by Steve Haruch
* Opening tonight at The Belcourt is pretty much a must-see: A Separation. Here's the opening of Steven Hale's review in this week's Scene:
The first Iranian film to win an Academy Award — Best Foreign Language Film, in case you missed writer-director Asghar Farhadi's stirring speech Sunday night — the domestic drama A Separation is a story of dilemmas within dilemmas, of moral, legal, cultural and religious quandaries that only spawn more quandaries, like an infinite set of Russian matryoshka dolls. It will not spoil anything to tell you that A Separation begins and ends with questions for which there is no satisfying answer — the source of the movie's insight into human nature, as well as its steadily mounting suspense.
* If you Late Shift types want something, uh, slightly less thoughtful: Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie — a flick that "means to make as many people hold their stomachs as their sides" — is the midnight feature.
* Saturday brings the Art Crawl, and if you haven't already, you should check Joe Nolan's Crawl Space column for heads-up on what's good.
* Also Saturday, the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center hosts a rather unusual event: a theatrical performance of L. Ron Hubbard's works. Thetans and thespians — intriguing, for sure.