Fall Film Events


Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls.; 612.825.3737 Ongoing

Newly moved to the BLB for screenings on the second Wednesday of each month (including September 14), this series of old newsreels and civics lessons (remember civics lessons?) calls attention to the University of Minnesota's treasure trove of endangered 16mm celluloid.


Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.375.7622

This two-week series showcases the recent cinema of developing nations.

September 15 Daughter of Keltoum (7:30 p.m.)

September 16 Today and Tomorrow (7:30 p.m.)

September 17 Lili's Apron (3:00 p.m.)

September 17 Buffalo Boy (7:30 p.m.)

September 20 Daughter of Keltoum (9:30 a.m.)

September 22 Hollow City (7:30 p.m.)

September 23-24 Whisky (7:30 p.m.)

September 23 Hollow City (9:30 p.m.)

September 27 Rachida (9:30 a.m.)

September 29 Kabala (7:30 p.m.)

September 30 Uniform (9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.)

October 1 What's a Human Anyway? (3:00 p.m.)

October 1 Fuse (7:30 p.m.)


Oak Street Cinema, 309 Oak St., Mpls.; 612.331.3134

Oak Street's series of Japanese samurai classics concludes with films by Kihachi Okamoto and Akira Kurosawa.

September 15-17 Sword of Doom (7:20 and 9:40 p.m.; also Sept. 17 at 2:30 and 5:00 p.m.)

September 18-19 Kill! (7:20 and 9:40 p.m.)

September 21-22 Seven Samurai (7:30 p.m.)


Oak Street Cinema, 309 Oak St., Mpls.; 612.331.3134

Oak Street's cult-film series on Fridays at midnight includes four movies by John Carpenter.

September 16 Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

September 23 Army of Darkness

September 30 Big Trouble in Little China

October 7 The Thing

October 14 Punk Rock Holocaust

October 21 Assault on Precinct 13

October 28 They Live


Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.; 612.276.0788

The Resource Center presents political films on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m., followed by discussion.

September 16 Granito de Arena

September 23 Quilombo

October 7 A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

October 14 Memories of Underdevelopment

October 21 Confessing to Laura

October 28 Selena

November 4 The Last Supper


Edina Library, 5280 Grandview Sq., Edina; 952.847.5425

Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington; 952.847.5775

Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington; 952.847.5800

Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave. S., Edina; 952.847.5900

The Suburban Hennepin Libraries host a series of independent film screenings throughout the fall. All screenings begin at 1:00 p.m.

September 17 Herman, USA (Edina)

September 24 Equilibrium (Penn)

October 8 Herman, USA (Penn)

October 8 Napoleon Dynamite (Oxboro)

October 8 Osama (Edina)

October 15 Equilibrium (Oxboro)

October 22 Kandahar (Edina)

October 22 Two Harbors (Penn)

October 22 Best in Show (Southdale)

October 29 Mother Tongue, Fatherland (Southdale)

November 12 Metropolis (Oxboro)

November 19 Pieces of April (Penn)

November 19 Whale Rider (Southdale)


Uptown Theatre, 2906 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.825.6006

The Uptown continues its midnight movie series on Saturdays.

September 17 Clerks

September 24 A Clockwork Orange

October 1 Cannibal Holocaust

October 8 Top Secret!

October 15 The Muppets Take Manhattan


Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.729.7369 Ongoing

The Riverview screens the 1975 cult classic at midnight on the first and third Saturdays of each month, including September 17.


Oak Street Cinema, 309 Oak St., Mpls.; 612.331.3134

Oak Street's series of films by surrealist master Luis Buñuel continues on Sundays through October 30.

September 18 The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

September 25 Diary of a Chambermaid

October 2 Belle de jour

October 9 The Milky Way

October 16 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

October 23 The Phantom of Liberty

October 30 That Obscure Object of Desire


St. Paul Public Library, Arlington Hills Branch, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul; 651.793.3930

St. Paul Public Library, Hamline Midway Branch, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul; 651.642.0293

St. Paul Public Library, Merriam Park Branch, 1831 Marshall Ave., St. Paul; 651.642.0385

St. Paul Public Library, Rice Street Branch, 1011 Rice St., St. Paul; 651.222.3242

Presented by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, this series of monthly film screenings explores important issues related to women's rights and human rights. All screenings begin at 7:00 p.m.

September 22 The Vienna Tribunal (Rice)

October 11 Operation Fine Girl (Merriam)

November 17 ¡Basta! Women Say No to Violence (Arlington)

November 29 Peace by Peace: Women on the Frontlines (Hamline)


The Bell, U of M, University Avenue and 17th Street SE, Mpls.; 612.331.3134 September 23-29

This latest mindblower from the documentary team responsible for Microcosmos and Winged Migration tackles the origins of the universe: how gas, steam, lava, and even raindrops helped create life as we know it. Once again, directors Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou took their cameras to the farthest reaches of the earth (Iceland and the Galapagos Islands are both included in the film's bustling itinerary), and came back with footage of such unparalleled beauty that it seems almost otherworldly. A "now-you-see-him, now-you-don't" jellyfish and a puckish mudskipper are probably the star attractions, but I was particularly dazzled by the sight of a lissome snake gulping down a colossal egg, then politely spitting out the shell after digesting his meal.--Milan Paurich


Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.729.7369. September 24

What initially appears as a classist poke at suburban domestic kitsch (Get a load of the tacky vinyl siding on those Long Island ramblers!) is peeled away in this documentary to reveal something infinitely more textured--and humane. And no wonder. Judith Helfand's entree into the topic of "poison plastic" is, well, two-sided: Her own parents are among those North Americans who account for a new vinyl-lined home every three seconds; and her own bout with cervical cancer informs her mission as an activist documentarian specializing in issues of chemical toxicity. Co-directed by Helfand and Daniel Gold, Blue Vinyl follows Helfand as she spans the globe in search of PVC-production horrors, and then as she literally brings it all back home, struggling to convince her obstinate mother and father to replace the vinyl siding on their home with an environmentally sound product as a symbolic gesture. While the merits of making an ultimately upbeat film about a largely unknown global crisis are arguable, the optimism isn't entirely unearned in this case. In the end, the message of Blue Vinyl is that if you can radicalize your parents, then maybe anything is possible. Proceeds from this Saturday morning screening (10:00 a.m.) will benefit the Women's Cancer Resource Center. --Rob Nelson

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