Editorâs Note: Itâs been two weeks since columnist AP Kryza disappeared, leaving behind only a garbled voicemail and a cryptic note delivered by a small fluffy dog in formal wear. We recently spotted a smoke message in the sky, thoughâa skywriter seemed to be struggling to spell âbatshitâ while drawing illustrations of Miss Piggy, Bilbo Baggins and Ryan Gosling eating meatball subs together. So for another week, Deborah Kennedy steps up to tell us whatâs playing in local repertory theaters.
- You might think the âdrunken fistâ fighting technique involves too many JÃ¤ger bombs and a bouncer. But if youâve seen Drunken Master, you know itâs as far from a clumsy bar fight as you can get. According to this 1978 kung fu comedy starring Jackie Chan, itâs an intricate, eight-step martial art form that arms you with all the unique kicks and punches required to save your father from a notorious killer, known to all as âThunderleg.â Laurelhurst Theater. April 4-10.
- Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth are on a boat in The Lady From Shanghai, which tells the story of Michael OâHara, an Irish seaman who, against his better judgment, falls in love with his bossâs wife and becomes entangled in a murder plot. Co-starring the San Francisco Aquarium and one very surreal hall of mirrors. NW Film Centerâs Whitsell Auditorium. 7 and 9 pm Friday-Saturday, April 4-5.
- When it first debuted in 1974, Le Cousin Jules thrilled audiences and critics alike with its quiet and obsessively detailed depiction of the daily lives of an elderly couple living in isolation in the French countryside. For many years, film buffs worried Dominique Benichetiâs masterpiece would be lost to time and decay, but now, fully restored, it comes to town as part of the PSU French Film Festival. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7 pm Friday, April 4.
- Set in 1920s Algeria and based on the comic-book series of the same name, Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbiâs Cat) follows the adventures of a fussy feline that, having swallowed a parrot, can speak and demands to be converted to Judaism. Part of the PSU French Film Fest. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7 pm Saturday, April 5.
- Nearly 30 years later, Terry Gilliamâs dystopian nightmare Brazil remains as hilarious and terrifying as it was the first day it was unleashed on the world. Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Saturday, April 5.
- Who wants to travel first class, mai tai in hand, when you can get a Hard Ticket to Hawaii? Andy Sidarisâ 1987 B-movie masterpiece basks in the glory that is babes in crop tops, diamond-hungry drug lords and escaped toxic snakes. Tonightâs screening will feature live comedic commentary a la Mystery Science Theater 3000. Hollywood Theatre. 9:45 pm Saturday, April 5.
- If you like your Bible stories animated, illuminated, set in the eighth century and full of forest spirits, then Le Secret de Kells is the film for you. The final offering of the PSU French Film Fest, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2009. 5th Avenue Cinema. 5 pm Sunday, April 6.
- Directed by Luchino Visconti, Rocco and His Brothers is a classic of 1960s Italian cinema. The film follows the lives of a mother and her five sons who leave Sicily for a more peaceful life in the north, only to run into trouble in the form of a beautiful prostitute. NW Film Centerâs Whitsell Auditorium. 6:30 pm Sunday, April 6.
- A wise man once said, âDonât do drugs.â He probably should have added, âAnd never join a blood-swilling masked gang because this choice will probably come back to haunt you.â Kao Yao (also known as Lizard Venom) learns this the hard way when he tries to knee-cap his former gang in the 1982 kung fu kitschfest Masked Avengers. Hollywood Theatre, 7:30 pm. Tuesday, April 8.