Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
TERRORISM AND KEBAB
AL-IRHAB WAL KABAB
Dir: Sherif Arafa
Adel Imam (“the Egyptian Charlie Chaplin”) stars as Ahmed, who braves government bureaucracy to have his son transferred to a new school. His requests fall upon deaf ears, until a security guard’s gun winds up in his hand, and Ahmed suddenly becomes a terrorist with demands - which turn out to include some tasty kebab. This gut-busting satire of red tape and miscommunication is one of the most successful and acclaimed Egyptian comedies of all time. In Arabic with English subtitles.
With an intergalactic cast of thousands, director Koji Masunari’s colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design. When Amane and her older cousin Natsuki find an injured dog in the woods, they discover that he is not a dog at all, but Pochi, an alien botanist sent to Earth to track down a rare and powerful plant. Before long, Pochi has whisked the kids away to a space colony on the dark side of the moon, an interstellar gathering place of humorous alien creatures, jellyfish spaceships, dragon trains, and – if that weren’t enough – a theme song from UK pop anomaly Susan Boyle. Recommended ages: 7 and up.
Nono (newcomer Thomas Simon), the son of the world’s greatest police inspector, is on a train trip to see his boring uncle when adventure calls. He meets his father’s arch-nemesis, notorious criminal Felix Glick, and puts his detective skills to work, wearing disguises and evading police as he heads to the French Riviera, where Felix introduces Nono to seductive nightclub chanteuse Lola Ciperola (Isabella Rossellini). With only twenty-four hours to go before his Bar Mitzvah, Nono must complete his high-stakes mission – while also confronting the mystery of his own identity and the truth about the mother he has never known. Based on the coming-of-age novel by Israeli writer David Grossman, The THE ZIGZAG KID is a stylish, witty, action-packed caper a la THE PINK PANTHER that also touches on more serious themes of self-discovery, the strength of family, and acceptance. Recommended Ages: 8 and up. In English, Dutch and French with English subtitles.