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.
Ministry of Fear Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray from the Criterion Collection Fritz Lang brought his skillful eye for light and shadow to this adaption of Graham Greene's novel about a man recently released from a mental institution who becomes tangled in a web of intrigue during World War II. Starring Ray Milland and Marjorie Reynolds, this 1944 film is counted among Lang's best American efforts. It's available for the first time on Blu-Ray from the Criterion Collection.
No Opens Friday at the Magnolia and the Plano Angelika Mexican actor Gael García Bernal plays an advertising executive who brings down Augusto Pinochet's 16-year dictatorship through a carefully crafted publicity campaign. The film is directed by Pablo Larraín, whose previous films include two more about life during Pinochet's long rule: 2008's Tony Manero and 2010's Post Mortem. No was a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards.
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Upside Down Opens Friday at the Magnolia Writer-director Juan Solanas mixes romance with sci-fi in his new film, Upside Down. Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas, Across the Universe) and Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia) play star-crossed lovers who live in worlds, one of which exists on top of the other. If that didn't make things complicated enough, their love is forbidden, but you know that's not going stop them.
Airplane Screens midnight Friday and Saturday at the Inwood Theatre There's never a bad time to quote Abrahams and Zucker's classic 1980 comedy, but the Inwood's midnight screenings this weekend gives fans of the movie an actual reason to do that. And if you've never seen it before, see what a spoof used to look like before that long nosedive that gave us the Scary Movie franchise.
Stoker Opens Friday at the Dallas Angelika Anyone who's seen Park Chan-wook's Oldboy knows it's not a film you forget--like, ever. Now, Park is making his English language debut with Stoker, a film about a mother (Nicole Kidman) and daughter (Mia Wasikowska) under the spell of a man (played by Matthew Goode) who claims to be family but may in fact have sinister intentions. The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and opens wide this Friday.