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Entertainment (9:30 PM)

August 16


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Ticket Price: $4
Times: 9:30 PM

R | 1h 43min | 2015
Director: Rick Alverson
Written by: Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker
Cinematography: Lorenzo Hagerman
Music by: Robert Donne
Editing: Rick Alverson, Michael Taylor
Starring: Gregg Turkington, John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Lotte Verbeek, Michael Cera

An aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement and the possibility of rekindling a relationship with his daughter, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters.


“A twisted, existential comedic masterwork.” – Indiewire

“A haunting deconstruction of a small time performer’s psyche.” – Vice

“An odyssey through a soulless American nowhere.” – Variety

“Revelatory…a roadtrip to the center of a harrowing abyss.” – The Guardian

“Rick Alverson is a director who increasingly stands among the most essential working.” – Village Voice

“Marvelous. A singular film that will stand as one of the year’s very best.” – Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“Superbly ominous” – Slant Magazine

“Alverson’s direction and Lorenzo Hagerman’s cinematography create a beautiful portrait of an ugly existence.” – Consequence of Sound

“Bizarrely entrancing” – Indiewire

“Existential and hysterical….extraordinary to behold in its bizarre humanity.” – Twitch Film

“Its off-beat humor and existentialist bent will appeal to a vast underground audience seeking that weird next cult classic” – Twitch Film

“It’s impossible to deny that Entertainment is the expression of a daring artist who is hellbent on rejecting conventions and norms and firmly believes that the true purpose of cinema is to challenge, not satiate, viewers.” – Hammer to Nail

“Turkington’s compelling performance add up to an unnerving comedy.” – The Film Stage


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