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Non-multiplex flick picks this week

The Flowers of War

Christian Bale does his best work with directors who are actually good at their jobs — think Christopher Nolan's The Prestige and Batman movies, not McG's awful Terminator update. Bale is paired with China's Yimou Zhang (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers) in this historical tale of an American posing as a priest in a convent where prostitutes are taking refuge during the brutal Second Sino-Japanese War. It's at the Cinematheque at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15. — Michael Gallucci

Conspirators of Pleasure

The Cinematheque's "Features of Jan Svankmajer" series continues with his 1996 movie about six people with weird sexual fetishes. You might want to leave the kids at home for this one. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 10 p.m. Saturday, April 14.


Documentary about Paris shopkeepers. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The original Swedish version of the first part of the Millennium Trilogy isn't as good as David Fincher's recent remake, but it's probably better than that Three Stooges movie at the multiplex. Cinematheque. At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, April 12, and 9:15 p.m. Friday, April 13.


Peter Greenaway's 2007 Rembrandt biopic plays at the art museum, which also happens to have a new exhibit by the painter. Go figure. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

The Raid: Redemption

Bad guys hole up a SWAT team in a tenement building in this new action flick from Indonesia. Yes, Indonesia. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

Red Desert

Michelangelo Antonioni's first color movie, from 1964, screens in a new print. It's about a woman who's cheating on her husband with his best friend, but like all of Antonioni's films, it goes way deeper than that.Cinematheque. At 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 7:55 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

Rembrandt's J'Accuse

Peter Greenaway's documentary about the painting that inspired his movie Nightwatching (see left). Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

She Stoops to Conquer

London's National Theatre brings the 18th-century comedy to the big screen. Cedar Lee Theatre. At 11 a.m. Sunday, April 15.

A Streetcar Named Desire

The "Saturday Classics" series continues with the 1951 hotbed of sexual stirrings starring Marlon Brando. It's a Stella movie. Shaker Square Cinemas. At 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14.

The Trial of Joan of Arc

Director Robert Bresson breaks down Joan's story using the actual transcripts from her trial in this 1962 film. Part of the "Robert Bresson, Definitely" series. Cinematheque. At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

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