New This Week
All in This Tea, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle, Head-On, Johnny English Reborn, Love Crime, My Afternoon With Margueritte, Paranormal Activity 3, Summer, The Three Musketeers
Published: October 19, 2011
ALL IN THIS TEA Co-directed by legendary documentarian Les Blank, All in This Tea follows the exploits of American importer David Lee Hoffman and his exploration of the world of Chinese tea. At Towson University’s Van Bokkelen Auditorium Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary about the prehistoric Chauvet cave paintings finally comes to Baltimore—in 2D. Opens at the Charles Theatre Oct. 21.
FOUR ADVENTURES OF REINETTE AND MIRABELLE Another new print of a late-period Eric Rohmer film comes to the Charles Theatre’s revival series—in this case, his 1987 account of the friendship of two young women, one from the country (Jouëlle Miquel) and one from the city (Jessica Forde), who move in together. At the Charles Theatre Oct. 22 at noon and Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
HEAD-ON Cahit (Birol Ünel) is an utter mess, a drunken Hamburg nightclub janitor so angry and depressed that one night he drives his car full speed into a brick wall. Waking up in a psychiatric hospital, he meets fellow failed suicide Sibel (Sibel Kekilli), who, on discovering that he’s Turkish too, asks him if he wants to get married—she’s desperate to escape her repressive first-gen immigrant family, and any single Turk, no matter how pathetic, will do. She wants to sleep around and party, he wants to be left alone to drink and mope. But just as you’ve got writer/director Fatih Akin’s Head-On pegged as a darker take on ethnic opposites-attract rom-coms—a Turkish-German Moonstruck, if you will—things take a turn for the darker, indeed, and Akin steers the characters’ displacement—neither properly Turkish nor German—and star-crossed relationship into a somber romantic meditation on trying to find a home in the world, even if it’s just one other person. Ünel brims with goatish, sad-eyed charisma and the sexy, soulful Kekilli turns in what would be a star-making turn if it weren’t buried in a peculiar foreign import. (LG) At Johns Hopkins University’s Katzen Recital Hall Oct. 19 at 3 p.m.
JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN British comedian Rowan Atkinson brings back his secret-agent character for more lowbrow, slow-burn slapstick. Opens Oct. 21.
LOVE CRIME The final film from French director Alain Corneau (All the Mornings of the World) pits a high-flying executive (Kristin Scott Thomas) against a young corporate climber (Ludivine Sagnier). This oughta be good. Opens at the Charles Theatre Oct. 21.
MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE Gérard Depardieu stars in this film about an illiterate man and his relationship with an educated older woman. Not that kind of relationship, one hopes. Opens at the Charles Theatre Oct. 21.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 Remember Catfish? Well, the guys who made that (Henry Joost and Ariel “Rel” Schulman) made this third sequel to the surveillance-cam horror franchise. True story. Oct. 21.
SUMMER The Charles Theatre’s revival series screens a new print of Eric Rohmer’s 1986 exploration of warm-weather languor and serendipity. At the Charles Theatre Oct. 20 at 9 p.m.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS Paul W.S. Anderson, the auteur behind the Resident Evil franchise and other middling B-action/horror, revisits Alexandre Dumas’ oft-filmed yarn with a cast of usual suspects (Milla Jovovich, aka Mrs. Anderson) and assorted ringers (Orlando Bloom, Mads Mikkelsen). Opens Oct. 21.
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