What’s Happening This Week (March 27 – April 2)
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m.
Dr. Seuss’s Technicolor wonderland returns to screen for one day only to keep the music pumping at the Heights Theater. Young Bart hates practicing piano with his dastardly teacher, Dr. Terwiliker. Soon Bart discovers that Dr. T is hatching an evil plan to keep 500 boys captive to play his giant piano every hour of every day. With the help of a friendly plumber, Bart will beat the odds and save the boys from an eternity of piano practicing. The film is being screened as a fundraiser for the continued restoration of the piano action at the Heights Theater organ. All seats are $6.00, and tickets can be purchased online at www.heightstheatre.com.
Starts March 27
Federico Fellini’s 1974 classic is showcased at the Lagoon Cinema in a new 35mm print. The semiautobiographical film celebrates the daily life of a small town while exposing the flaws that led to fascism. Featuring a classic score by Nino Rota, this restoration was personally supervised by cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno. This Academy Award-winner play at the Lagoon for a one-week-only engagement starting Friday, March 27.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres
Saturday, March 28 at midnight
In case you missed it the first time around, Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s leap from late-night cable TV to the silver screen will live again – thanks to Midnight Madness at the Uptown Theater. The heroes of Adult Swim embark on an epic journey that explores their origins and throws them into a tremendous battle over exercise equipment.
Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m.
Dreamer’s Empire presents a one-night-only, 50th anniversary screening of William Wyler’s classic epic Ben-Hur. Winner of 11 Academy Awards, Ben-Hur tells the story of a Jewish prince (Charlton Heston) who is sent away as a slave by his childhood friend. After surviving the galleys, he returns to Jerusalem to find his family and seek revenge against his former friend. Help Dreamer’s Empire send a message to the bigwigs in Hollywood; “where are the inspirational movies of old like Fiddler on the Roof,‘Lawrence of Arabia, and Ben-Hur?” The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and all tickets are $8.00. For more information, visit www.dreamersempire.com.
Beyond Borders Film Festival
Continues through Sunday, March 29
Rimé Foundation presents the Beyond Borders Film Festival, a five-day celebration of uplifting films from around the world. The films explore the universal conditions of humanity, and the things that bring us together – no matter where we’re from. Selected films include Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Sugar, Academy Award nominee Revanche, and Nina Paley’s animated feature Sita Sings the Blues. Some directors will be on-hand during the screenings. For more information, including a complete schedule of films and showtimes, visit www.beyondbordersfilmfestival.com.
Starts Mar. 27
Acclaimed filmmaker Jan Troell (The Emigrants, The New Land) returns to screens with this touching tale of transformation. Maria (Maria Heiskanen) wins a camera in a lottery. With it, she starts to see new aspects of the world and in the process, changes her life. She sees the highs and lows of life, and the constant shift of the world and her place in it. Also starring Jesper Christensen and Mikael Persbrandt. A Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Great Buck Howard
Starts Mar. 27
John Malkovich mesmerizes as Buck Howard, a mentalist way past his prime. He’s gone from the Tonight Show to community centers, but puts on a beaming smile and perseveres. He’s on the verge of his comeback; all he needs is a guiding force. Enter Troy Gable (Colin Hanks), a law school drop-out in need of work. And armed with a beautiful publicist (Emily Blunt), Buck will show the world he’s still got a few tricks up his sleeve. Tom Hanks co-stars as, appropriately enough, Troy’s father.