Celebrate Yu-Gi-Oh Turning 20 And Palestinian Street Racing

For anime fans, Yu-Gi-Oh turning twenty and Studio Ghibli’s first international co-production make this week’s openings special. The Studio Ghibli film is an ecological-themed film involving a marooned sailor and a captor-like turtle. The Yu-Gi-Oh celebration comes in the form of a sequel film written by the series’ creator.

For those who want something far more crunchy in their movie-going, the Roxie is once again the place to be. There’s a documentary about five Palestinian female street racers trying to make their mark in this previously all-male world. There’s the theatrical premiere of one of 2016’s best films, featuring both steamy gay sex and Before Sunrise-like drama. Finally, for the really non-squeamish, there’s a Mexican tale of post-apocalyptic sexual perversity.

Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: Forever Is Not Enough

In this satire of the mainstream Filipino film industry, a demanding actress (Eugene Domingo, playing a fictionalized version of herself) wants to make a comeback movie. Inviting director Rainier and his team to her home, the actress slowly lays out her ideas for her proposed romantic comedy. But the socially captive director painfully notices Domingo’s recycling a lot of mind-cringing romantic comedy cliches.

Opens January 27 at the Century at Tanforan

Lost In Florence

Brett Dalton (Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD) stars in this romantic drama set in Italy. Heartbroken former college football star Eric Lazard (Dalton) decides to visit his cousin Anna (Stana Katic). Said cousin lives in Italy teaching Italian to foreigners. On the visit, Eric falls in love with the alluring Stephanie. He also takes an interest in the soccer variant Calcio Fiorentino. On both the love and sport fronts, the American visitor soon finds himself in over his head.

Now at the Vogue Theatre

Un Padre No Tan Padre

90-year-old Don Servando Villegas gets booted out of his retirment home. Fortunately, his younger son Francisco takes him in. What Don Servando doesn’t expect is to learn that Francisco lives in a free-wheeling commune. Needless to say, this very traditional man and the commune’s loose mores repeatedly clash.

Opens January 27 at the Century 20 Daly City and the Century At Tanforan

Paris 05:59: Theo And Hugo

In the early morning hours, Theo and Hugo meet each other very carnally at a Paris sex club. Their mutual decision to go outside leads them to wander along Paris’ nocturnal streets. As they talk, their desires for further emotional intimacy clash with their own personal insecurities. Viewers follow these two men in real time as they try to understand each other. One of 2016’s best films makes its theatrical debut.

Opens January 27 at the Roxie Theatre

The Red Turtle

This dialogue-free animated feature film is the first international co-production with the famed Studio Ghibli animation studio. In it, a probably shipwrecked sailor washes ashore on a deserted tropical island. Whenever he attempts to escape by raft, the titular terrapin destroys his vessel and pushes him back to the island. Yet the marooned man will soon have his solitude broken.

Opens January 27 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

Speed Sisters

Despite the Israeli military’s many roadblocks and checkpoints, a thriving street racing scene has emerged in the West Bank. Taking place at such improvised tracks as a vegetable market and a security academy, the competitive inter-city races offer Palestinians a release valve from the pressures of military occupation. Until now, all the racers have been male. Now five determined women are determined to win glory for their hometown and to show the guys the women are very much their equals.

Opens January 27 at the Roxie Theatre

The Sunshine Makers

This entertaining documentary recounts an untold real-life Breaking Bad caper. In the 1960s, Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully worked together on a utopian project to save the planet through the consciousness-raising power of LSD. Their efforts would produce the LSD gold standard Orange Sunshine and make them the heart of countercultural drug culture. Sand and Scully’s efforts also made them US government targets, forcing them to find ways to stay one step ahead of the feds.

Opens January 27 at the 4-Star Theatre

We Are The Flesh

An unnamed brother and sister roam the streets of a post-apocalyptic city. They think they’ve found shelter in a derelict if rotting apartment. But the filthy trollish hermit (Noe Hernandez, Sin Nombre) who lives in the apartment malignly influences the siblings and other victims to enact his perverse fantasies. Incestuous oral sex, cannibalism, and far worse events make this film definitely not for the squeamish. Co-produced by Carlos Reygadas.

Opens January 27 at the Roxie Theatre. Director Emiliano Rocha Minter will do a Skype Q&A after the 1/27 screening.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side Of Dimensions

To celebrate twenty years of the manga/anime franchise Yu-Gi-Oh, creator Kazuki Takahashi presents an all-new story. For American audiences, the story is set one year after the events of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. Seto Kaiba attempts to retrieve and rebuild the Millennium Puzzle so he can revive his rival Atem and settle old scores. Diva steals two pieces of the puzzle and gives one piece to Yugi Muto. Dimension-hopping, revenge, and battles with people corrupted by the evil energies of the Millennium Ring soon follow.

Opens January 27 at the Presidio Theatre

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I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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