The Beatles punch the clock, Jill Gevargizian visits, and the Emmys dare you to hope

Thursday 9.15
Director Ron Howard turns his documentary lens on the Beatles, recalling the peak of their 1964-66 fame with the new Eight Days a Week, which opens today at the Tivoli and is available to stream on Hulu starting Saturday. Mostly a chronicling of the band’s touring history, the film features some unseen footage, familiar archival clips and new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Bomb scares, record burnings and screaming fans were par for the course, so it’s easy to see why the world’s greatest rock band got burned out on the road and retreated into the studio.

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Friday 9.16
The word “genre” has become a catch-all to describe fantasy, sci-fi, horror and suspense movies. All nine short films in the main lineup for the Los Angeles-based Etheria Film Night — a showcase of women-directed genre films — are showing at 9 tonight at the Screenland Armour. It’s also the Kansas City premiere of The Stylist, which won both the Jury Prize and the Audience Award in June at the festival. The Stylist, about a lonely hairstylist driven to escape her own disappointing reality, was shot locally by director Jill Gevargizian, who will be in attendance at the event.%{[ data-embed-type=”oembed” data-embed-id=”” data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%

Saturday 9.17
Kansas City-based Nelly Don was one of the first prominent female business owners in the U.S. and the largest dress manufacturer of the early 20th century. Her story is recounted in A Stitch in Time, a 2006 documentary from local historian Terence O’Malley, screening at 1 p.m. at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. As part of local nonprofit Rightfully Sewn’s inaugural Fashion Forward event, a Q&A reception follows the film, with a panel of people who’ve been a part of the rich history of KC’s Garment District.%{[ data-embed-type=”oembed” data-embed-id=”” data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%

Sunday 9.18
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards is tonight at 7 on ABC, and the network’s lucky to have two shows — Modern Family and Black-ish — in the running at all. Ninety-nine percent of the winners will likely come from shows airing on cable and streaming services. Since Game of Thrones won a record 12 Emmys in 2015, I’m hoping for some more adventurous picks this year. It’d be nice to see Bob Odenkirk win for his subtle work on Better Call Saul, while watching either Mr. Robot or The Americans walk away with the Best Drama Series trophy would make me giggle with glee.%{[ data-embed-type=”oembed” data-embed-id=”” data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%

Monday 9.19
Brian De Palma has always been a controversial filmmaker, but the documentary De Palma, new on Blu-ray, should give even the most casual movie fan a new appreciation for his artistry. Sure, his showy cinematic prowess goes hand in hand with his sometimes sleazy personal obsessions, but after listening to him talk openly and casually about his passion for two hours, its impossible not to want to revisit at least half of his oeuvre. Read the review here.
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Tuesday 9.20
In 1984, Joel and Ethan Coen unleashed their first comically dark vision of American life: the stylish neo-noir Blood Simple. Today, a newly restored 4K digital transfer of the movie, which stars Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh, enters the Criterion Collection on Blu-ray. The Coens don’t do director’s commentary tracks for their movies, but this set sports two new conversations with the Coens, one moderated by author Dave Eggers and the other by cinematographer Barry Sonnenfield, as well as interviews with Walsh and McDormand. %{[ data-embed-type=”oembed” data-embed-id=”” data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%

Wednesday 9.21
Since Gene Wilder’s death, there have been lots of tribute events, but the Ultimate Willy Wonka Party at the Alamo Drafthouse tonight at 7 is the only one that features in-person appearances by two co-stars of Wilder’s most beloved (and creepiest) film in person. Paris Themmen (who played Mike TeeVee) and Julie Dawn Cole (the notorious Veruca Salt) are all grown up now and will share stories during a full Q&A after the screening. Additionally, all attendees will get a special-edition Wonka poster signed by them both. %{[ data-embed-type=”oembed” data-embed-id=”” data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%

Eric Melin is the editor of and president of the KC Film Critics Circle.

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