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Days of Heaven

The Cedar Lee Theatre is excited about Terrence Malick's epic new movie The Tree of Life, which opens on June 10. They should be: It's the best film the elusive director has ever made (our review will be in next week's paper). To get you ready for all that epicness, the Cedar Lee is holding a Terrence Malick film series featuring three of his movies. It kicks off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday with his troubled but engrossing 1978 film starring Richard Gere as a farm worker who conspires with his gal to take over his boss' fortune. For years the box-office bomb was synonymous with over-budget and long-delayed movies that fizzled. But it's a sweeping, gorgeous, and somewhat pretentious masterpiece, and one of Malick's best. — Michael Gallucci

Heartbeats

Canadian movie about a love triangle (pictured below). Do what you want with that info. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, and 9:40 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Limelight

The Cinematheque's three-month series dedicated to Charlie Chaplin wraps with his bittersweet 1952 movie about fading showbiz stars. Highlight: The film features the only scene Chaplin and Buster Keaton ever shared onscreen. Cinematheque. At 9:25 p.m. Friday, June 3, and 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Rooster Cogburn

The 1975 sequel to True Grit, once again starring John Wayne as the ornery gunslinger. This time he's paired with Katharine Hepburn. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 1.

Sleepaway Camp

This Friday the 13th ripoff from 1983 is part of Melt Bar & Grilled's Late Shift series. Cedar Lee Theatre. At 9:30 p.m. and midnight Saturday, June 4.

A Small Act

Documentary about a lawyer who grew up poor in Kenya but was able to attend school thanks to some woman in Sweden. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 3.

Stake Land

Another vampire movie. This one is part of the IFC Midnight series. Cedar Lee. At midnight Saturday, June 4.

The Thin Red Line

Terrence Malick's 1998 meditative piece set during World War II stars Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, and Adrien Brody. Like all of Malick's movies, it's kind of messy and pretentious. But it's also a fascinating exploration of the metaphysical side of war. Cedar Lee. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8.

Tiny Furniture

This 2010 art-house hit from writer/director/star Lena Dunham revolves around a recent college grad who returns to her childhood home while she figures out what she wants to do with her life. At the Cinematheque at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, and 7:40 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

More by Michael Gallucci

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