Journey From Zanskar—Inspired by the Dalai Lama, two monks travel to the outskirts of Northern India, near the Tibetan border, and select 17 young children to be educated. This is the story of their nearly fatal and always arduous trek across the Himalayan range, reaching elevations of 17,000 feet. Capturing their commitment to culture, Journey From Zanskar is an emotionally driven documentary that is best represented in the words of one mother: "Sometimes, you have to give up your children in order to save them." Fri., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. $25 donation requested. Seating is limited and space can be reserved online with a $25 donation and entering "Boise Event" at www.warriorproductions.tv/DonatePage.asp. Boise Water Cooler, 1401 W. Idaho, Boise.
Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders—Created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971, Doctors Without Borders is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning independent humanitarian aid organization whose sole purpose is to aid underprivileged people whose survival is at risk in nearly 60 countries across the globe. This film documents the horrors of healthcare through the eyes of four doctors on the frontlines. ABC News 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas will moderate a live panel discussion, including doctors and journalists, after the screening. Mon., Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m. $12.50. Edwards Spectrum 22, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-1700, www.uatc.com.
Nausea—Idaho filmmakers Wes Malvini and Dustin Jones delve into a humorous, disturbing trip that explores the boundaries of boredom. Based on the work by Jean-Paul Sartre of the same name, the film presents an unsettling foray of monotony, loneliness and addictions. Sickened by the backdrop of his boredom, one dude begins to obsess over a woman he believes to be the only escape from a lonely existence. It's a film with drugs, booze and bodily functions; little dialogue; a cinematographic filter that over-brightens colors, turning them into acid-trip shades; a soundtrack that is always interesting and often misleading; and a "WTF?" ending. To get your mind prepped, mentalist and magician Mental Wes (not Malvini) will treat the audience to a performance prior to the screening. Malvini and Jones will participate in a question and answer forum after the film, followed by a live musical performance by The Associates. Full bar with ID. If you missed it during their September tour, we suggest you make it down. Sat., Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. $7. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, www.egyptiantheatre.net.
Big Fan—Oswalt stars in this dramatic directorial debut from Robert D. Siegel (he wrote The Wrestler). Paul Aufiero (Oswalt) lives with his mother, works as a parking garage attendant and is a diehard NY Giants fan. When he meets his favorite player, Quantrell Bishop (Jonathan Hamm), what should be the best day of Aufiero's life becomes the worst when Bishop beats Aufiero badly enough to put him in the hospital. Aufiero must then struggle with outside pressures from his family, friends, lawyers, the Giants and the media as well as an inner struggle against his own belief system. (R) Flicks
Invictus—Clint Eastwood directs. Morgan Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela who, during his first term as president of South Africa, tried to unite his apartheid-torn country by pushing the national rugby team to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup in a move to unite. The title Invictus is taken from the poem of the same name—written by William E. Henley—which inspired Mandela during the nearly 30 years he was jailed for speaking out against apartheid. (PG-13) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
The Messenger—Hollywood up-and-comer Ben Foster (30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma) delivers his most powerful performance to date in The Messenger. Marking the directorial debut of Oren Moverman, this Sundance favorite features Foster as Will Montgomery, a U.S Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq. The emotionally detached soldier finds himself reassigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service, delivering news to Army families whose loved ones have died in the war. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), Will struggles with his mission as he tries to let his own healing begin. He finds himself drawn to Olivia (Samantha Morton), a recently widowed woman to whom he delivered the news. This emotional drama reveals itself as a very human portrait of grief, loss, friendship, and the ability to move on. Strong performances, surprising humor and heartfelt emotions make The Messenger a cinematic must-watch. (R) Flicks
The Princess and the Frog—Walt Disney's latest animated feature film, set in the French Quarter of New Orleans, is a take on the Grimm brothers' classic The Frog Prince. But in this story, the girl kisses a frog and turns into a frog herself. Only Bayou voodoo priestess Mama Odie can help change them back. (G) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee—It's often the perfect housewives who conceal the most sordid pasts. When New Yorker Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) moves with her older husband (Alan Arkin) to a Connecticut retirement community, she begins to slowly fall apart. A new love interest (Keanu Reeves) becomes a much-needed confidant. (R) Flicks
Serious Moonlight—In this comedy, high-powered attorney (Meg Ryan) learns that her husband (Timothy Hutton) is cheating on her with a pretty young blonde (Kristen Bell). So naturally, she duct tapes him to the toilet in an effort to rekindle their romance. It seems as though reconciliation is a definite possibility ... until a pair of burglars break into the house. (R)