The Secret in Their Eyes
Adapted by Juan José Campanella from an Eduardo Sacheri novel, this Argentine crime drama won the 2010 Best Foreign Film Academy Award. It's a conventional movie but nonetheless engrossing, with excellent acting and ravishing cinematography by Félix Monti. Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin), a retired Buenos Aires court employee, decides to write a novel about a memorable case, the 1974 rape-murder of a young woman. The story is told in flashback: Two immigrant workers were framed for the murder, leading Benjamin and his assistant Sandoval (Guillermo Francella), an endearing drunk, to pursue the real killer. Looking at a class photograph of the victim, Benjamin senses the murderer's identity from the look in a classmate's eye. With Sandoval and the beautiful judge Irene (Soledad Villamil) — whom Benjamin secretly loves — he pursues the slippery culprit Gómez (Javier Godino), who slips through Argentina's corrupt judicial system. Twenty years later, Benjamin approaches Irene to recall the life-changing case. Although it touches on larger issues in Argentine political history, the story is commonplace. What distinguishes it is its enormous sympathy for its troubled and unexpectedly noble characters. The film is so skillfully made that the unbelievable elements of its plot hardly matter at all. This week at the Cedar Lee Theatre. *** 1/2 (Pamela Zoslov)
Blood Into Wine
(U.S., 2010) Tool/A Perfect Circle's Maynard James Keenan discusses his winemaking hobby in this new documentary. Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, May 21.
The Complete Metropolis
(Germany, 1926/2010) A restored, longer version of Fritz Lang's sci-fi classic. Cleveland Museum of Art Gartner Auditorium. At 6:15 p.m. Friday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23.
Inspired by a true story, this drama stars James Van Der Beek as an FBI agent who goes to Taiwan to investigate an American professor's death. Producer Will Tiao will attend the 7 and 9:45 p.m. screenings on Friday, May 21, and participate in question-and-answer sessions. Tower City Cinemas.
The Girl on the Train
(France, 2009) Based on a true story, Andre Techine's film is about a French woman who claimed to be the victim of an anti-Semitic attack. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 7:10 p.m. Friday, May 21, and at 9:05 p.m. Saturday, May 22.
The Good Heart
Terrific performances by Brian Cox and Paul Dano are somewhat undermined by a predictable script in Dagur Kari's (Noi Albinoi) otherwise effectively moody, neatly atmospheric character drama. Two men (a grizzled, misanthropic barkeep played by Cox, and Dano's homeless naif) forge an unlikely friendship against the backdrop of what appears to be present-day Manhattan. Kari probably thinks he's riffing on fate, destiny, and other deep-dish topics of contemplation/erudition, but his ostentatiously quirky little film works best as an affectionate homage to the halcyon days when Method acting was all the rage, and Lower Depths types like Cox's Jacques and Dano's Lucas seemed like the nearest thing to godliness — at least among a certain claque of Method-enamored actors. Cedar-Lee Theatre. ** 1/2 (Milan Paurich)
The Good, the Bad and the Weird
A South Korean western inspired by Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Cedar Lee Theatre.
In Search of Memory
(U.S., 2008) Often described as the "rockstar of neurology," 80-year-old neuroscientist Eric Kandel discusses how the brain works in this new documentary. Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19.
It Came From Kuchar
(U.S., 2009) A portrait of two twins from the Bronx, who both went on to become underground filmmakers. Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 26.
(U.S., 2009) A documentary of sorts about the ghosts that haunt the Mosher family in upstate New York's Mohawk Valley. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, and at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, May 22.
Oscar Nominated Shorts
(Various Countries, 2010) A showing of the five Oscar-nominated shorts from the 2010 Academy Awards, including the winner, Logorama. Capitol Theatre. At 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20.
Red Riding: 1983
(Britain, 2009) Anand Tucker directs the final chapter of the acclaimed British crime trilogy. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 9:15 p.m. Friday, May 21, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22.
Weapons of Mass Creation
This two-day multimedia event at Cleveland Public Theatre's Parish Hall & Church features a strong film component, including a screening of the Cleveland International Film Festival favorite Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie. Go to wmcfest.com for more information.