Popcorn & Candy: The Killer Inside Me Edition

Popcorn & Candy was DCist’s selective and subjective guide to some of the most interesting movies playing around town in the coming week.

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Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn (Kerry Brown/30WEST-Roadside Attractions)

BEAST

Moll (Jessie Buckley) lives with her mum and ailing father on the island of Jersey in the English Channel. She sings in the choir and seems to lead a good life, but after running away from her 27th birthday party, she meets troublemaker Pascal (South African musician Johnny Flynn) and begins an uneasy romance. The tension doesn’t just stem from her new beau’s crude manners; a serial killer is targeting young girls on the island–and he’s a prime suspect. Writer-director Michael Pearce pulls a few corny tricks in this tale of trust and belated-coming-of-age, and the thread gets a bit lost in the third act. But Buckley and especially Flynn effectively play their roles of troubled and not entirely sympathetic people who are willing to love each other even at their worst.

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Opens Friday at Landmark E Street Cinema, Arclight Bethesda, Angelika Fairfax, and AMC Shirlington.

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Moritz Bleibtreu and his three-legged friend (Film Movement)

BYE BYE GERMANY

It’s 1946. Frankfurt businessman David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu of Run Lola Run) and his friends dream of leaving for America, and become door-to-door salesmen to raise money for their trip. But how did David manage to be the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust? When a U.S. military investigator presses him for answers, he reveals the bitterness behind his humor. The script, which novelist Michel Bergmann adapted from his novel (with an assist by director Sam Garbarski) could have used a more cynical eye behind the camera–you can imagine Billy Wilder going even darker with this material.  But Garbarski (Irina Palm) still navigates this darkly comic tale with a minimum of sentiment, despite the fact that the movie opens with a three-legged Jack Russell terrier, of all things. It’s probably far better than The Day the Clown Cried will turn out to be.

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Opens Friday at Landmark E Street Cinema.

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Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward

THE LUSTY MEN

The AFI’s Robert Mitchum tribute continues next week with this 1952 drama directed by Nicholas Ray. Mitchum stars as a retired rodeo champ who teaches newcomer Arthur Kennedy the ropes. Bosley Crowther’s New York Times review commends “candid use of camera that would stand out in the documentary field,” so this would be useful to compare to the excellent The Rider, still playing at Landmark Bethesda Row.

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Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 at the AFI Silver.

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Clotilde Hesme and Louis Garrel (Senses of Cinema)

REGULAR LOVERS

In the late ’60s, Philippe Garrel was involved with the cinema collective Zanzibar, made up of Paris filmmakers whose underground work is largely lost and forgotten. As part of its series, Paris, May ’68: Zanzibar and Philippe Garrel, the National Gallery of Art is screening a 35mm print of Garrel’s 2005 dramatization of the era, starring his own son. This screening will be preceded by the director’s short film “Actua 1,” an 8-minute documentation of May 1968. This weekend the Gallery also presents Garrel’s rarely screened  1972 film The Inner Scar (May 20 at 4:30 pm),  starring singer Nico, his then partner and co-scriptwriter, as a woman wandering through the desert. If memory serves, there was a scratchy clip of this in the 1995 documentary Nico Icon, and it was not good, but where else are you going to see it?

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Regular Lovers screens Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 pm at the National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium.

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PANDEMONIUM

Next week the Washington Psychotronic Film Society screen this 1982 comedy starring Tom Smothers and Paul Reubens as Canadian Mounties hunting down a killer at a cheerleader camp. Co-starring Carol Kane, Tab Hunter, and Judge Reinhold, whom I sometimes mix up with Judd Hirsch. Try not to think about that when you’re watching Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

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Monday, May 21 at 8 pm at Smoke and Barrel.

Also opening this week, stay tuned for my Washington Post review of Show Dogs, starring Will Arnett as an FBI agent who reluctantly partners with a Rottweiler (the voice of Ludacris) to go undercover at a Las Vegas dog show. Yes, it’s a talking animal movie, and not bad as these things go!

 

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