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Prepare the Guillotines—Parasitic Hangers-On from a Dying Empire Are Visiting France

Plus some other movies for those of us who aren't class traitors.

A bunch of rich Downton Abbey fucks.
The first up against the wall.
Courtesy of Carnival Film

This week: Your last chance to catch some MSPIFF favorites you might have missed (Ninjababy!) and (yes, another) essential Agnès Varda movie at the Trylon.

Special Screenings This Week

Friday, May 20

Wildhood (2021)
The Main
A Two Spirit teen searches for his mom. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 2 p.m. More info here.

Beautiful Minds (2022)
The Main
A funeral director and a grocery delivery man take a road trip in a hearse. Could they possibly learn a little about themselves and each other? Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 4:30 p.m. More info here.

Everybody Hates Johan (2022)
The Main
That’s not nice. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 4:40 p.m. More info here.

Freshwater (2022)
The Main

A documentary about the importance of Lake Superior. $15-$25. 7 p.m. Also Saturday. More info here.

Fire of Love (2022)
The Main
These two volcanologists are HOT for each other. Get it? Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 7:20 p.m .More info here.

Top Gunner: Danger Zone (2022)
Trylon
Who needs Tom Cruise when you’ve got Michael Paré and a title that unquestionably meets the criteria for a fair use exception to copyright law, your honor? $8. Friday-Saturday & Monday-Wednesday 5 p.m. Also Sunday 1 p.m. More info here.

Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
Trylon
Bad news, Tokyo. The monsters are coming from space now. $8. 7 p.m. Also Saturday 9 p.m and Sunday 3 p.m. More info here.

Destroy All Monsters (1968)
Trylon
All of them? All of them?! $8. 9 p.m. Also Saturday 7 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. More info here.

Songs for Drella (2021)
Walker Art Center
A concert film of Lou Reed and John Cale performing their album about the life of Andy Warhol. $10-$12. 7 p.m. More info here.

Saturday, May 21

Back to the Future (1985)
Alamo Drafthouse
A white kid travels back in time to invent rock ‘n’ roll and cockblock his dad. $15. 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Metropolitan Opera: Lucia Di Lammermoor (Live)
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Emagine Willow Creek/Showplace ICON
I don’t speak opera, but I believe the title translates to “Lucy of Lammermoor.” $25. 11:55 a.m. Also Wednesday at 1 & 6:30. More info here.

Alegría (2021)
The Main
A Spanish woman revisits her Jewish roots when she hosts her niece’s wedding. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 1:45 p.m. More info here.

Riotsville U.S.A. (2022)
The Main
An archival look at a town the U.S. built in the ’60s to train riot police. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. 2:10 p.m. More info here.

Zátopek (2021)
The Main
A biopic of Emil Zátopek, the great Czechoslovakian Olympian. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 4:15 p.m. More info here.

The Janes (2022)
The Main
All-too-timely doc about a pre-Roe network of Chicago women who helped others get abortions. Part of MSPIFF. $8-$15. 4:30 p.m. More info here.

Move Me (2021)
The Main
A quadriplegic Minneapolis dancer learns to create and move again after an injury. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 7:20 p.m. More info here.

The Goonies (1985)
Parkway Theater
The Cyndi Lauper song is great, I’ll say that for this movie. $5-$10. 1 p.m. More info here.

Sunday, May 22

Blue Velvet (1986)
Alamo Drafthouse
Would make a weird yet perfect double feature with Back to the Future, actually. $10. 7 p.m. More info here.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Cut (2022)
AMC Eden Prairie 18/AMC Rosedale 14/ AMC Southdale 16/Showplace ICON
Is this the one with Jar Jar? $16.13. 3 & 7 p.m. Also Monday & Wednesday 7 p.m. More info here.

The Mummy (1999)
Emagine Willow Creek
Brendan Fraser almost died making this movie! $7.95. 12:30 & 5:30. More info here.

The Emigrants (2021)
The Main
A reimagining of the classic story of Swedes coming to America, told from the wife’s perspective. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 1:30 p.m. More info here.

MSPIFF41 Documentary Shorts: Audience Favorites
The Main
The best of the fest’s short docs. $8-$15. 2 p.m. More info here.

MSPIFF41 Fiction Shorts: Audience Favorites
The Main
The best of the fest’s fiction shorts. $8-$15. 4:15 p.m. More info here.

Long Flat Balls 3 (2022)
The Main
Balls? Can they say that?!?! Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 4:30 p.m. More info here.

MSPIFF41 Shorts: Jury Competition Award Winners
The Main
The best of the fest’s shorts overall. $8-$15. 7 p.m. More info here.

