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BLOOMINGTON PRIDE FILM FEST THIS WEEKEND The third year of PRIDE, Bloomington’s cinematic celebration of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, promises to be the biggest yet. The film festival, which runs Thursday through Saturday at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater, will feature more than 20 movies, including shorts, animation, documentaries and full-length feature films. In addition to movies, the festival promises a film panel discussion with the IU Department of Communication and Culture, a performance by Quarryland Men’s Chorus, the PRIDE Dance Party and other events such as an art reception for the exhibit Sex in the Cinema at the Kinsey Institute. Tickets for PRIDE are on sale now in the Sunrise Box Office, located at the theater, and online. For more information, go to www.buskirkchumley.org/PRIDE.htm.


The Aristocrats (NR) An exploration of the workings of the unrestricted comic mind. Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette spent two years documenting as many versions of an infamous dirty joke as possible, cornering comedians like Drew Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Susie Essman and Paul Reiser whenever and wherever possible. The results often take their humor to places that may make sensitive viewers uncomfortable. While comic legends such as Don Rickles, The Smothers Brothers and Phyllis Diller admit their familiarity with the joke, they shy away from telling their own versions. Some may be surprised, however, to see performers who are normally associated with family-friendly material, including Bob Saget and Jason Alexander, describing scatological and incestuous acts with deadpan glee. 86 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes audio commentary by the filmmakers; deleted scenes; a music video; reflections on Johnny Carson; traditional jokes from comics; plus 10 minutes of jokes from the winner of some contest.

Flightplan (PG-13) Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sean Bean, Marlene Lawston. The premise of this short, snappy Panic Room-style Jodie Foster thriller goes like this: During a flight from Berlin to New York, a mother claims that her young daughter has disappeared. But no one on the plane has actually seen the child. So did the girl ever get on the plane in the first place, or is everyone being drawn into the one woman’s delusion? Foster is very good, no surprise there, and Flightplan works, even if the last few minutes are less like Alfred Hitchcock and more like Jerry Bruckheimer. Don’t try subjecting even the least bit of logic to the premise, though, because that way lies madness. 88 minutes. DVD INFO: Two separately packaged DVDs are available: One preserves the film in the anamorphic widescreen format, while the other hacks off nearly a third of the picture for the fullscreen (aka pan & scan) version. Shop carefully. Both versions include audio commentary by the filmmakers; “The In-Flight Movie: The Making of Flightplan” featurette; plus “Cabin Pressure: Designing the Aalto E-474” featurette. —EJO

The Fog: Unrated Widescreen Version (NR) Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, Selma Blair, DeRay Davis, Rade Serbedzija. From producer John Carpenter comes a different take on his 1980 thriller, The Fog. Tom Welling (TV’s Smallville), Maggie Grace (TV’s Lost) and Selma Blair (Hellboy) star in a tale of demonic retribution, directed by Rupert Wainwright (Stigmata) and written by Cooper Layne. Trapped within an eerie mist, the residents of Antonio Bay have become the unwitting victims of a horrifying vengeance. One hundred years ago, a ship carrying lepers was purposely lured onto the rocky coastline and sunk, drowning all aboard. Now they’re back, long-dead mariners who’ve waited a century for their revenge. Seeking out the descendents of those responsible for their deaths, they lurk enshrouded within a supernatural fog of terror. 100 minutes. DVD INFO: The theatrical version is also available. Both versions include audio commentary by the director; the featurettes “Whiteout Conditions: Remaking a Horror Classic,” “Seeing Through the Fog” and “Feeling the Effects of the Fog”; plus eight deleted scenes.

Oliver Twist (PG-13) Ben Kingsley, Jamie Foreman, Barney Clark, Harry Eden. Following their Academy Award-winning film, The Pianist, director Roman Polanski and writer Ronald Harwood re-imagine Charles Dickens’ classic story of a young orphan boy who gets involved with a gang of pickpockets in 19th century London. Orphaned at an early age, Oliver Twist (Clark) is forced to live in a workhouse lorded over by the awful Mr. Bumble, who cheats the boys of their meager rations. Desperate yet determined, Oliver makes his escape to the streets of London. Penniless and alone, he is lured into a world of crime by the sinister Fagin (Kingsley) — the mastermind of a gang of pint-sized pickpockets. Oliver’s rescue by the kindly Mr. Brownlow is only the beginning of a series of adventures that lead him to the promise of a better life. 130 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes the featurette “Twist by Polanski” (the director reflects on the making of the movie); the featurette “The Best of Twist” (an in-depth look at the film); plus the young stars of the movie discuss Oliver Twist.

Repo Man: Collector’s Edition (R) Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton, Vonetta McGee, Olivia Barash. Cult favorite from 1984. Otto (Estevez) is a Los Angeles punk, a loser with no direction and no role models. But he discovers a code of honor and higher purpose when he joins a select group of latter-day knights: the repo men. As a fledging apprentice, Otto slowly learns the ways of these high-caliber, overmedicated auto repossessors. And when a $20,000 bounty is placed on a mysterious missing car, Otto eludes the police, feds, religious cultists and other repo men in a frantic search for this holy grail. Could one man’s destiny lie in the back of a 1964 Chevy Malibu? 93 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes audio commentary by writer/director Alex Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss and Del Zamora; “Up Close with Harry Dean Stanton”; “Repossessed”; plus “The Missing Scenes.”

Thumbsucker (R) Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kelli Garner, Keanu Reeves, Vince Vaughn, Benjamin Bratt. Justin Cobb (Pucci) still sucks his thumb at 17. He wants to stop and knows that his thumbsucking is disrupting his family, his love life and his identity. The only thing that changes his behavior is hypnosis therapy administered by his “guru” orthodontist. But while Justin felt this would solve all his problems and he would finally be “normal,” his troubles were really just beginning. Once the thumbsucking is gone Justin spirals into manic behavior, is diagnosed with ADHD and put on Ritalin, which becomes a substitute for his thumb. When the high of the prescription drugs and a newfound success at school crash, Justin turns to pot and sex to replace his thumb. 97 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes a conversation with the filmmakers and a behind-the-scenes documentary.

TV on DVD THE TOMORROW SHOW: PUNK AND NEW WAVE (with guests Elvis Costello, The Jam, Joan Jett, John Lydon — who gets into a dandy quarrel with Tom Snyder — The Plasmatics, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Patti Smith and Paul Weller), MISSING: SEASON 2, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: THE BEST OF DAVID SPADE, SNL: THE BEST OF ALEC BALDWIN and THE TIME TUNNEL: VOLUME 1. NOTE: Some studios have the nerve to market box sets of TV series containing episodes that were trimmed down by several minutes each for airing in syndication. Before laying down your money, make sure the box set includes the words “original and uncut.”

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