New reviews and special screenings

Couples coalesce and fall apart through adultery and alienation.

New reviews

We Don't Live Here Anymore
Dir. John Curran; writ. Larry Gross, based on stories by Andre Dubus; feat. Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause, Naomi Watts (R)

Two married couples perform a delicate adulterous quadrille. Jack Linden (Ruffalo), a literature instructor at a rural junior college, sneaks off for sex with Edith (Watts), the passionate wife of Hank Evans (Krause), Jack's friend and colleague. Hank is a randy writer who in turn makes moves on Jack's increasingly agitated spouse, Terry (Dern). "I wonder how we'll get caught," says Edith, excited as much by hurting her apparently complaisant husband as by holding Terry's in a carnal embrace. A deftly layered study in power, lust, and love, We Don't Live Here Anymore keeps a viewer wondering about the inevitable exposure - not only how but what will be exposed. Who knows what? When? Who is manipulating whom? "Every adultery has morality to it," says Terry, though what she means by morality is merely complex motivation. Like master instrumentalists in a string quartet, the four superb performers coax subtle and unsettling music out of marital discord. — Steven G. Kellman

Special screenings

Dir. Stanley Donen; writ. Marc Behm (story), Peter Stone (story and screenplay); feat. Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Mathau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass (NR)

The fabulous Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn add style and sex appeal to this tale of stolen money, dead husbands, false identity, and double-dealing set in Paris.

Charade screens at approximately 9pm Thursday, September 9 as part of the series "In the Public Domain," at the Slab across from La Tuna, 100 Probandt. Admission is free. For more info, call 212-9373.

Pepe El Toro
Dir. Ismael Rodríguez; writ. Rodríguez, Carlos Orellana; feat. Pedro Infante, Evita Muñoz Chachita, Joaquín Cordero, Irma Dorantes (NR)

Pedro Infante stars as the title character in part three in a series of hardluck tales. The hapless Pepe takes up boxing after his carpentry business fails and his family dies in an auto accident, only to kill his opponent.

Pepe El Toro screens at 4pm Sunday, September 12 and 7pm Wednesday, September 15 as part of the Instituto de Mexico's "Mexican Cinema" series, at the Instituto, 600 Hemisfair. Admission is free.

Dir. Akira Kurosawa; writ. Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima; feat. Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada, Daisuke Katô (NR)

Texas Public Radio follows last week's The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with the movie that inspired Sergio Leone's "Man with No Name" trilogy, Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo. (Leone remade it as Fistful of Dollars, then followed his own muse for the sequels.) Starring the incomparable Toshirô Mifune as Sanjuro, it is the tale of a ronin (samurai without a master) who hires himself out to each of two warring gangs, playing them off each other to his own amusement and to the benefit of the village they've been terrorizing. Mifune's swagger in this rousing action tale is iconic; he went on to poke some fun at himself in the more comic sequel, Sanjuro. John DeFore

Yojimbo screens at 7:30pm, September 14 as part of Texas Public Radio's "Cinema Tuesdays" series, at the Bijou at Crossroads Theater. Admission is $10 members / $12 non-members. 614-8977 or for reservations.

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