A: I said, "You know, it's kind of a grown-up movie," and she goes, "Yeah, I bet there's a lot of blah, blah, blah in it." So, that's her perception of grown-up movies: People talking too much.
It's so funny, this morning I was thinking, here's this film about identity — and what is my identity? I totally identify myself as being from Chicago. It's a huge part of my identity, and I think part of it was moving away as an adolescent when I was 13. It was like, wait: I am from Chicago. Moving to someplace so unfamiliar — I moved to San Diego — and everything about it was so unfamiliar that it made me grasp that Midwest identity that much more.
"Somewhere Between" opens Friday at the Music Box Theatre. Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton and two stars of the film, Fang Lee and Jenna Cook, will be at the following screenings: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Joel Hodgson, the man behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 — the TV series that perfected the art of running commentary of B-movies — brings his new one-man show, "Riffing Myself," to Chicago at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, preceded by a 4 p.m. screening of an MST3K episode. At the Mayne Stage. The show focuses on Hodgson's career and the making of what would become one of Comedy Central's most iconic cult hits. Go to maynestage.com.
If you're looking for the next environmental crisis to freak you out, the very real possibility of a 21st century global water shortage is addressed with calm but firm evidence in the documentary "Last Call at the Oasis," which receives its Chicago premiere at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday under the auspices of Chicago Filmmakers. At Columbia College Chicago. Go to chicagofilmmakers.org.
The pastel, two-dimensional style of animation in the short film "Snowflakes and Carrots" brings to mind the illustrated pages of a children's book come to life. The story of a little girl who nicks the carrot noses off the faces of snowmen is charming and simple and just four minutes long. The Canadian short will screen with eight others in a program called "Snow Cool," 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Facets as part of the cinema's family film series. Go to facets.org.
A better Van Sant
Director Gus Van Sant's latest film, the Matt Damon-John Krasinski fracking pic "Promised Land," is in theaters now, but Tribune critic Michael Phillips preferred Van Sant's "Paranoid Park" from 2007: "Young men, photographed from an adoring distance as they glide through their befogged lives while unknown terrors — a school shooting, an accidental homicide or a sexual awakening — lie in wait: This is the landscape of director Gus Van Sant." Playing at 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday at Doc Films at the University of Chicago. Go to docfilms.uchicago.edu.