The Punk Singer – Melwood Screening Room
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna, the film takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader. The Punk Singer opens at the Melwood Screening Room on Jan. 17th.
The Broken Circle Breakdown – Regent Square Theater
In this Dutch import from director Felix Van Groeningen, Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage — but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. The Broken Circle Breakdown screens at the Regent Square Theater from Jan. 23rd to Jan. 30th.
Knights of Badassdom – Hollywood Theater
Three live-action role players (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) take to the woods to reenact a Dungeons and Dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Fantasy and reality collide after they unwittingly conjure up an actual blood-lusting Succubus from the pits of Hell, resulting in an all-out epic battle among the make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures. With the help of fellow LARPer, Gwen (Summer Glau), the group’s courage and friendship is put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Knights of Badassdom screens at the Hollywood Theater from Jan. 24th to Jan. 26th.