Before there was
The Hurt Locker
Zero Dark Thirty
, there was
, Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 blockbuster/cult classic, which includes a performance by Keanu Reeves so incredibly stiff that a woman devised a stage parody in which unrehearsed audience members recite Reeves' lines. Reeves is Johnny Utah, an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates a ring of surfing, skydiving bank-robbers led by a bedraggled Patrick Swayze. Bigelow's direction won praise when the movie was released, but the story line was roundly panned for its absurdity: In one scene, Reeves jumps from an airplane sans parachute and tackles Swayze midair.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. at MICA's Brown Center as part of Gunky's Basement.
THE NEW BLACK
With politicians tripping over each other to support gay marriage and DOMA being declared unconstitutional, one may not think of all the hurdles the gay community still has to overcome-and that's especially true in the black church, where homophobia frequently prevails. Yoruba Richen explores this topic, and the Christian right-wing political agenda's relation to it, in this Maryland-centric documentary.
Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Creative Alliance.
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Matthew McConaughey completes his transformation from dopey rom-com hunk to method-acting thespian with his performance as Ron Woodroof, a knockabout, womanizing cowboy who contracts AIDS in the 1980s. Not only did McConaughey drop 47 pounds for the part, but Jared Leto returned to acting after an almost six-year hiatus to play a transsexual junkie. Woodroof, the movie's real-life inspiration, starts smuggling unapproved meds from Mexico into Texas.
Opens Nov. 15.
THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY
College buddies reunite to celebrate Christmas in the long-awaited followup to 1999's
The Best Man
, starring Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, and Regina Hall. Old dynamics are revived, the male leads of the movie perform a choreographed dance, and one of the female leads dates a white guy who looks like he would star in a toothpaste commercial. Malcolm D. Lee (cousin of Spike) directs. The soundtrack features Christmas carols by the likes of R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, and John Legend.
Opens Nov. 15.
ADJUST YOUR COLOR: THE TRUTH OF PETEY GREENE
A Korean War vet discharged for heroin possession, Petey Greene first found his calling as a radio disc jockey in prison after he committed armed robbery in D.C. When he was paroled-after talking down an inmate who had scaled the prison water tower, threatening suicide-Greene got a job as a DJ on AM radio. Howard Stern has cited him as a major influence (Stern appeared on Greene's TV show in blackface), and Greene was a seminal shock jock, but he was also an activist passionate about civil rights, poverty, and the plight of ex-convicts. He knew how to address serious matters in the guise of something provocative-just take a look at the YouTube clip of Greene demonstrating how to eat a watermelon. Don Cheadle narrates this PBS documentary.
Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Reginald Lewis Museum.