SERIES AT A GLANCE
All shows $9.50 general admission, $7.50 w/college ID; $6.50 seniors & children under 12. All shows before 5:00 PM are $7.50 bargain matinees.

Fri 1/11Double Feature!
Zodiac
7:00
Eastern Promises
5:00, 10:00

The Late Show!
I Know Who Killed Me
Midnight

Sat 1/12Ratatouille
2:00
Grindhouse
4:30, 8:00

The Late Show!
I Know Who Killed Me
Midnight

Sun 1/13Ratatouille
12:30, 3:00

Double Feature!
The Host
7:30
The Last Winter
5:30, 10:00

Mon 1/14Double Feature!
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
1:00, 6:30
3:10 To Yuma
4:00, 9:30

Tue 1/15Double Feature!
Kurt Cobain: About A Son
7:30
Control
5:00, 9:45

Wed 1/16
Into Great Silence
3:15, 6:30

Thu 1/17
Canceled: Syndromes And A Century
7:15
I Don't Want To Sleep Alone
5:00, +7:15, 9:30
Repertory Series
Recent Raves: Best Of 2007
Friday, January 11 - Thursday, January 17, 2008

Really we should be calling this series “Some of the Best of 2007” as there are always so many great films that come out every year, but the Brattle likes to highlight the films that sometimes fall through the cracks and here we have collected some of our favorite of the overlooked films of 2007. We kick off with a double feature of two absolutely stunning crime dramas by top-notch directors – David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES and David Fincher’s ZODIAC – and end with a pair of films by two highly esteemed young, international directors – Tsai Ming-Liang’s I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY. In between we’ve got an animated rat who loves to cook, a great double-feature of modern Westerns, a retro-cool GRINDHOUSE freakout, two environmentally themed monster movies, a gorgeous film about silent monks, and two musicians who took their own lives far too young. Oh, and, so we stay fair-and-balanced, we are also presenting one of the most hilariously worst films of the year for midnight shows… prepare yourselves for I KNOW WHO KILLED ME!

FILM DESCRIPTIONS:
Friday, January 11 at 7:00 Double Feature w/EASTERN PROMISES
Zodiac
(2007) dir David Fincher w/Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Chloe Sevigny, Brian Cox, Anthony Edwards [158 min]

As with EASTERN PROMISES, ZODIAC is a film that is concerned with more than just laying out a thrilling serial killer story (although it does just that). While ZODIAC has its share of spinechilling sequences, director David Fincher is more interested in how the effort to comprehend evil deeds can consume the lives of innocent people. The snappy back-and-forth script and scene-stealing performances from Ruffalo, Downey Jr. and Brian Cox as colorful figures from the real-life Zodiac case makes this film a thoroughly entertaining slice of 1970’s San Francisco life.
Friday, January 11 at 5:00, 10:00Double Feature w/ZODIAC
Eastern Promises
(2007) dir David Cronenberg w/Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl [100 min]

An innocent midwife (Watts) finds herself entangled in the violent and dangerous world of the Russian mob in London when she tries to uncover the reasons behind the death of one of her patients. As she is drawn deeper into this dark world, she instinctively turns to a taciturn, unpredictable driver/thug (Mortensen) who may be the key to her survival. As is his want, director Cronenberg doesn’t so much create a crime thriller as much as he puts the pieces of an unseen underworld into place and watches them fall apart with the introduction of an outsider.

Friday, January 11 at MidnightThe Late Show!
I Know Who Killed Me
(2007) dir Chris Silverston w/Lindsay Lohan, Julia Ormond [105 min]

Murder, mayhem, prosthetic limbs, strippers… and Lindsay Lohan? There's a vicious serial killer on the loose, and when goody-twoshoes high school senior Aubrey (Lohan) disappears, her family worries she's his latest victim. When Aubrey resurfaces, she's missing an arm and a leg, but her troubles don't end there: she claims her name is Dakota Moss, and she has no memory of the ordeal she has suffered! Can Aubrey/Dakota solve the secret of her identity and catch the killer before it is too late? When I KNOW YOU KILLED ME was released this summer, Lindsay Lohan's noted troubles with the law gave it all the wrong publicity. We're here to tell you that this unbelievable movie is one of the most stunningly garish, hysterically insane and laughably wrong pieces of celluloid to come along in years… and we mean that in a nice way! It would be disingenuous to call I KNOW WHO KILLED ME the unsung gem of 2007, but believe us, it is the stuff of cult legend.
Saturday, January 12 at 2:00Ratatouille
(2007) dir Brad Bird w/Patton Oswald, Lou Romano, Ian Holm, Janeane Garofalo, Brad Garrett [111 min]

