This Weekend’s Cinema: “After Hours”

As dark comedies go, Martin Scorcese’s 1985 classic, “After Hours,” is about as dark as they come. The film’s slated for half of this weekend’s doublebill at the Tick Tock Tavern (3459 Magnolia, 63118) alongside the complementary feature “Judgement Night”; both films are free and begin screening at 2 pm. The pair of films provide the second installment of the Saint Louis Video Society‘s “Survive the Night” sub-series, given over to films in which characters descend into night-long adventures of terror. Sounds hilarious, eh?

Well, here’s a deeper scoop: “In a Manhattan cafe, word processor Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) meets and talks literature with Marcy (Rosanna Arquette). Later that night, Paul takes a cab to Marcy’s downtown apartment. His $20 bill flying out the window during the ride portends the unexpected night he has. He cannot pay for the ride and finds himself in a series of awkward, surreal and life-threatening situations with a colorful cast of characters. He spends the rest of the night trying to return uptown.
(US, 97 mins)”

Here’s the spot for an obligatory trailer: