Years before he was rocking the pencil-thin, silent-era ’stache and picking up an Oscar for Best Actor in The Artist, Gallic heartthrob Jean Dujardin lit up movie screens as the French James Bond looking into the death of a fellow spy, seducing ladies and, oh, trying to bring peace to the Middle East all at the same time in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies.
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But while the character of secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath was conceived as a straight dramatic role in a series of nearly 90 hugely popular novels by Jean Bruce (actually predating Ian Fleming’s Bond by several years), this 2006 film and a later sequel play it for laughs in Cold War spoofs with Bath as a conceited and politically incorrect oaf. 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday. River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-866-8881 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com. $7 to $10.
Sat., March 17, 11:55 p.m., 2012