Sorry for Laughing: Four Films by Albert Brooks: Brooks plays a neurotic, self-absorbed advertising executive who runs into a bus with his brand-new Mercedes and finds himself in Judgment City where he can eat all he wants and not get fat, but he also has to "defend his life." Read a full review of Defending Your Life.
Reality in Long Shots: A Hou Hsiao-Hsien Retrospective: Hou delves into the complicated sexual politics of late 19th-century Shanghai brothels. The power plays here swirl seductively around the madams who run the brothels, the gentlemen clients who run up tabs, and the ladies of the night, known as "flower girls" who truly run the show. Read a full review of Flowers of Shanghai.
Backyard Movie Night: Families are encouraged to come an hour early to enjoy a "Family Camp Preview," which includes a guided hike, fossil hunt, backyard family games, nature crafts, and more. Read a full review of Hook.
After a controversial year, the celebration of global genre cinema returns. Devoted to horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world, Fantastic Fest is a film festival like no other.