and is arguably his most famous work. (1960, 109 min.) Sat., Oct. 16 at 3pm
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
In the first of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello’s horror vehicles for Universal Pictures, the inimitable comic duo star as railway baggage handlers in northern Florida. When a pair of crates belonging to a house of horrors museum are mishandled by Wilbur (Lou Costello), the museum’s director, Mr. MacDougal (Frank Ferguson), demands that they deliver them personally so that they can be inspected for insurance purposes, but Lou’s friend Chick (Bud Abbott) has grave suspicions. (1948, 83 min.) Sun., Oct. 10 at 2pm.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
In Wes Craven’s classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams — which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends’ parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it’s too late? (1984, 91 min.) Fri., Oct. 29 at 9:30pm.
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims. Here’s the original with a 96% RT critics’ score! (1978, 91 min.) Fri., Oct 29 at 7pm & Sat. Oct. 30 at 9:30pm.
After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia. Considered more of a black comedy than pure horror film, it features the dazzling visual effects that became a trademark of director Tim Burton. It is a favorite of both critics and audiences. (1988, 92 min.) Sat. Oct. 23 at 9:30pm.
The Shining *Fright Nights*
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family. Based on Stephen King’s best selling novel, director Stanley Kubrick’s production is one that audiences and critics alike rank among the best of modern cinematic horror films. (19080, 2h22m) Sat., Oct. 16 at 9:30pm.
Friday the 13th *Fright Nights*
Against the advice of locals and police, Clay (Jared Padalecki) scours the eerie woods surrounding Crystal Lake for his missing sister. But the rotting cabins of an abandoned summer camp are not the only things he finds. Hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees lies in wait for a chance to use his razor-sharp machete on Clay and the group of college students who have come to the forest to party. Although it launched a franchise with sequels and spin-offs galore, critics have rated this 1980 original the best of the bunch. (1980, 95 min.) Fri, Oct. 15 at 9:30pm.
After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. (1993, PG, 96mins) Fri, Oct. 8 at 9:30pm; Sat, Oct. 9 at 2pm; Monday Oct. 11 at 1pm.
The Exorcist: Director’s Cut
The Version You’ve Never Seen!
When young Regan starts acting odd—levitating, speaking in tongues—her worried mother seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest, however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert to help with the difficult job. Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller and Max von Sydow star in William Friedkin’s horror classic based on the William Peter Blatty novel. (1973, R, 122 mins) Fri, Oct. 22 at 9:30pm.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The comedy/horror/musical turned cult classic stars Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. Tickets go on sale about 1/2 hour before showtime; plenty of seats always available.
Halloween Sunday (10/31) show features live cast performances by Norfolk’s own Fishnet Inc. No props allowed–throw your imagination! Saturday 10/9 show is film only, without live cast. (R, 99 mins)