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May 2; 8pm | Café | Free

Nitehawk Trivia: Star Wars Edition

May is Star Wars month. It’s George Lucas’s birthday month (May 14, also my birthday, goddamn right), and all 6 Star Wars features were released in May, the best month of the year. To celebrate, we’re doing a 100% Star Wars trivia throw-down in the cafe, covering everything from A New Hope through the new trilogy and down to the really nerdy nitty-gritty of books, comics and games. Winners will get all kinds of Star Wars silliness and the never-ending respect of their peers — Okay, maybe “respect” is the wrong word in this case. Scorn! That’s the word we want.

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May 3 & May 4; Midnight | Tickets

Nitehawk Nasties: Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Nitehawk Nasties continues with a film whose infamous (infamous to me, anyways) VHS sleeve screamed MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY, calling it the most violent movie ever made and warning against pregnant women and people with heart conditions from watching it. Along with its sleazy soul mate, Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox revels in the death and dismemberment when a bunch of dumb kids have a run-in with a tribe of cannibals from Paraguay. Dudes lose dicks, ladies get mutilated all over the place. It’s not offensive or gross at all.

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May 3 & May 4; Midnight | Tickets

The Works, Karen Black: Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Karen Black stars along with Jack Nicholson in this tale of dissatisfaction. A former piano prodigy, Nicholson spends his days drinking and bowling his life away between shifts at a nearby oil rig. Black plays his nomadic waitress girlfriend who eyes a career as a singer. The film earned both actors Academy Award nominations.

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May 4 & May 5; Brunch | Tickets

Country Brunchin’: The Searchers (1956)

John Ford’s iconic and stunning John Wayne vehicle The Searchers, sees The Duke returning home from the Civil War dusty and tired only to have his new life demolished when a violent band of Comanche Indians murder his family and make off with his niece (Natalie Wood). Prowling up and down the west along with a dopey, lovestruck protege (Jeffrey Hunter), Wayne’s typical good-guy sheen starts to fade as obsession and hatred start to fog what good intentions he ever had in his quest. Brooklyn-based Tatters & Rags, a self-described “alt-skronk-country-rock-drone-pop” group will be playing a set before the film.

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May 4 & May 5; Brunch | Tickets

Ed Wood (1994)

Tim Burton’s last really great movie chronicles the life of shit-movie maestro Edward D. Wood Jr. (played here by Johnny Depp) as he builds his cast of washed up icons, pro-wrestlers, late night TV hostesses, and phony fortune tellers culminating in his terrible masterpiece Plan 9 From Outer Space. Martin Landau’s oscar-winning performance as a heroin-ravaged Bela Lugosi is a career highlight.

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May 6; 8pm | Café | Free

VHS Vault: It Lives Again (1978)

Speaking of bad movie maestros, our VHS Vault pick this month comes from Larry Cohen, the man behind Q: The Winged Serpent and The Stuff. A sequel to Cohen’s killer monster baby flick It’s Alive, It Lives Again adds a few more monster babies to the mix as they run around town killing adults like crazy.

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May 7; 8pm | Café | Free

Trilogy of Terror (1975)

A kind of adjunct entry to our ongoing Karen Black series, this crowd favorite pits Black against a Zuni fetish doll, whatever the hell that is, who chases her around the apartment gnashing his giant, gnarly teeth and stabbing at her with his little spear. It was produced as a backdoor pilot for an anthology horror show, that, clearly, didn’t work out.

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May 10 & May 11; Midnight | Tickets

Live + Sound + Cinema: Danger: Diabolik (1968) with Morricone Youth

Mario Bava’s slick, goofy classic Danger: Diabolik brings the Italian comic book super-thief Diabolik to life in a film that’s loaded with fast cars, big weapons and beautiful women. Morricone Youth will be in the theater to play their version of Ennio Morricone’s iconic score along with the film.

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May 10 & May 11; Midnight | Tickets

Serial Mom (1994)

John Waters’ crossover hit Serial Mom shows what happens when the world’s best mother (Kathleen Turner) gets pushed a little bit too far and starts taking out anybody that threatens her perfect little family. I know it’s not Labor Day yet, but… maybe don’t wear white shoes just in case.

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May 11 & May 12; Brunch | Tickets

Music Driven: Hit So Hard (2011)

A documentary following the rocky life of Hole drummer Patty Schemel, her life, her time with Hole and her brush with death thanks to a years-long addiction to heroin. The film includes interviews with Schemel, Courtney Love, Melissa Auf Der Maur and members of The Go-Go’s, The Bangles, Faith No More and more.

