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The CineSkinny Film Club

Joe Dante’s Matinee

Wed 10 May 2023

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Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair accessible

A man dressed in a giant ant costume and another man holding a large cigar wait back stage in a movie theatre.

Still from Joe Dante's Matinee

The Skinny are super excited to be screening underrated gem Matinee, Joe Dante's comedy that celebrates art over war, movies over Armageddon. Released in 1993, the film turns 30 this year but it feels fresher than ever and remains the closest thing the Gremlins director has to a lost masterpiece.

The setting is Key West, Florida, 1962. Our protagonist, Gene, has two things on his mind: girls, and the arrival of low-rent filmmaker Laurence Woolsey (played with warmth and wit by John Goodman), who’s premiering his new monster movie, Mant, in town… Well, actually, Gene and his friends have one other minor worry: the Cuban Missile Crisis and the real possibility of total nuclear annihilation.

This is Joe Dante’s celebration of the trashy, low-budget B-movie he grew up on. John Goodman is fantastic as the schlock-horror director and the Cuban Missile Crisis backdrop lets Dante weave in a potent anti-war message, as he does in other slyly satirical films like in kids' flick Small Soldiers and his zombie horror Homecoming.

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Event Type

Film

Location

Cinema

Time

7:15pm — 9:00pm

Doors open: 7:00pm

Ages

14+ accompanied by an adult

Ticketing

Free but ticketed

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

Tickets no longer available