Thursday, January 20
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling are both getting rave reviews for Blue Valentine, the Derek Cianfrance-directed poignant study of a relationship in crisis. The movie opened at AFI Silver Theatre last weekend and runs through early February, so you can catch it before it gets a predictable Oscar nod or two. Tickets ($11) are available here.
Friday, January 21
West End Cinema’s Local Filmmaker Series presents Kalamity, opening January 21. Northern Virginia native James M. Hausler returns to his roots with this psychological thriller, which explores a disillusioned young man coming face to face with his best friend’s mental (and possibly homicidal) breakdown. Nick Stahl of Terminator 3 and Mirrors 2 plays the lead. Tickets ($11) are available here.
Saturday, January 22
Film Neu, Washington’s annual festival dedicated to cinema from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, returns January 21 through 27 at the Goethe-Institut. Among the picks Saturday night is Vincent Wants to Sea, a charming road movie about a young man (played by writer and German soap-opera star Florian David Fitz) with Tourette’s Syndrome who escapes from an institution and sets off with two unlikely friends to scatter his mother’s ashes in Italy. Tickets ($10) are available here.
Sunday, January 23
The latest offering from filmmaker extraordinaire Mike Leigh, Another Year explores a happily married London couple whose life is intertwined with the dramas of their troubled and troublesome friends. British acting institution Jim Broadbent (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Moulin Rouge) stars along with Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, and Imelda Staunton. It’s at Landmark E Street and Bethesda starting Friday. Tickets ($10) are available here.
Monday, January 24
Australian director Peter Weir (Witness, The Truman Show, Master and Commander) returns to the big screen with The Way Back, a drama about a group of prisoners who escape from a Siberian gulag and travel thousands of miles to freedom. Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, and Saoirse Ronan star; the movie was called “riveting” by the London Guardian. Tickets ($11) are available here.
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