The Rocky Horror Picture Show
8 10 12
This is the granddaddy of all cult classics. Evaluated purely on film criteria, Rocky Horror is a twisted, campy fairy tale — a spectacular mess. But watching this thing late at night with a horde of inebriated compatriots is occasionally transcendent. Be ready to sing along and shout at this pop culture touchstone that should never be forgotten and should be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
8 10 12
Beasts was the Sundance baby of 2012. Heading into the festival, it wasn’t on anyone’s radar. Afterward, it began a rapid climb to national success and critical celebration. Beasts falls under that strange heading of magic realism, telling the story of a young girl and her alcoholic father who are rocked by the devastation of a Katrina-like hurricane. Quvenzhané Wallis stars as a six-year-old forced into a life of responsibility and independence. She delivers a truly astonishing performance that was honored by an Oscar nomination.
7:30 10 12:30
Taking on a major work of classic literature is possibly the most daunting challenge in moviemaking. Anna Karenina is based on Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel of the same name and stars Keira Knightley as the eponymous main character. The film has garnered an unexpected batch of award recognition for cinematography, costume design, and art direction. The first hour is a stunning achievement — every area of artistry firing on all cylinders. This film is an under-appreciated gem of 2012.