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Ty's weekend movie picks for Friday, 3/25/11

Posted by Ty Burr  March 24, 2011 10:26 PM

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orlando.jpgMildly bizarre double-bill of "Black Swan" and the 1992 Sally Potter film "Orlando" at the Brattle. I mean, it's nice to see the movie that introduced Tilda Swinton (in photo above) to most of us in a freshly struck print, but what, exactly, does the gender-shifting proto-feminist adaptation of a Virginia Woolf novel have to do with the grand guignol ballet kink of "Swan"? Other than that the first is a movie that could possibly only be made by a woman and the second a movie that could definitely only be made by a man? Drop me a line if you figure it out.

The Harvard Film Archive brings the films of Aaron Katz and Katz himself in this weekend, prior to his latest, the slacker noir "Cold Weather," getting a release at the Brattle. Based on the lambent Brooklyn romance "Quiet City" and the obliquely poignant "Dance Party USA," he may be the best American indie director you've never heard of.

At the MFA, the Boston Turkish Film Festival has begun, and the Boston Irish Film Festival heads into high gear at the Somerville Theatre.

If there's a semi-mainstream movie you want to see this weekend, though, it's probably "Win Win," the new comedy-drama from Tom McCarthy, the actor-turned-director who gave us "The Station Agent" and "The Visitor." This is his broadest appeal offering yet, a slice of middle-American, high-Jersey pie featuring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan at their most attentive. Yet it's only superficially conventional. "Win Win" -- it's undertheme is about the human desperation to win in a world where loss is the norm -- touches on more small truths than many larger movies even get near. Also, it's fun to see Burt Young playing Paulie from "Rocky" 35 years down the line.
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