Film and TV

The Best Movies, New and Old, to See in Dallas this Weekend, February 28 to March 3

Every Wednesday, we find you five movies for you to check out over the coming week or weekend, from the latest wide release to weird local screenings to timely classics you can watch on your couch. Did we miss something? Let readers know in the comments.

Tommy Runs Thursday through Sunday at the Texas Theatre Ken Russell brings The Who's rock opera of the same name to psychedelic life in this 1975 British musical. Characterized by its vivid color scheme, distorted images, and a general sense of surrealism, the films stars band members Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend alongside Eric Clapton, Elton John, Ann-Margret, Jack Nicholson, and Oliver Reed. This week's special screening at the Texas Theatre will feature a 35mm print.

To Catch a Thief Screens Friday night, 7:30 at the Palace Arts Center in Grapevine The inimitable Cary Grant stars as a retired jewel thief accused of a string robberies he didn't commit. The equally inimitable Grace Kelly is the daughter of one of the robbery victims. Their smoldering chemistry is as much the focus of Hitchcock's 1955 film as the "wrong man" element that drives the story. That element drove nearly all of Hitchcock's films, and yet they don't ever come off as repetitive, which is why you also have to list Hitchcock as inimitable. Third time's a charm, right? The film screens Friday night as part of the ongoing film series at the Palace Arts Center in Grapevine.

Clue Screens midnight Friday and Saturday at the Inwood Theatre Clue came in at No. 6 on its opening weekend in 1985 and never climbed any higher than that, but that hasn't kept the Jonathan Lynn-directed comedy from becoming a midnight movie mainstay. It's quotable, the way any comedy worth its salt should be, and it takes its time setting up jokes. It's also the only movie based on a game --any game -- that's worth your time. Back in 2008, it was rumored that Universal was preparing a new film based on the game with Gore Verbinksi (Pirates of the Caribbean) attached. But let's hope the complete bombing of another board game movie, Battleship, has sunk that idea for good.

Lore Opens Friday at the Magnolia When their parents, both firm believers in Nazi ideology, are captured by Allied forces, five German children must cross a war-torn landscape in search of their grandmother. Along the way, they discover the true consequences of what their parents' way of life has led to. Directed by Cate Shortland, Lore has earned largely positive reviews for its story, acting and cinematography. It opens Friday at the Magnolia.

Holy Motors Available on DVD and Blu-Ray No film was more beloved by critics last year than Leos Carax's Holy Motors, and yet I doubt the average moviegoer's ever heard of it. That's no big surprise, really, when you consider that Carax's movie is made up of a series of strange, nightmarish vignettes rather than a cozy, satisfying plot. In each, an actor named Oscar (Denis Lavant) disappears into a wildly different role in wildly different settings for cameras he can't see and an audience that may not exist. The whole thing is comment by Carax on the state of filmmaking today. Despite the technological changes that have destroyed filmmaking as it once was, what can a director do but keep on making movies? As strange as it gets -- and it gets very strange -- that's the central idea at Holy Motor's heart. Carax, like Oscar, is a slave to his art. If that doesn't do any thing for you, there are also accordions.

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