* Battle Royale See review this issue. Clinton Street Theater
Bitter Cane and Haiti: Dreams of Democracy
Bitter Cane explores the economy, history, and politics of Haiti since the first importation of African slaves in 1804. In Haiti: Dreams of Democracy the Duvalier regime has been overthrown, and director Jonathan Demme explores the feelings of the people through music and interviews. PCC Cascade Campus
* Broken Lizard's Club Dread
A serial killer is on the loose in a swanky club for swingers.
* A Day at the Races
Another Marx Brothers classic, in which horse doctor Groucho is given a most appropriate job: running an insane asylum. Cinema 21
* Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights See review this issue.
* The Dreamers
Bernardo Bertolucci's latest, a sexy film about an incestuous threesome in late '60s Paris. Fox Tower 10
The Fourth World War See review this issue. Clinton Street Theater
The Girl Next Door
When a former porn star moves in next door, the neighbor boy can't stop jerking off at the window. Regal Cinemas, etc.
* The Man by the Shore
Through the flashbacks of a girl named Sarah we come to understand the oppressive rule under Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier in 1960s Haiti. PCC Cascade Campus, PSU Hoffman Hall Auditorium
* Oscar Night America Party
The new Eastside restaurant ClarkLewis is hosting an Oscar party with free apps, drinks for purchases, and enough TVs that you won't miss a minute. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 288-PIFF, plus limited tickets available at the door. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Film Center's Young Filmmakers Program. ClarkLewis
The Passion of the Christ See review this issue. Moreland Theater
Hector Babenco's elegy to homeless Brazilian street kids. PSU Smith Memorial Union Rm 225
See My What a Busy Week pg 9. Clinton Street Theater
* A Summer in La Goulette
Three girls--a Muslim, Catholic, and a Jew--are inseparable friends despite their religions. However, when the girls each decide to lose their virginity by August, things fall apart. PCC Cascade Campus
Uh oh--all the murder victims Officer Ashley Judd has been coming across lately happen to be her old boyfriends. What could possibly be at the bottom of this coincidence?
* What the Fuck Do We Know? See review this issue. Bagdad Theater
* Zero Day
Fake documentary footage of two boys about to unleash semi-automatic weapons and explosives on their high school gives insight into their personalities and ordinary lives. Filmed before Gus Van Sant's cloying Elephant, this is a gritty and compelling account of the events leading up to what the boys call Zero Day. Hollywood Theatre
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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (China)
Set in the early '70s during China's cultural revolution, Balzac tells the tale of two young men sent to a rural mining village to be purged of their Western-themed education. Life sucks until the boys steal a supply of forbidden Western literature (including Balzac) and use it to woo chicks.
Thelma and Louise meet Telemundo in this uneven comedy road odyssey following a directionless retiree and an unbelievably hot soap star as they escape from romantic oppression. Consistently unsurprising, yet pleasant enough until the last reel, when the title character's quirks cross the line into serious derangement. (Andrew Wright)
* Deep Breath (Iran)
Two college-aged juvenile delinquents commit impulsive crimes, like vandalism and car-jacking, before a headstrong young woman comes between them. This French New Wave storyline is unexpectedly set in present-day Iran, making for a film universal in theme but fascinatingly specific in location. (Andy Spletzer)
* Dogville (Denmark)
Lars Von Trier pulls Nicole Kidman into a 1930s mining town. On the lam from gangsters and a dark past, Kidman arrives in a town that is seemingly Eden. She approaches the townsfolk with humility and asks for forgiveness for her shady past, but little does she know that evil can lurk in the most pleasant places.
Underneath the panache of model students is a raging battle between good and evil where students haze and torture each other in order to express their homo-erotic impulses.
Good Morning, Night (Italy)
In 1978 a terrorist group known as the Red Brigade kidnapped the leader of the Italian Christian Democrats, Aldo Moro, and kept him locked up in hiding for 55 days before executing him. Director Marco Bellocchio has taken this interesting premise and made it into the dullest film imaginable.
King Quin, ruler of Qui, is working to consolidate the whole nation under his rule, but three pesky warrior-assassins keep foiling his plans. From the director of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and starring Jet Li.
Letters in the Wind (Italy)
Yes, we won the Cold War. But what devastation has that defeat left behind in post-communist countries like Albania. Letters in the Wind does a remarkable job of detailing one life's plummet from a professor in the state-sponsored education system to an unemployed street vendor.
Mon Ibraham (France)
Omar Sharif plays an elderly Arab shopkeeper in 1960s Paris who befriends Momo, a bored Jewish boy. Together they takes off across Europe in a shiny convertible.
* Oasis (South Korea)
South Korea turns out some fucked up films. Here, an ex-con nearly rapes and then falls in love with a girl afflicted with cerebral palsy. She falls for him, too. At times hard to sit through, other times undeniably sweet, and always well-acted, this is exactly the kind of film Todd Solondz (Happiness) wishes he could make. (Andy Spletzer)
The Professional (Serbia)
Before Teja became a fatcat manager of a big Belgrade publishing house, he was a passionate anti-Milosovich revolutionary. He's reminded of this when a mysterious stranger confronts him with relics from his past. The Serbian history lesson is fascinating, but the movie gets bogged down in its flashbacks and becomes a dull and preachy play. (Andy Spletzer)
* Reconstruction (Denmark)
The fickle finger of fate prods two unsatisfied couples into monkeying with the time stream in a search for the perfect romantic scenario. Displaying unbelievable confidence for a first-time director, Boe melds Choose Your Own Adventure books with Wenders-style longing. Winner of the Best First Film at Cannes. (Andrew Wright)
* Stalingrad (Germany)
The World War II fighting at Stalingrad between the Soviets and the Germans claimed over a million lives and basically decided the outcome of the war. This documentary revisits the epic battle, incorporating nearly three hours of interviews with survivors from both sides, and even 8-mm footage shot by the soldiers themselves.
* The Story of the Weeping Camel (Mongolia)
A fascinating look at modern life in the Mongolian desert, framed by the slightest of stories about camel relationships.