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In witchcraft and wildflowers, Granny knows best.


The Witch of the West Is Dead, about a timorous Japanese girl who thrives under Granny’s tutelage. Jule Banville says it’s full of “lush shots” and filmed with a “Zen-like approach…land[ing] an emotional punch.” 6:30 p.m. at the Avalon.

Sparrow, about Hong Kong gangsters who lose their mojo when an attractive lady starts fuckin’ with their heads. “Smart thieves make great protagonists in any well-directed film,” says Tricia Olszewski,
“and Sparrow is no exception.” 6:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema.


Parque Via, which tells the tale of lonely Beto, a live-in housekeeper about to lose his gig, his house, and what passes for a sense of purpose. Aaron Wiener calls it “repetitive but not tedious, bleak but not depressing.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement. 6:30 p.m. at the E Street Cinema.

35 Shots of Rum, a plotless flick about daddy-daughter relations. Wiener: “If you do not count yourself among the segment of the population that derives great pleasure from watching a father and daughter hug repeatedly, you might consider skipping 35 Shots of Rum.” 8:30 p.m. at the Avalon.


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