Not rated, 108 min. Directed by Elia Kazan. Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger and Eva Marie Saint.
Classics: This one's still a contender in anyone's book. Screenwriter Budd Schulberg's exposé of the corruption in the dock workers' unions won eight Oscars and remains as stirring as ever – as does the performance of Marlon Brando.
Rated PG, 195 min. Directed by Warren Beatty. Starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Hermann, Jerzy Kosinski, Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Nicolas Coster, Gene Hackman, William Daniels, Max Wright and Bessie Love.
Austin Film Society: Jewels in the Wasteland: Beatty directs and stars in this dramatic rendering of the life of American journalist John Reed and his involvement in the Communist Party and the Bolshevik Revolution. The period film also recounts Reed’s love affair with the independent-minded writer Louise Bryant (Keaton). The history the film brings to life is generally fascinating, although the romantic aspects of the story are weakened by their conventional treatment. Reds, however, won three Oscars: for direction, best supporting actress (Maureen Stapleton as Emma Goldman), and cinematography (Vittorio Storaro). Read a full review of Reds.
Miyazaki Madness: A young girl is trapped between the real and the ghost worlds in this classic animated Japanese film that filters Western fantasias and Eastern-angled spookiness through an outré sensibility. Read a full review of Spirited Away.
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, 39 min. Directed by Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Tom Selleck.
The history of human attempts to re-create the effortless flight of birds is ably recounted before the film turns to the dizzying aerobatics of the Blue Angels, the flight demonstration squadron of the U.S. Navy. Read a full review of The Magic of Flight.