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The Atomo-Vision of Joe Dante at the American Cinematheque


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The American Cinematheque pays to tribute to the singular (some may say Atomic-powered) vision of director Joe Dante with a four day retrospective of his most popular films.

Joe will be on hand for the entire series to introduce the films. There will also be a special advance screening of Joe’s latest film, Burying the Ex with the stars Anton Yelchin and Alexandra Daddario in attendance for a post-screening discussion.

The whole thing kicks off on Wednesday, June 11 with a double bill featuring Gremlins and Gremlins 2 (celebrating its 25th Anniversary!)

Here’s the line-up with links to ticket-buying information:

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Wed, Jun 10, 2015 • 7:30pm

When Joe Dante’s GREMLINS, the tale of furry creatures that morph into reptilian hellraisers, became a 1984 box office hit, it made him the go-to guy for films that frame fantastical elements in everyday settings. See the original on a double bill with a 25th anniversary screening of the sequel as we open a 4-night tribute to the popular director.

Director Joe Dante In Person!

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Thu, Jun 11, 2015 • 7:30pm

Max (Anton Yelchin) knows things aren’t working out with Evelyn (Ashley Greene), but he dreads breaking up with such a Type-A personality. That problem is apparently solved when Evelyn is hit by a bus, though after Max finds a more compatible girlfriend, his ex returns as a zombie, determined to hold him to his pledges of eternal love. Director Joe Dante and lead actors join us for a Q&A following their new zom-rom-com.

Advance Screening! Director Joe Dante & Actors Anton Yelchin & Alexandra Daddario In Person!

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Fri, Jun 12, 2015 • 7:30pm

Horror-comedy THE ‘BURBS stars Tom Hanks as a man whose vacation time at home is disrupted by some suspicious new neighbors. It’s followed by laugh-filled valentine to B-movie ballyhoo MATINEE, with John Goodman as a filmmaker eager to exploit Cold War paranoia with his new movie MANT (“Half man, half ant, all terror!”)

Director Joe Dante In Person!

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Sun, Jun 14, 2015 • 7:30pm

Dennis Quaid volunteers for an experiment in which he is shrunk down to microscopic size, but ends up getting injected into the bloodstream of a hypochondriac (Martin Short) in Joe Dante’s action-comedy INNERSPACE; it’s paired with a 30th anniversary screening of EXPLORERS, in which Ethan Hawke made his feature film debut playing a 12-year-old boy who dreams of going into outer space.

Director Joe Dante In Person!