It’s all about prostitution in Oak Cliff. In the movies, I mean.
Tonight and tomorrow are the final opportunities to see Cannes sensation ‘Sleeping Beauty’ theatrically in the Metroplex. Emily Browning stars as a new employee in an elegant house of prostitution, where the ladies go to sleep while the gentlemen do with them what they will. Reviews have been mixed, but it should be a good conversation-starter for couples, I imagine.
If you go tomorrow night, you could make it a double-bill (separate admission charged), with the last show of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at 7:00 p.m., followed by the local premiere of ‘House of Pleasures’ at 9:20 p.m. The latter is a less-touted French film, also set in a brothel, but one where the ladies are fully awake while strangers do the deed. And while ‘Sleeping Beauty’ has a modern-day setting, ‘House of Pleasures’ takes place in the early 20th century. So, theoretically, you could compare and contrast, er, the time periods.
Make haste to Oak Cliff tonight to catch the final screenings of the (reportedly) scathing ‘Four Lions,’ directed by Chris Morris, exclusively at the Texas Theatre. Showtimes are 7:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
More “last call” screenings tonight and tomorrow (and seriously, I may have to move to Oak Cliff and get a real job):
‘Queen of the Sun.’ Nature documentary. (Tonight and tomorrow, Texas Theatre)
‘Santa Sangre.’ Jodorowsky’s classic! (Tomorrow night only, Texas Theatre)
‘Battleship Potemkin.’ Are you kidding me? The silent classic. (Tomorrow night only, Texas Theatre)
‘Brotherhood.’ Provocative thriller. (Tonight and tomorrow, Angelika Dallas)
‘Outside the Law.’ Algerian nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. (Tonight and tomorrow, Angelika Dallas)
‘Night Catches Us.’ Drama about race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood in 1976. (The Texas Theatre)
‘White Material.’ Claire Denis’ latest, about a woman trying to hold on to her family’s plantation. (Angelika Dallas)
‘Rabbit Hole.’ Drama with exquisite performances by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. “Tremendously kind and empathetic,” I wrote in my review. “The acting and the writing are so extraordinary that the film demands attention.” (Angelika Dallas | Angelika Plano)
And the special engagements, each showing one night only:
‘Shock Corridor.’ Sam Fuller’s shocker about a reporter going undercover at a mental institution to investigate a murder and, hopefully, win a Pulitzer Prize. Instead, he starts to lose his mind. (Wednesday night only; The Texas Theatre)
‘Suspiria.’ Dario Argento’s shocker about American ballet dancer Jessica Harper, who transfers to a prestigious European school, only to discover that it’s a hiding place for [SPOILER REDACTED] . (Thursday night only; The Texas Theatre)
Last Call is a weekly feature that rounds up films that will be completing their local engagements.
‘Made in Dagenham’ is a fine, sturdy British period drama, but it’s the one that doesn’t feature a member of the royal family who struggles with a speech impediment. ‘Made in Dagenham’ is similar in quality to ‘The King’s Speech,’ featuring a splendid performance by Sally Hawkins as a factory worker in the 1960s who helped bring the issue of “equal pay for equal work” among the sexes to the forefront of labor relations.
“Sally Hawkins captures the insecurity and building confidence of Rita. She’s a good wife, mother, and worker, but the role of labor leader suits her perfectly, allowing her to come fully into her own. That buoyancy floats “Made in Dagenham” above its historical roots, allowing it to happily inhabit its own dramatic territory. Well done.”