Lagaan to This One

Bollywood, India's mecca of cinema, churns out more movies than Paris churns out marriage proposals. And honestly, most of these flicks aren't more than bad soap operas (with some requisite singing and dancing, of course). But some are not to be missed, and Lagaan is one of them. The film, which is the most extravagant — and successful — Bollywood movie to date, follows a group of struggling farmers in 19th-century India. The group forms a cricket team to square off against its colonial British rulers, in order to escape taxation. (Why didn't American revolutionaries think of that?) The Oscar-nominated flick (best foreign language film) runs this weekend. Up for some cricket?
Fri., May 5, 7 p.m.; May 6-7, 5 p.m.

 
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