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Documentary ‘For They Know Not What They Do’ and horror film ‘The Deeper You Dig’ top this week’s streaming movies at Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 6/10/2020 By John Benson,

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- National movie chains are currently planning to reopen theaters while adhering to social distancing protocols. In the meantime, film fans looking to see current releases can still take advantage of virtual screening rooms.

The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque and Cleveland Cinemas (Cedar Lee, the Capitol, Tower City Cinemas and Chagrin Cinemas) are offering movie fans the opportunity to view first-run films online.

Each can now be viewed from the comfort of your living room with half the proceeds going back to the local theater. Costs vary for each film, which are accessible for either 48 or 72 hours.

Notable films this week include Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque presenting the Cleveland premiere of “For They Know Not What They Do.” From director Daniel Karslake (“For the Bible Tells Me So”), the documentary chronicles the struggles of four faith-based families with gay or transgender children. The film received a 100 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also, Cleveland Cinemas is adding “The Deeper You Dig.” The horror movie takes place after a roadside accident blurs the line between the living and the dead. Co-directed by Toby Poser and John Adams, the Italian film received a 96 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Here’s a look at new and current films streaming this weekend through Cinematheque and Cleveland Cinemas:

The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque

“Hill of Freedom” (opening June 12)

Hong Sang-soo’s 2014 comedy “Hill of Freedom,” which is his only English-language feature, is finally getting a stateside release. The ingeniously structured film involves an accumulation of love letters penned by a Japanese man to his Korean girlfriend while she is away on a long vacation.

“Picture A Scientist” (opening June 12)

Tackling gender bias, harassment and discrimination in the sciences, the documentary focuses on three female researchers -- a biologist, a chemist, and a geologist -- who are helping to make STEM fields more diverse and equitable.

“Sometimes Always Never” (opening June 12)

Actor Bill Nighy plays a semi-retired British tailor, widower and Scrabble wiz who goes to live with his estranged grown son while continuing a years-long search for a second, older son who left home one day and never returned.

“Tommaso” (now showing)

Willem Dafoe stars in renegade moviemaker Abel Ferrara’s (“Ms. 45,” “Bad Lieutenant”) latest effort “Tommaso,” which makes its Cleveland premiere. The story revolves around an American indie filmmaker and recovering drug addict living in Rome with a much younger European wife and their 3-year-old daughter searching for domesticity while fighting old demons.

“Shirley” (now showing)

Highly-touted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Shirley” stars Elizabeth Moss as horror writer Shirley Jackson (“The Haunting of Hill House”). The film depicts the home life of the troubled author and her philandering, college-professor husband (Michael Stuhlbarg). “Shirley” has a 97 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“You Go to My Head” (now showing)

A psychological thriller in the vein of film masters Kubrick, Antonioni and Hitchcock, “You Go to My Head” is about an architect -- living in the Sahara Desert -- who rescues a beautiful woman from a mysterious car crash.

“Yourself and Yours” (now showing)

The newest project by South Korean director Hong Sang-soo is a wry romance in which a painter breaks up with his girlfriend after hearing that she has been seen drinking with another man. However, a mysterious woman who looks just like her starts turning up in his life.

“Supa Modo” (now showing)

“Supa Modo” is a heart-warming story about a 9-year-old Kenyan girl, who -- despite suffering from terminal cancer -- is enamored with Jackie Chan and action movies. Dreaming of becoming a superhero, she returns from the hospital to her village where friends and family have a surprise.

“Mysteries of Lisbon” (now showing)

Set in Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon in the 19th Century, Raul Ruiz’s “Mysteries of Lisbon” centers on 14-year-old boarding school orphan Jo 1/4 u00e3o, who’s compelled to discover the truth behind his parents, origins and himself. Playing more as a mini-series, the 333-minute film is based on Camilo Castelo Branco’s novel, which spans three decades and four European countries.

“Joan of Arc” (now showing)

Winner of France’s Louis Delluc Prize for Best Film of 2019, Bruno Dumont’s “Joan of Arc” is his second straight movie about the legendary martyr that also once again stars actress Lise Leplat Prudhomme.

“The Grey Fox” (now showing)

Phillip Borsos’ 1982 film -- which was never released on DVD or Blu-ray -- finds Richard Farnsworth playing real-life American stagecoach robber Bill Miner, who after 33 years in prison is released into the technologically advanced world of the early 20th century.

“Les Choses De La Vie (The Things of Life)” (now showing)

Released in 1970, “Les Choses De La Vie (The Things of Life)” stars Michel Piccoli in this Claude Sautet drama about an unfaithful man who must come to terms with an emotional attachment to his family.

“On A Magical Night” (now showing)

“On A Magical Night” is a clever romantic fantasy and comedy about an unfaithful middle-age wife who meets a much younger version of her now-boring husband.

“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.

Cleveland Cinemas

“Mr. Topaze” (opening June 12)

Directed by and starring Peter Sellers, “Mr. Topaze” finds a poor but proud French schoolmaster who after losing his job is taken advantage when hired to run a shady business. The 1961 comedy has been newly restored.

“Sometimes Always Never” (opening June 12)

Actor Bill Nighy plays a semi-retired British tailor, widower and Scrabble wiz who goes to live with his estranged grown son while continuing a years-long search for a second, older son who left home one day and never returned.

“Pioneers of Queer Cinema” (opening June 12)

Cinephiles will dig this triple bill featuring new restorations of films ahead of their time -- “Victor and Victoria” (1933), “M 1/4 u00e4dchen in Uniform” (1931) and “Michael” (1924).

“The Surrogate” (opening June 12)

“The Surrogate” revolves around a web designer who decides to be a surrogate and egg donor for her friend and his husband. However, complications along the way pose moral dilemmas -- and test the friendship -- for all those involved.

“You Don't Nomi” (now showing)

For fans of camp classic “Showgirls,” which is called by some the worst movie ever made, director Jeffrey McHale’s new documentary “You Don't Nomi” explores the 1995 film’s disastrous release and cult adoration.

“2040” (now showing)

A visual letter to Damon Gameau’s 4-year-old daughter, the award-winning director (“That Sugar Film”) returns with documentary “2040,” which explores what the future could look like in 20 years if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet.

“The Collini Case” (now showing)

Directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner, suspenseful drama “The Collini Case” centers on a lawyer appointed to defend a 70-year-old German-Italian man who -- seemingly without motive -- is accused of killing an industrial magnate. As the lawyer digs deeper he uncovers one of the biggest judicial scandals in German history.

“Military Wives” (now showing)

Featuring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan, the feel-good drama revolves around a group of women from different backgrounds who form a choir as a way to deal with their military partners serving in Afghanistan.

“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.


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