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May 11 & May 12; Brunch | Tickets

Boogie Nights (1997)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s breakout film about the rise and fall of Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), a 70’s porn superstar who falls on hard times once his success sours in the 1980’s. The film captures an interesting time for the industry, as the fast and cheap-era of VHS and home video re-invented the porn world, making some rich and ruining those who were left behind.

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May 15; 7:15pm | Tickets

Beer Dinner and a Movie: Army of Darkness (1992) with Founders Brewery

Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This… is my BEER DINNER! A multi-course meal put together by our kitchen and paired with beers from Founders Brewery. Nitehawk’s top of the line. You can find this in theater 2. That’s right, these sweet brews are made in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Really, they are, look it up). Retails for about $65. It’s got dishes with lobster claw, short ribs and dark chocolate cheesecake. That’s right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. YOU GOT THAT?!

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May 17 & May 18; Midnight | Tickets

Dead Alive (1993)

Peter Jackson’s super messy zombie splatterfest Dead Alive returns to Nitehawk in May. About a lovestruck kiwi who wants nothing more than to run off with his love, if only he could ditch his undead mother and her ever-increasing band of gooey zombie goons. Nothing a lawnmower can’t take care of.

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May 17 & May 18; Midnight | Tickets

The Works, Karen Black: Family Plot (1976)

Jewels, phony-psychics and murder. In Alfred Hitchcock’s final film, Family Plot, Bruce Dern and Barbara Harris play a couple of con-artists who are out to find an heir to a hefty family inheritance.  Unfortunately for them, the heir they seek has set up a profitable kidnapping scheme with Karen Black, and spend their days snatching up wealthy heiresses in exchange for valuable gemstones.

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May 18 & May 19; Brunch | Tickets

Spoons, Toons and Booze

Cereal, booze and cartoons — how you envisioned real adults spend their Saturday mornings when you were 10. A bottomless Cereal bar, a big playlist of cartoons and a whole bunch of alcohol await you.

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May 18 & May 19; Brunch | Tickets

Art Seen: Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)

Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson doesn’t just “take” his images, he creates them, through elaborate days and weeks of invention, design, and set-up. The epic production of these movie-like images is both intensely personal and highly public: they begin in Crewdson’s deepest desires and memories, but come to life on streets and soundstages in the hills towns of Western Massachusetts. In his decade-long project “Beneath the Roses” he uses light, color and character to conjure arresting images, managing a crew of 60 amidst seemingly countless logistical and creative obstacles. The documentary (filmed for over a decade, beginning in 2000) also reveals the life-story behind the work—through frank reflections on his life and career, including the formative influences of his psychologist father and his childhood fascination with the work of Diane Arbus.

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May 24 & May 25; Midnight | Tickets

Nitehawk Naughties: Basic Instinct (1992)

The high point of the trashy thriller trend, Paul Verhoeven’s Basic Instinct pits Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone against each other as they manipulate each other into oblivion all while taking enough time to have some steamy sex. Come peer under Sharon Stone’s skirt with us.

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May 24 & May 25; Midnight | Tickets

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)

A wildly under-rated sequel, Tobe Hooper’s follow-up to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre sends the vérité horror of the original on its head, amplifying its black sense of humor to a cartoonish, almost garish degree. Picking up 13 years after Leatherface’s first string of murders, Part 2 follows Lieutenant “Lefty” Enright (Dennis Hopper), an uncle of two of the first film’s victims, as he hunts down the hunting down murderous Sawyer family as they start chopping up more people with chainsaws.

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May 25 & May 26; Brunch | Tickets

Live + Sound + Cinema: Pandora’s Box (1929) with Mary Alouette

Louise Brooks plays “Lulu”, a young, beautiful, and naive actress to whom life can’t seem to give a break. She is also her own worst enemy. A gorgeous silent film classic, Pandora’s Box gets down to all the dirty details we love about pre-code movies: betrayal, seduction, heartbreak, rivalry, manslaughter, lust, escape, and prostitution.

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May 25 & May 26; Brunch | Tickets

Living in Oblivion (1995)

A tribute to scrappy independent filmmakers everywhere, Living In Oblivion chronicles one day on the set of a no-budget film. Told in three parts, the movie follows upstart director Nick Reve (Steve Buscemi) as every part of his production drives him insane. It’s a wonder anything gets made.