Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
A MONSTER IN PARIS
UN MONSTRE À PARIS
Dir: Bibo Bergeron
A classic misunderstood-monster tale, this warm-hearted musical about the power of song features Django Reinhardt-style gypsy guitar and honey-toned vocals courtesy of Sean Lennon. Paris, 1910. The streets of the city are flooded. A mist-enshrouded Eiffel Tower looms over a temporary lake and the alleyways sport makeshift bridges so Parisians can go about their daily routines. But spirits are high for the citizens of this romantic city, including Emile, a lovelorn film projectionist, and his inventor friend Raoul, whose enthusiasm for breaking rules places him and Emile at the center of some unintentional mischief after they sneak into a scientist’s laboratory greenhouse and unwittingly let loose a monster onto the soggy streets. Yet this terrible monster turns out to have a sad and sensitive soul - as well as musical talent - and when cabaret singer Lucille discovers the beast hiding backstage at the music hall, he dons a cape and hat and joins her act, instantly wowing the crowd with his silky smooth voice and hot guitar licks. Despite his peaceful demeanor, the City of Lights is in a panic, as the rotten rogue of a mayor plunges his police force headlong into a chaotic monster hunt that uses both the sweeping backdrops of Paris and 3-D effects to the fullest. Recommended ages: 5 and up. In English.
Writer-director Deepa Mehta deviates from her usual subject matter of pressing issues in Indian society to turn the camera toward more lighthearted fare: Bollywood cinema. Both a love letter to and a parody of the bombastic Bollywood tradition, this music-filled romantic romp gleefully embraces the clichés of the genre as it plays off of classic Shakespearean comedies of mistaken identity. In English, and Hindi and Spanish with English subtitles.
Dir: Herbert Ross
An all-star cast - including Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Richard Pryor and Supporting Actress Oscar winner Maggie Smith - sparkles in this Neil Simon-penned comedy, which follows couples in varying stages of fidelity at the Beverly Hills Hotel through four vignettes. "The most agreeably realised Simon film in years." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times