Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2016, Nacho Vigalondo, Canada/Spain, 109 min. With Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 30th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 1st 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jul 2nd 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jul 3rd 7:45pm
  • Wed, Jul 5th 8:45pm

"Finally, the indie hipster romantic comedy/monster movie mash-up we’ve all been waiting for... a unique and bizarre and surprising and original piece of filmmaking." — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

"Bristling, deliriously serious, explosively funny, and rich with wicked suggestiveness at every turn." — Ray Pride, Newcity

The pitch would be: RACHEL GETTING MARRIED meets GODZILLA. Writer-director Vigalondo, whose Spanish mind-boggler TIMECRIMES (2007) announced his ability to combine genre thrills with art-house smarts, comes up with even more audacious concept in his first English-language film. Hathaway, in a career-recharging performance, plays Gloria, a drink-all-night, sleep-all-day trainwreck. After her fed-up Manhattan boyfriend (Dan Stevens) kicks her out, she slinks back to her hicksville hometown, where she reconnects with childhood friend Oscar (Sudeikis), now a bar-owner. Meanwhile, in Seoul, South Korea, a gigantic kaiju-like creature is terrorizing the city. The connection between the two plotlines is best left for the viewer, like the astonished Gloria, to discover, as the film boldly expands a you've-gotta-be-kidding gimmick into a resonant trope that evokes female empowerment, American imperialism, drone warfare, Internet memes, the collateral damage of alcoholism, and that evergreen horror-film favorite, the rampaging Id — all without losing sight of the everyday emotional warfare at its core. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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