What’s Happening This Week (April 24 – 30)
27th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
Through April 30
146 films. 15 days. It could only be the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. This year the Kerasotes Block E, the Oak Street Cinema and the St. Anthony Main theatre will host the festival, which will showcase some of the finest new cinema from around the world. Featuring films from Palestine to Sweden to right here in Minnesota, it’s sure to have something for everyone. The fun wraps up this week, ending with a screening of the Rian Johnson comedy caper The Brothers Bloom at Block E on April 30 at 7 p.m. A closing night gala will be held at the 7 Sushi Lounge in Minneapolis, starting at 9:30 p.m. For more information, including a full schedule and ticket information, visit www.mspfilmfest.org.
Harrison Ford and Ashley Judd star in Crossing Over, a chronicle of immigration in Los Angeles. As people from around the world struggle to get legal status in America, the film deals with the changing landscape of U.S. immigration policy, and the people who often don’t get a say. Also stars Ray Liotta and Jim Sturgess. Runs through April 30 at the Parkway Theater.
Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Hitchcock’s inventive and harrowing thriller Rope swings into the Riverview Theater as part of Take-Up Productions’ Hitchcock series. Inspired the Leopold and Leob murder case, the 10 shot film starts off with a horrific murder. Two young men stuff the body in a trunk shortly before a dinner party honoring the victim. As their delight grows, the audience is more unnerved by the secret they share with the killers. A directorial triumph, Rope shows Hitchcock at his most innovative and most suspenseful. All tickets are $8, or five for $25 (maximum two uses per screening.) For more information visit www.riverviewtheater.com or www.take-up.org.
Starts Friday, Apr. 24
The Soloist tells the true stories of Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) and musical prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Jamie Foxx), two men who find friendship through the power of music. Lopez meets Ayers on the streets of L.A. – a homeless man with a shopping cart and a violin with two strings. After he learns Ayers was once a Julliard student, he uses his column to help get Ayers off the streets and back into the world of music he loves so much. But as Lopez struggles to save Ayer’s life, he begins to realize that Ayers is saving his as well. Directed by Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement.)
Starts April 24
Sugar is a Dominican pitcher struggling to save his family from poverty. After he makes his way into the U.S. minor leagues, he finds himself in Iowa with only a handful of fellow Spanish speakers. As he begins to face life outside of the Dominican Republic, he finds himself alone and isolated. His skills on the field start to fall, and he realizes that his dreams may not actually be what he wants. Written and directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson.)
Tango & Cash
Saturday, April 25 at Midnight
Two awesomely ‘80s action superstars team up for an awesomely ‘80s night at the Uptown Theater. Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell star in Tango & Cash as two rival narcotics detectives who regularly foil the plans of a French kingpin (Jack Palance.) But after their arch nemesis frames them and sends them to prison for murder, Tango and Cash realize they must work together to prove their innocence. Also stars Teri Hatcher.
Starts Friday, Apr. 24
Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,) Leos Carax (Lovers on the Bridge,) and Bong Joon-Ho (The Host) team up to write a love letter to that great Japanese metropolis – Tokyo. Much like New York Stories and Paris Je T’Aime before it, Tokyo! offers up three different views of urban living. And it shows how a city can affect its people – and how the people can affect their city. Tokyo! starts a one-week run at the Lagoon Cinema April 24.