The folks at Film Society bring back another double bill of MSPIFF favorites to St Anthony this week. Cracks is about a group of British boarding school students and the disturbing love triangle that forms between the group's ringleader, a teacher, and a foreign exchange student. The film was directed by Ridley Scott's daughter Jordan.
Showtimes: Fri, May 20 & Sat, May 21 at 1:25, 7:15;In Stake Land we follow an orphan and a vampire hunter as they traverse a post-apocalyptic America overrun with supernatural creatures. The film won the Midnight Madness Audience Award at TIFF.
Sun, May 22 at 1:25;
Mon, May 23 - Thu, May 26 at 4:20, 7:15
Showtimes: Fri, May 20 - Sun, May 22 at 4:25, 9:35;The Walker continues their screenings of Terrence Malick films this weekend, showing The Thin Red Line tonight at 7:30 and The New World tomorrow at 7:30. When Malick made Thin Red Line, it had been 20 years since his last film, Days of Heaven. The man hadn't missed a step with this take on the battle of Guadalcanal. The story is a bit hard to follow, but story always seems secondary in Malick's films. There's a tension in each shot, capturing the confusion and uncertainty behind each decision the men make. The sounds in this movie are particularly striking: the sea, the men, the bullets, the explosions, the grass, the animals -- let them guide you through your viewing.
Mon, May 23 - Thu, May 26 at 9:35
The Trylon is screening the Nagisa Oshima film Empire of Passion this weekend as a part of their series on composer Toru Takemitsu. Oshima won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for this story of a young man who murders the husband of his lover. If I were a more forward-looking film buff, I would've cracked open my copy of The Films of Nagisa Oshima, found the passage on this film, and told you something more revealing about this film. Unfortunately that didn't happen this weekend, but maybe somebody will give me another chance and show some Oshima films again in the future. Time will tell, I guess.
Also playing this weekend is a free screening of the Vikings documentary Skol at the Riverview this Saturday morning, a midnight showing of the 1993 Linklater film Dazed and Confused at Willow, the Mozart opera Magic Flute at the Heights this Sunday, and MSPIFF favorite Bill Cunningham New York, the Kelly Reichardt film Meek's Cutoff, and the Academy Award nominated film Incendies all continue their run at Landmark's Edina theater.