May 13 2015 02:17 PM

Documentary about Iris Apfel leads our rundown of movies screening around town


Odds are Iris Apfel is going to outlive us all. The legendary interior decorator/costume designer/ style maverick has worked in the fashion industry for more than six decades. Her spitfire tenacity and improvisation are on full dis play in Albert Maysles' sublime documentary Iris, which leisurely and lovingly examines the smiling woman, the outlandish myth, and the tireless legend.

Instead of trying to overcomplicate things visually, Maysles lets the dynamic patterns and colors of Iris' collection dominate the frame (see the opening credits). His camera walks calmly alongside as she's honored with awards, participates in photo shoots, and traverses many different apartments packed to the brim with clothing and accessories.

While the film's first half focuses almost primarily on the intense momentum and glam of Iris' professional life, Maysles tends to address looming uncertainties about health and exhaustion in the second, specifically in relation to her husband, Carl. The couple, who've been married for 66 years, can sense the end is near, but that doesn't stop either of them from living each day with a striking sense of humor and wit.

"I like to improvise," Iris says, and she's not just talking about with clothing. This is a woman in love with possibility and deathly afraid of banality. Her greatest fear is that today's designers will forget the history and craft that The Godfather: Part II: Francis Ford Coppola's massive sequel charts the rise of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York while his son Michael attempts to lead the family syndicate right before the Cuban revoluhas defined their profession. In order to offset this trend, Iris donates countless pieces of clothing to museums while also holding a weeklong symposium for young fashion students.

Iris, which opens Friday, May 15, won't be the final film from the great Maysles, who died on March 5, 2015 at the age of 88 years old, but it most definitely feels like a master slowly waving goodbye to the medium he helped create. Maysles finished one more project just before he died, and like Iris, he understands that the only way of preserving the future of one's art form is to lead by doing, and reminding.


The 100-Year-Old Man Who Jumped Out the Window and Disappeared: An elderly man escapes his nursing home immediately before his 100th birthday hoping to rekindle his sense of adventure. Opens on Friday, May 15, at the Reading Gaslamp Cinemas.

Every Secret Thing: Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning star in this gripping psychological thriller about a detective who is destroyed after failing to save a missing child. Screens through Thursday, May 21, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

Felix and Meira: Two lost souls attempt to find a romantic connection despite the obstacles presented by the neighborhood they inhabit.

I Am Big Bird: Caroll Spinney has been the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. This documentary tells his story. Screens through Thursday, May 21, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

Iris: Documentary about style maven Iris Apfel, whose interior decorating company launched her career in fashion that has spanned over six decades. Screens through Thursday, May 21, at the Ken Cinema.

Mad Max: Fury Road: George Miller's infamous policeman-turned-road-warrior returns to the big screen in what looks like one long bonkers chase through a dystopic desert. Tom Hardy reprises the role made famous by Mel Gibson.

Saint Laurent: A strange and beguiling biopic about the famous French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, portrayed with unflinching vulnerability by Gaspard Ulliel. Bertrand Bonello directs.

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Pitch Perfect: Anna Kendrick and her Bellas compete in a singing competition for the ages. Just in time for the sequel. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.

Miele: A woman who has devoted herself to helping people in pain comes to a crossroads in life. Directed by and starring Valeria Golino. Screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at La Poloma Theatre in Encinitas. 

Delirio: A collection of clips from the strangest Z-grade international cinema. Screens at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

The Godfather: Part II: Francis Ford Coppola's massive sequel charts the rise of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York while his son Michael attempts to lead the family syndicate right before the Cuban revolution. Screens at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills. 

Sand Dollars: Geraldine Chaplin stars as a wealthy matriarch living in the Dominican Republic who begins a relationship with a younger woman. Screens at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park. 

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?: A married man begins to question his sexuality after his wife begins to consider having another child. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at San Diego Central Library in East Village.

In the House (Dans La Maison): This comedic mystery from Francois Ozon tells the story of a high school teacher who gets lulled into the life of a precocious student. Screens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Point Loma / Hervey Branch Library. 

The Two Faces of January: An American couple traveling in Greece meet an ex-pat with a shady past. Screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Scripps Ranch Public Library. 

There's Something About Mary: Ben Stiller tries to figure out why Cameron Diaz has all that hair gel. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. 

The 4th Annual San Diego Surf Film Festival: This multi-venue film festival includes 25 international surf films, a VIP party, and will welcome dozens of filmmakers and producers participating in Q&A's. Runs from Wednesday, May 20 through Saturday, May 23.

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About Elly: While on a picnic in the north of Iran, a kindergarten teacher disappears, leaving her friends distraught with panic. From director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation).  

