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Best Docs, Indie Flicks, and Cult Classics on the Big Screen

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:

 

The Lunchbox (2013)
Drama
Dir.: Ritesh Batra
Runtime: 105 min.

Angelika Film Center & Cafe – Plano
Showtimes

Landmark Magnolia Theatre
Showtimes

A lonely housewife and an aging government worker serendipitously connect when a lunchbox is delivered to the wrong address.

 

Breathe In (2013)
Drama, Romance
Dir.: Drake Doremus
Runtime: 98 min.

The Texas Theatre
Tuesday, March 25, at 7 pm

A wobbly family in upstate New York confronts complications when a beautiful British exchange student arrives. Starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones.

After the screening, there will be a satellite-video Q&A with director Drake Doremus and actresses Felicity Jones and Amy Ryan.

 

Airplane! (1980)
Comedy
Dir.: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Runtime: 87 min.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Thursday, March 27, at 7:45 pm

If you like wordplay, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and positively uproarious (in the nonscatalogical and nonvulgar way) movies, this one’s for you.

 

Mistaken for Strangers (2013)
Documentary
Dir.: Tom Berninger
Runtime: 75 min.

The Texas Theatre
Friday, March 28, at 7 pm
Saturday, March 29, at 4 pm
Sunday, March 30, at 5 pm

The lead singer’s little brother tags along on indie-rock band The National’s 2010 tour, resulting in this unusual film, which is a cross between music documentary and real-life drama of two brothers’ relationship.

 

The Master (2012)
Drama
Dir.: Paul Thomas Anderson
Runtime: 144 min.

The Texas Theatre
Friday, March 28, at 9:15 pm
Sunday, March 30, at 7:15 pm

Paul Thomas Anderson uses Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as a starting point for his story of a cult leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who inspires a vagrant World War II veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) to spread his message.

 

Caddyshack (1980)
Comedy
Dir.: Harold Ramis
Runtime: 98 min.

Angelika Film Center & Cafe – Dallas
Friday, March 28, at 11:30 pm

All manner of wacky characters, including a tenacious gopher and Bill Expletive Murray, descend upon Bushwood Country Club in this cult comedy.