Film Clips: This weekend's movie openings and more October 08 2010

A robot woman, zombies and the return of Marshmallow Man.


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  • Classic silent film "Metropolis" by German director Fritz Lang, now restored and with lost footage.

BURIED (R) In this thriller, Ryan Reynolds plays a U.S. contractor in Iraq who gets buried alive with a cell phone and a lighter. You don’t have to be a psychologist to suspect that people with claustrophobia might want to give this one a miss.

THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS (1927) 4 stars (NR) German director Fritz Lang’s visual masterpiece of a dystopian future received a remarkable restoration following the 2008 discovery of nearly 30 minutes of lost footage in Buenos Aires. Now clocking in at almost two and a half hours, this account of aristocrats vs. workers features a more comprehensible plot, as well as the stunning set pieces that still influence filmmakers today. Plus: a robot woman! — Holman

IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY (PG-13) Writer-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden present this dramedy about a teenage boy (Keir Gilchrist) who checks himself in to a mental hospital, falls in love with another teen (Emma Roberts) and finds an unlikely mentor in a fellow patient (Zach Galifianakis).

MY SOUL TO TAKE (R) A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Wes Craven directs this horror story about a deceased serial killer who vows to return to murder the seven (grown) children born the night he died. Seems like an arbitrary motivation for resurrection and mass murder, but at least it’s in 3-D in some theaters.

SECRETARIAT 2 stars (PG) In this Seabiscuit wannabe, Diane Lane plays Penny Chenery Tweedy, an impeccable, Better Draper-ish homemaker who literally bets the farm on the prospects of a well-bred, untested race horse, Secretariat. The details of thoroughbred business prove surprisingly interesting, and the big Belmont Stakes competition can set pulses racing, but movie’s treatment of feminism and underdog (underhorse) longshots are numbingly preditable. — Holman

WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY (PG) This documentary recounts how the decade from 1984 through 1994 saw a resurgence of Disney’s animation studio, culminating with The Lion King. Interviewees include Tim Burton and Pixar’s John Lasseter.