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Mike Judge's Office Space enjoys a 20th anniversary revival at the Screening Room starting March 22.
Mike Judge's Office Space enjoys a 20th anniversary revival at the Screening Room starting March 22.

At the Movies

by / Mar. 13, 2019 1pm EST

 OPENING MARCH 15 

CAPERNAUM—From Lebanon, this nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar follows a boy whose life is so difficult that he brings a lawsuit against his parents for the crime of bringing him into the world. Postponed from February: Reviewer George Sax praised the “closely observed, unusually powerful filmmaking” of director Nadine Labaki (Where Do We Go Now), and 12-year-old star Zain al-Rafeea, an illiterate Syrian refugee in Beirut when he was cast: “He couldn’t study a script, of course, or memorize lines in a conventional way, and some of his work here may be improvised, but in any case, it’s well-nigh perfect, possibly due in part to his own roots in actual circumstances resembling some of what’s portrayed here.” Dipson Eastern Hills

CAPTIVE STATE—Life in Chicago ten years after aliens arrive to save us from ourselves. Starring Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly, and John Goodman. Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Dipson Flix, Maple Ridge (AMC). Market Arcade (AMC), Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal  Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

CLIMAX—A celebration party for a dance troupe turns deadly after someone spikes the sangria with drugs in this new film by infamous French auteur Gaspar Noe (Irreversible). Reviewed this issue. Dipson Amherst

FIVE FEET APART—This drama about two teens hospitalized with cystic fibrosis has already been criticized by one internet commentator as “disease appropriation” because neither star Haley Lu Richardson nor Cole Sprouse actually has CF. Once upon a time I would have assumed that was a joke. Directed by Justin Baldoni. Dipson Flix, Maple Ridge (AMC). Market Arcade (AMC), Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal  Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK—Documentary investigating the life of Michal Waszynski, a Polish filmmaker who went on to great success a producer in Italy, but whose greatest fictional creation was his own life. Directed by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski. Reviewed this issue. North Park

RUBEN BRANDT, COLLECTOR—From Hungary, an animated feature about a psychotherapist obsessed with obtaining the great paintings of the 20th century. Directed by Milorad Krstic. Reviewed this issue. Dipson Eastern Hills

 OPENING MARCH 22 

GLORIA BELL—Julianne Moore stars in Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s remake of his 2013 film Gloria, about a single middle-aged woman who lets her love of dance get her through a lonely time of life. With John Turturro, Alanna Ubach, Sean Astin, and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Dipson Eastern Hills, North Park

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL—34th edition of the yearly film festival, running through March 28. For details and tickets visit bijff.com. Dipson Amherst

US—A new horror film from Jordan Peele (Get Out). Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Diop, and Winston Duke. Area theaters

THE WEDDING GUEST— Dev Patel stars as a British Muslim making a mysterious journey across Pakistan and India. The premise may sound vague, but I would go to see anything directed by Michael Winterbottom, the British filmmaker whose wide-ranging oeuvre includes The Trip trilogy, The Killer Inside Me, On the Road, A Summer in Genoa, A Mighty Heart, and 24 Hour Party People. Dipson Eastern Hills (tentative)

 ALTERNATIVE CINEMA:

Wednesday, March 20:

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003)—Continuing a week-long presentation of Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy. Starring Sean Astin, Sala Baker, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Marton Csokas, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, and Elijah Wood. 7:30pm. North Park. 7:30pm. North Park

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)—Raymond Chandler wrote the screenplay from Patricia Highsmith’s novel for this classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller about two men who pass the time on a train formulating a perfect murder plan. But when they get off, one of them takes it seriously. Starring Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, and Leo G. Carroll. Part of the Noir Essentials series. 7:30pm. Dipson Eastern Hills

Thursday, March 21:

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003)—See above. 7:30pm. North Park

Friday, March 22:

OFFICE SPACE (1999)—It’s hard to imagine what the marketing team at 20th Century Fox did to kill this cult classic’s theatrical release (it went to theaters but flopped), but Mike Judge’s first live-action film, based on his own experiences in soul-killing offices, may be the most mercilessly hilarious film about work ever made. If you work in an office and you’ve never seen it, you’re in for a treat. Starring Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Stephen Root, Gary Cole, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Diedrich Bader, John C. McGinley, and Paul Willson. 7:30pm. Screening Room

Saturday, March 23:

HOOSIERS (1986)—Gene Hackman as a disgraced coach trying to get back in the game by working for a small town Indiana team. Dennis Hopper was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role as Hackman’s assistant. Co-starring Barbara Hershey and Sheb Wooley (of “The Purple People Eater” fame). Directed by sports movie specialist David Anspaugh (Rudy). 11:30am. North Park

THREE STOOGES FILM FESTIVAL—Celebrating its 28th year of eye gouges, head smacks and nyuk-nyuks. Preceded at 7pm by a concert with the mighty Wurlitzer organ. 7:30pm. Riviera

Sunday, March 24:

HOOSIERS—See above. 11:30am. North Park

OFFICE SPACE—See above. 7:30 pm. Screening Room

Tuesday, March 26:

OFFICE SPACE (1999)—See above. 7:30pm. Screening Room

TIME TO DIE (Mexico, 1966)—Gabriel García Márquez wrote the screenplay (adapted from his story) for this classic Mexican drama about a man trying to rebuild his life after being released from jail but unable to escape his past. Starring Marga López, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos and Enrique Rocha. Directed by Arturo Ripstein (Deep Crimson). Presented by the Buffalo Film Seminars. 7pm. Dipson Amherst

Thursday, March 28:

OFFICE SPACE—See above. 7:30 pm. Screening Room

Friday, March 29:

OFFICE SPACE—See above. 7:30 pm. Screening Room

 

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