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What’s Happening This Week? (May 8 – 14)

Posted on May 7, 2009 by | 1 comment


Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Starts May 8
Uptown Theatre

Anvil’s 1982 record, “Metal on Metal” influenced a generation of heavy metal bands and sold millions of records. But instead of heading straight to the top, this Canadian band went crashing straight into obscurity. Sacha Gervasi’s new documentary tells the story of a band still struggling to make it – even after a hit record. Anvil will appear in person for a live performance following the 7:15 p.m. screening on Friday, May 8.

Lemon Tree
Starts May 8
Edina Cinema

This Israeli Academy Award-winning film shows that one person can truly stand up for what they believe is right. Salma (Hiam Abbass) is a Palestinian widow who gets more than she bargained for when the Israeli Defense Minister moves in next door. His security tells Salma that her beloved lemon grove poses a threat to the Minister’s safety, and demands that she remove them. But Salma is not swayed, and takes the Minister all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court. This dramatic and funny examination of life in the Middle East is directed and co-written by Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride.)

Starts May 8
Lagoon Cinema

The ’70s were a time of great change, and when an outbreak of Lyme disease hits your hometown in the midst of economic and cultural turmoil, you’re bound to get a little wound up. An awkward 15-year-old boy (Rory Culkin) finds himself at odds with his family; his parents (Alec Baldwin and Jill Hennessy) are divorcing, and his older brother (Kieran Culkin) is heading off to war. But he has fallen in love with his next door neighbor (Emma Roberts), whose family may be as screwed up as his; her mother (Cynthia Nixon) is carrying on an affair while her father (Timothy Hutton) is infected with Lyme disease. A semi-autobiographical dramedy from Derick and Steven Martini.

Out at the Movies
Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Heights Theater

Lavendar Magazine presents Out at the Movies at the Heights, a double-feature benefitting GLBT Generations. The first film, Ten More Good Years, chronicle LGBT elders as they share stories of their lives and queer history. Coffee Date follows a man whose friendship with a gay man leads everyone he knows to assume he’s gay. All seats are $15 at the door, or $10 in advance. For more information, visit or

Star Trek
Now playing
Lagoon Cinema

Space – the final frontier. Much like James Bond and Batman before it, it’s the Trekkies’ turn for the high-tech reboot. Directed by J.J. Abrams (of TV’s “Lost”), Star Trek chronicles the maiden voyage of the starship Enterprise. A young crew on their first voyage out – including the gutsy and sometimes irrational James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and the intense Spock (Zachary Quinto) – finds themselves in for more than they bargained for when they cross paths with the evil Nero (Eric Bana.) The two men, opposite in every way, must find a way to work together if they want their crew – and themselves – to survive the battle ahead. Also stars Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and features a special appearance by Leonard Nimoy.

To Catch a Thief
Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Riverview Theater

Take-Up Productions and the Riverview Theater’s Hitchcock celebration continues with one of the master’s lightest films – the Cary Grant/Grace Kelly caper To Catch a Thief. Grant plays a reformed thief enjoying the high life in the Riveria. That is, until a series of similar burglaries start to pop up around him. Grant sets out to clear his name, and he soon has his sights on the next victim – a luminous American woman (Kelly.) But what happens when they start to fall for each other? All tickets are $8. For more information, visit or

Wild at Heart
Saturday, May 9 at Midnight
Uptown Theatre

David Lynch’s original, uncut version of Wild at Heart plays the Uptown as part of Midnight Madness. Two young lovers (Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern) on the run from the girl’s mother (Diane Ladd, in an Oscar-nominated performance) and the private detective and hitman she’s sent out to track them. Along the way, the two lovers come across a variety of characters – the type that could only be found in a classic David Lynch film.

Andrew Newman
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1 Comment

  1. Anvil! and Lemon Tree are both pretty great. I’d say Anvil has a shot at my year end top ten list.

    Also, the Solstice Film Fest is taking last minute submissions for another week. Playing at the Suburban World in June (18-20th).

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