What’s Happening This Week? (May 1 – 7)
Annie Get Your Gun
Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
There’s no business like show business, and visitors to the Heights Theater can see how grand a business it is when Annie Get Your Gun gets its first theatrical showing in the Twin Cities in over 40 years. Starring Betty Hutton as sharp-shootin’ Annie Oakley, Irving Berlin’s smash musical showcases some of the best tunes to ever grace the stage or screen. Long out of public circulation due to rights issues, Annie Get Your Gun will make a sparkling return to the big screen, thanks to a newly restored 35mm print from the original Technicolor negatives. All tickets are $8.00. For more information, visit www.heightstheatre.com.
Starts May 1
You can’t stop change, as two people from the opposite ends of the spectrum discover in Goodbye Solo. Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane) is a humble Senegalese cab driver struggling to build a better life for his family. William (Red West) is a tough Southern guy stuck with the regrets of the past. One man’s journey is beginning while the other’s is ending, but they forge a friendship anyhow. Winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
Howl’s Moving Castle
Saturday, May 2 at Midnight
Master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s epic fantasy Howl’s Moving Castle was last seen in theatres five years ago, thanks to an English-language dub by Disney. But Studio Ghibli aficionados can catch the original Japanese version Saturday, May 2 as part of Midnight Madness at the Uptown Theater. After morose Sofi is transformed into an old woman by a witch, she comes across Howl’s moving castle, a walking house presided over by a distant and selfish wizard. As the old woman settles into life with him, she begins to realize that there’s more to him than vanity and mood swings. There’s a tender soul that’s being eaten away – and she may be the only one who can save him. LookBook will perform live before the screening.
Is Anybody There?
Starts May 1
Michael Caine stars as a world-weary magician who strikes an unlikely friendship with a young boy in John Crowley’s (Boy A) Is Anybody There? After reluctantly moving into a retirement home, the elderly magician connects with the owners’ morbid son (Bill Milner.) Peter Harness’s screenplay, inspired by his own experiences living in a retirement home, crafts a tender and honest story about coming-of-age, no matter how old you are. Co-starring Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey, Rosemary Harris, and Leslie Phillips.
Strangers on a Train
Monday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Take-Up Productions and the Riverview Theater’s Hitchcock celebration continues this week with Strangers on a Train. Two men meet by chance on a train and have lunch together. The situation gets sticky when Bruno (Robert Walker) tells Guy (Farley Granger) that he’ll kill his wife. But in return, Guy must kill Bruno’s father. Guy laughs it off as a joke, but the laughs are cut short when Bruno holds up his end of the deal, and expects Guy to do the same. Co-starring Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll and Hitch’s daughter Patricia, Strangers on a Train is one of Hitchcock’s tightest thrillers, filled with moments of nail biting suspense – including the classic carousel-gone-mad finale. For more information visit www.riverviewtheater.com or www.take-up.org.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Starts May 1
Hugh Jackman returns as the ultimate mutant badass – but this time, it’s all about him. X-Men Origins: Wolverine delves deep into the character’s history to tell the tale of his life, his love, and the experiment that transformed him into a superhuman fighting machine. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Gavin Hood (Tsotsi), Wolverine looks to start the summer movie season off with a bang, packed with familiar faces X-Men fans know and love. Co-starring Liev Schreiber, will.i.am, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, and Ryan Reynolds.