Rated R, 92 min. Directed by Amy Heckerling. Starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston, Vincent Schiavelli, Forest Whitaker, James Russo, Eric Stoltz and Nicolas Cage.
Classics: So many debuts, so much promise. Heckerling’s portrait of high school/shopping mall life in Southern California (based on Cameron Crowe's book) is still just about as good as it gets.
Not rated, 75 min. Directed by Geoff Marslett. Starring Trieste Kelly Dunn, Francisco Barreiro, Ashley Rae Spillers, John Merriman, Jennymarie Jemison, Chris Doubek and Jon Dee Graham.
Devolver Digital Wednesday: Winner of the Louis Black Lone Star Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, this film tells the story of a woman who becomes involved in the gun culture of central Texas after fleeing the violence she sees in New York.
Rated PG, 93 min. Directed by John Hughes. Starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, John Cusack, Gedde Watanabe, Justin Henry, Paul Dooley, Michael Schoeffling, Joan Cusack and Jami Gertz.
Girlie Night: Back before the name John Hughes became a synonym for a pandering hack, the writer-director actually made several movies that cause us now to realize how far the once-mighty have fallen. Sixteen Candles is one of those movies. Molly Ringwald is radiant here as the eternal teen looking for love. And even Anthony Michael Hall makes you realize how "great potential" ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. But in Sixteen Candles, John Hughes nails just about every aspect of the teenage experience.
Not rated, 44 min. Directed by Mike Slee. Starring Gordon Pinsent and Patricia Phillips.
The life cycle of a monarch butterfly and its long-distance migration from Canada to Central Mexico is captured in this 3-D nature documentary that also focuses on the decades of fieldwork conducted by Canadian scientist Fred Urquhart.
Not rated, 38 min. Directed by Steven Judson. Starring Greg MacGillivray and Liam Neeson.
This film follows expedition leaders as they tunnel through Greenland's ice caves, explore the aquatic chambers beneath the jungles of the Yucatan, and rappel the limestone caverns of the Grand Canyon. Read a full review of Journey Into Amazing Caves.