A story tucked within a prison story: A jailed Spanish anarchist entertains his fellow prisoners by narrating a coming-of-age story about a resilient, dyed-in-the-wool romantic young boy.
Chemist Kurn Gerstein discovers that the Zyklon B pellets he developed to disinfect soldiers' barracks is instead being used to gas Jewish prisoners.
american idol viewing party
Cool Nutz, Jus Family Records, AT&T Wireless, and American Idol invite you to eat free food and yell "Go Ruben, spank those silly crackers!" while enjoying the hit show en masse. You must be 21 or older. Admission is free.
Amen: An Evening with Jeff Krulik
Jeff Krulik has a knack for capturing the essence and humor of subcultures. In his funny and disturbing short documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot, Krulik captured the spunk and razor-edged meanness of a Judas Priest crowd. Tonight he screens his latest (yes, he will be there), Hitler's Hat, an odd story about a man who was part of the troop that first stormed Hitler's home in 1945.
Better Luck Tomorrow
The story of a pack of overachieving Asian high school students turning to crime for kicks in suburbia, this film is little more than Goodfellas and Boyz 'N' the Hood spackled together with an Asian cast, and directed with overly hyper flare by Justin Lin. (Bradley Steinbacher)
A beautiful and textured film about a young boy and his avant-garde school teacher in war-torn, 1936 Spain. (Barley Blair)
As if the weekend couldn't get any worse: After both of her estranged parents show up for a weekend at her country home (both with their newest lovers in tow), Andrea's parents begin a cruel and entertaining game of "truth."
Cowboy Bebop The Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Based on a popular Cartoon Network series of the same name, Cowboy Bebop is a beautifully drawn, brightly colored, candy-coated piece of shit. It's an R-rated action-adventure cartoon that somehow manages to be appallingly weak on action and completely absent of unquestionably the best thing about every R-rated movie ever made: sex. (Christopher Frizzelle)
Daddy Day Care
Is Eddie Murphy just too busy counting his money to read scripts? Or perhaps they're all just printed on hundred-dollar bills. The once-great man hits us with yet another piece of middling excrement in the form of a Mr. Mom knockoff.
Decomposer Film Series
See Destination Fun
Elements of Adrenaline Film Fest
See Destination Fun
Fox and His Friends
In his 1974 breakout film, director Rainer Fassbinder broke the mold when he made a gay film that did not sensationalize sexuality. Instead it tells a bizarre and smirkingly charming story about a low-class carnival entertainer who strikes it rich in the lottery, only to be swindled.
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Audrey Tautou plays a fairly nasty role as a rather cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs young Parisian woman in love with a doctor (Samuel Le Bihan).
If you're versed in the art of cheesy horror flicks, you'll recognize every cinematic element of Identity, the new film from director James Mangold. There are the stereotypical characters (John Cusack plays a cop on leave), there's the rainy night, the motel conveniently located on an Indian burial ground, and the lack of phones and electricity. Thankfully, however, Mangold is a feisty bastard with a slightly twisted sense of humor and does all he can to make Identity a dark film within the mainstream cinema idiom. (Julianne Shepherd)
A Mighty Wind
See review this issue.
The New Babylon
Made in 1929 (ah yes, the year before the Stock Market crash sunk the economy), this is a highly stylized and overwrought film mocking consumer-based societies.
Night of Destiny
A devout Muslim, Mr. Slimani, living in the Arab quarter of Paris witnesses a murder on his way to the local mosque. The killers see him and chase after him, but he loses them in the crowd. Authorities then come to interview the locals in search of the eyewitness, but the Arabs are divided: some want to help with the investigation while others want to be left alone. Mr. Slimani's son Alilou becomes friends with one of the detectives, and when his father suddenly flees to Algeria, he realizes that his father was the eyewitness. In order to win dad's respect, Alilou agrees to testify for him.
Nowhere in Africa
Nowhere in Africa follows a rich Jewish family that leaves Germany in 1938 and moves to Africa. There they can avoid the Nazis, but have to deal with some other issues like, oh, the lack of water. (Christopher Frizzelle)
A charming, terse, and funny drama about Horst Fantazzini, Italy's "gentleman bandit." The film focuses mainly on Horst's last stand. He attempts to rob a bank, meanwhile telling his hostages that "it is more a crime to manage a bank than to rob one."
Power And Terror: Noam Chomsky In Our Times
At 74 years old, Chomsky just keeps on ticking, deconstructing American political systems like a man possessed. This documentary splices together a series of interviews and lectures he gave in response to the 9/11 attacks.
Quai des Orfevres
The first thing we see in this delightful noir leftover is rain splashing on the dirty cobblestones of a Parisian back alley. From there, it's on to tenements, music halls, garrets, and police stations--all lit with dramatic romance and shaded by endless plumes of cigarette smoke. Like Clouzot's better-known masterpieces (Wages of Fear, Diabolique), Quai des Orfèvres it's driven by the elements of tight suspense, dark humor, and offhand sexuality. The potboiler of a plot involves an ambitious wife whose schlubby husband takes the rap for a murder she commits, including a zealous but patient police detective, and the lesbian photographer who loves them all. (Sean Nelson)
Raising Victor Vargas
The opening shot of this movie (in which Victor, the lithe, crass, and beguiling 18-year-old begins undressing as he prepares to fuck a fat girl who has promised not to tell anyone) is not unlike those Antonio Sabato Jr. underwear ads from the '90s. Victor lives on the Lower East Side and has no worldly ambitions; all he has to speak of is a crush on Juicy Judy, who wears hoop earrings and too much makeup and thinks all guys are "dogs." Neither one of them has a phone at home, which suggests a rather improbable courtship, though they manage to run into each other enough times on neighborhood rooftops and at public swimming pools, and to the surprise of no one in the audience, it all works out. (Christopher Frizzelle)
Chris Eyre's Skins is set on the most impoverished reservation in America: Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. It describes the day-to-day world of a reservation cop (Eric Schweig) who has an eccentric understanding of the law and how it should be administered. He is not a "bad lieutenant," but his sense of right and wrong is complicated by the maze and layers of misery that he encounters while both on and off duty. (Charles Mudede)
The shape of things
See review this issue.
The Snake Pit (1948)
A woman awakes to find herself in an insane asylum and doesn't know how she got there. Through flashbacks she discovers some of her former life with her husband, but eventually, despite therapy, she relapses and finds herself in the snake pit.
The Dancer Upstairs
See review this issue.
Trinty Sees Red
Hired to assassinate a troublesome anarchist who is stirring up the masses, Marcos heads into southern Spain. But complications and enlightenment (and unfortunately not hilarity) ensue as he falls in love with a beautiful woman and questions his political motives.
X2: X-Men United
The screenplay, by Michael Dougherty and Daniel Harris, is great; it would have been disastrous for the filmmakers not to rely on it. Forgoing excessive sweaty violence for richly imaginative narrative, X2's world is brought to life even more spectacularly than the first X-Men film, with very human elements of persecution, morality, and acceptance. (Julianne Shepherd)