Who knew one of our favorite films of the year would be an animated movie about a rat who loves to cook?!? Well, when admiring the pedigree of this particular film we shouldn’t be surprised… not only is the latest offering from the always reliable folks at Pixar but it was written and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Iron Giant). Remy is a rat who strangely has developed a gourmet’s palate and yearns for the good eats of Paris. When he hooks up with Linguini, an aspiring chef with no talent, and together they turn the culinary world on its ear.
Saturday, January 12 at 4:30, 8:00Grindhouse
(2007) dir Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino w/Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Marley Shelton, Naveen Andrews, Josh Brolin, Jeff Fahey, Michael Parks, Kurt Russell, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Tracie Thoms, Rosario Dawson, Zoë Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead [191 min]

When GRINDHOUSE failed to meet box office expectations upon its release this spring, it was dismissed as an overlong snooze from two self-indulgent filmmakers. It also happens to be one of our favorite films of the year. Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s big-budget homage to exploitation cinema is a gross, sleazy, smart and hilarious tribute to going to the movies for the sheer fun of it. PLANET TERROR casts Rose MacGowan as a plucky go-go dancer who must save the world from a zombie apocalypse. In DEATH PROOF, Tarantino gives Kurt Russell his best role in years as a psycho bent on offing a band of girlfriends with his souped-up Dodge Charger. Explosively entertaining.

Saturday, January 12 at MidnightThe Late Show!
I Know Who Killed Me
(2007) dir Chris Silverston w/Lindsay Lohan, Julia Ormond [105 min]

Murder, mayhem, prosthetic limbs, strippers… and Lindsay Lohan? There's a vicious serial killer on the loose, and when goody-twoshoes high school senior Aubrey (Lohan) disappears, her family worries she's his latest victim. When Aubrey resurfaces, she's missing an arm and a leg, but her troubles don't end there: she claims her name is Dakota Moss, and she has no memory of the ordeal she has suffered! Can Aubrey/Dakota solve the secret of her identity and catch the killer before it is too late? When I KNOW YOU KILLED ME was released this summer, Lindsay Lohan's noted troubles with the law gave it all the wrong publicity. We're here to tell you that this unbelievable movie is one of the most stunningly garish, hysterically insane and laughably wrong pieces of celluloid to come along in years… and we mean that in a nice way! It would be disingenuous to call I KNOW WHO KILLED ME the unsung gem of 2007, but believe us, it is the stuff of cult legend.
Sunday, January 13 at 12:30, 3:00Ratatouille
(2007) dir Brad Bird w/Patton Oswald, Lou Romano, Ian Holm, Janeane Garofalo, Brad Garrett [111 min]

Who knew one of our favorite films of the year would be an animated movie about a rat who loves to cook?!? Well, when admiring the pedigree of this particular film we shouldn’t be surprised… not only is the latest offering from the always reliable folks at Pixar but it was written and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Iron Giant). Remy is a rat who strangely has developed a gourmet’s palate and yearns for the good eats of Paris. Then he hooks up with Linguini, an aspiring chef with no talent, and together they turn the culinary world on its ear.
Sunday, January 13 at 7:30Double Feature w/THE LAST WINTER
The Host
(2006) dir Bong Joon-ho w/Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doo-na, Ko A-sung [120 min]

Without warning, a rampaging river monster appears in the heart of Seoul, South Korea one day and starts gobbling people up. It may or may not be the result of a chemical dump into the Han River, but Gang-Du, a dimwitted snack vendor, doesn’t care. He, along with his only marginally more competent family, is only interested in rescuing his daughter from the monster. The scene that introduces the monster is one of the most exhilarating creature attack scenes to appear on screen in a long, long time. The design of the slimy beast is both thrillingly original and eerily familiar and its violent rampages are even vaguely comical thanks to the attention to detail of the effects crew. This South Korean smash hit monster film in the vein of Godzilla is an absolute must see!

Sunday, January 13 at 5:30, 10:00Double Feature w/THE HOST
The Last Winter
(2006) dir Larry Fessenden w/Ron Perlman, James LeGros, Connie Britton, Kevin Corrigan [101 min]

John Carpenter’s The Thing meets Global Warming in maverick indie director Larry Fessenden’s latest horror masterpiece. This film was unfairly overlooked when it premiered in Boston but deserves a second look. A team of oil company surveyors in the arctic tundra begins encountering strange events when they tap a new oil field buried under the ice. Is it the result of supernatural entities or hallucinations brought on by the melting icecap? The always enjoyable Perlman (Hellboy, City of Lost Children) puts in a terrific performance as the tough team leader and LeGros is a perfect foil as the environmentalist
Monday, January 14 at 1:00, 6:30Double Feature w/3:10 TO YUMA
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
(2007) dir Andrew Dominik w/Casey Affleck, Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell, Mary-Louise Parker, Sam Shepard, Jeremy Renner, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Schneider [160 min]

An exemplary modern western, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES features a subtle, charismatic performance from Brad Pitt as Jesse James but the film really belongs to Casey Affleck as Robert Ford, a sycophantic wannabe outlaw who ingratiated his way into the James gang and, eventually, killed his idol. The slow pace of the film often seems at odds with Affleck’s twitchy character but, as the tensions within the gang mount, the power of his performance becomes clear. A beautiful, well-acted piece of filmmaking that must be seen on the big screen to be fully appreciated.

