At the Arthouse

A Christmas Story leads this week's non-multiplex picks

A Christmas Story

Cleveland Cinemas kicks off its special holiday film festival this weekend with Cleveland's favorite seasonal classic. Of course we love A Christmas Story more than Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, or Scrooged; those movies weren't filmed in Cleveland, were they? Cleveland Cinemas has a whole lineup of things going on through Christmas week, including a breakfast with Santa and a midnight screening of Gremlins. But this is the one you won't want to miss on the big screen. There's also a raffle going on before the show, so get there on time. The movie screens at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 10, at the Capitol Theatre. — Michael Gallucci

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu

A bunch of home movies and TV clips tell the Romanian dictator's story. Cinematheque. At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, December 8, and 6:45 p.m. Sunday, December 11.

Hell and Back Again

Documentary about a 25-year-old soldier injured in Afghanistan trying to readjust to civilian life. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Friday, December 9, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 11.


An indie comedy about a brother and sister who get stranded in a run-down desert town. Cleveland Museum of Art's Morley Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 14.

The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

Carl Colby's documentary about his dad, who had to kill him after he found out about the movie. Cinematheque. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 9, and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, December 10.

Marriage Italian Style

Sophia Loren, Marcello Matroianni, and a whole lot of other Italian people star in Vittorio De Sica's 1964 romance about a prostitute and her longtime client. Preceded by Federico Fellini's contribution to the 1962 anthology film Boccaccio '70. Cinematheque. At 5 p.m. Saturday, December 10, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 11.

The Nutcracker Live

The New York City Ballet dances the holiday favorite on the big screen. It all goes down live, so who knows what will happen. 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 13. Visit for list of theaters.

The Room

The new cult classic returns for its monthly showing at 10 p.m. Saturday, December 10, at the Cedar Lee Theater.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Get in the holiday mood with Santa's Cool Holiday Film Fest and this 1964 stinker about space aliens who kidnap Santa Claus. Yes, it's as awful as it sounds. Join the festivities at 10 a.m. and midnight Saturday, December 10, at the Cedar Lee.

Silent Souls

Russian drama about a guy (and his pal) who treks across the country to bury his wife. Things are learned along the way. Cinematheque. At 9:35 p.m. Friday, December 9, and 7:55 p.m. Saturday, December 10.

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