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Jodorowsky As A Budding Poet In 1940s Chile

Visually stunning film of the week honors go to Alejandro Jodorowsky for the newest installment of his cinematic autobiography. This new film takes the viewers to a surrealistic recounting of young Alejandro’s attempts to become a poet.

Also noteworthy this week is a documentary about Harold and Lillian Michelson. Their names may be unfamiliar. But folks who’ve seen the Brian de Palma “Scarface,” ” The Graduate,” or “The Apartment” will have seen the fruits of this amazing couple’s work.

A third reason to get out of the sun on this scorching weekend is to see Florence Pugh’s amazing turn as a 19th century wife whose awakened erotic desires lead to big trouble.

So don’t melt in the sun or fight crowds at the beach. Catch a good art film!

Bloody Crayons

In this Philippine suspense thriller, a group of students head to a remote island to shoot a short film. However, this playful vacation turns very deadly thanks to the group members’ own personal tensions exploding into an orgy of violence. As Rappler reviewer Francis Joseph Cruz suggests, if you ever wanted to know what you get when you try to create a slasher film that doesn’t undermine your actors’ squeaky clean studio images, this so bad it’s good film might be it.

Now at the Century at Tanforan

Endless Poetry

The new film from Alejandro Jodorowsky continues the cinematic autobiography begun in The Dance Of Reality. Alejandro Jodorowsky, now in his 20s, decides to defy his authoritarian father and pursue his dream of becoming a poet. He leaves home and joins Santiago’s bohemian culture in the 1940s, where he begins to experiment and access his innermost desires and passions. Cinematographer Christopher Doyle shows his camerawork is very simpatico with the Jodorowsky vision.

Now at the Opera Plaza Cinemas and the Shattuck Cinemas

Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

To the average layperson, the names Harold and Lillian Michelson will mean nothing. But if you’ve ever seen and loved such films as The Graduate, The Ten Commandments, Rosemary’s Baby, and Full Metal Jacket, then you’ve seen the fruits of their work. For over six decades, this storyboard artist (Harold) and film researcher (Lillian) contributed to the look of hundreds of classic Hollywood films…yet their contributions remained uncredited. Now director Daniel Raim finally tells the story of this amazing couple. Mel Brooks, Danny De Vito, and Francis Ford Coppola are among the filmmakers who’ve admired and used the Michelsons’ work.

Now at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, the Roxie Theatre and the Smith Rafael Film Center

Lady Macbeth

It’s rural England 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is trapped by both her unhappy marriage to a husband twice as old as her and her husband’s unsympathetic relatives. Trouble erupts when Katherine embarks on a passionate affair with a worker on her husband’s farm. The affair awakens in Katherine a determination to get what she wants at any cost.

Now at the Albany Twin, the Aquarius Theatre, and the Embarcadero Center Cinemas

Marie Curie: The Courage Of Knowledge

This French biopic looks at the life of the first woman who won the Nobel Prize and furthermore did so twice. Marie Curie would make her name working with husband Pierre (Charles Berling) in studying radioactivity and its uses in treating cancer. The film follows Marie between the eventful years of 1905 through 1911. Those years are marked by such problems as a tragic accident and the sexism of the French academic establishment. But in the end, there would be the discoveries that would lead to Madame Curie’s second Nobel.

Now at the Opera Plaza Cinemas, the Shattuck Cinemas, and the Smith Rafael Film Center

Meow

Action film director Benny Chan tries handling a science fiction family comedy. Cats are secret alien invaders sent from planet Meow to conquer Earth. However, plans of conquest have stalled indefinitely because, well, the invading cats like being human pets. Now Xixli, the newest agent from Meow, has been sent to Earth to resurrect Meow’s invasion plans. Having this cat be human-sized and living with the family of the gullible Go-lee Wu (Louis Koo) would supposedly promise success. But then Xixli begins to bond with the Wu family…

Now at the AMC Metreon 16

About the Author

I’m a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film…but don’t tell anyone.

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