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DIFF: Thursday Picks


by Stephen Becker 15 Apr 2010

We’re nearing the end of the festival. If you haven’t made it out to see anything yet, no time like the present:

CTA TBD

We’re nearing the end of the festival. If you haven’t made it out to see anything yet, no time like the present:

TOUCH OF EVIL: This festival has been pretty good about mixing in a few choice repertory films over the years, and Touch of Evil fills the slot this year. You’ve probably already seen Orson Welles’ noir thriller starring Charlton Heston as a Mexican detective investigating dirty deeds done down along the U.S.-Mexican border. But the chance to watch Welles’ masterful opening tracking shot on the big screen makes it worth seeing again.  (7 p.m., Magnolia)

CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH: If you saw (and liked) the American-made documentary Nanking a few years ago, here’s a chance to see a narrative telling of the Rape of Nanking made by Asian filmmakers. Stylishly shot in black and white, this 133 min. film has epic written all over it. (10 p.m., Magnolia)

SOLITARY MAN: As slick and powerful as Michael Douglas can come across in films like Wall Street, he’s really made a career out of playing guys whose worlds are crumbling around them. Solitary Man looks like it could be the next film in that arc, which includes Fatal Attraction, Falling Down, Wonder Boys and others. In it, Douglas plays a titan of industry whose business and marriage collapse at the same time. (7:30 p.m., Magnolia)

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