Our movie critic's picks
Lost Horizon Chestnut Hill Film Group, Woodmere Art Museum, 9211 Germantown Ave., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Ronald Colman crash-lands in Shangri-La in Frank Capra's exquisite 1937 drama, a spiritual odyssey, based on the James Hilton novel. It finds a British
Lost Horizon Chestnut Hill Film Group, Woodmere Art Museum, 9211 Germantown Ave., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Ronald Colman crash-lands in Shangri-La in Frank Capra's exquisite 1937 drama, a spiritual odyssey, based on the James Hilton novel. It finds a British diplomat questioning his life, and facing the possibility of a new life where no one ages, when he comes upon a utopian community nestled in a valley in the Himalayas. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture. Jane Wyatt co-stars. $5 suggested donation. Info: www.woodmereartmuseum.org
Top Five Paramount DVD and Blu-Ray. Chris Rock's Annie Hall-like tale of a standup-comedian-turned-screwball-screen-star who sets out to make a serious drama. A reporter from the New York Times - Rosario Dawson - tags along, questioning his every move in this smart, funny, revealing film. Rock and Dawson are great together, even if her character doesn't add up at all. R
A Book About the Film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail Darl Larsen Rowman & Littlefield, $50 The groundbreaking, coconut-clacking British comedy troupe's 1975 feature is examined from every angle in this 578 page (!) tome, a scene-by-scene deconstruction full of diligent notations and thoughtful analysis. When Larsen starts citing the giants that pop up in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur at the beginning of his chapter on The Knights Who Say Ni, well, you may want to say "Ni" right back at him.
Meanwhile, a new doc, Monty Python - The Meaning of Live, gets its international premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The film screens - with surviving Pythons promised to be there - April 24. www.tribecafilm.com/festival