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'Alice’ and 'Jose’ top this week’s streaming movies in Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque virtual screening rooms

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 5/13/2020 By John Benson,

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The new normal for movie fans during COVID-19 will seem somewhat familiar with newly-released titles coming out every Friday.

What’s changed is what’s being called virtual cinema. Art house flicks -- thanks to The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque and Cleveland Cinemas (Cedar Lee, the Capitol, Tower City Cinemas and Chagrin Cinemas) -- can now be viewed for $12 (good for 48 hours) from the comfort of your living room with half the proceeds going back to the local theater.

Notable films this week includes Cinematheque streaming 2019 SXSW film festival Grand Jury prize winner “Alice,” which finds a desperate wife -- abandoned by her husband and with a child to feed -- turning to high-class prostitution to save her home.

A different type of desperation is explored in “Jose,” which Cleveland Cinemas begins streaming this week. The titular Guatemala City character finds difficultly living as an openly gay man in a conservative Catholic and Evangelical Christian community.

For something light, both Cinematheque and Cleveland Cinemas are streaming “Up from the Streets: New Orleans The City of Music,” which caters directly to fans of the second line and underrated HBO show “Treme.” The documentary delves into the history and global influence of New Orleans’ music.

Here’s a look at new and current films streaming this weekend:

Cleveland Cinemas

“Phoenix, Oregon” (opening May 15)

The midlife comedy revolves around two friends attempting to reinvent their lives by restoring an old bowling alley.

“Driveways” (now showing)

With a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, the drama features Golden Globe Nominee Hong Chau, as well as the recently deceased Brian Dennehy in one of his last film roles.

“Saint Frances” (now showing)

What follows after a nanny meets a boy is an unwanted pregnancy and rising tensions in her life. The comedy/drama breaks new ground on how women -- foibles and all -- are depicted on screen.

“Crshd” (now showing)

Filmed in Oberlin, “Crshd” provides a new look at the tried-and-true tale of a millennial looking to lose her virginity.

“Spaceship Earth” (now showing)

Acting as a cautionary tale of dreaming too big, the documentary details the true story of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside a self-engineered biodome.

“Capital in the Twenty-First Century” (now showing)

International bestseller and rock-star economist Thomas Piketty takes viewers into an accessible journey through wealth and power while discussing social progress and growing inequalities.

The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque

“Sorry We Missed You” (opening May 15)

Acclaimed British filmmaker Ken Loach showcases the pitfalls associated with the gig economy when a desperate British man works for a package delivery company.

“The Wolf House” (opening May 15)

The award-winning, stop-motion animation film -- which takes place in Chile during the ’60 -- follows a woman attempting to escape torture during the Pinochet regime.

“Our Mothers” (now showing)

The serious drama, which won the Camera d’Or for Best First Film at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, involves a forensic anthropologist investigating Mayan genocide set during the Guatemalan civil war.

“JINPA” (now showing)

Described as a Tibetan road movie and tribute to westerns, “JINPA” is a tale of a long-distance truck driver who makes the mistake of picking up a hitchhiker on a mission seeking deadly revenge.

“Satantango” (now showing)

For those diehard movie fans looking for a challenge, B 1/4 u00e9la Tarr’s seven-hour 1994 Hungarian epic “Satantango,” which was voted the 36th best movie of all time by “Sight & Sound” magazine, shows the bleak prospects following the fall of the Iron Curtain.

“Fantastic Fungi” (now showing)

Director Louie Schwartzberg scored an unexpected art house hit in 2019 with his “Fantastic Fungi” documentary. The love letter to mushrooms is narrated by Brie Larson.

“Kid Flicks” from the 2019 New York International Children’s Film Festival Program 1 & 2 (now showing)

For those cool cinephile parents looking to pass on a love of movies to their children, the 2019 New York International Children’s Film Festival’s “Kid Flicks” will do the trick with various age-appropriate options -- including animation, documentary and live action.

“Libert 1/4 u00e9” (now showing)

Filmmaker Albert Serra followed up his critically-acclaimed 2016 movie “The Death of Louis XIV” with the decidedly mature-audiences-only “Libert 1/4 u00e9.” Featuring a copious amount of nudity and sex, the 132-minute film follows the 18th-century French libertines, who were expelled from the court of Louis XVI for their debauched behavior.

“Straight Up” (now showing)

The boundaries of sexual fluidity and love are pushed and pulled with the witty “Straight Up,” which features a relationship between a highly-articulate and neurotic gay man and a fast-talking, insecure and straight actress.


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