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At the Arthouses This Week

Indiana Jones proves it's not just fancy films for fancy people

Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomThe third-best Indiana Jones movie (faint praise, we know), and the follow-up to the great Raiders of the Lost Ark, is the reason we now have the PG-13 rating. It's filled with cool action sequences (the bridge scene still makes me queasy), a beating heart ripped out of a dude's chest, and an annoying kid named Short Round. It's at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque at 7:40 p.m. Saturday, August 21, and 8:40 p.m. Sunday, August 22. — Michael Gallucci

A Day at the Races

Groucho, Harpo, and the one with the bad Italian accent star in the Marx Brothers' last good movie before their career nosedived and Groucho started talking to ducks. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 22.

Farewell

Set in the '80s, this spy pic is based on the true story of a disillusioned KGB agent who passes on secret info to a French engineer. At stake? The thawing Cold War. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre. 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

It was made in 1966 by the guy who directed the Beatles' Hard Day's Night. It's a musical about ancient Rome. And there are lots of guys running around in togas. What more do you need to know? Cleveland Museum of Art Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 18.

Johanna

It's Joan of Arc with a modern-day setting. Joan's a drug addict. And she heals people by having sex with them. And oh yeah, it's an opera. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, August 19, and 9:50 p.m. Friday, August 20.

Phaedra

Jules Dassin's 1962 movie about a super-rich guy and his new wife, who falls for her stepson, played by Anthony Perkins. And you thought Psycho had mommy issues. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 19, and 4 p.m. Sunday, August 22.

Spoken Word

A successful spoken-word poet (is there such a thing?) returns to his poor hometown and starts hanging around the bad-news guys he grew up with. The film's co-writer — William T. Conway, a native Clevelander — will be on hand to answer questions. Cleveland Museum of Art Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 20, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 22.

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