- Tonight, Brooklyn Bridge Park presents Mermaids, about a pre-shoplifting Wynona Ryder and Cher in an unusual mother-daughter relationship; Wynona resents her free-style, flirty mother and intends to become a nun (despite being a neurotic Jew), that is, until she meets the hunkster caretaker of the local convent. This pretty amusing chick-flick with one too many catchy sing-alongs ("If You Want to Be Happy" etc) begins at sunset.
- Clearview’s Chelsea Cinema resurrects the muscial drag team of Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Some Like it Hot, tonight at 7:00 PM @ 260 W 23rd at Seventh; Just $6
- Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin play sugar-coated, feminist employees battling a cliché sexist boss in Nine to Five (yes, the theme song will probably haunt you for days) at 9:00 PM @ Clearview Chelsea.
- Atheists rejoice in non-believing by watching PBS-NOVA’s Origins at Southbridge Towers, tonight at the NYC Atheists Dinner and Movie Nite at 6PM @Pier 17 at South Street Seaport (212-330-6794).
Some excellent new movies, including Jim Jarmusch’s comedic-drama Broken Flowers, in which grumpy, aging lothario Bill Murray receives an anonymous letter notifying him of a son born 19 years ago. Urged by his Sherlock Holmes-wannabe neighbor, Murray ponders his past and present as he pessimistically travels to question four former girlfriends (Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton, Frances Conroy) who each respond very differently to his announced visit. Overall, a touching, beautifully simple, subtly detailed, and amusing film that Gothamist loved.
Also this week is the long-awaited release of legendary director Wong Kar Wai’s 2046, (quasi-sequel to the stunning In the Mood for Love), about a writer who “thought he wrote about the future but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention.....to recapture their lost memories.” Critics claim the dark romance’s complex plot is worth the “agonizingly beautiful” film. And the bittersweet Junebug involves a newly married, sophisticated art dealer who visits her young husband’s semi-dysfunctional Southern family; having to deal with a less than receptive taciturn father, prickly mother, sulking & angry younger brother (Benjamin McKenzie) and his pregnant wife.
- Some ideas should really never extend beyond late night beer-feuled conversations. Obviously, the producers of Hard Candy – a 1976 3-D John Holmes porn movie – thought otherwise, expecting moviegoers to appreciate a ginormous 9incher coming at them in a dark theatre. MIDNIGHT at Landmark Sunshine @143 E Houston and First
- Wow, EVEN more porn! Two Boots Pioneer Theatre resurrects the controversial Deep Throat at 10:30 PM (and MIDNIGHT on Saturday) @155 E 3rd at Ave A.
- Bam Rose Cinemas presents Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: The Shaw Brothers, featuring The Kingdom and the Heaven (romance/musical/lots of kung fu action) at 6:50, 9:15 PM.
- Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, an adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's famous sci-fi classic, plays at 8:30 PM at The Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave at 2nd St; $8
- Greta Garbo stars as Queen Christina, who ascends to the Swedish throne at age 5 and struggles being pressured into a politically correct marriage. 8:00 PM @Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th between Fifth and Sixth
- Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: The Shaw Brothers continues with The Love Eterne, a Chinese musical in which young woman pretends to be a boy so she can attend a males-only school. TONY reports that Director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) stated, “every time I see this movie, I cry.”