La Dolce Vita
Fellini's 1960 movie is older than almost all of the celebrities who show up in tabloids these days. But it's still one of his most relevant — and accessible — films, a biting look at a reporter who gets a little too close to the shallow stars he writes about. The three-hour running time may seem a tad excessive for a movie about paparazzi who chase the rich and famous through Rome, but there's a great story here. (By the way, did you know Fellini is credited with coining the word paparazzi in this movie?) The Cinematheque is showing a new print of the classic at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 21, and 8:35 p.m. Saturday, October 22. — Michael Gallucci
Christmas in July
Preston Sturges' 1940 comedy is about an office clerk who thinks he won a boatload of cash in a contest. But he didn't. Cinematheque. At 5:15 p.m. Friday, October 22, and 3 p.m. Sunday, October 23.
Documentary about 75-year-old environmentalist Jane Goodall. Hopefully they talk to some of the monkeys she used to hang out with. Cinematheque. At 8:35 p.m. Thursday, October 20, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 23.
Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky
Young filmmaker Dmitry Trakovsky goes on a global quest for stories about the late director Andrei Tarkovsky. We're guessing it's just coincidence that their last names are spelled almost the same. Trakovsky (the one who's still alive) will field your questions after the movie. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 26.
Mysteries of Lisbon
Clear out your schedule: This four-and-a-half-hour movie about a 19th-century countess and an orphan screens in two parts. Part one screens at noon Sunday, October 23. Part two screens at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 21, and 2:15 p.m. Sunday, October 23. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall.
Nixon in China
It's a free screening of the Metropolitan Opera's production about the the president's 1972 trip. Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium. At 1 p.m. Saturday, October 22.
A 50-year-old woman kicks ass doing jigsaw puzzles. Really — you can't touch her when it comes to these things. Cinematheque. At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, October 20, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 23.
Rush Time Machine: Live in Cleveland
The world's greatest Canadian power trio takes over the big screen in a concert shot earlier this year in the equally great city of Cleveland. Cedar Lee Theatre. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 26.
One of the all-time great sci-fi movies, it's a 1979 Russian epic about a journey to a post-apocalyptic forbidden zone. Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Sunday, October 23.