TPR Cinema Tuesdays
“I sincerely believe that to see good films, and to see important films, is one of the most profoundly civilizing experiences that we can have as people.” -- Roger Ebert
The 2018 Cinema Tuesdays series opens on May 29. Screenings take place at the Santikos Bijou, located in the Wonderland of the Americas (4522 Fredericksburg Rd.), on Tuesday nights from May 29 - August 14. Showtime is 7:30 each week. The box office opens one hour before show time. Some screenings can sell out. Please arrive early to ensure optimal seating choice.
July 24 – “Full Metal Jacket”
Having already made an anti-war film with “Paths of Glory” in the 1950s, Stanley Kubrick set out to make a pure war movie with “Full Metal Jacket,” working with co-writers Michael Herr and Gustav Hasford, basing the screenplay on Hasford’s novel “The Short-Timers.” Unlike contemporaries Francis Ford Coppola and Oliver Stone, Kubrick elected to film the entirety of the film in his adopted home of England, and the result is a both crisply photographed and dreamy version of Vietnam. The movie stars Matthew Modine as Private Joker, and R. Lee Ermey in an unforgettable role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. 116 minutes, Rated R.
Desson Howe reviews “Full Metal Jacket” for the Washington Post in 1987.
Read the New York Times review of “Full Metal Jacket.”
Read Owen Gleiberman's remembrance of R. Lee Ermey's performance. Ermey passed away this year at age 74.
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July 31 – “The Thin Blue Line”
Among the most important documentaries ever made, The Thin Blue Line, by Errol Morris, erases the border between art and activism. A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Dale Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite evidence that he did not commit the crime. Incorporating stylized reenactments, penetrating interviews, and haunting original music by Philip Glass, Morris uses cinema to build a case forensically while effortlessly entertaining his viewers. The Thin Blue Line effected real-world change, proving film’s power beyond the shadow of a doubt. 118 minutes, Not Rated.
Read Roger Ebert’s review of “The Thin Blue Line.”
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Errol Morris recorded an essay for NPR’s “This I Believe” project in 2005. Give a listen.
August 7 – “Tokyo Story”
A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces. 137 minutes, Not Rated.
Read critic Roger Ebert’s Great Movies essay about “Tokyo Story.”
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August 14 – “Blazing Saddles”
“Excuse me while I whip this out.”
Is this the funniest movie ever made? Can we even begin to describe the plot? Do we need to? The answers are Maybe, No, and No. Mel Brooks’ parody of the Hollywood Western broke new ground in its depictions of race, class, and flatulence on screen. And there’s a pie fight. Nuff said. 93 minutes, Rated R.
Read Roger Ebert’s review of “Blazing Saddles.”
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NOTE: Titles may be subject to change.