Director John Sayles' latest movie is another political allegory, this time building a story around the Philippine-American War that happened at the turn of the 20th century. Chris Cooper stars as an American soldier who settles in a Filipino village with his troops as they try to convince locals that their occupation is a good thing. The armed guerrillas on the other side think differently. Think you can spot any modern-day parallels here? At the Cinematheque at 9:15 p.m. Friday, November 11, and 7:05 p.m. Saturday, November 12. — Michael Gallucci
Look! Up in the sky! It's another Earth! Meanwhile, a young girl works through some problems in this artsy indie hit. Cinematheque. At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, November 12, and 6:45 p.m. Sunday, November 13.
Four paraplegics and a homeless kid make music in this documentary from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 11, and 8:40 p.m. Sunday, November 13.
Bend of the River
The Cinematheque's James Stewart/Anthony Mann westerns series continues with this 1952 movie about a wagon-train leader with a shady past. Cinematheque. At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, November 10, and 5:15 p.m. Saturday, November 12.
Eames: The Architect and the Painter
James Franco narrates this documentary about industrial designers Charles and Ray Eames. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 16.
Miranda July's latest, about a couple that adopts a stray cat in hopes that it kicks their lives toward some responsibility. Cinematheque. At 8:35 p.m. Thursday, November 10, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 13.
The director of Hoop Dreams profiles three ex-cons working to stop street violence. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:45 p.m. Friday, November 11.