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Margaret O'Brien, who played young Tootie in Vincente Minnelli's 1944 classic, will appear in person to introduce this screening at 7:30 p.m. and answer questions afterward. September 20

ROUTE 06: SCION INDEPENDENT FILM SERIES Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Mpls.; 612.604.0222.

Scion sponsors a series of film screenings at the Varsity. Screenings begin at 8:00 p.m.; admission is free. For more information, visit www.scion.com/route/.

September 20 Infamy

October 25 Just for Kicks

November 29 Next

CLEOPHAS AND HIS OWN Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Ave., Mpls.; 612.825.6006.

Actor-director Michael Maglaras appears in person to introduce a screening of this, his bio-pic of artist Marsden Hartley, and answer questions afterward. The screening begins at 7:00 p.m. September 21

FILM AT THE WALKER: SEASON SNEAK PREVIEW Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.375.7600.

The Walker's film/video curators offer a sneak peek at coming attractions. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. September 21

BALLETS RUSSES U of M, Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Mpls.; 612.626.5054.

Co-directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine appear in person to introduce a screening of their documentary film about the titular ballet company and answer questions afterward. The screening begins at 7:00 p.m. September 22

CINE-CLUB Alliance Française, 113 N. 1st St., Mpls.; 612.332.0436.

The Alliance Française screens French films on Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

September 22 Cache (Hidden)

October 6 Late August, Early September

CONFETTI Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Ave., Mpls.; 612.825.6006.

Made in the finest tradition of English vulgarity, this chaotic mockumentary amounts to a loud belch in the face of a billion-dollar industry. The movie's fertile subject is themed marriage ceremonies; its conceit is a contest among three engaged couples to come up with the best gimmick for their nuptial hours, with the winner scoring a million-dollar mansion. The couples' lack of talent or finesse pales before the aggravations of meddlesome friends and family, prominent among them a terrific Alison Steadman as an interfering mum with a basilisk stare guaranteed to freeze the balls off the hapless planners. -Ella Taylor Opens September 22

CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD Northwestern Health Sciences University Auditorium, 2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington; 612.374.4948.

The Continuum Center sponsors an advance screening of this adaptation of the bestselling books by Neale Donald Walsch, who'll appear in person along with producer Stephen Simon to introduce the film at 7:00 p.m. and answer questions afterward. For more information, visit www.continuumcenter.net/. September 24

HOLLYWOOD AND THE HOLOCAUST: HISTORY ON FILM Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul; 651-296-6126.

Star Tribune film critic Colin Covert and historian David Itzkowitz discuss the history of Hollywood films about the Shoah. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. September 26

FEARLESS FILMMAKERS SCREENING Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.729.7369.

Project Spotlight resumes its monthly showcase of local and regional shorts with this program, which includes Coleman Miller's award-winning "Uso Justo" and eight other films. The screening begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a barbecue party at the Hexagon Bar (2596 27th Ave. S., Mpls.). September 27

REEL WORK: THE LABOR AND COMMUNITY FILM SERIES Lakes & Plains Regional Council of Carpenters, 700 Olive St., St. Paul; 651.646.7207. Minnesota Nurses Association, 1625 Energy Park Dr., St. Paul; 651.646.4807. Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.; 612.276.0788. U of M, Blegen Hall, 269 19th Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.624.9007. Sponsored by the U of M Labor Education Service, this series of films highlights the struggles of workers in the United States and abroad. The series continues through May 16; for more information, visit www.laboreducation.org. All screenings begin at 7:00 p.m.

September 27The Uprising of '34 (Council of Carpenters)

October 20De Nadie (No One) (Resource Center)

November 15 Boys Don't Cry (Blegen Hall)

December 13Dirty Pretty Things (Nurses Association)

WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS FILM SERIES St. Paul Public Library, St. Anthony Park Branch, 2245 Como Ave., 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 (held at various St. Paul libraries through December) explores important issues related to women's rights and human rights. Rosalyn Park, a staff attorney at Minnesota Advocates, will lead a discussion after the screening of the first film in the series, Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan (September 28), at the St. Anthony Park library. All screenings begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.mnadvocates.org. Ongoing

THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP Uptown Theatre, 2906 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.825.6006.

Sweet, crazy, and limned with sadness, Michel Gondry's wondrous follow-up to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind harks back to his music videos; it's a movie of bizarre costumes, collage landscapes, herky-jerky object animation, fake perspectives, and wild creative geography. Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal plays Stephane, a hapless, Chaplinesque madman who spends his nights dreaming himself the host of a one-man television show and his days suffering from unrequited love. The mood of Gondry's tricksy romantic narrative may be borderline fey, but his final fantasy is less apt to warm your heart than break it. -J. Hoberman Opens September 29

THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Ave., Mpls.; 612.825.6006.

Perhaps the most chilling material in this raucous documentary exposé of the film ratings board (MPAA) is a simple statement of little-discussed fact: More than 95 percent of the movie industry is controlled by a half-dozen studios whose larger conglomerates own more than 90 percent of all media in the United States. Ethical regulation of the industry-in terms of how much of Maria Bello's pubic hair can be seen in the indie drama The Cooler, for example-naturally remains of vital importance to the MPAA and its studio signatories. With its sex- and joke-filled survey of what has and hasn't been deemed appropriate for wide distribution, This Film is for buffs, but, ironically, it works best in the rare moments when it seems to be about a lot more than just movies. -Rob Nelson Opens September 29

THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Ave., Mpls.; 612.825.6006.
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