THE A-TEAM Narc/Smokin' Aces director Joe Carnahan helms this big-screen--and hopefully ludicrous--riff on the asinine 1980s TV show, with Sharlto Copley, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, and Quinton Jackson filling in roles popularized by Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict, George Peppard, and Mr. T. Words kinda fail here. Opens June 11.
ANNIE HALL So you know some people who've never "gotten" Woody Allen. They say he's whiny, he's self-absorbed, he married his own stepdaughter, and he thinks he's Ingmar freakin' Bergman. Well la-di-da. Make these poor misguided souls watch 1977's classic, Annie Hall, which by some miracle of justice won that year's Best Picture Oscar. It pairs Allen with his ideal screen partner, Diane Keaton, and offers her comic tour de force as the winsome shiksa singer who beguiles Allen's neurotic Jewish comic with her fear of spiders, courage in the presence of lobsters, terrible driving, Midwestern naiveté, and trend-setting fashion sense. Also not to be missed: young Christopher Walken's gut-busting cameo as Keaton's creepy brother. (Heather Joslyn) Screens at the Village of Cross Keys June 12 at dusk.
CINEMATIC ADAPTATION AT THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE This shorts program brings together a group of local filmmaker interpretations/inspirations. Ann Everton riffs on Stripes as part of her "Bill Murray Life Lessons" series. "Bitterbittertears" is Catherine Pancake's re-imagination of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant starring the amazing Erin Markey. Rob Parrish turns educational films into narratives. Chuck Green and Chrissy Howland interpret Poe in "The Obelisk." And erstwhile City Paper critic Evan Guilfoyle and Sean Williams present a silent black-and-white vision of Nikolai Gogol's "The Overcoat." At the Creative Alliance at the Patterson June 11 at 7 p.m.
THE KARATE KID In more 1980s reboots--this one feeling designed to get breeders who grew up in the 1980s into movie theaters with their children--Harald Zwart (The Pink Panther 2) directs this update of John Avildsen's 1984 original. In this version, Jackie Chan plays the wise old teacher and Jaden Smith plays the Detroit teen who relocates to Beijing with his mother (Taraji P. Henson) and finds himself wanting/needing to learn karate. Opens June 11.
METROPOLIS This restored print of Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece adds some additional footage to the much-ballyhooed 2002 restoration. Lang's prescient dystopia posits an intricate megalopolis in which workers live and toil underground and the privileged few cavort atop skyscrapers in an oasis known as the Club of the Sons. Things begin to crack when a young member of the Aryan ruling class ventures into the Worker's City and ends up involved in a revolution. Lang's vision of the urban landscape as a cold, robotic über-organism struck the tone for innumerable subsequent science-fiction pictures; visually, his models and miniatures remain staggering. It's a good moment to see it, for if Lang's film has a simple political message, it's that things get worse before they get better--and that things don't get better by themselves. (Eric Allen Hatch) Opens June 11 at the Senator Theatre.
ROMA Exhibit B in the argument that Federico Fellini got a little nutty in late '60s/early '70s (exhibit A: 1969's Satyricon), 1972's Roma may be one of the most unapologetically self-referential movies from one of the most unapologetically self-referential filmmakers of his generation. Roma is part personal essay and documentary collage, part imaginative re-enactment of Fellini's own experiences in Rome in the 1930s and '40s, and part flamboyant snapshot of what the city was like in the early 1970s. Fellini never only relied on linear narrative, so Roma's prismatic flow feels both familiar and fresh. And in one scene--the ecclesiastical fashion show--Roma delivers one of Fellini's more riotous moments. At the Charles Theatre at noon June 12, at 7 p.m. June 14, and 9 p.m. June 17.
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