At the Arthouse

Picks of the week, far form the cineplex

Animal Kingdom

Guy Pearce and a bunch of other Australian actors star in this taut thriller about a crime family, an impressionable teenage boy, and the ruthless grandmother at the head of it all. It's a coming-of-age story framed by drugs, violence, and a woman named Smurf. Cinematheque. At 8:45 p.m. Thursday, December 2, and 9 p.m. Sunday, December 5.The Agony and the Ecstasy of

Phil Spector

After he was arrested but before he went to prison for killing a woman, legendary producer Phil Spector sat down for an interview. This documentary is the wild, weird result of that little chat. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, December 3, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 5.

Duel in the Sun

This 1946 western's history is almost as fun as the movie itself. It runs two and a half hours, and went through numerous rewrites, directors, and censorship issues. And it's considered a camp classic, but not in a Rocky Horror Picture Show kinda way. Cinematheque. At 4:45 p.m. Saturday, December 4, and 6:15 p.m. Sunday, December 5.

Hideaway

A pregnant drug addict moves in with her dead boyfriend's gay brother. It has all the ingredients for a funny good time. Unfortunately, it's not a comedy. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 3, and 9:55 p.m. Saturday, December 4.

Madeinusa

A Peruvian village celebrates 40 or so hours between Good Friday and Easter Sunday by indulging in sin. Like Hideaway, it has all the ingredients for a funny good time. Like Hideaway, it's not a comedy. Cinematheque. At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, December 2, and 9:20 p.m. Friday, December 3.

Playtime

The Cinematheque's celebration of Jacques Tati continues with the French director/writer/actor's best movie, a 1967 romp about technology and one man's losing battle with it. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4.

Tamara Drewe

The ubiquitous Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia) plays a writer who returns to her small hometown. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

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