Although it’s not exactly a holiday weekend for everyone, President’s Day (Mon., Feb. 21st) is as good an excuse as any to catch an extra night of the midnight movie at the Sunshine. Especially when they are screening Steven Spielberg’s innovative CG classic, Jurassic Park (1993). What’s more fun than a bag of popcorn and giant prehistoric creatures (on the big screen) wreaking havoc on the likes of Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum? $10 // Feb. 18-20 // Midnight // 143 E. Houston Street.
Still from "Waiting for Superman" by Davis Guggenheim
You can catch the hot doc of the moment and even take the tots for free. The Sunshine Cinema’s Rattle & Reel series is screening Waiting for “Superman” at 11am tomorrow, for caregivers and their babies. The film is oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim’s (An Inconvenient Truth) look at our country’s failing education system.
For a fantastic blast from the past, you can catch Prince in his 1984 classic, Purple Rain, this weekend at the Sunshine Cinema’s Midnight Movie. Cheer on “The Kid” as he tries to survive the rugged Minneapolis nightclub scene and hold on to the lovely Apollonia Kotero, all to the crazy great soundtrack that includes “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry” and the title song. $9.99 // Friday and Saturday at midnight // 143 E. Houston Street.
The Midnight Movie at the Sunshine Cinema is a return visit (“back by popular demand”) of the exploitation film, Gone With the Pope. It stars writer/director Duke Mitchell (Massacre Mafia Style) as Paul, a gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the pope and charge “a dollar from every Catholic in the world” as the ransom.
They write: Shot in 1975 as Kiss the Ring, Gone With the Pope was unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell’s death in 1981. Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing rediscovered Gone With the Pope in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscurity. Academy Award-nominated film editor Murawski (The Hurt Locker, Spider-Man 1,2 and 3) spent 15 years completing Gone With the Pope from the surviving film elements.
This week’s Midnight Movie at the Sunshine Cinema is the East Coast premier of Joshua Grannell’s feature film debut, All About Evil. Grannell, better known as midnight movie impresario Peaches Christ, will appear with horror filmmaker Alan Rowe Kelly and the film’s star, actress Natasha Lyonne
Aptly titled for this very weekend: The Sunshine’s Midnight Movie is David Wain’s 2001 cult comedy film, Wet Hot American Summer. It’s the last day of summer camp at Camp Firewood and Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, and Marguerite Moreau (to name a few) all take part in the hijinks, set in 1981.$9.99 // Friday, July 16th and Saturday, July 17th // 143 E. Houston Street.
This week’s “Sunshine at Midnight” movie is a restored version of John Waters’
“camp-freak-trash-cult sensation,” Pink Flamingos (NYTimes Review). Known as one of the most notorious cult films ever made, the 1972 underground classic features the infamous transvestite performer, Divine. $9.99 // Friday, July 9th and Saturday, July 10th // Adults Only! // 143 E. Houston Street.