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Ty's Weekend Movie Picks: May 7, 2010

Posted by Ty Burr  May 7, 2010 11:38 AM

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mods.jpgThe Boston LGBT Film Festival kicked off last night (Thursday) at the Museum of Fine Arts with a screening of "Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride" and runs until the 16th at the MFA and the Brattle. Tonight's double bill at the Museum is a winner: at 6:30 is "We Are the Mods" (photo),  a drama hooked into the current L.A. revival of all things mid-60s British (you really should arrive on your Vespa if you can) and at 8:30 is "And Then Came Lola," a lesbian reworking of the 1998 art-house hit "Run, Lola, Run".

If you're around the Gloucester area over the weekend, you might want to look in on the "Womanimation!" mini-festival of work by global woman animators; The program's playing at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Everyone else will probably be going to see "Iron Man 2" or, if the sight of metallic humanoids beating each other into the blacktop -- again -- is growing a little stale, to the deft moral comedy of Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give" at the Coolidge, the Kendall, or the Waltham Embassy. Actually, that's a little unfair to "Iron Man 2" -- all the stuff where Robert Downey Jr. is out of the suit and jabbering like the coolest maniac in America is as entertaining as ever, and Mickey Rourke comes on like a massive brutalist art object they found in the basement of the Kremlin. As I'm hardly the first to point out, it's the witty details and intelligent casting that make this franchise as good as it is, not the pro forma biffbamboom.

Colombian poet/filmmaker Victor Gaviria brings his stressed-out poetic realism to the Harvard Film Archive all weekend -- literally, since Gaviria will be present at the screenings for three of his films tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday. The one to catch is the Saturday showing of  2004's "Additions and Subtractions," a multi-character about life in the drug-wracked city of Medellin.

And for midnight-movie gorehounds, the Coolidge brings you "The Human Centipede," a delicate little fable about two women imprisoned by an insane surgeon who joins them front to back with a third victim. A throwback to 1970s grindhouse splatter anti-classics or a cheap attempt to raise/lower the vomit-bag bar? The general consensus seems to be the latter but if you're the kind of person who likes a date-movie dare, here's your bucket of rubber guts.

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