Photo from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Best Classics, Docs, and Indie Flicks on the Big Screen This Week

CineFile is our weekly digest of the best in Dallas’ under-the-radar cinematic fare—from indie movies, to documentaries, to foreign films, to re-screenings of the (cult) classics. Here’s what you could be watching:

 

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Comedy, Musical
Dir.: Howard Hawks
Runtime: 91 min.

Landmark Magnolia Theatre
Tuesday, February 18, at 7:30 and 10 pm

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are showgirls looking for love (or maybe just diamonds) in this classic comedy.

 

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Historical Drama
Dir.: David Lean
Runtime: 228 min.

Angelika Film Center & Cafe – Dallas
Thursday, February 20, at 7 pm

The late Peter O’Toole plays the restless and charming T.E. Lawrence, a British army officer who leads Arab bedouins in a revolt against the ruling Ottoman Turks during the First World War.

Love and Air Sex (2013)
Comedy
Dir.: Bryan Poyser
Runtime: 91 min.

The Texas Theatre
Thursday, February 20, at 7:45

After brokenhearted Stan hears ex Cathy is headed to Austin for a girls’ weekend, he decides to “accidentally” run into her. But when he arrives, he finds that things are more complicated with his ex and his buddies … and that the Air Sex World Championships are underway.

Folk-alternative rocker Greg Schroeder will perform a set starting at 6:50. And, following the film, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and, if you’re lucky, a real-life air-sex demonstration. Oh, yeah.

 

Cutie and the Boxer (2013)
Documentary
Dir.: Zachary Heinzerling
Runtime: 82 min.

The Texas Theatre
Friday, February 21, at 6:45 pm
Saturday, February 22, at 7:15 pm

More than 40 years ago, 19-year-old art student Noriko fell in love with forty-something avante garde artist Ushio Shinohara, sacrificing her career to become his assistant and anchor. Cutie and the Boxer explores the creative couple’s tumultuous decades-long relationship, and what happens when Noriko ultimately decides to pursue an artistic career of her own.

This screening is part of The Texas Theatre’s 2014 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Series.


 

L’Age d’Or (1930)
Surrealist
Dir.: Luis Bunuel
Runtime: 63 min.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Saturday, February 22, at 2 pm

Bunuel is surrealist cinema’s godfather. After his famous Un Chien Andalou, he directed L’Age d’Or, which comprises a series of vignettes that portrays the difficulties of modern life, indicts bourgeois society for its constrictive rules regarding sex, and (you better believe it) challenges the Church.


 

On the Waterfront (1954)
Crime, Drama
Dir.: Elia Kazan
Runtime: 108 min.

Cinemark theaters
Sunday, February 23, at 2 pm

Marlon Brando, in one of his most celebrated roles, plays Terry, a dockworker and aspiring boxer who is cajoled by his brother into helping a longshoreman-union boss with mob connections.

This screening is part of the Cinemark Classic Series.