Adoration —A high school student named Simon (Devon Bostick) is given an intense assignment by his French teacher, Sabine (Arsinee Khanjian), to translate a tragic current event about a terrorist who stows a bomb in the luggage of his pregnant girlfriend. Simon, an orphan who lives with his uncle (played by Scott Speedman) takes the school project a little too far when he replaces the characters in the story with his own real life tragedy of his mother and father dying in a car crash. When the story hits the Internet, Simon is flooded with sympathy from the public and it forces a mysterious woman to reveal her true identity. (R) Flicks
Cargo: Innocence Lost—Soroptimist International of Boise hosts a screening of the film Cargo: Innocence Lost followed with discussion by an expert panel regarding human trafficking in the community. Soroptimist International of Boise is an organization for women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m., $10. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, www.theflicks.boise.com.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs—The story based on Ron and Judi Barrett's children's book of the same name, follows the animated adventures of inventor Flint Lockwood who created an apparatus that makes water into food. The bountiful results fall from the sky and the town of Swallow Falls is thankful for the break from eating sardines. Suddenly the whole world is buried under piles of food and the hometown hero has to come up with a solution. Actors who lend their voice to the movie include Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan and Andy Samberg. (PG) Edwards 9
El Silencio de Neto—The 2009 season of the Latin American Film Series begins with a film set in Guatemala in 1954, at the time of a U.S.-funded government overthrow of left-wing president Jacobo Arbenz. The film chronicles the struggles of a pre-adolescent boy growing up in a tumultuous time. The movie directed by Luis Argueta is presented by Adrian Kane, an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m., FREE, Student Union Farnsworth Room, Boise State.
The Idaho Movie House—The theme of tonight's screening is "Local and Classic Movie Night." The first picks is a 15-minute movie made by local 16-year old Trevor Swanson and friends titled The School Project. Then, sit back for a screening of the Roy Rogers' 50-minute western classic IDAHO. Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 p.m., $2, Falcon Tavern, 705 W. Bannock St., idahomoviehouse.com.
The Informant!—Academy Award-winner Steven Soderbergh directs a bulked up Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre, the bumbling golden-boy of agriculture giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). Based on a book by Kurt Eichenwald, The Informant is the true story of how business man-turned-whistleblower Whitacre teams up with the FBI to take down the food conglomerate by exposing their price-fixing scheme. But Whitacre can't resist the prospect of becoming the people's hero and fancies himself a secret agent. As he feeds information to the feds, they get caught up in the fantasy world between what's real, and what's a product of Whitacre's imagination. Added to the bumbling of the mission, Whitacre conveniently forgets that he partook in the corporate greed just like the rest of his company. Edwards 9 (R)
Jennifer's Body—When a rock band hungry for success perform a Satanic ritual with a female fan sacrifice, things go horribly wrong. Using sexual seduction, head cheerleader Jennifer Check (Megan Fox) draws high school boys near, murders them and feeds off their flesh. When her nerdy best friend Needy (Amanda Seyfriend) finally notices the changes in her friend, she realizes it is up to her alone to discover the truth and put an end to Jennifer's carnage. The screenplay is by the snappy wordsmith Diablo Cody (Juno) and is directed by Karyn Kusama (Aeon Flux, Girlfight). (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 21
Love Happens—This schmoopy rom-com set in Seattle revolves around a premise as tired as the Space Needle is tall: A couple of professionally successful people who are unlucky in love find one another and love happens. In the city for a conference, Dr. Burke Ryan (Aaron Eckhart) is a self-help therapist who tries to convince flower shop owner and self-proclaimed man evader Eloise Chandler (Jennifer Aniston) to let go of her painful past and swoon for a fairy tale ending. (PG-13) Edwards 21
Seraphine—Actress Yolande Moreau plays the part of Seraphine Louis aka Seraphine de Senlis, who in 1905 went from a middle aged housekeeper to a self taught painter who created paintings known for their beautiful colors. In 1912, Seraphine was discovered by Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur), the man she cleaned house for, and the avant-garde art dealer brought her into the circle of painters known as the "Sacred Heart Painters" who showed their work in Europe and New York Museum of Modern Art. The movie is directed by Martin Provost. (NR) Flicks
The Wizard of Oz—In honor of the 70th anniversary of the movie, we're off to see a digitally re-mastered Wizard. Special features include an introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne and a showing of the behind-the-scenes documentary To Oz! The Making of a Classic with archival interviews, musical outtakes and an exclusive clip of the scarecrow, Ray Bolger. Screenings take place in 440 movie theaters across the country. In Boise, follow the yellow brick road to Edwards 22 for the one-night-only special screening. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., $10, Edwards 21, 7709 Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-9603, fathomevents.com.