Get OUT—The Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe is hosting its inaugural Way OUT West festival, which the center hopes will become Santa Fe's premier queer film festival. Progressive, exciting and—most of all—entertaining, the lineup of this year's festival looks like a great start.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Stylish sequel transforms pedestrian plot into movie magic
Given the near incalculable popularity of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, it's probably a given that any film based on them—no matter how simplistic or slapdash—would be a huge box office success. We should probably be thankful then that the two films produced so far—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets—have proved to be such bright entertainment. With spot-on casting, imaginative production design and zippy direction on the part of Chris Columbus (Home Alone), the films have made themselves able companions to Rowling's brilliant literary creations.
I'm Not Scared
Sharp Italian thriller says the kids are not all right
Remember when you were a kid and you got out of school for summer break? Freed from educational and parental constraints, you and your preteen compatriots were free to roam the neighborhoods, invent rules to your own impromptu games and set up your own Lord of the Flies-style empires—at least until September. I'm Not Scared starts out that way, with 10-year-old Michele and his friends spending the long days of summer bicycling around the countryside, playing in the wheatfields and generally doing whatever they please until some parental unit shouts out that it's time for dinner.
The Week in Sloth
“Come To Papa” (KOB-4 7:30 p.m.) Comedian Tom Papa (who, apparently, used to warm up the studio audience on “Seinfeld”) created this self-reflexive series about a struggling New Jersey comedy writer named Tom Papa. NBC is using the new series to stem the tide of viewers abandoning Thursday's “Must See TV” lineup because it's now “Already Seen It TV.”
They Live (AMC 8:30 p.m.) If you thought John Carpenter's sci-fi parody about evil space aliens who become Republicans, wipe out the environment and control the population through subliminal advertising was eerily prescient during the Reagan administration, check it out during the Bush administration.
Poker? I hardly know her
“Celebrity Poker Showdown” on Bravo
I've spent the last several months trying to figure out why poker is suddenly the “in” thing. I mean, poker is great, but why the sudden flood of poker-based TV shows? Why is it now the cool thing for celebrities—everybody from Ben Affleck to Tobey Maguire—to be spotted at the poker tables of Vegas?