Audience of One – Roxie

This San Francisco documentary follows Richard Gazowsky, pastor of The Voice of Pentecost Church, as he tries to direct a 200 million dollar grass roots religious science fiction movie. It’s 88 minutes of WHAT??? Plays March 27-29.

Tokyo Sonata – The Clay Theater

1/2 dramatic study of a family dealing with the perils of unemployment, 1/2 eerie genre beatdown, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s newest (see my interview with him here) is an excellent movie. A less-brooding version of Laurent Cantet’s Time Out, Tokyo Sonata peppers a recession-era meal with bits of fantasy, suspense and horror. Starts March 27.

Ballerina – Opera Plaza

This profile of five dancers from St. Petersburg puts ballet in the cinematic spotlight. My therapist once told me, “date a girl who’s really into something you know nothing about, like dancing.” First off, HOW DARE HE! Second, if only “my therapist once told me” lines worked better, this could be my chance…What was I talking about? Starts Friday, March 27. Dancers Ivan Popov & Maria Kochetkova in person Sunday, March 29, 7:20 PM.

Project Kashmir – YBCA Screening Room

You can watch I Love You, Man, Duplicity and Knowing all weekend long, but deep down I think we all just want to be entertained. Project Kashmir delves into arguably the most dangerous war zone in the world asking, “How does a young generation remain hopeful in this endless war?” Vanessa Hudgens costars. Thursday, March 26, 7:30 PM.

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