New This Week
Act of Valor, Nicolae Ceausescu, The Bride Wore Black, Gone, Good Deeds, and Hula Girls
Published: February 22, 2012
ACT OF VALOR A number of “active-duty Navy SEALs” star in an “inspired by true events” military action/adventure yarn filmed like the biggest-budget recruiting film ever, or maybe an extended preview of the next Call of Duty game. Opens Feb. 24.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU Director Andrei Ujica’s sui generis film boils more than a thousand hours of official footage of the late Romanian Communist autocrat into a three-hour documentary-as-mosaic-portrait of an ordinary man amassing and wielding extraordinary power. At the Charles Theatre Feb. 23 at 9 p.m.
THE BRIDE WORE BLACK François Truffaut does Hitchcock, sorta, as a young woman (Jeanne Moreau) systematically murders the men who made her a widow. At the Charles Theatre Feb. 25 at noon and Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
GONE Amanda Seyfried goes all late-period Liam Neeson as she goes after abducted her sister’s abductor. Also, ’80s hot thing/straight-to-video staple Michael Paré is in this movie. Is he gonna be a thing now? Opens Feb. 24.
GOOD DEEDS Tyler Perry not only wrote and directed this new romcom, he stars as a suit who falls for a member of his office building’s cleaning crew (Thandie Newton). Opens Feb. 24.
HULA GIRLS In this acclaimed 2006 Japanese film, women in a small industrial town attempt to turn its fortunes around through Hawaiian hula dancing. Part of the Bridges to the World film series ongoing at various local universities. At Towson University’s Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.
“POWER TO THE PEOPLE” The Double Vision film series offers a potent installment in its ongoing run of pairing documentaries with fictional features on related subjects. This week it’s Robert Downey Sr.’s potent 1969 sociopolitical satire Putney Swope and the phenomenal 2011 documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, a compendium of footage of African-American radicals and civil rights strivers as captured by Swedish (!) film crews. At the Bohemian Coffee House Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
TOURNÉES FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CINEMA Johns Hopkins University is sponsoring its third annual festival/screening series devoted to contemporary French film, beginning this week with Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist (Feb. 28) and Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet (Feb. 29). See citypaper.com/tournees2012 for a complete rundown of titles and dates. Screenings take place at Room 50 of Gilman Hall at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Campus at 7:30 p.m.
WANDERLUST It’s like some kind of awesome/suck romcom dream team: Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as yuppies who try to shuck their stressful lives by going back to the land on a commune. Coming down firmly on the awesome side is the involvement of Wet Hot American Summer/The State’s David Wain (who co-wrote and directed) and various familiar WHAS/State faces (Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Kerri Kenney). Opens Feb. 24.