Noon at Regal Winter Park - Chekhov for Children (3 Stars) There is no knowledge of Anton Chekhov required for this touching documentary about a group of New York City junior high schoolers putting on Uncle Vanya in the late 1970s. The play, which should have been impossible for a group of 12-year-olds to put on, was directed by writer and critic Philip Lopate, and the documentary was inspired by his essay. Insightful if somewhat nostalgic, it is a fascinating exploration of growing up. -RB
12:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Hamill (3 Stars) Hamill, the story of the titular wrestler who became the first deaf person to win an NCAA championship must have swiped every line of dialogue off of a doctor's office motivational poster. There are only Big Moments in Hamill - prom rejection, loss of scholarship, falling in love by a waterfall - and no time for subtlety or any event that doesn't polish Hamill's halo. Bizarrely, the film is bookended by, and glorifies, one of Hamill's real-life UFC matches. So the fact that he grew up to beat the shit out of people in a cage for money is our happy ending? -JS
3 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - mindFLUX (3 Stars) A gaggle of New York theater luminaries spends an hour praising the genius of experimental director Richard Foreman, who's also on hand to explain the philosophy of confrontation and challenge that drives his absurdist tableaus. Though those tableaus seem provocative enough, we don't see quite enough of them to make up our own minds. The largely chronological portrait cuts off abruptly in the mid-'70s, leaving us feeling less confronted than merely tapped on the shoulder. -Steve Schneider
3:15 p.m. at Enzian Theater - Tanzania: A Friendship Journey (2 Stars) For an interminable two hours, we follow bubbly blond Kristen as she travels to Tanzania and openly marvels at their uncivilized ways. "I can't believe I'm eating with my hands!" "SHUT. UP. There's a giraffe?!" It's like going to Busch Gardens with an easily impressed sorority girl, who doesn't mind telling her African friend how "primitive" she finds his homeland to be until she realizes just how easy and AIDS-free she has it back home. Ugh. -WG
4 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Stuff (5 Stars) Hoarders meets Hamlet as documentarian Lawrence Johnson takes responsibility for his late father's avalanche of personal effects. Storage facilities are filled to the brim with mysterious mementos, photos and bric-a-brac, just as the movie is packed with themes: memory, faith, misogyny … oh, and the institutionalized impoverishment that has led an entire generation to consider its downward mobility a personal "failure." Yet the doc doesn't press any one point too hard, a fine choice for a film that dares to ask how much crap you want to carry around with you. -SS
6:15 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Journey From Zanskar (3 Stars) This documentary is subtitled "A Monk's Vow to Children," which should spell out just how well-meaning it is. Granted, the filmmakers' intentions are perfectly sincere, as Buddhists isolated by the geography and the politics of their region go literally to great lengths to see their children educated, but the content is effortlessly, endlessly noble, shot with all the grace of a home movie and solemnly narrated by Richard Gere. Yeah, it's that kind of doc. -WG
7 p.m. at Enzian Theater - River of Grass A screening of the 1994 film directed by Kelly Reichardt and set in the Everglades, part of curator Scott Foundas' "Florida Films" series.
8:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Potiche (4 Stars) The latest from prolific French filmmaker Francois Ozon harbors resonant messages about women's liberation and the 1970s organized labor movement, amid the seemingly insubstantial context of a romantic farce. The movie's colorful visual palette and formal playfulness make it more buoyant, and a lot more fun, than the recent thematically similar Made in Dagenham. Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu chew the scenery with humor and class. -John Thomason
9:15 p.m. at Enzian Theater - Fanny, Annie & Danny (2 Stars) You know how every Thanksgiving or Christmas you read about a dysfunctional family gathering that ended in a bloodbath? Imagine sitting through nearly 90 minutes of prelude to the event. Fanny, Annie & Danny is a low-budget tale of variously screwed-up siblings coming home for Christmas to the ugliest (on the inside) Ma and Pa one can imagine, mainly because they all have nowhere else to go and are just that full of self-loathing. It ends in revelations and tragedy, the latter of which is both lazily earned and, I suppose, sadly realistic. -JS
9:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2 Stars) This documentary about two raging alcoholics and the men who taped their screaming matches begins as an interesting examination of an organic cult phenomenon - the tapes were discovered by the San Francisco hipster set and turned into comic books and plays - but quickly peters out. At first, it works as a curiosity, but the two men who taped their crazy neighbors turn from pleasantly surprised accomplices into bickering, mean-spirited opportunists milking a sliver of an interesting story. By the time they're hassling one of their neighbor's now-elderly friend at his front door, you just wish "Eddie Lee Sausage" and "Mitchell D" would, well, shut up. -JS
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