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At the Arthouse This Week 

Non-multiplex flick picks

Happy, Happy

We've never thought of Norway as a particularly funny country (blame it on the vikings — always so fucking serious). But in this new dark comedy, it's a very funny place indeed. A frustrated housewife realizes how dismal her life has become when the perfect couple moves next door. The movie scooped up a number of awards in its homeland last year and was a hit at Sundance. Valhalla, we are coming to the Cinematheque at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, December 15, and 7:05 p.m. Saturday, December 17. — Michael Gallucci

Babes in Toyland

Laurel and Hardy star in this 1934 adaptation about Toyland, fairy tales, and other fine messes. Cinematheque. At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 17.

Bunny and the Bull

Surreal comedy about some dude who takes a road trip in his head. It's all set in the guy's apartment. From the creators of the cult British TV show The Mighty Boosh. Cinematheque. At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, December 15, and 9:30 p.m. Friday, December 16.


The heartwarming story of Gizmo and his water-loving pals screens at midnight Saturday, December 17, at the Capitol Theatre. It's part of Cleveland Cinemas' Christmas movie series. Why, you ask? Surely you remember Phoebe Cates' awful Christmas story about her dad's chimney mishap, right? Sucky way to find out about Santa.

Miracle on 34th Street

You better watch out: The Santa

Claus movie is coming to town at 10 a.m. Sunday, December 18, as part of the Capitol Theatre's Sunday

Classics series.

My Joy

A truck driver detours to some back-road hell in this new Russian thriller. Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Friday, December 16, and 8:50 p.m. Saturday, December 17.

My Reincarnation

Documentary about the son of a Tibetan Buddhist master who's seriously thinking about stepping away from his spiritual calling. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, December 16, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 18.

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