Black Souls: Based on Gioacchini Criaco's novel of the same name, this gripping mafia tale explores the tension and conflict between three brothers fighting for control of an Italian crime family. 

Far From the Madding Crowd: Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts star in Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's sweeping romance about a fiercely independent woman who struggles to choose between three suitors. 

Hot Pursuit: An uptight cop played by Reese Witherspoon tries to protect the vivacious widow of a Mexican drug boss while being pursued through Texas by a collective of bad guys.

Misery Loves Comedy: Featuring interviews with Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks and Jim Gaffigan, this documentary looks at the profession of stand-up comedians from the inside out. Screens through Thursday, May 14, at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park. 

Noble: A feature film based on the true story of Christina Noble, an Irish children's rights campaigner who traveled to Vietnam to make a difference. 

Reality: Another surreal oddity from director Quentin Dupiex (Rubber) about a cameraman who dreams of making his own horror film. Screens through Thursday, May 14, at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

The D Train: Jack Black and James Marsden are quite a pair in this dark comedy about the head of a high school reunion committee who travels to Los Angeles, hoping to convince the most popular guy from his graduating class to attend the event. 

Welcome to Me: A psychotic woman (Kristen Wiig) wins the lottery and decides to stop taking her meds and creates her own talk show. Opens Friday, May 8, at the Reading Gaslamp Cinemas. 

Any Day: Sean Bean plays an ex-fighter who attempts to find redemption from his troubled past. Co-starring Eva Longoria and Kate Walsh. Screens through Thursday, May 7, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park. 

Avengers: Age of Ultron: The brood of Marvel superheroes are back to battle the nefarious Ultron, who has plans to take over the world.  

Tangerines: A citrus farmer attempts to save soldiers from the opposite sides of an ongoing civil war in the Caucasus Mountains. Screens through Thursday, May 7, at the Ken Cinema. 

Adult Beginners: When his new business crashes and burns on the eve of its launch, a young entrepreneur is forced to move in with his estranged pregnant sister and his brother-in-law. Runs through Thursday, April 30, at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

Clouds of Sils Maria: A middle-aged actress decides to star in a reboot of the play that made her famous 20 years before. Starring Juliette Binoche, Kristin Stewart and Chloë Grace-Moretz. 

Dior and I: Documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house. 

Ex Machina: Set in the near future, Alex Garland's sci-fi film tells the story of an Internet mogul who convinces one of his employees to conduct a Turing test on his newest A.I. creation.  

Little Boy: With his father away in WW II, a young boy goes to great lengths to restore stability to his family. 

Man From Reno: A Japanese novelist known for a series of crime novels gets wrapped up in a mystery of her own while visiting San Francisco. Runs through Thursday, April 30, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

Spring: A young American on a backpacking trip in Italy meets a beautiful woman at an idyllic village and instantly falls in love. Runs through Thursday, April 30, at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park. 

The Age of Adaline: Rendered ageless after a fateful accident, a young woman born at the turn of the 20th century lives a lonely life of immortality until she finally meets a stranger who may be worth dying for. 

The Road to Juarez: An ex-con recruits his friends to pull off a daring heist against a powerful Mexican drug cartel. Opens Friday, April 24, at AMC Mission Valley 20 and AMC Palm Promenade 24.

The Water Diviner: After the battle of Gallipoli, an Australian man travels to Turkey hoping to locate his three missing sons. 

Fifth Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase: Sixteen Asian films from nine countries will make their San Diego premieres during this cinema showcase, beginning with an opening night tailgate party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at Ultrastar Mission Valley Cinemas. The fest continues through April 23 before moving to Hoover High School April 24 and 25 in honor of the showcase's Cinema Little Saigon retrospective.

Desert Dancer: An ambitious young man risks everything to start a new dance company despite the politically volatile climate of his home country of Iran. 

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter: A young Japanese woman travels to America searching for a briefcase full of cash that was hidden in the snow during 1996's Fargo

Lambert and Stamp: This documentary looks at the unlikely partnership between two aspiring filmmakers who ended up producing one of the greatest rock bands in history: The Who. 

Monkey Kingdom: A documentary about one newborn monkey and its mother attempting to survive the social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a group of monkeys who live in a series of ruins deep in the jungles of South Asia. 

True Story: James Franco stars as a murder suspect who has stolen the identity of a disgraced New York Times reporter played by Jonah Hill. Weird casting. 

Unfriended: The Facebook horror film you knew was coming but didn't think would be here quite this soon. 

Havana Curveball: A young and enthusiastic teenager decides to create a grand plan of supplying Cuba with baseballs after being inspired by the holy words associated with his Bar Mitzvah. 

Kill Me Three Times: After a botched assignment, a professional hitman  played by Simon Pegg gets wrapped up in three different tales of murder, blackmail and revenge.


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