Pick hit #1: Anything playing at the Independent Film Festival Boston, which started Thursday night and runs through May 4th at the Somerville, the Brattle, the Coolidge, and the Stuart Street Playhouse. Wes and I broke down some of the best bets last Sunday, but you could do worse than just pick a venue and show up -- it's this city's best fest by far and it deserves your support.
Pick hit #2: "Meek's Cutoff," the latest pellucid marvel from minimalist storyteller Kelly Reichardt, opens in Boston next week, so ArtsEmerson is showing the director's "Old Joy" and her rarely seen first feature "River of Grass" this weekend.
Otherwise, the Brattle is dusting off those unkillable Janus classics in honor of the recently departed Brattle co-founder Cy Harvey, without whom the cult of Humphrey Bogart and US audiences for Bergman, Godard, and Kurosawa wouldn't exist. Pay the man some respect and see "Wild Strawberries" one more time for him.
As for commercial releases, it's a pretty punk week. "Fast Five" gets a rave from Wesley and from a surprising number of the nation's critics, so if you really do need to see what happens when Vin Diesel and The Rock share the same frame of celluloid -- does the projector seize up? -- by all means go for it. If you have a 12 year old girl at home or a high schooler who misses being a 12 year old girl, take her to see Disney's "Prom." The chic Italian teaser "The Double Hour" can be recommended to those who like their foreign language films sexy, confusing, and not especially deep. Finally, "Rubber" is for those jaded moviegoers who could use a good meta-horror movie about a car tire that comes to life and explodes people's heads. (Above, a scene from the film's climactic showdown.)
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