Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 1 - 7, 2010

Happy New Year, Chlotrudis Members!

Although 2010 is here, you can bet we've still got a few weeks of 2009 films to see before nomination time. And use it wisely, because this year we've got the entire month before nominations are due! This week Gil and Amanda will be hosting the Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies, so come on down to the Kendall Square Cinema for the 6:40 p.m. screening of Pedro Almodóvar's BROKEN EMBRACES.

The eagerly awaited 17th feature by one of the world's leading directors, Pedro Almodóvar (VOLVER, TALK TO HER), is a lavish melodrama tinged with humor, showcasing the spectacular talents of Penélope Cruz. The story is told in flashback by Harry Caine (Lluís Homar, BAD EDUCATION), a blind screenwriter, who reveals that before an auto accident took his sight and the life of his love, he was the famous director Mateo Blanc. He had fallen in love with his leading lady, Lena (Cruz), who had made movie star when the ruthless industrialist Ernesto Martel (José Luis Gómez) became her lover and patron. The film Mateo is making with Lena (for which the jealous Martel insists on being producer) is a kinky comedy called GIRLS AND SUITCASES, reminiscent of WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. As Mateo and Lena try to get away together for a romantic tryst, Martel's gay son is constantly following and videotaping them for a "making of" feature—which Martel uses for surveillance (even getting a lip reader to decode the lovers' conversations). (Fully subtitled)

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Cast: Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Tamar Novas, Rubén Ochandiano

Check out the trailer:

And if you're looking to catch some of the potentially nomination-worthy films that you might have missed, make note of these screenings. The Coen Brothers' A SERIOUS MAN plays at the Capitol Theatre in Arlington this week, and at the Stuart Street Playhouse you can catch the outstanding 35 SHOTS OF RUM, or this year's film to beat, THE HURT LOCKER. The Museum of Fine Arts will be screening one of last fall's Sunday Eye Opener films from Mexico, I'M GONNA EXPLODE later this week.

And if you're looking for some classic films, don't miss this week's Brattle Repetory series of Screwball Comedies. The series is kicked off with a couple of films by the kings of screwball, the Marx Brothers and A DAY AT THE RACES and A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. And it all winds up with THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, arguably Katharine Hepburn's best screwball comedy. Check these out and more this week at the Brattle!

See you at the Movies!

Playing this week, January 1 - 7, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Marx Brothers Marathon!
Animal Crackers (Fri.)
Horse Feathers (Fri.)
Duck Soup (Fri.)
A Night at the Opera (Fri.)
A Day at the Races (Fri.)
A Screwball New Year!
A Day at the Races (Sat.)
A Night at the Opera (Sat.)
The Awful Truth (Sun.)
Holiday (Sun.)
It Happened One Night (Mon.)
Palm Beach Story (Mon.)
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (Tue.)
Easy Living (Tue.)
My Man Godfrey (Wed.)
The Philadelphia Story (Thu.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents!
Daniel Pink (Wed.)
Atul Gawanda (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
A Single Man
Up in the Air (ineligible)
The Messenger
La Danse
Midnight Madness!
Out of Sight (Fri. & Sat.)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Fri. & Sat.)
The Action Pack presents Elf Quote-Along (Fri.)
Johnny Cupcakes presents Home Alone (Sat.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

A Serious Man
Me and Orson Welles

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
No Independent Features Playing This Week!

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Closed for the Holidays!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
An Education
Precious, Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Broken Embraces
A Single Man
The Road
The Young Victoria
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Broken Embraces
The Young Victoria
The Road
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
No Independent Films Playing This Week!

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Costumes of Edith Head
A Place in the Sun (Sat.)
Sunset Boulevard (Sat.)
The Lady Eve (Sat.)
Rear Window (Sun.)
To Catch a Thief (Sun.)
This Gun for Hire (Sun.)
Music on Film
In Search of Beethoven (Wed. & Thu.)
Mexican Cinema
I'm Gonna Explode (Wed. & Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Men Who Stare at Goats (ineligible)

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
35 Shots of Rum
The Hurt Locker
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
An Education

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President