2 New Movies At Tower & 3 Classics At The Crest

By Chris Narloch

If you’ve already seen “Captain Marvel,” or you’re all superheroed out, I have several big screen recommendations that don’t have anything to do with DC or Marvel. (Imagine that.)

Here are three to see at the Crest this month, plus two must-see movies at Tower.

Tower Theatre

Do not miss “Giant Little Ones,” an excellent new gay-themed film that opened on one screen in town on Friday, March 15. Movies come and go very quickly at Sacramento’s historic Tower Theatre, and in case this little gem only plays for a week, you don’t want to miss it.

A queer coming-of-age drama that avoids most of the genre’s usual clichés, “Giant Little Ones” is so well-written and acted and directed, that I could easily sit through it again, and I rarely see a movie more than once.

“Giant Little Ones” focuses on three teens – two boys and the sister of one of the boys – who explore their sexuality in a post-millennial, modern manner that includes both straight sex and gay sex.

The film initially centers on two male members of a high school swim team who ‘accidentally’ fall in to bed with each other after a night of partying and then distance themselves from each other out of embarrassment.

One of the boys reacts violently after his same-sex experience, which results in the other boy becoming close to that former friend’s sister, played by the very talented Taylor Hickson. (The two teen boys are also very well-played, by Darren Mann and Josh Wiggins.)

A superb Maria Bello and Kyle MacLachlan are also on board as the parents of the more open-minded boy, and director Keith Behrman handles the material with great sensitivity. I especially liked the touching, quiet ending, which provides the lead characters with closure but doesn’t feel the need to sort out everyone’s sexuality.

The other brand new movie at Sacramento’s Tower is “Ruben Brandt, Collector,” a wild animated movie that follows an art therapist who is forced to steal 13 paintings from the world's renowned museums and private collections to prevent his suffering from terrible nightmares that result from subliminal messaging he received as a child.

The tortured psychotherapist soon becomes the most wanted criminal in the world after four of his patients join him in major art thefts at the Louvre, the MOMA, and other famous museums.

The film’s clever look is a feast for the eyes, and “Ruben Brandt, Collector” is a wacky caper and a must-see for fans of adult, R-rated animation. Don’t miss it, and don’t delay.

For Tower Theatre show times, go to https://www.readingcinemasus.com/tower/showtimes-and-tickets/now-playing.

The Crest

Three popular pictures, all showing on Sunday evenings, grace the big screen at this historic movie palace on K Street in March, beginning with the original “Suspiria,” a horror classic from 1977 that was remade last year with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.

Before you see the new version of “Suspiria,” check out the original in a rare showing, this Sunday evening, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. If you’ve never seen either movie, fasten your seat belt because Italian director Dario Argento’s shocker is a real freak-out.

Starring Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett, and Udo Kier, the 1977 movie will have you on the edge of your seat with its scary story about an American dancer who joins a prestigious ballet company in Germany and then realizes that the school is a front for a coven of witches.

The other two titles screening at the Crest this month are Whitney Houston’s most popular movie, “The Bodyguard,” costarring Kevin Costner and showing on Sunday, March 24, and Alfred Hitchcock’s beloved peeping tom movie, “Rear Window,” which stars Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly and shows on Sunday evening, March 31.

For more information about events at the Crest, visit https://www.crestsacramento.com.

 

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