You would think a movie called The Italian would be set in the Bronx, where three generations of veteran character actors would fight for control of a fictional crime family while battling a horde of corrupt NYPD cops and G-men. You would also think such a film might be directed by Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola. Amazingly, you would be wrong on all counts, as The Italian takes place half a world away (and not even in Italy, strangely enough). The story of a Russian orphan who runs away to look for his mother after being adopted, the film won Best Feature Film honors from the Berlin International Film Festival upon its release in 2005, as well as critical kudos for its realistic depiction of illegal adoption. It took two years for the film to finally make its way to the States, a delay we're guessing might be attributed to the formidable power of Madonna and/or Angelina Jolie. See The Italian this weekend at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Showtimes are 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7.50, $5.50 for members. Call 1-866-824-5566 or visit themodern.org.
Fri., March 2, 6 & 8 p.m.; Sat., March 3, 5 p.m.; Sun., March 4, 2 & 4 p.m.