Friday Night at the Movies
Thinking about catching a flick this weekend? Here's what to see...
INTO TEMPTATION: Minneapolis and the Stone Arch Bridge play supporting roles in this locally made film, starring Jeremy Sisto and Kristin Chenoweth. When a cool Catholic priest hears a confession from a call girl who says she is planning to kill herself soon, he launches a personal quest through Minneapolis's sexual underworld to find her. (Lagoon Cinema)
City Pages: "Modest but engaging. ... Considering that a woman's life is in imminent danger, the film unfolds with a remarkable lack of urgency, but Sisto's laid-back charisma sees the movie through to its resolutely non-Hollywood finish."
Star Tribune: 3 stars Pioneer Press: 2.5 stars
COLD SOULS: Critics have been decidedly mixed on this dark comedy about an actor (Paul Giamatti, playing something like himself) who tries to improve his brooding personality by having a medical procedure done that removes his soul. But most reviewers have been smitten by its smart humor and Giamatti's performance. (area theaters)
City Pages: "This clever metaphysical comedy has been compared to the films of Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but it exists on a different, surrealist plane: more lyricism, less misanthropy."
Star Tribune: 3 stars Pioneer Press: 1 star RottenTomatoes.com: 74% positive
YOO-HOO, MRS. GOLDBERG: This charming documentary about Gertrude Berg, a little-remembered radio and TV star from the mid-20th century, is a definite sleeper. Playing a matronly, sweet-tempered Jewish woman in her shows, Berg was a savvy businesswoman who became one of the most successful media stars of her day. (Edina Cinema)
City Pages: "A celebratory but clear-eyed portrait, showing Berg as a canny, driven creature of her time."
Star Tribune: 3 stars Pioneer Press: 3 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 93% positive
DISTRICT 9: For sci-fi fans, this fast and furiously inventive film is already an instant classic. Aliens descend on Earth, but they're not here to invade or save us from ourselves--their spaceship just broke down. Now they're living in a South African ghetto, and they're getting restless. (area theaters)
PONYO: Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki is back with a riff on Hans Christian Andersen's classic The Little Mermaid, but with a Miyazakian twist: the mermaid is an anthropomorphic goldfish with magical powers, and her handsome prince is a five-year-old schoolboy. (area theaters)
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS: The over-the-top violence is not everyone's thing, but Quentin Tarantino fans will get off on this energetic and inventive film about a group of WWII Jewish resistors taking revenge on the Nazis. It may be a tad long and a little too pleased with itself, but it's tough to resist the enthusiastic performances and terrific dialogue--if you're not put off by the juvenile premise or cartoonish savagery." (area theaters)
LORNA'S SILENCE: In this somber but well-made film about the shady underbelly of Belgium, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne tell the story of an Albanian immigrant woman living with her junkie husband gets involved in a potentially deadly scheme. (Edina Cinema)
EDINA CINEMA'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY: The movie house celebrates its semisesquicentennial (yes, there's a word for that) with a weekend of classic movies. The Adventures of Robin Hood from 1938 screens Saturday at 10 a.m., with the dashing Errol Flynn as the beloved bandit. On Sunday, the Edina shows an old-fashioned double feature beginning at 2 p.m.: It Happened One Night is a Frank Capra film starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in a sexy (for 1934) love story about a poor little rich girl who abandons her new husband, flees her controlling father, and runs into a hard-bitten newspaper reporter--who smells a good story. It's oddly paired with 1935's The Bride of Frankenstein (with Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester), a horror flick about the continuing adventures of the mad doctor and his creature, who apparently didn't die in that fire after all.
ALIENS: Sigourney Weaver returns in this James Cameron-directed 1986 sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 thriller. (Uptown Theatre, Saturday at midnight)
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