The online trailer for The Signal, a low-fi horror flick releasing February 22 from Magnolia Pictures, is an effective piece of genre rib-nudging. Like Pulse and the recent One Missed Call (and The Ring, before them), The Signal is a film that channels and wraps the current anxiety of our times around a techno-phobic premise. When a garbled television transmission makes half of all those who see it turn into stark-raving-mad killers, all bets are off. Like the recent Cloverfield, the movie seems to revolve around a couple of young lovers trying to navigate their way through the madness and reunite safely. It may not have the marketing muscle to punch through, and heck, it may even be crappy in the final analysis, but the trailer does its job, evoking dread in decently effective fashion.
Director John Ford made an astonishing 50-plus films at 20th Century Fox, and it’s one of his earliest works, 1924’s The Iron Horse, that kicks off a special retrospective of his work at the Egpytian Theatre February 7 through 10, playing as part of the 85th anniversary series of films that originally premiered at the legendary Hollywood venue. Boasting several screenings with new 35mm prints, as well as the rare, pre-release version of My Darling Clementine, the series includes Young Mr. Lincoln, Prisoner of Shark Island, The Grapes of Wrath and Ford’s first color film, Drums Along the Mohawk, among several others. While the retrospective proper ends on February 10, a special screening of 1952’s The Quiet Man will be held on Valentine’s Day at 7:30 p.m.
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