The Beatles: Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years Using a lot of fresh material, this amiable doc by Ron Howard focuses on the years (1963 to 1966) that the Fab Four spent touring all over the world. It takes a memorable quote from Beatles press officer Derek Taylor to really evoke the inconceivable levels of fame experienced by these men, and how it drove them off the road and into almost-permanent studio exile, but still, with so much live footage, it’s genuinely uplifting stuff. A pristine 4K restoration of the band's historic 1965 concert at Shea Stadium—with much, much improved sound—accompanies Eight Days a Week when it starts its run at the Park Theatre on Friday (September 16).
Upcycled Stories Mount Pleasant artist Sarah Van Borek has made a community-based, musical feature film using God’s chosen form of transportation—the bike. Find out what we’re talking about when upCYCLEd premieres at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (September 15) at Dude Chilling Park (2390 Brunswick Street).
Au Hasard Balthazar A “saintly” donkey and her young owner suffer parallel lives of abuse in Robert Bresson’s 1966 film, an essential work of art and the purest evidence that cinema can achieve a state of grace. At the Cinematheque on Saturday and Sunday (September 17 and 18).
Golden Kingdom Along with Kaili Blues and Paths of the Soul, the Vancity Theatre offers a third film in its program of Buddhist-themed cinema with this contemplative tale of four young monks in Myanmar, screening for one night only on Saturday (September 17).
Multiple Maniacs Inspired by, erm, the Tate-LaBianca killings, John Waters sank every despicable little impulse he could muster into Multiple Maniacs, his second full-length feature after 1969’s Mondo Trasho. True infamy was still a couple of years away with Pink Flamingos, but this 1970 effort, now restored (God help us), already sees the filmmaker’s perverse genius in full flower. Watch Divine welcome a rosary into one of her “most private parts” before being raped by a giant lobster at the Rio Theatre on Monday (September 19).