Controversy, like most things, often fades with time. Films that were once banned or censored are now shown in all their glory to art-house and even mainstream audiences. But some, like Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, raise questions and illustrate issues that withstand time and modern desensitization. Dustin Hoffman plays David Sumner, a quiet mathematician who moves with his wife, Amy, to her hometown in rural England to avoid American violence. The audience is then thrown headfirst into David's sudden conversion from what he thought he was to what lurks behind his passive nature. The unrelenting violence along the way is still difficult to watch and is widely debated. Dallas Cinemania is showing a brand-new 35mm print of Straw Dogs 8 p.m. Thursday at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane. Tickets are $8 (cash only) at the door and seating is limited. Call 214-826-3300 or visit dallascinemania.com.
Thu., Dec. 18, 8 p.m., 2008