The low-down on this week’s premieres
San Antonian and Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones returns to the director’s chair for his first feature film, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which earned the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at last year’s Cannes Film Festival for Jones and writer Guillermo Arriaga (21 Grams). In Estrada, ranch hand Pete Perkins (Jones) keeps a promise to his friend Melquiades (Julio Cedillo), who is killed by a border-patrol officer (Barry Pepper), and journeys to the immigrant’s home in Mexico to bury him. `See “La vida peligrosa,” February 1-7, 2006.`
Coming off his family-adventure film, Eight Below, which was released last week, actor Paul Walker is now Running Scared as a low-level gangster in the Italian-American underworld. Walker’s Joey Gazelle is a marked man when he fails to get rid of a gun used in a hit on a powerful Russian mobster.
Tyler Perry follows up his lifeless 2005 film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, with Madea’s Family Reunion. The New Orleans-born playwright, who credits The Oprah Winfrey Show as his inspiration, dons his grandma muumuu again.
In the animated film Doogle, a group of unlikely friends go on an adventure to find some magical diamonds that, if placed together, could lead to the end of the world. Star power runs high in the U.S. version with voice talent that includes Kenan Thompson, Jimmy Fallon, William H. Macy, Kylie Minogue, Ian McKellen, and Dame Judi Dench.
The rom-com takes a twist in Imagine Me & You when Rachel (Piper Perabo), who is marrying Heck (Matthew Goode), falls for Luce (Lena Headey), her wedding florist.
And hopefully Ballets Russes, the documentary on the seminal 20th-century Russian ballet troupes, will pirouette its way to the Bijou this week. `See “Ballet a little burlesque,” February 8-14, 2006.`
Local premiere dates for limited-release films are tentative and can change at the last minute. Please check your local theater listings to confirm showtimes.
Dir. Jorge Fons (1993)
Sunday Movies at the Instituto continues with Rojo Amanecer, the story of a Mexican family caught in the turmoil of a student revolt gone awry, starring Hector Bonilla and Maria Rojo. 4 p.m. February 26, at the Instituto de México, 600 Hemisfair Park. $2 suggested donation.
Dir. Michael Campus (1973)
A celebration of Black History Month at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema continues February 27 with The Mack, starring Richard Pryor. After 5 years in the state pen, Goldie becomes the king of the pimping game, but two white cops and a crime lord soon try to sabotage him. 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., 1255 SW Loop 410. $8 admission. Alamodrafthouse.com/westlakes.
The College track: America’s Sorting Machine
KLRN-TV and the San Antonio Education Partnership will host a live call-in during KLRN’s airing of The College Track: America’s Sorting Machine, 8-9:30 p.m. Thursday, February 23. The College Track is a documentary for high-school students wondering if college is really all it’s cracked up to be. Visit klrn.org for info.
Black History Month Programming on KLRN
KLRN is broadcasting a series of films devoted to African-American history throughout February. Programs include: Playing For Keeps, 9 p.m. Thursday, February 23; For Gold and Glory, 10 p.m. Friday, February 24. Visit klrn.org for a complete schedule and station listings.