After days of wassailing and nights of figgy pudding, it's probably safe to assume that you, like us, are ready to get busy watching some movies. After weeks of holiday movies playing on silver screens across the country, it's probably a welcome change to find some year-round or altogether random fare playing at repertory houses. Not to mention, a movie is a great way to ring in the new year, especially if you don't go in for watching the ball drop with your best guy or gal at a buddy's house. But despite most theaters' prudent decision to show nothing at all on New Year's Eve in anticipation of other sorts of festivities, we've collected a slim selection of celebratory cinematic experiences for you to choose from.
But before we get to the stuff we think you should see elsewhere in the country, we would like to remind you to please leave comments and send in emails with any suggestions you may have for events, screenings, or other opportunities film fans may have to share with others in their celebration of the medium. Also, when and if you attend any of the events listed below, please let us know about your experiences, and let the organizers know where you found out about it!
On December 28, Austin's famous Alamo Ritz Theatre is offering another of their weekly Terror Tuesday programs with none other than George Romero's classic anthology 'Creepshow.' Make sure you check out the Alamo Ritz website for specific showtimes, screening details and ticket information.
Although tickets are selling fast for both, the Alamo Ritz is holding not one but two cinematic celebrations for New Year's Eve, starting with the 'When Harry Met Sally' New Year's Eve Feast, which begins at 7:00 PM. In addition to showing the movie, which of course features one of the most iconic New Year's scenes in movie history, the Alamo coordinated a multiple-course meal specifically themed to match the film.
Then, at 10:00 PM, check out the Action Pack's New Year's Sing Along, which takes attendees into the new year with a fun, irreverent evening of cinematic carousing. For both events, make sure you check out the Alamo Ritz website for specific showtimes, screening details and ticket information.
Although as of press time there aren't any midnight shows in Dallas on New Year's Eve, on the following night, January 1st, the Inwood Theatre is showing one of the greater portraits of the future put on film, Luc Besson's 'The Fifth Element.' Make sure you check out the Inwood Theatre website for screening details and ticket information.
If you are still hung over on New Year's Day, wait until January 2 to venture back into Hollywood for one of the more awesome triple features you're likely to find: starting at 3:00 PM, the Egyptian Theatre is showing 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,' and 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.' (Rest easy – there will be no 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.') Make sure you check out the Egyptian Theatre website for specific screening details and ticket information.
For folks who prefer their romantic movies to have a little bit more depravity and decadence, on December 30 the Museum of Moving Art is showing Bernardo Bertolucci's 'Last Tango in Paris' as part of their filmmaker retrospective. (It's also worth nothing that on January 2, the museum is showing one of my all-time favorite films, Bertolucci's 'The Conformist.') Make sure you check out the MoMA website for specific showtimes, screening details and ticket information.
Meanwhile, on December 31, the Sunshine Cinema is offering their own alternative to love stories with 'Lollipop Girls in Hard Candy in 3-D,' which is an adult film that was made in old-school red and blue 3-D, so watch out for flying genitalia. Make sure you check out the Sunshine Cinema website for specific screening details and ticket information.
IFC Center is offering two different midnight shows, not only on New Year's Eve but the nights before and after. From December 30 to January 1, check out one of Eddie Murphy's greatest movie masterpieces, 'Coming to America.' Or, during those same three nights, you can choose decidedly more unsual fare and see the cult Japanese horror film 'House.' Make sure you check out the IFC Center website for directions, specific screening details and ticket information.
If a little bit of trashiness is the tried and true way you ring in the new year, head to the Egyptian Theatre on January 1 at midnight for a screening of Paul Verhoeven's campy, so-bad-it's-good backstage melodrama 'Showgirls.' Make sure you check out the Egyptian Theatre website for specific showtimes, screening details and ticket information.