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When the multiplex is still showing junk


Funny Face

The Cinematheque series “Audrey Hepburn: Sophisticated Lady” continues this week with Stanley Donen’s 1957 musical. If it’s not a great movie, it is a great-looking one. Hepburn plays a nerd who catches the eye of photographer Fred Astaire, who promptly turns her into a famous model. The sets, costumes, and songs are all splendid, as is Donen’s direction, which brings to life scenes straight out of fashion magazines. Film geeks, take note: The Cinematheque is showing a three-strip Technicolor print borrowed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. So this is prime stuff. At 5:15 p.m. Saturday, January 29. — Michael Gallucci

The Anchorage

A documentary of sorts that follows a middle-age Swedish woman living alone on an island. Don't expect much action or dialogue, for that matter. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 28, and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, January 30.

Four Lions

Too soon? Apparently not for the filmmakers behind this British satire about suicide bombers who aren't very good at their jobs. Thankfully. Cinematheque. At 9:55 p.m. Saturday, January 29, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, January 30.

Mao's Last Dancer

True story about a Chinese dancer who decides to defect to the United States while studying there in the late '70s. Cinematheque. At 4 p.m. Sunday, January 30.

Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1

The second half of the tale of Jacques Mesrine, one of the most notorious criminals in French history. Cinematheque. At 9:20 p.m. Friday, January 28, and 7:20 p.m. Saturday, January 29.

Nine Nation Animation

This program gathers nine recent award-winning animated films from Norway, Turkey, and other countries we don't get too that often. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, January 28, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 30.

Sex & Justice

This 1993 doc takes a look at Clarence Thomas' controversial 1991 Senate confirmation hearings. Expect pubic hair. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 26.

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