Monday, January 14 at 4:00, 9:30Double Feature w/THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
3:10 To Yuma
(2007) dir James Mangold w/Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, Dallas Roberts [117 min]

Usually, the Brattle doesn’t much go in for remakes, but this wellmade western pays homage to the original and ably updates the pathos at the core of the story of a rancher (Bale) charged with delivering an outlaw (Crowe) to the titular train so that he can stand trial. Pursued by the rest of the outlaw’s gang, the rancher and his posse hole up in a hotel. As their situation gets more and more desperate, the rancher and outlaw vie for control of the situation as the train draws closer and closer.

Tuesday, January 15 at 7:30Double Feature w/CONTROL
Kurt Cobain: About A Son
(2006) dir A.J. Schnack [96 min]

An unconventional rock’n’roll documentary to say the least, director Schnack eschews the usual talking heads intercut with live performance footage for an up-close-and-personal encounter with the late singer for the legendary Nirvana, Kurt Cobain. The audio for the film is taken from a series of interviews that journalist Michael Azerrad conducted with Cobain over the course of his career combined with the music of the artists that influenced Nirvana’s music and lyrics. The visuals interweave a hypnotic tapestry of beautifully shot scenes of the various places where Cobain lived and the regular people who also inhabit those places. A unique film whose true power is only felt when viewed on the big scrceen.

Tuesday, January 15 at 5:00, 9:45Double Feature w/KURT COBAIN: ABOUT A SON
Control
(2007) dir Anton Corbijn w/Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Joe Anderson, Toby Kebbell, Craig Parkinson, James Anthony Pearson [121 min]

Famed photographer and music video director Corbijn chose a very sensitive subject for his debut film, the life and untimely death of revered post-punk icon Ian Curtis of Joy Division. We’re happy to report that allowing for a few missteps, this is an exemplary biopic. Corbijn’s lustrous black and white photography translates effortlessly to the big screen and his ear for music makes the recreation of live Joy Division performances as thrilling as they should be. With a remarkable cast who truly embody the individuals that made up the late 70s/ early 80s Manchester scene and a script that underscores the humor despite the impending crisis at the end of the film, CONTROL stands as one of the better rock films of the past few years.
Wednesday, January 16 at 3:15, 6:30Into Great Silence
(2005) dir Philip Gröning [169 min]

Enthralling is not necessarily the word you would expect to use to describe a documentary about an enclave of nearly silent monks but German filmmaker Gröning makes his film just that. This beautifully filmed, award-winning film is an examination of life inside the headquarters of the reclusive Carthusian Order of French monks, a 17th-century monastery high in the Alps outside Grenoble, France.

“4 Stars! One of the transporting film experiences of this or any other year.” – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

Thursday, January 17 at 7:15Canceled: Syndromes And A Century
(2007) dir Apichatpong Weerasethakul w/Arkanae Cherkam, Jaruchai Iamaram, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Nu Nimsomboon, Jenjira Pongpas, Sophon Pukanok, Nantarat Sawaddikul [105 min]

Due to print availability issues, SYNDROMES & A CENTURY will not be screening on Thu, Jan 17. We will be rescheduling this film on a date to be announced shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thursday, January 17 at 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 Double Feature w/SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
I Don't Want To Sleep Alone
(2007) dir Tsai Ming-liang w/Norman Atun, Shiang-chyi Chen, Kang-sheng Lee [115 min]

The films of the Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang are among the most subtly surreal and sexual being made today. The sexuality of I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE dispenses with ideas of gender and preference in a world where loneliness is the norm and human connection can be chance and fleeting. The protagonists of this film are three lost souls in the crumbling urban wilderness of Kuala Lampur. Tsai regular Lee Kang-sheng plays a man who has been beaten and left for dead in the street but is taken in and tenderly nursed by a Bangladeshi man (Atun). After Lee is healthy enough he takes to wandering the city and meets a woman who works in a coffee shop (Chen) and she is inevitably drawn into a potentially dangerous love triangle with the two men. Despite the dark themes, I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE (as with Tsai’s other films) is surprisingly humorous – for a film about isolation, it is startlingly funny at times.

“With sublime detours into the surreal, the movie is like a blossom pushing up through concrete, a hazy urban comedy… Loneliness doesn’t often get such a gorgeously ornate tribute.” – Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

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