Friday night at the movies


Thinking about catching a flick this weekend? Here's what to see...


CRUDE: An almost universally praised film that presents an infuriating litany of South American exploitation, back-room glad-handing, and bureaucratic dead ends that has created a Rhode Island-sized "death zone" of toxic pollution in the Ecuadorian Amazon. (Lagoon Cinema) City Pages: "A master of true-crime verité, director Joe Berlinger does a superb job of taking us through the twists and turns of the decade-and-a-half, multibillion-dollar class-action lawsuit filed by the native Cofán tribe against Chevron." Star Tribune: 3 stars Pioneer Press: 3 stars 95% positive

SKIN: A dramatized biopic of Sandra Laing, the visibly black daughter born in the 1950s to white Afrikaner parents as full of denial as they are of protective love. Sandra is turned into a human shuttlecock, classified and reclassified as black or white according to the needs of her doting but racist father and the schools and government agencies who have no idea what to do with her. (Edina Cinema) City Pages: "A workmanlike but enormously moving movie." Star Tribune: 2.5 stars Pioneer Press: 3 stars 90% positive

ANTICRIST: This emotionally grueling film revels in the gruesome ordeal of a bereaved couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) who lose their toddler because they were too sexually engrossed to notice him climbing out of the nursery window. (Lagoon Cinema) City Pages: "Lars von Trier's doggedly outrageous, fearsomely ambitious two-hander is so desperate to make you feel something--if only a terrible sensation of nothingness--that it's almost poignant. Antichrist above all wants to make pain visceral." Star Tribune: 3.5 stars Pioneer Press: 3.5 stars 48% positive


THE GRADUATE: Once you get past that "film that defined a generation" business this is quite an enjoyable and even impressive movie. Director Mike Nichols makes virtually every shot here communicate several layers of meaning, all packed with intelligence and wit. Buck Henry's screenplay is pretty great, too, with its pitch-perfect comedy of social awkwardness and its corresponding parody of smug bourgeois cheer. Dustin Hoffman (in his first film role) is particularly adept at the former, while Anne Bancroft (as Mrs. Robinson) brilliantly conveys the acrid self-loathing that is the underbelly of the latter. (Uptown Theatre, Friday and Saturday at midnight)

INSIDE HANA'S SUITCASE: A documentary and dramatic reenactments tell the poignant true story of a woman at a Holocaust museum who comes across a battered suitcase with the name "Hana Brady." The contents of the suitcase lead to a heart-wrenching search to uncover the story of Hana and her brother George, two Jewish children in Czechoslovakia imprisoned by the Nazis. (Oak Street Cinema, Monday and Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.)

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT: Frank Capra flirts delightfully with Hollywood's old rules of sexual conduct via this lusty road movie pairing a runaway rich girl (Claudette Colbert) and an ambitious, if boozy, journalist (Clark Gable). A 1934 Oscar-winner. (Trylon Microcinema, Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9:05 p.m.)


AN EDUCATION: Spirited, 16-year-old overachiever Jenny (Carey Mulligan, in an enchanting, star-making performance) falls under the spell of David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard), a thirtysomething Jewish entrepreneur, who begins whisking Jenny off to glamorous concerts and art auctions--and not just for her erudition. (Uptown Theatre)

FLAME & CITRON: Two assassins in the Danish resistance kill Nazis and Nazi sympathizers, in a film tinged with moral ambiguities. (Edina Cinema)

For more film ideas, capsule reviews, and showtimes, click here.