What’s Happening This Week (April 3 – 9)
Starts April 3
Taking a page from Sidney Lumet’s classic 12 Angry Men, Academy Award-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov (Burnt by the Sun, Dark Eyes) presents a story of modern life and living. Twelve very different jurors have been brought to determine a verdict. An 18-year-old Chechen boy is on trial, accused of murdering his army officer stepfather. And as the time drags on, the jurors must come to face each other and themselves. 12 plays an exclusive one-week engagement at the Edina Cinema.
Starts April 3
The director of Superbad returns to screens with another tale of youthful raunchy comedy with Adventureland. James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) is set for a tour of Europe when his parents notify him they can no longer subsidize his trip. In response, James is forced to take a job at a local amusement park. But the best experiences are often the ones you don’t expect, and what looks like a waste of time reveals love and lessons that will last a life long. Co-stars Kristen Stewart, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Martin Starr, and Ryan Reynolds.
Starts April 3
In bucolic 1950s America, a mysterious object crashes into a mountaintop that threatens to bring death and destruction to the entire world. From out of the mysterious object comes the Ghota, who is bent on eliminating all of mankind. After a friendly alien life form inhabits the body of a dashing astronomer (Eric McCormack), the race is on to save the Earth and every living thing on it. Directed by X-Files veteran R.W. Goodwin, Alien Trespass is a brilliant and pitch-perfect send-up of the social fears and genre that defined an era.
Pride of Lions
Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
After an 11-year civil war, Sierra Leone is picking up the pieces and trying to move forward. Personal stories of loss and struggle show that some things touch every life and some truths can be found in every corner of the world. Everyone has a story to tell, from the boy soldier to the high school principal. Their stories of survival will inspire all who hear them. Pride of Lions will screen once only – April 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations to Global Action Foundation (featured in the film) will be accepted. For more information, go to www.prideoflionsfilm.com or www.heightstheater.com.
Saturday, April 4 at midnight
A classic of winter recreation and a classic of Hollywood cinema meet, with uproarious results, in Slap Shot – the latest edition of Midnight Madness at the Uptown. When an aging hockey coach (Paul Newman) tries to reinvigorate his minor league team, he finds only one way to propel them to victory – by playing dirty. This 1977 comedy smash was Paul Newman’s third film with director George Roy Hill, after the hits Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting. Slap Shot affected the sport of hockey for years to come, and now the laughs and the sweat can be seen once again on the big screen. Comedian Chris Maddock will perform like before the screening.