(Shane) Black Christmas
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Screening December 19-21
Two-bit crook Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) stumbles into an audition for a mystery film while on the run from the cops. Winning the part, he lands in Hollywood, where he’s flung into a tangled, murderous conspiracy with his childhood sweetheart, Harmony Lane (Michelle Monaghan), and hard-boiled private eye Perry van Shrike (Val Kilmer). This deadpan, affectionate parody of film noir tropes is named for film critic Pauline Kael’s influential 1968 collection of film reviews and essays.
Hotshot 80s screenwriter Shane Black made his long-awaited comeback (and directorial debut) with this endlessly novel Yuletide noir, screening by itself and as part of our Shane Black Christmas double feature with The Nice Guys.
“The first movie since Pulp Fiction not just to understand movie violence as a pop cultural form … but to play it like a virtuoso violinist.” – Washington Post