Lunafest. William Penn Charter School, 3000 W. School House Lane, 2 p.m. today. Tickets $10. A national tour of six short films by, for, and about women, the 15th annual Lunafest program consists of Balsa Wood, about mixed-race siblings, from U.K. filmmak
10 Cloverfield Lane From producer J.J. Abrams and Philly native Dan Trachtenberg, a wickedly clever nightmare entertainment (and spiritual offspring of 2008's Cloverfield) with Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a woman who wakes up shackled in some weird guy's underground bunker. John Goodman is the captor, John Gallagher Jr. is a fellow, um, guest, and the world outside ain't what it used to be. PG-13
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr. Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
Directed by Terrence Malick. With Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Brian Dennehy, Freida Pinto, Natalie Portman, and Imogen Poots. Distributed by Broad Green Pictures.
Directed by Ciro Guerra. With Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, and Brionne Davis. In Spanish, Portuguese, and Amazonian with subtitles. Distributed by
Ciro Guerra's profoundly beautiful Embrace of the Serpent, one of the nominees for best foreign language film at this year's Academy Awards, touches on many of the same themes that Terrence Malick (see the review of his Knight of Cups, Page 4) explored in his 2005 feature The New World.
10 Cloverfield Lane Producer J.J. Abrams calls this sci-fi thriller about a survivalist (John Goodman) and the woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) he's keeping in his cellar a "blood relative," or "spiritual successor," to the 2008 pic Cloverfield. Temple film school alum Dan Trachtenberg directs. PG-13
It's not unlikely that Tina Fey would have eventually found her way to Kim Barker's book - a book, called The Taliban Shuffle, about a journalist embedded in war-torn Afghanistan, a book that is now a movie called Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
In London Has Fallen, the rip-roaring sequel to 2013's White House-under-siege hit Olympus Has Fallen, Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) looks around at the terrorists disguised as police, the terrorists disguised as Buckingham Palace guards, the terrorists aiming shoulder-launched rockets at the president of the United States, and decides there has been a security lapse.
The 88th Academy Awards - hosted by Chris Rock, sure to remind audiences more than once about the striking lack of diversity among the nominees - airs tonight on 6ABC. Red-carpet coverage begins at 7 p.m., the ceremony itself at 8:30 p.m.
A gritty noir full of crooked cops, Russian Israeli mobsters, and careering car chases through the streets of Atlanta, Triple 9 gets bonus points for some offbeat but successful casting - notably Kate Winslet, in a towering coif, jangling with bling, as a crimeland czarina who orders up a heist and orders her goons to throw bloodied, bound bodies into a refrigerated truck. The truck reads Kosher Meats on its side.