A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.
Not One Less
(1999) (Shown on DVD): Yimou Zhang (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero) directed this social consciousness drama that takes on China's education crisis with its tale of a remote one-room school whose teacher is but a handful of years older than her charges. Should be straight-up polemic, and I suppose it is, but Zhang knows how to make the pill go down easily with wit and humor. B Fri., June 13-Sat., June 14, 8pm; and Sun., June 15, 8pm.
(1972) (Shown on DVD): Just in time for you know what, this out-of-print drama finds James Earl Jones becoming the first black American president, after a series of unlikely deaths and illnesses puts his president pro tempore of the Senate next in line for the throne. The script by Rod Serling finds Jones fending off racist colleagues and his activist daughter alike, and though it handles his quandaries with a cool intelligence, it can't help but feel too succinct at 90 minutes. With Martin Balsam and Burgess Meredith in the Strom Thurmond role. B- Fri., June 13, 7pm.
Voices From the Front
(1992) (Shown on DVD): Made by the Testing the Limits collective, this powerful and immediate doc on early AIDS activism focuses on groups like ACT UP and People With AIDS as they lead a two-pronged attack: seizing upon the media for sensationalism and taking on the drug companies that profit, as well as the two complacent Republican presidential administrations that let them. (Why does that sound familiar?) Partisan and righteously angry, the film has something of a happy ending, with time proving the doc's activists--many of whom perished even before its original release--died for something. B+ Thurs., June 12, 6:30pm.
Revenge of the Nerds
(1984) (Shown on DVD): Does this classic deserve to be raked over the coals, as per Harvey Pekar, for dumbing down the idea of brainiacs for the masses? Or lauded for letting them get laid for once? Discuss. B- Mon., June 16, 7:30pm.
Pills Profits Protest: Chronicle of the Global AIDS Movement
(2005) (Shown on DVD): The scarcity of AIDS treatment, particularly in impoverished parts of the globe, is the subject of this hour-long activist doc. (Not reviewed.) Sat., June 14, 7:30pm.
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