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Other options await movie viewers avoiding blockbuster bloat

November 14, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 14--Soon, holiday blockbusters will dominate screens at central Ohio movie houses.

Before shopping for Dallas Buyer s Club or working up an appetite for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, consider a different type of night at the movies.

A film outside the mainstream that has received critical acclaim will open on Friday and a comedy classic will be shown on Tuesday. Plus, a midnight-movie oddity will receive its world premiere late Friday night.

So consider setting aside meat-and-potatoes fare for a helping of something different.

Mother of George

Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St.

Contact: 614-247-4433, www.gatewayfilmcenter.com

Showtimes: various, beginning Friday

Admission: Fridays through Sundays -- $10; or $7.50, or $6.50 for students, before 6 p.m.; Mondays through Thursdays -- $7.50; or $6.50 for students; $5.50 before 6 p.m.

Details: The drama stars Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) and Isaach De Bankole (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) as a Nigerian couple living in New York. During their traditional Basotho wedding, the groom's mother stresses to the new bride the obligation of bearing a son, who will be named George.

But the couple fails to conceive, and the pressure from the shrewish mother-in-law who blames the wife grows. Desperate, the wife wears charms and ingests fertility potions -- until her mother-in-law offers a shocking suggestion.

For the most part, critics have responded positively: The film received a 94 rating on the movie website Rotten Tomatoes and scored a 77 (out of 100) on Metacritic.

Critic Joe Williams of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called the film "serious cinema of the globalist sort."

"Spotlight on the Criterion Collection": City Lights

Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St.

Contact: 614-292-3535, www.wexarts.org

Showtime: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Admission: $8, or $6 for members, students and senior citizens

Details: For those unfamiliar with the company, Criterion Collection offers meticulously restored classic and contemporary films with supplemental material. Close to 1,000 movies by filmmakers ranging from Louis Malle and Akira Kurosawa to Billy Wilder and Stanley Kubrick are found in the Criterion library.

Criterion Collection president Peter Becker and producer Kim Hendrickson will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the work done at Criterion focusing on upcoming releases -- including City Lights (1931).

The comedy follows Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp as he falls for a blind flower girl. More than 80 years after its release, the film is still No. 50 on the Sight & Sound list of greatest films.

The Biker Warrior Babe vs. The Zombie Babies From Hell

Grandview Theatre, 1247 Grandview Ave.

Contact: 614-358-2886, www.grandviewtheatre.net

Showtime: midnight Friday

Admission: $10

Details: OK, so the folks at Cannes might not consider this for the Palme d'Or, but the title alone is an attention grabber. The Grandview will host the premiere screening of the locally made horror movie.

So what's it about? We'll let the Facebook site speak: "A botched demon-summoning causes three high-school friends to become the de facto saviors of the city (of) Cranberry Lake. It's a race against time to correct the ritual

before a legion of demonic zombie babies eat the entire town."

To see the trailer, visit www.bikerwarriorbabe.com.

Viewers can party with the cast and crew beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

tmikesel@dispatch.com

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