Friday night at the movies
FLAME & CITRON: Two assassins in the Danish resistance kill Nazis and their sympathizers, in a film tinged with moral ambiguities. (Uptown Theatre)
City Pages: "Flame & Citron is less about the battle between good and evil than about losing one's way in the fog of war, which makes it hard to tell friend from foe and complicates the heroic honor codes of movies about the 'good war.'" (Edina Cinema)
Star Tribune: 3.5 stars Pioneer Press: 1.5 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 84% positive
2 OR 3 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HIM: Oak Street Cinema begins a monthlong Jewish Film Series with this riveting documentary about a family's warm memories of their father, Hanns Ludin--who just happened to be a notorious Nazi officer who sent thousands of Jews to the gas chamber in Slovakia. The gripping and confrontational film, by Ludin's youngest son, is an unsparing look at his siblings' tortured rationalizations of their father's actions. (Oak Street Cinema, Friday-Sunday at 7:15 p.m.)
THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CINEMA:Marking the 60th anniversary of China's Communist revolution, the Walker presents 14 movies this month highlighting how filmmaking in the People's Republic has evolved over the years. (Walker Art Center and Bell Museum Auditorium, through Monday, November 23)
THIRST: In this vampire movie, carnal appetite, not a parched palate, is the accelerant that fuels a perverse, prankish, and merrily anti-clerical exercise in bloodletting. Shifting from clinical cool to hothouse fever, Thirst settles for a macabre jollity as the unlikable characters affix nastily ironic fates to each other. Director Park Chan-wook's voluptuous style and the shocking, slurpy physicality of the movie's sex scenes offer a welcome antidote to the zipless bloodsucking of Twilight. (Uptown Theatre, Friday and Saturday at midnight)
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)
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