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What the Hell Even Is ‘PJ Masks: We Can All Be Heroes’?????

This and many other questions will not be answered in this week's complete movie listings.

L-R: The '70s and the '80s (Gene Hackman in 'The Conversation,' Nastassja Kinski in 'Paris, Texas.'
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One of the most interesting parts of compiling these weekly listings is discovering odd releases that never even approached my radar before. We’ve already heard plenty about openers The Northman and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. (I’ll review both tomorrow). But PJ Masks: We Can All Be Heroes, some kiddie movie or other playing one day only at AMCs? A Vietnamese movie called Naked Truth that’s opening in multiplexes, but I can’t find a single English language review for? (Trailer looks wild though.) How many people are people going to these movies, and where are they finding out about them?

As for the rest of the listings: Well, any weekend where you can see both The Conversation and Paris, Texas in theaters is a good one in my book.

Special Screenings This Week

Thursday, April 21

Dazed and Confused (1994)
Alamo Drafthouse
Relive Richard Linklater’s idea of the ’90s by reliving Richard Linklater’s idea of the ’70s. $10. 6:30 p.m. More info here.

The Birds (1963)
The Heights 
Look, it’s us or them. $12. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Purple Rain (1984)
Parkway Theater
An excellent concert film sandwiched between some uneven rock star mythmaking and some nasty Morris Day scene-stealing. If you’ve got a Prince story to tell, you’re invited to share it before the film. $9/$12. 7 p.m. storytelling; 8 p.m. screening. More info here.

St. Anne (2021)
Walker Art Center

Shot in 16mm, Rhayne Vermette’s impressionistic debut follows a young woman as she travels home to Manitoba. Free. 7 p.m. More info here.

Friday, April 22

Z-Fest Film Festival 
Emagine Willow Creek
This local competition invites filmmakers of all levels of expertise to submit a seven-minute movie. There are two sessions Friday and three on Saturday. $12. First session: 7 & 7:15 p.m. Second session: 9 & 9:15 p.m. More info here.

The Conversation (1974)
Trylon
A drab, simmering Gene Hackman excels in this classic of Watergate-era paranoia. $8. 7 p.m. & 9:1 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 & 5:15 p.m. Sunday. More info here.

Paris, Texas (1984)
Walker Art Center
Don’t be fooled: Nastassja Kinski’s hair makes the ’80s look so much cooler than they were. Also Saturday. $12. 7 p.m. More info here.

Saturday, April 23

Adaptation (2002)
Alamo Drafthouse
The unbearable weight of writing a screenplay based on Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief. $10. 6:35 p.m. More info here.

PJ Masks: We Can All Be Heroes (2022)
AMC Eden Prairie 18/AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Emagine Willow Creek
Maybe this means something to you? IDK! $7.95-$10.20. 2 p.m. More info here.

Z-Fest Film Festival 
Emagine Willow Creek
The festival continues on day two with three more sessions. $12. Third session: 5 & 5:15 p.m. Fourth session: 7 & 7:15 p.m. Fifth session 9 & 9:15 p.m. More info here.

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Parkway Theater
Children visiting the workshop of a sociopathic chocolatier begin disappearing, one by one. 1 p.m. $5-$10. More info here.

Sunday, April 24

Vertigo (1958)
Alamo Drafthouse
When Jimmy Stewart falls for Kim Novak, she falls even harder. $10. 1 p.m. More info here.

Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Emagine Willow Creek
Oh hell yeah. Let’s universally acknowledge some truth, motherfuckers. Also Wednesday. $7.95 12 & 6 p.m. More info here.

The Driver (1978)
Trylon
Bruce Dern is a detective who’s hot on the trail of a getaway driver (Ryan O’Neal). Vroom! $8. 7:30 p.m. Also Monday-Tuesday 7 & 9 p.m. More info here.

Monday, April 25

Alive: Who Is There? (2022)
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Showplace ICON at West End
If you guessed “Jesus,” you win. $10. 7 p.m. More info here.

The Frighteners (1996)
Emagine Willow Creek
Peter Jackson was a real weirdo back in the day. $6. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Wednesday, April 27

Pompo the Cinephile (2022)
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Emagine Willow Creek/Showplace ICON at the West End
Takayuki Hirao’s animated tale of a successful director who wants to make some great art for a change. $9. 7 p.m. More info here.

Nahla (1979)
Trylon
A story of love and war set in ’70s Beirut. $10. 7 p.m. More info here.

Opening This Week

The Bad Guys
Sam Rockwell, Richard Ayoade, Marc Maron, and Awkwafina as the voices of some evil animals trying to go straight? Sounds more promising than Sing 2 at least.

Naked Truth
All I can find out about this movie is that it’s Vietnamese and involves a bunch of friends gathering and learning dark truths about each other.

The Northman
[whithpering to date while watching The Northman when The Northman firtht appearth on the thcreen] That’th the Northman.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Nic Cage raised to the Nic Cagest power.

Y Cómo Es Él?
“A man must take a long-distance road trip with a taxi driver who’s having an affair with his wife.” Relatable!

Ongoing in Local Theaters

Ambulance
The Batman (read our review here)
CODA
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Father Stu
K.G.F.: Chapter 2
The Lost City (read our review here)
Morbius (read our review here)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Uncharted