AMC Classic Film Festival -- Some people's idea of a classic film is Citizen Kane; for others, it's more along the lines of Wayne's World. AMC makes both camps happy through the month of October by offering three time-honored and much-loved "classic" films each and every weekend. This Friday, find out who's ever been in a Turkish prison and talk vectors with Victor in the highly juvenile and hilarious 1980 hit Airplane! (Rated: PG) On Saturday, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper hit the road in the counter-cultural film anthem Easy Rider (1969; Rated: R). And Citizen Kane (Rated: PG) Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece that has widely been hailed as the "best film ever made," finishes up the weekend on Sunday.
**** OT: Our Town -- Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. Compton, California, better known as home to gangsta rap, was also host to high school teachers Catherine Borek and Karen Greene's production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. The clash of cultures is striking, and Kennedy capably captures the gulf between a bucolic notion of 20th-century American life and the unimaginable 21st -- unimaginable, that is, across the divides of class and race, except by devoted, idealistic teachers like Borek and Greene. Another entrant in a great year for documentary work. (RP) Not Rated. (Showing at the Met Cinema Oct. 5-11)
*** Out of Time -- At first similar in plotting to the Kevin Costner film No Way Out -- a man having an affair becomes a prime suspect when things go very wrong for the woman -- this spins off into more imaginative and complex directions. Denzel Washington is the small-town cop who makes some emotional errors, and is now desperate. The tension level grows by the nail bite, and all the performances - especially Washington's and John Billingsley's as Chae -- are terrific. (ES) Rated PG-13
*** School of Rock -- Floundering rocker Jack Black assumes his roommate's name and takes a job as a substitute teacher for private school fifth-graders who are used to an unimaginative curriculum. He gets them to appreciate the only thing he knows -- rock music -- in an alternately sweet and raucous film. The young actors play their own instruments, Black gives one of his best performances, there's some truly funny material. This film is much better than its trailers make it out to be. (ES) Rated PG-13
**** The Swimming Pool -- Charlotte Rampling, in her second collaboration with director Francois Ozon, plays the brittle Sarah Morton, a Ruth Rendell-type English police procedural writer who, feeling burned out, accepts an offer from her publisher, John (Charles Dance), to stay at his house in the south of France in the off-season. She falls into the village's easy pace, drawing on her loneliness. Her reverie is interrupted by John's reckless, earthy daughter Julie (the luminous Ludivine Sagnier), whose brazenness and sexual exploits irritate Sarah to no end. The increasingly dark turns in Sarah's mind soon find their way into her work. Julie makes her deepest splash around the Hockneyesque blue pool in the back yard, in various stages of provocative dishabille. (RP) Rated: R (Showing at the Met Cinema Oct. 4)
**** Don't Miss It *** Worth $8 ** Wait For The Video * Save Your Money
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Publication date: 10/02/03