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FFF: Saturday, April 16

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FFF 2011
  • FFF: 20th Florida Film Festival Onscreen outcasts and misfits dominate the 10-day fest | 4/7/2011
  • FFF: Friday, April 8 7 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Project Nim (4 Stars) A story both infuriating and complex as revealed by director James Marsh, who won an Oscar for his last film, the brilliant Man On Wire, employs real footage and reenactments to tell the story of Nim Chi | 4/7/2011
  • FFF: Saturday, April 9 | 4/7/2011
  • FFF: Sunday, April 10 Noon at Regal Winter Park - Chekhov for Children (3 Stars) There is no knowledge of Anton Chekhov required for this touching documentary about a group of New York City junior high schoolers putting on Uncle Vanya in the late 1970s. The play, which should | 4/7/2011
  • FFF: Monday, April 11 6:30 p.m. at Enzian Theater - La Pivellina (2 Stars) A middle-aged carny with candy-apple hair (Patrizia Gerardi) finds a baby abandoned in sketchy suburban Rome. Rather than call the cops, she takes the toddler to her caravan, home of Europe's least-chee | 4/7/2011
  • FFF: Tuesday, April 12 | 4/7/2011
  • FFF: Wednesday, April 13 1:15 at Enzian Theater - Dog Sweat (4 Stars) The Western media generally fails to paint a human portrait of young Middle Easterners living under Islamist regimes. Usually, they're portrayed only in terms of conflict. The beauty of this movie, filmed secre | 4/7/2011
  • FFF: Thursday, April 14 6:45 p.m. at Enzian Theater - Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja (4 Stars) Finally, a documentary that's supposed to be better when you're high. (As opposed to the accidental brilliance of toking during Spellbound.) Jumping off of the premise that So | 4/7/2011
  • FFF: Friday, April 15 3:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - 
Red Chapel (3 Stars) The most interesting part of Red Chapel is the fact that it fails. It fails in interesting ways, but it still fails. Its stated mission was to undermine the North Korean state with a (tremendously unf | 4/7/2011
  • FFF: Saturday, April 16 12:30 p.m. at Enzian Theater - Ruby in Paradise A showing of the 1993 film set in Florida starring Ashley Judd. Following the screening, director Victor Nunez will do a Q&A with the audience, moderated by "Florida Films" program curator Scott Foundas. | 4/7/2011
  • FFF: Sunday, April 17 Noon at Regal Winter Park - 
Bots High (4 Stars) I'd forgotten about Battle Bots until seeing this absorbing documentary about a group of high schoolers from Miami designing and eventually pitting their bots against one another. The film follows three set | 4/7/2011

12:30 p.m. at Enzian Theater - Ruby in Paradise A showing of the 1993 film set in Florida starring Ashley Judd. Following the screening, director Victor Nunez will do a Q&A with the audience, moderated by "Florida Films" program curator Scott Foundas.

4 p.m. at Enzian Theater - A Beautiful Belly (1 Star) Aspiring Wiggle - or children's television songwriter - Jason (Chris Worley), knocks up his crush Danny (Lauren Brown), an aspiring pregnancy model, on their first date, setting the stage for an awkward tumble through hackneyed infidelity situational drama: Basically, guys freak out at pregnancy, bro. You know who doesn't freak out? Dolphins. And Jesus. So this low-budget pseudo-Christian Orlando film (shot on a Canon camera for less than 50 grand) is effectively a drunken bible study romp akin to a dolphin-and-crucifix tattoo and a bellybutton ring. Or, Orlando. 
-Billy Manes

6:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Super (4 Stars) James Gunn's real-life divorce from Jenna Fischer has clearly informed his candy-colored, pitch-black comedy about a mild-mannered man (Rainn Wilson) who loses his wife (Liv Tyler) to the criminal element (personified by Kevin Bacon) and reacts by transforming himself into a costumed, wrench-wielding vigilante; think Kick-Ass for the mid-life crisis crowd. Wilson nails the perfect balance of despair and determination, while sidekick Ellen Page matches his plainly psychotic behavior with disturbing enthusiasm. -WG

7:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour (4 Stars) When riot-grrrl pop-rock outfit Le Tigre went on tour in 2004, they brought a camera team along with them, and the resulting concert film is a brief, buoyant look at the band as they hang out, rock out and speak out about their openly feminist politics. -WG

9 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Hesher (5 Stars) In his debut feature, co-writer-director Spencer Susser has delivered one of the year's best movies with this brash, cock-swinging ode to the healing power of metalheads. Going by simply Hesher, which may be his last name or simply his description, the brilliant Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a man of few words, a few felonies and a love of early Metallica who storms into the life of a picked-on boy and his bereft newly widowed father (Rainn Wilson, instantly redeeming himself after the abominable Super). With hardly a syllable uttered, Hesher comes to admire the boy's grandma (a welcome appearance by the legendary Piper Laurie), teaches the boy to stick up for himself and shocks the family out of their rut. Hesher overflows with humor, humanism and Hetfield. -JS

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