NJ Film Festival

Japanese New Wave

Second Chance Cinema

Mainstream Movies


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At the Movies

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NJ Film Festival

New Jersey Film Festival is presented by the Rutgers Film

Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center. Screenings are Fridays through

Sunday in Scott Hall, Room 123, College Avenue campus, near the corner

of College Avenue and Hamilton Street. Thursday screenings are in

Loree Hall, Room 024, Douglass College campus, near the corner of

Nichol Avenue and George Street; with selected free events at Borders

Books, Route 18 South, East Brunswick. All programs begin at 7 p.m.;

admission $5 to $10. Call 732-932-8482.

All About My Mother, Pedro Almodovar’s prizewinner (the

1999 Oscar, preceded by Cannes and Golden Globe awards), set in Madrid

and Barcelona, about a woman who loses her only son and sets out on

a quest to find his wayward father. Subtitles; $5, Friday through

Sunday, April 21 to 23.

Kenneth Anger Retrospective features

"Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome" from "The Magick


Cycle," starring Curtis Harrington and Anais Nin. Borders Books,

Wednesday, April 26, free.

Stalker, the noteworthy and eerie 1979 feature from


director Andrei Tarkovsky about a journey through a government


"zone" where it is believed one can fulfill one’s innermost

desires. Subtitles; $5, Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29.

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Japanese New Wave

Japanese New Wave Cinema, classic and rare film series

presented by Princeton University’s East Asian Studies Program, in

the James Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Free. 609-258-5722.

Dodes’kaden. Final entry in the series is famed director

Akira Kurosawa’s 1970 feature and first film in color. The


beautiful work is set in a slum community and introduces a group of

marginal characters, all victims of cruelty, Monday, April 24.

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Second Chance Cinema

Second Chance Cinema, presented by Princeton Adult School,

at Kresge Auditorium, Princeton University. $5. 609-683-1101.

Dreamlife of Angels, Elodie Bouchez and Natacha Regnier

shared Cannes’ Best Actress award as two young women knocking about

Lille in search of work and human connection. Erick Zonka directs,

Wednesday, April 19. Happiness, Tod Solondz satirizes New


suburban wasteland combining a warped sitcom with a litany of kitsch

horrors. Cast includes Dylan Baker, Jon Lovitz and Lara Flynn-Boyle,

Wednesday, April 26.

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Mainstream Movies

Confirm titles with theaters.

American Beauty. Annette Bening and Oscar-winner Kevin

Spacey star in Sam Mendes’ dark comedy about dysfunctional suburban

families. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.


Loews, Mercer.

America Psycho. An apt complement to the Oscar winner

above, an intelligent screen version of Bret Easton Ellis’s thriller

about a yuppie serial killer, directed by Mary Harron, stars Christian

Bale. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

Black and White. Brooke Shields, Mike Tyson, Robert Downey

Jr., Claudia Schiffer, and Ben Stiller all appear in this film by

director James Toback about privileged white kids exploring hip-hop

culture. AMC, Destinta, Loews, MarketFair, Regal.

Boys Don’t Cry. Hilary Swank won an Oscar for Best Actress

for her gender-bending performance in the true story of a girl named

Teena posing as a boy named Brandon. Directed by Kimberly Pierce.


The Cider House Rules. Michael Caine won the Oscar for

best supporting actor in his role as the doctor in the screen version

of John Irving’s bestseller. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, it won


the Oscar for Best Screenplay Adaptation. AMC,


Erin Brockovich. Julia Roberts plays a real-life crusader

bent on revealing both her cleavage and the polluting sins of a


power company. AMC, Destinta, Garden, Loews, Mercer,



Final Destination. Sci-fi mystery about a high school

air crash survivor in peril. AMC, Destinta, Loews,



High Fidelity. John Cusack plays the owner of a retro

record store whose business is failing, and whose life stinks.


Loews, MarketFair, Regal.

Keeping the Faith. Edward Norton directs and stars in

this romantic comedy with Ben Stiller and Jen Elfman. AMC,


Loews, Mercer, Montgomery, Regal.

Mission to Mars. Brian Di Palma directs this recovery

mission of second stringers, starring Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins,

sent to discover what destroyed the first Mars landers. AMC,


My Dog Skip. Frankie Muniz of `Malcolm in the Middle’

stars in a film version of Willie Morris’ book about a lonely young

boy who finds friendship in a Jack Russell terrier. AMC, Mercer,


Ready to Rumble. Two dead-beat wrestling buddies get a

shot at their dream of meeting their wrestling idol at a World


match. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

Return to Me. Romantic comedy starring David Duchovny

(X-Files) and Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting). AMC, Loews,


Montgomery, Regal.

The Road to El Dorado. Dreamworks’ animated feature about

two men who stumble upon the legendary city of gold, with music by

Elton John, and voices by Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branaugh, and Armand

Assante. AMC, Destinta, Loews, MarketFair, Montgomery,


Romeo Must Die. An action film about a clash between Asian

and African-American gangs in Oakland. AMC, Destinta, Loews,



Rules of Engagement. A war hero (Samuel L. Jackson) stands

trial for supposed war crimes and finds an advocate in a marine buddy

played by Tommy Lee Jones. AMC, Destinta, Garden, Loews,


Montgomery, Regal.

The Skulls. Based on a true story about a young Ivy League

man drawn into a secret society reminiscent of Yale’s. AMC,


Loews, MarketFair, Regal.

Twenty-Eight Days. A lots-of-laughs drug-rehab comedy

starring Sandra Bullock, directed by Betty Thomas. AMC, Destinta,

Loews Montgomery, Regal.

Where the Money Is. Paul Newman is back as a deceiving

disabled bank robber and his money-hungry young nurse, played by Linda

Fiorentino. AMC, Destinta, Loews, Mercer, Regal.

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AMC Hamilton 24 Theaters, 325 Sloan Avenue, I-295 Exit

65A, 609-890-8307. 24-screen, stadium-seating multiplex. $7 adults;

$5 matinees; $5 twilight.

Destinta, Independence Plaza, 2465 South Broad Street,

Hamilton, 609-888-4500. Stadium-seating 12-screen multiplex. $6.75

adults; $5 matinees.

East Windsor Cinemas, Routes 130 and 571, 609-443-9295.

$3 adults; $2.50 matinees. Features Indian language films.

Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street, 609-683-7595. $6.50

adults; $4 matinees.

Loews Theaters, Route 1 South, New Brunswick,


Stadium-seating multiplex. $8.50 adults; $5.25 matinees.

MarketFair-UA, Route 1 South, 609-520-8700. $7.50

adults; $4.75 matinees.

Mercer Mall General Cinemas, Route 1, 609-452-2868.

$7.25 adults; $4.75 matinees.

Montgomery Center Theater, Routes 206 and 518,

Rocky Hill, 609-924-7444. $7 adults; $4.25 matinees.

Regal Cinemas Town Center Plaza, 319 Route 130 North,

East Windsor, 609-371-8473. Stadium-seating, 15 screens. $8 adults;

$5 matinees.

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