ishtar

Looking to get out this weekend? Look no more! There is no better place to go in this cold weather than a warm movie theater, where you can, for two hours, sip on an overpriced latte and pretend the outside world doesn’t exist. It also works great if what you’re trying to escape is an overwhelming first week of classes.

The Plot Against Harry and Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 1 are playing this weekend only, as part of the ongoing – and excellent – “New Yawk New Wave” series at Film Forum. The former is a little known comedy about a Jewish petty thief by Michael Roemer, who also directed the excellent Nothing But a Man; the latter is a masterpiece of cinema vérité from the 60s set in New York’s Central Park. If you need any extra incentive, know that buying one ticket will get you admission to both films!

Up for a midnight screening? IFC is the place for you this weekend! Four films are playing this Friday and Saturday: Im Sang-soo’s most recent extravaganza The Taste of Money; Double Exposure’s favorite movie of 2012 Holy Motors; the groovy Saturday Night Fever; and last but not least, the most realistic on-screen portrayal of a prom, Brian de Palma’s Carrie.

Finally, if you feel like escaping our frigid city for the warmer climate of Morocco, the Museum of the Moving Image will be screening Elaine May’s famous film maudit Ishtar on Saturday and Sunday at 6pm. It may be a famous Hollywood bomb, but it’s gotta be better than the new-release alternatives: you know you’re in trouble when Hors Satan looks like a viable moviegoing option.