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The Taqwacores

It's set in Buffalo, but this movie about Muslim punks was shot in Cleveland by a former Clevelander. Eyad Zahra's first feature revolves around a group of students who turn their house into a mosque by day and a club at night, when Muslim punk songs fill the room. Essentially, it's a coming-of-age story about being a young Muslim in America, with a badass soundtrack. Zahra will field questions after the screenings. He'll also take part in a panel discussion about young kids and religion on Thursday. At the Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Thursday, February 24, and 9:30 p.m. Friday, February 25. — Michael Gallucci

Casino Jack

Casino Jack is inspired by the true story of Washington, D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to corruption, tax evasion, and defrauding American Indian tribes and casinos. With Kevin Spacey's glib slickness making Abramoff charmingly snarky, the movie tries to play the mid-2000s lobbying scandal as entertaining satire. It aims for a huckster vibe, where the crime Abramoff commits isn't the wholesale swindling of people; it's that he got caught. Spacey has a field day playing Abramoff. Still, the movie's tone feels a little bipolar. What starts off as a rather comic morality tale becomes full-on ridiculous. Opens Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre. (Bret McCabe)

The Leopard

Burt Lancaster stars in Luchino Visconti's three-plus-hour 1963 epic about an aristocrat caught up in a 19th-century social revolution in Italy. Take note, film geeks: the Cinematheque is showing a new restoration of this classic. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 26, and 3:15 p.m. Sunday, February 27.


Fascinating documentary about a brain-damaged guy who builds a World War II-era town — complete with Barbie-sized dolls as citizens — in his backyard. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, February 25, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 27.

The Portuguese Nun

A French actress becomes obsessed with a nun she sees at the chapel where she's filming a movie. Big life changes ensue. Cinematheque. At 7 p.m. Friday, February 25.

Punching the Clown

A sort of autobiographical comedy about a singer whose satirical songs fuel his hapless story. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, February 23.

Wait Until Dark

Audrey Hepburn is best known for a bunch of romantic comedies she made in the '50s and early '60s, but this 1967 movie is one of our favorites. She plays a blind woman living alone in an apartment — the very same apartment three thugs think contain a stash of heroin. Cinematheque. At 5:15 p.m. Saturday, February 26, and 1 p.m. Sunday, February 27.

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