The Long Breakup (2020)
The Main
A Ukrainian expatriate’s look at the long history of turmoil in her homeland. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 7:10 p.m. More info here.

6th Annual Bow Wow Film Festival
Parkway Theater
Very disappointed that the dogs aren’t behind the camera as well. $8-$16. 2 p.m. Also screening online. More info here.

Vagabond (1985)
Trylon
The life and death of a wandering woman, as told by the incomparable Agnès Varda. $8. 7 p.m. Also Monday-Tuesday 7 & 9:15 p.m. More info here.

Monday, May 23

Centipede Horror (1982)
Emagine Willow Creek
Hong Kong movie about a wizard who makes women puke centipedes—which then devour them! At least there’s no mouth-to-anus stitching. $6 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Hard Shell, Soft Shell (2021)
The Main
A French oyster farmer’s marriage proposal goes awry. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 4:30 p.m.  More info here.

The Crossing (2021)
The Main
An animated drama about two children separated from their parents when their village is looted. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 4:45 p.m. More info here.

Ninjababy (2021)
The Main
A young Norwegian cartoonist named Rakel (Kristine Kujath Thorp) is surprised to learn that a sneaky little “ninjababy” has been hiding away in her uterus for six months and is therefore unabortable. As the masked infant she’s drawn leaps from the page to taunt her like a malevolent, fetal Jiminy Cricket, Yngvild Sve Flikkel’s look at a slacker facing down responsibility is hilarious until it’s time not to be, and warm even when it’s emotionally ambiguous. A goddam delight. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 7:10 p.m. More info here.

Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard (2021)
The Main
A Black woman successfully sues Harvard for images of her ancestors that had once been used to “prove” white supremacy. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 7:15 p.m. More info here.

Tuesday, May 24

Facing Nolan (2022)
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Emagine Willow Creek
A new Nolan Ryan doc gives you the chance to see the infamous 1993 brawl on the big screen. $16.13. 7 p.m. More info here.

Crows Are White (2022)
The Main
A podcast-voiced guy gets shut out by some Buddhist monks, but finds a friend. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 4:30 p.m. More info here.

Camila Comes Out Tonight (2021)
The Main
A rebellious girl’s coming of age story in Buenos Aires. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 2:45 p.m. More info here.

Jasmine Is a Star (2022)
The Main
A Minneapolis teen with albinism wants to become a supermodel. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 5 p.m. More info here.

Small Body (2021)
The Main
In early 20th century Italy, a rural woman tries to get her dead infant resurrected so it can be baptized. Part of MSPIFF. $8-$15. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Wednesday, May 25

Poltergeist (1982)
Alamo Drafthouse
Would love to get high with ’80s JoBeth Williams, not gonna lie. $10. 8:30 p.m. More info here.

Secret Movie Night
Emagine Willow Creek
Sorry, the secret’s out now. $10. 7 p.m .More info here.

Klondike (2022)
The Main
Director Maryna Er Gorbach filters the 2014 Russian invasion of Donbas in Ukraine through the perceptions of a married couple: Irka (Oksana Cherkashyna) is pregnant and fed up with her husband, Tolik (Sergey Shadrin), who wants to placate the separatists to whose cause he seems lukewarm. At first, a grim humor pervades—they begin the film as variations of the sitcom domineering wife and her dopey but good-natured husband. But the brutal conclusion makes Happening look like Juno. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 4:30 p.m. More info here.

We Feed People (2022)
The Main
Chef José Andrés thinks he can feed the world. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 4:30 p.m. More info here.

Juniper (2021)
The Main
A depressed boy unexpectedly bonds with his grandmother. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 7 p.m. More info here.

Valiant! A Car, a Cause, and the Cold War (2022)
The Main
My first car was a Dodge Dart, very similar to the Plymouth Valiant. And that was during the Cold War. So I can relate. Part of MSPIFF’s Best of the Fest. $8-$15. 7:15 p.m. More info here.

Djouhra Abouda and Alain Bonnamy Retrospective
Trylon
Short films from two overlooked politically active avant-gardists. $10. 7 p.m. More info here.

Opening This Week

Downton Abbey: A New Era
In the tradition of The Facts of Life, Lizzie McGuire, and countless other teen shows, answering the question “What else can they do?” with “idk, go to Europe I guess?”

Emergency
Two Black college guys want to party—but there’s a white girl they’ve never met passed out in their house. 

Men
Alex Garland’s sequel to Man.

Dhakaad
A female agent takes on an arms trafficker, with guns and swords and lots of explosions. 

Ongoing in Local Theaters

The Bad Guys

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Family Camp

Father Stu

Firestarter

The Lost City (read our review here)

The Northman

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent