The sun will come out tomorrow y’all, but that doesn’t mean our black-as-black hearts have grown any less cynical. We’ll never be wary of shutting ourselves inside and “catching” what I’ve heard people call “flicks,” as opposed to having face-to-face human interactions. Those are never as good as movies anyway, and the only thing you can “catch” from people are diseases. Am I right or am I right? That’s why we’re gracing you yet again with at least a handful of excuses to avoid that horrible social anxiety otherwise known as talking to people, particularly like a date or something. Imagine the horror! Hell is other people and movies are really the only thing that, once in a while, might trick us into thinking that’s a bunch of bull.
Gotta love North Korea. Like, those poor people, but also– how strange! OK, now that we’re over that insensitive tidbit, definitely take the opportunity to go see International Tourism, the work of french filmmaker Marie Voignier screening at Spectacle as part of their North Korean program. The film is a look at the “official story,” from the perspective of an international traveler. Need we say the government’s North Korean narrative is pretty freaking creepy? Interestingly, the original sound has been dubbed over, and rather than hearing this official line, word-for-word it washes over the viewer with atmospheric sound. You might feel like you’re drifting through a muted dream. Friday, April 4th (7:30 pm), Tuesday April 7 (10 pm), Saturday April 18 (7:30 pm), Wednesday April 22 (10 pm) at Spectacle Theater, $5 at the door
Starring Aubrey Plaza, that chick everyone loves from Parks & Rec (RIP BB), Ned Rifle is the third and final installment in the Henry Fool trilogy (see also: Henry Fool and Fay Grim). Director Hal Hartley’s made another film that’s one part off-beat crime thriller, another part satire. Ned Rifle wraps up the ongoing saga between Henry and Fay that began back in 1997 when Henry Fool (Thomas Jay Ryan), a bum novelist, throws a spoke in the big life wheel of Fay Grimm (Parker Posey). Nearly two decades later, the pair’s son Ned emerges from the shadows to seek revenge on his dad for all the horrible crap he did to his mom. At the very least, Ned vows to kill his father. If that’s not Shakespearian enough, Susan (Aubrey BB), who is apparently a big fan of Henry’s, shows up and complicates things even more. Thursday April 2 through Thursday April 9 at IFC Center, $14
Anita: The Swedish Nymphet
A 16-year old nymphomaniac (only in Sweden!) is sent to rehab in this ’70s film, screening as a part of Nitehawk’s Scandinavian Erotic Cinema program. Say, excuse me, what? I bet you can guess that a young psychology student thinks he can cure this girl of her…sexuality. Will he succeed? Probably not — this is Sweden, where boys drool and women rule. Friday April 3 and Saturday April 4 at Nitehawk: $11
The ever ageless John Malkovitch stars as a small town sheriff, heading the investigation of Cut Bank, Montana’s first murder. A former high school football star trying desperately to get out of town see’s an opportunity. Looks like a fun noir complete with slimy lawyers, axings, and bottle-glassed villains. Friday April 3 through Thursday April 9 at Village East Cinema: $14