Roxie's October

  • by David Lamble
  • Wednesday September 26, 2018
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October at the Roxie carries a heavy dose of films branded with a 1970s-80s sensibility. The theater also features a cutting-edge feminist film festival, "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers" (10/12-13), and films from the 22nd Arab Film Festival (10/13-17).

"Choose Me" (1984) In a singularly wild expression of heterosexual freedom, Robert Altman prot�g� Alan Rudolph puts a frisky cast through their paces in a faux whodunit plot that makes little sense or difference. With Lesley Ann Warren, Keith Carradine, Genevieve Bujold. Rated R for violence and profanity. (10/3)

"Queercore" An 80s sensibility marks this brazenly queer compilation of music and filmmaking. With filmmaker Q&A.

"Matangi/Maya/M.I.A." An only-in-Sundance special release, this bio pop fest follows the journey of M.I.A., a political survivor, from Sri Lanka guerrilla to American immigrant pop star.

"Filmmakers Unite" A baker's dozen of short films on the state of America 2018, culled from 200 entries. (all 3, start 10/5)

Celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day and the 50th Birthday of the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) includes dramas "Warrior Women" and "Neither Wolf nor Dog." (10/8)

"Patton Picks" Cinema rebel Patton Oswalt curates an evening of new films reflecting his particular tastes. (10/11)

"Almost Famous" (2000) In 1973, Cameron Crowe, a precocious San Diego teen, was living with his mom and big sis while submitting rock-n-roll music reviews to the FM radio crowd via Cream magazine. In this rock bio-pic, Crowe is portrayed by the baby-faced Utah-raised Patrick Fugit. The 15-year-old imp, a rock-n-roll Puck, is often wiser than the young adult rockers he travels the country with. A highlight comes when William Miller rescues a blonde rock fan (Kate Hudson) from an overdose after she's sucked in by a blas� rocker (Billy Crudup).

The Roxie's showing of this 122-minute theatrical release should lead you to the DVD, with its 38-minute extended cut. With a supporting cast that includes Australian film star Noah Taylor as a world-weary, martial arts-trained road manager. (10/12)