The Mill and the Cross
How's this for high concept? This new movie starring Rutger Hauer and Michael York takes a 16th-century painting — Pieter Bruegel's "The Procession to Calvary" — and brings it to life. The painting is a widescreen landscape that shows Christ carrying the cross up a hill as scores of people look on. The film tells the stories of some of those people. Cool, huh? At the Cinematheque at 9:30 p.m. Friday, December 2; 7:20 p.m. Saturday, December 3; and 8:15 p.m. Sunday, December 4. — Michael Gallucci
The Big Lebowski
The Dude abides in this Coen brothers classic starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman; part of the Late Shift series at the Cedar Lee, at 9:30 p.m. and midnight Saturday, December 3.
General Orders No. 9
A look at rural Georgia and its urbanization over the past dozen years. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 7.
Into the Abyss
Documentary by Werner Herzog about a death-row inmate who was executed a little more than a week after the director interviewed him. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee.
The Man From Laramie
The Cinematheque's James Stewart/Anthony Mann Westerns series continues with this 1955 movie about a cattle baron, a rivalry, and a mysterious stranger. Wait ... isn't that what last week's movie was about? Cinematheque. At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, December 1, and 5:15 p.m. Saturday, December 3.
Old Jews Telling Jokes
Sci-fi epic about a master race of crustaceans coming to earth and ... ah, who are we kidding? It's about old Jews telling jokes. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 7.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Do the Time Warp yet again at midnight Saturday, December 3, at the Cedar Lee.
A flooded Chinese village prepares for a new life elsewhere. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 4.
Documentary about a 1970s high-school band from Houston that reunites to pay tribute to its leader. Cinematheque. At 8:50 p.m. Thursday, December 1, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, December 4.
Up the Yangtze
A cruise ship takes people — rich and poor — up and down the river. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, December 2.