The great Mariah Carey once sang, “All I want for Christmas is classic movies." OK, she might not have said those exact words, but who doesn’t want some good old-school movies to check out during the holidays? Miami has plenty for you this month, so get ready.
Coral Gables Art Cinema
Gables Cinema continues its After Hours lineup with four features at 11:45 p.m. this month: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love on 35mm Decmeber 10, Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands on the 17th, and Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle on 35mm on the 24th (in case you want to laugh while waiting for Santa).
In addition, there’ll be a special screening of Luis García Berlanga’s The Executioner (El Vergudo) Tuesday the 20th.
Miami Beach Cinematheque
Rather than highlight any classic film in particular this month, MBCinema is instead catching you up on everything you missed in 2016. One of the most exciting things about December (and January) at the Cinematheque is the Independent Spirit Award Nominees Retrospective, a lineup that includes an abundance of films that may or may not have played in Miami upon their initial release this year. This year, MBCinema has Little Men, The Fits, Certain Women, Moonlight, Christine, American Honey, The Witch, Other People, A Bigger Splash, Hell or High Water, Under the Shadow, Chronic, Captain Fantastic, Swiss Army Man, and Aquarius, many of which are among the absolute best films of the year. The retrospective takes place December 28 through and January 8, 2017, so don’t miss out.
O Cinema Miami Beach and Secret Celluloid Society keep the midnight movies coming. This month, look forward to two: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth on 35mm on the 10th and the ultimate Christmas movie, Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, on 35mm on the 17th. Screenings begin at 11:30 p.m.
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In addition to that, there’s the Family Film Series showing of The Wizard of Oz on the 17th and 18th in the morning, and OCMB will also be kicking off a Pedro Almodóvar retrospective, featuring films from the 80s to now, leading up to the release of his latest film, Julieta.
Last month, the Tower Theater introduced the monthly event Colonel Klieglight’s International Picture Show, the world-renowned traveling cabinet of cinematic wonders. Every third Friday of the month, audiences are offered a double feature for the price of one. On the 16th, Tower will present Ingmar Bergman's Persona and David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, two films that are thematically linked and, it's hoped, will include the riveting academic discussion they deserve post-screening.