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A local wrestling documentary leads this week's picks

Pinned

Never mind that Pinned happens to be a local story chronicling the determination of two Lakewood high school wrestlers in their quest for championship glory. The film by Clevelanders Mike and Patrick Norman is a universally scintillating portrait of the inconceivable lengths taken by young grapplers — from debilitating workouts to starvation to, in this case, yep: sparring against bears. St. Edward High School boasts one of the most tradition-rich programs in all of America, while its sibling school down the street, Lakewood High, scraps for whatever crumbs of talent it can get. Pinned follows the starkly different yet equally brutal approaches to training taken by each school's top wrestler. It's inspiring, heart-wrenching, and occasionally horrifying — and it happens in every high school all the time. A winner at the 2010 All Sports Film Fest in Los Angeles, Pinned will screen at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, March 20. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the newly created West Park CYO Youth Wrestling Team. The Capitol is at 1390 West 65th Street; learn more at pinnedmovie.com or call 440-349-3306. — Erich Burnett

Light of Day

As if a big-screen showing of this 1987 movie — which was shot in Cleveland and features a song written by Bruce Springsteen — starring Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett wasn't enough, director Paul Schrader will be there to talk about it. Schrader also wrote Taxi Driver and co-wrote Raging Bull, which automatically makes him one of the all-time greats. Light of Day isn't a classic, but Clevelanders will love the glimpses of our city from back in the day. Look close for a young Trent Reznor in one of the bands playing onstage at the Euclid Tavern. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18.

Affliction

Nick Nolte plays a small-town cop in Paul Schrader's 1997 Oscar winner. Cinematheque. At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, March 17.

And Everything Is Going Fine

Steven Soderbergh directed this look at the life of Spalding Gray, the monologuist and part-time actor who killed himself in 2004. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, March 18, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

Death Race 2000

The original 1975 killer-car movie plays as part of Melt Bar & Grilled's Late Shift series. Bring a speeding ticket from the past month, and you and a pal get in for one admission. Capitol Theatre. At midnight Saturday, March 19.

Dream Home

The IFC Midnight series continues with this Hong Kong horror movie about a woman who kills her neighbors. You probably don't want to borrow a cup of sugar from her. Capitol Theatre. At midnight Saturday, March 19.

The Gold Rush

The Cinematheque's "Chaplin's Silent Films" series continues with one of his best, a 1925 classic starring the Little Tramp in the Klondike, looking for gold. It's the one where he eats his shoe. Cinematheque. At 5:15 p.m. Saturday, March 19, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

The Housemaid

Thriller about a guy who gets busy with the maid. Bad idea. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

My Name Is Albert Ayler

Documentary about the Cleveland-born free-form saxophone player. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

Nora's Will

A woman commits suicide, leaving her ex-husband details on how to handle her funeral. It's probably shit like this that made him divorce her in the first place. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

North by Northwest

Turner Classic Movies' Road to Hollywood Tour comes to town with host Robert Osborne and Eva Marie Saint, star of Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 classic. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

Poison

Queer Cinema hero Todd Haynes' 1991 debut feature includes three different stories told in three different styles. Cinematheque. At 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 19, and 8:20 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Capitol continues its 90th-anniversary celebration with another classic. This one is from 1948 and stars Humphrey Bogart looking for gold in Mexico. Capitol Theatre. At 10 a.m. Sunday, March 20.

Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny

Documentary about England's prime minister during World War II. Cinematheque. At 7:10 p.m. Saturday, March 19, and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

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