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In Theaters. This week we get three new mainstream titles and two art titles — and though I’ve seen none of the mainstream ones, I’ll say that the art titles are the things to watch, because I have seen those and they are among the best films of the year. No fooling. It’s one of […]

New Movie Releases

Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Charles Dance, Lena Headey, Matt Smith

Pride + Prejudice + Zombies

The Story: The Jane Austen mainstay retold yet again, but this time with zombies…You know, for kids! The Lowdown: A one-note joke stretched far too thin at nearly two hours, Pride + Prejudice + Zombies lacks the heart — and braaaains — of its source material’s source material.
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Theresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Wilkinson

The Choice

The Story: A hunky veterinarian falls for his dreamy neighbor before maudlin tragedy steps in. The Lowdown: Abhorrently dull cheese of the kind only Nicholas Sparks’ pedigree can whip up — schmaltzy and oozing with melodrama, and with zero chemistry from its leads.
Starring: Michael Moore

Where to Invade Next

The Story: Michael Moore goes on a world tour to see how other countries handle education, health care, banking, business, etc. — in search of ideas to bring back to the U.S.  The Lowdown: Lighter than usual Moore documentary that operates in a unusually upbeat manner for the usually more provocative filmmaker.

Special Screenings This Week

Starring: Irene Dunne, Randolph Scott, Dorothy Lamour, Elizabeth Patterson, Raymond Walburn, Charles Bickford, Akim Tamiroff

High, Wide and Handsome

In Brief: The AFS tried to run this last year, but the weather was against it. Maybe there'll be better luck this time. ... Rouben Mamoulian did his most important work at Paramount, but he left the studio in 1933. In 1937, he came back for one more film: the little-seen and mostly forgotten High, Wide and…
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Starring: Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret, Simone Simon, Danielle Darrieux, Fernand Gravey, Isa Miranda

La Ronde

In Brief: Stylistically, the films of Max Ophuls are certainly of a piece, in a similar tone of voice. All of them could be summed up with the same phrase used by the narrator (Anton Walbrook) of La Ronde (1950) when he explains that the story is set in 1900 Vienna: "I adore the past. It is…
Starring: Henrik Malberg, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Birgitte Federspiel, Cay Kristiansen


In Brief: It is sobering to realize that Ordet (1955) — a film about madness, religious intolerance, a stillborn child, death and maybe a miracle — is probably Carl Theodore Dreyer's sunniest film. That says a lot about Dreyer's filmography, and while I do not doubt his greatness or his importance as a filmmaker, he's…
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Starring: Enrique Rambal, Abel Salazar, Martha Roth, Ofelia Guilmáin, Ana Laura Baledon

The Man and the Monster

In Brief: Long on atmosphere, short on logic, and generally a lot of fun — either despite or because of one of the dumbest werewolf makeup designs ever — The Man and the Monster (1959) is fairly typical of Mexican horror films of the late 1950s and early 1960s. These movies were given short shrift for…