The Living Nickelodeon
Ever looked back on how people lived 100 years ago and said, "Man, I wish I was around to watch movies like they did back then"? Here's your chance. Rick Altman, a film professor from Iowa, comes to town this weekend to re-create a night at the movies, circa early 1900s, with shorts, slides, sing-alongs, a live piano player — the works. So leave your damn cell phone in the car and get ready to party like it's 1899. It happens at the Cinematheque at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28. — Michael Gallucci
Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this historical drama about a Roman hero who returns with revenge on his mind. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.
Four Nights of a Dreamer
The Cinematheque's "Robert Bresson, Definitely" series continues with the French director's 1971 film about a young painter and the suicidal woman he falls for. Cinematheque. At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
A raunchy hockey comedy starring the guy who plays Stifler in the American Pie movies. Opens Friday at the Capitol Theatre.
This week's outing in the Cinematheque's "Features of Jan Svankmajer" series is the surreal director's 2005 horror story inspired by Poe. It includes animated meat, just in case you were on the fence about seeing it. Cinematheque. At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and 8:25 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
That normal-looking dude in the office has a secret: He's a pedophile with a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement. Cinematheque. At 9:20 p.m. Friday, April 27.
Grisly Australian award winner based on a true story about a very bad man who hooks up with a single mother. Cinematheque. At 9 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and 9:20 p.m. Saturday, April 28.
The Sound of Music
If you see Christopher Plummer, don't tell him you're going to this "Sunday Classics" screening of the 1965 musical he starred in. He hated it. Capitol Theatre. At 10 a.m. Sunday, April 29.
This Is Not a Film
A day in the life of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who's under house arrest and not allowed to make movies. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. Friday, April 27, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The first two parts of a 15-hour movie, which the art museum is showing in less butt-numbing increments over 10 weeks. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 2.
Une Femme Douce
This 1969 film by Robert Bresson traces a woman's tragic life via flashback. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, and 4:15 p.m. Sunday, April 29.