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This weekend at the movies

This weekend at the movies
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First Published: Thu, Oct 28 2010. 09 57 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Oct 28 2010. 09 57 PM IST
THEATRICAL PICKS
This little gem of a film by director Bela Negi could have gone unnoticed. For one, it lacks any sort of star power. But this simple yet quaint story of a village schoolteacher whose life takes an unforeseen turn when he wins a luxury car will certainly warm your hearts.
TV PICKS
30 October
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443680/)
1.15 pm, HBO
From the talented director of Chopper comes this tale of idolization turned into resentment. A young Robert Ford, played brilliantly by Casey Affleck, attempts to join the gang of one of America’s most famous outlaws and his childhood hero: Jesse James. What happens when things turn sour?
9pm, Sony Pix
When a new sergeant takes over as the head of an elite bomb disposal unit in Iraq, his death-defying modus operandi takes everyone by surprise. Soon, though, the city turns violent and another shade of his character emerges. One of the most acclaimed films last year and an Oscar winner for best picture and director, this film is a must watch.
11.15am, Lumiere
From acclaimed director Louis Malle comes this tale of an alcoholic, played by Maurice Ronet, who suffers from depression and is undergoing rehabilitation in a clinic. He decides to meet his friends for the last time before ending his life.
31 October
9pm, Star Movies
When a loan officer orders the eviction of a woman from her house for not repaying her loan, little does she know what will follow. From director Sam Raimi, who brought us the iconic Evil Dead trilogy comes this tale of terror topped with humour. A must watch!
9.45pm, MGM
Featuring what is generally considered one of the greatest acting performances in the history of cinema, this Martin Scorsese film throws us right into the chaotic world of a boxer trying to balance his ambition, temperament and personal life, only to trudge from one disappointment to the other. Robert de Niro essays the role of Jake LaMotta with ease while, Thelma Schoonmaker’s innovative editing puts us right in the middle of the ring rather than outside it.
11pm, Set Max
Set in one of Mumbai’s slums, this film sees Siddharth portray a common man out to rise in life. He falls into the trap of a local goon hell-bent on tightening his grip over the slum through fear. On the way, our hero loses out on a lot, be it love or friendship.
SCREENING PICKS
30-31 October
Shamiana Short Film Festival
4.30pm, NCPA Little Theatre, Mumbai
Shamiana, India’s only dedicated short film club presents its first ever two-day long film festival showcasing a variety of little gems from all across the world on myriad subjects. The festival will also include interactive sessions with noted film personalities.
30 October
6pm, New Acropolis, Bangalore
Our childhood is almost synonymous with the figure of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. This Marc Forster film follows J.M.Barrie into the lives of a family that inspired him to create Peter Pan and engrave his name on the imagination of generations to come. Starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.
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First Published: Thu, Oct 28 2010. 09 57 PM IST