What’s Screening: April 22 – 28

With SFFilm taking up much of the cinematic oxygen this week, but there are a few oldies on Bay Area big screens by such filmmakers as Mira Nair, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Brian De Palma.

Festivals & Series

Mississippi Masala (1991)

New 4K restoration! Who but Mira Nair would make an American mixed-race romantic comedy where neither of the lovers are white. I saw the film only once, more than 30 years ago, so my recommendation must be taken with a pinch of salt. If I recall, the movie starts as a serious political drama about Indians in Idi Amin’s Uganda, but soon becomes a light story with some serious edges. Starring Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury.

    • Friday, April 22, 7:00pm
      Sunday, April 24, 1:00pm
      Tuesday, April 26, 4:00pm

Another chance to see

A- Phantom Thread (2017)

It takes a long time to get emotionally involved in this story about a 1950s fashion designer (Daniel Day-Lewis) and the woman who loves him (Vicky Krieps). But as you begin to realize just how egotistical and obsessive this man really is, you get drawn inevitably into the story. A woman would have to be crazy to put up with him. And yet Krieps’ character not only puts up with him, but she also does things that could kill him. Lesley Manville plays the designer’s sister, who oversees his life and work. Excellent acting, camerawork (by writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson), and design (of course) by Mark Tildesley.

Theatrical revivals

B+ Scarface (1983 version)

This Brian De Palma/Oliver Stone remake of a 1932 Howard Hawks/Ben Hecht crime thriller has surpassed the original in popularity, although I prefer the first version. Al Pacino plays way over the top in the lead role, but then everything in this movie is over the top. Utterly absurd, but somehow compelling.

Frequently-revived classics