Seeing Christmas movies with your family is fine and all, but sometimes, you've got to cut out for the hard stuff—and we don't mean candy canes. Local theaters seem happy to oblige. Midnight offerings in the coming weeks are deliriously fun. We'll see you there!
Showgirls The unedited NC-17 “director’s cut” of Paul Verhoeven's contemporary camp classic will be screened. The tender way in which Robert Davi says the line “must be weird not havin’ guys come all over you” is worth the price of admission all by its lonesome. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave (212-924-7771, ifccenter.com). Thu 24–Sat 26 midnight; $9–$14.
Gremlins Credit director Joe Dante for making this fantasy-comedy about kids ’n’ cuddly creatures more than just a Spielberg-lite romp. Remember: No bright lights. Don’t get them wet. And above all—never feed them after midnight. Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn (718-384-3980, nitehawkcinema.com). Fri 25, Sat 26 midnight; $9–$11.
Pulp Fiction Surprisingly, the video-store-geek turned auteur’s opus still feels fresh, despite the legion of god-awful clones it’s spawned. Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead. Landmark’s Sunshine, 143 E Houston St (212-260-7289, landmarktheatres.com). Fri 1, Sat 2 midnight; $10.
The Room Spoons! There’s never a wrong time to (re)visit Tommy Wiseau’s lovable cult film. Also, Denny, what are you? Buying? Selling? Giving? Landmark’s Sunshine, 143 E Houston St (212-260-7289, landmarktheatres.com). Fri 1, Sat 2 midnight; $10.
The Shining From a certain perspective, all of Stanley Kubrick’s movies—even 2001—seem like horror films. When the director actually got around to making a proper thriller, he paradoxically produced the ultimate comic satire on the American family. With blood in elevators. Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn (718-384-3980, nitehawkcinema.com). Fri 1, Sat 2 midnight; $9–$11.
The Dreamers Other movies run rings around Bernardo Bertolucci's evocation of tumultuous Paris in May ’68. But he does elicit a fine, sullen performance out of Louis Garrel, while future Bond girl Eva Green is shown off to flattering effect. Videology, 308 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn (718-782-3468, videology.info). Sat 2 midnight; $5.