1. Absolutely, absolutely, whatever you do, take some time out of your day, go on iTunes and purchase a copy of Thing with No Name. No matter how sad you might think it will be (and, trust me, it is), you won't regret supporting this beautifully humanistic and touching portrait of HIV positive women in South Africa that leaves all others of its kind dead in their tracks. Beautiful cinematography, careful editing and a perfectly non-preachy directorial vision make this the online purchase pick for the week.
2. If you live in New York City and you haven't seen Goodbye Solo yet, what the hell have you been doing with yourself since last Friday? Ramin Bahrani's third feature is the epitome of good, independent entertainment - smart, funny, emotional and subtle. The film plays like Taste of Cherry meets Prince of Broadway. Now, in it's second week, the film expands out from the Angelika to the Lincoln Plaza cinemas where lead actor Souleymane Sy Savane (well worth falling in love with from this performance) will be doing a Q & A at the 6:05 PM show tomorrow night. Don't miss it! P.S.: If you live in Chicago, it's showing in two theaters there too so you have no excuse.
3. Last, but certainly not least, is the third feature film by director Greg Mottola. Though not the riotous romp promised off the success of his last movie, Superbad, Mottola's Adventureland is all the better film for it, making very real comedy out of the touching coming-of-age story of very real characters. Cleverly drawn and incredibly personal, Adventureland brings together the independent spirit of Daytrippers with the hilarity of Superbad to make what might be his most mature work yet.