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Le Amiche

Before Michelangelo Antonioni made the great L'Avventura, he directed this 1955 movie about a fashion designer based in Rome who returns to her small hometown to run a salon. But since this is an Antonioni movie, it's about so much more. The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque is showing a newly restored 35mm print at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 15, and 5:15 p.m. Saturday, October 16.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Documentary about Japan's fascination with bugs, which you figure's gotta include Mothra. Cleveland Museum of Art Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, October 15, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 17.

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

This truly awful movie (inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds) about killer eagles has somehow found a cult audience since it was released two years ago. Cult audiences: Keeping shitty movies alive for 40 years! Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 9:05 p.m. Saturday, October 16.

The Elephant in the Living Room

Documentary about people who raise exotic animals at home. One day all those monkeys are gonna get even. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

Monstershow

Former Kent State University professor Richard Myers' 1996 art film combines elements of Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Myers will be on hand to answer questions after the screening. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Thursday, October 14.

The Nightowls of Coventry

Cleveland filmmaker Laura Paglin wrote and directed this 2004 film set on Coventry Road in 1973. Lots of local color here, but no cat store. Paglin will answer questions after the movie. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 9:35 p.m. Friday, October 15.

Stonewall Uprising

New documentary about the birth of gay rights in a Greenwich Village bar in the summer of '69. Cleveland Museum of Art Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 13.

Thundercrack!

The uncut version of a 1975 parody about people holing up in a house during a storm. Cue the wah-wah soundtrack, because there's lots of sex and bad acting here. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Sunday, October 17.

Waiting for 'Superman'

Faster than sinking SAT scores! A documentary filmmaker puts public education on trial. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

Winnebago Man

Documentary about a dude whose obscenity-filled RV-sales videos in the late '80s made him a star to people who like that kind of thing. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 7:20 p.m. Saturday, October 16, and 5:15 p.m. Sunday, October 17.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Woody Allen's latest movie is a slasher flick about three kids who ... Nah, we're kidding. It's about unhappy married couples again. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

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