And we’re back, awaking from our winter hibernation to share our picks for the weekend — assuming that you’re an adventurous person who refuses to let snow and ice keep you off the streets. Good for you, movie lovers! Also, the snow has stopped falling, and it’s forecast that things will clear up and temperatures will rise throughout the weekend. Be careful out there.
- ‘Repo Chick.’ Alex Cox’s non-sequel to ‘Repo Man’ is a cracked Saturday morning TV show for adults. It’s an imaginative, green screen trip into a world defined by the 2008 financial crisis and model toys. This may be worth risking your life to see. (The Texas Theatre)
- ‘Summer Wars.’ Cute, adorable flick about the possible end of the world at the hands of a computer avatar. A Japanese family film, of course. Great animation; looks very good on the big screen. (Angelika Dallas)
- ‘The Illusionist.’ Sylvain Chomet, director of the amusing and elegant ‘The Triplets of Belleville,’ adapts an un-produced script by Jaques Tati. (Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano) Q&A Alert: Animator Justin Hall and production manager Fiona Hall are scheduled to be present after the 7pm show on Friday at Angelika Dallas and the 8:05 pm show on Saturday at Angelika Plano.
- ‘Biutiful.’ Javier Bardem has been nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as drug dealer struggling to keep it together as he faces his own death. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. (Angelika Dallas, AMC Grapevine, Cinemark Legacy, Cinemark West Plano, AMC The Parks at Arlington)
- ‘Winter’s Bone.’ Nominated for multiple Academy Awards, the atmospheric, tension-filled drama returns to the big screen for a limited engagement. Jennifer Lawrence gives an exceptional performance as a teenage girl searching for the truth about her father. John Hawkes is likewise superb. (The Texas Theatre)
- ‘Repo Man.’ Alex Cox’s original features Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Staunton. (The Texas Theatre)
- ‘Annie Hall.’ Woody Allen’s classic 70s comedy about hesitant love and romance, with Diane Keaton. (Friday at 7:30 pm only, Palace Arts Center, Grapevine)
- ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’ Er, OK, midnight movie fans, here’s your weekend pick. (Landmark Inwood)
- ‘Sanctum.’ James Cameron served as executive producer, but did not write or direct, this R-rated 3D adventures into flooded caves. (Wide across the Metroplex)
- ‘The Roommate.’ Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly star as college roommates who don’t get along. (Wide across the Metroplex)
Also, I hear there’s some big event in Arlington on Sunday afternoon, so best steer clear if you can.