Fall Film Calendar

Sunday, September 14, 2008

UPCOMING MOVIES: Critics' recommendations are indicated by arrows.

(Note: Dates are subject to change.)


14 -- "United by Contrasts: Southeast Asian Cinema Today" continues at the Freer Gallery with a screening of "Slingshot," Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza's journey through the squatters' communities and underworld of Manila. Through Oct. 12.

15 -- The Alexander Kluge retrospective continues at the Goethe-Institut Washington with a screening of "In Danger and Deep Distress, the Middleway Spells Certain Death," Kluge and Edgar Reitz's cinematic journey through 1974 Frankfurt. Through Sept. 29.

16 -- The 19th edition of AFI's Latin American Film Festival gets underway at the Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring. This year's festival will again feature dozens of films from Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico and Paraguay. Through Oct. 7.

17 -- "All Is Forgiven" receives a one-night-only screening at the Avalon Theatre. The French film chronicles the reunion of a father and daughter after an 11-year separation, during which he lived in Paris as a drug addict.

19 --"Towelhead" stars Summer Bishil as a girl coming of age in Texas under the protective gaze of her traditionalist Lebanese father. The dark comedy was adapted by Alan Ball from Alicia Erian's novel.

19 -- "My Best Friend's Girl" mines for rom-com gold in a story about a guy who meets the girl of his dreams (Kate Hudson), only to scare her off. He enlists his best friend (Dane Cook) to take her on such a bad date she'll come running back, but best laid plans, etc. With Jason Biggs.

19 -- "Management" features Jennifer Aniston as a traveling saleswoman who must fend off the attentions of a flaky motel manager. With Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn.

19 -- "Ghost Town" stars Ricky Gervais as a misanthropic dentist who develops the ability to see ghosts, all of whom want a favor. The pushiest by far is a late philanderer (Greg Kinnear) who begs Gervais to bollix up the impending marriage of his widow (Tea Leoni). Gervais makes his big-screen starring-role debut, managing to break only one part of the rule about working with kids and dogs.

19 -- "Battle in Seattle" re-creates the controversial events surrounding the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle in 1999, when demonstrators clashed with local citizens and police. Written and directed by Stuart Townsend, this fictional story stars Andre Benjamin, Charlize Theron and Ray Liotta.

19 -- "Lakeview Terrace," from playwright-provocateur Neil LaBute, features Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington as a young couple whose lives become a nightmare when they move next door to a man (Samuel L. Jackson) who disapproves of interracial marriage.

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