After 30 Years, Killer of Sheep Finally Gets a Proper Debut

Plus: Spidey number three, and four from Criterion

Spider-Man 3
Opens May 4Peter Parker proposes to Mary Jane, Thomas Haden Church plays the Sandman, Harry Osborne goes on a rampage, blah blah blah. Everyone will see it, and if the first two installments of Sam Raimi's soulful pop franchise set a precedent, most will dig it. I'm there just to watch Spidey get all Dior Homme in his spiffy new jet-black ensemble. "Revenge is like a poison that can take us over," cautions Auntie May of his sartorial turn to the dark side. "Before you know it, it can turn you into something ugly!" Are you kidding me? Black is so the new black.

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone
May 9The latest from Tsai Ming-liang is a double homecoming. Shot in his native Malaysia, it marks an escape from the frustrated malaise of The Wayward Cloud, if not exactly a major leap forward. The gang's all here: Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chy, dampness, ennui, and minimalist mise-en-scéne of maximal pleasure. IFC Center.

Killer of Sheep (Henry Sanders)
photo: 1977 Charles Burnett and 2007 Milestone Film & Video
Killer of Sheep (Henry Sanders)

Four From Criterion
DVD releases, May Couch-potato cinephiles can find out why a 40-year-old French flick was the critical smash of 2006 when Army of Shadows hits stores in a supplement-packed two-disc edition (May 15). True crime connoisseurs can get their socks knocked off, Japanese-style, with Shohei Imamura's terse and perverse Vengeance Is Mine (May 15). Someone, somewhere, may discover The Third Man for the first time courtesy of this definitive DVD (May 22); crazy talk aside, Carol Reed's canonical warhorse is endlessly rewatchable. And Sansho the Bailiff, Kenji Mizoguchi's sublime tale of dissolution in feudal Japan, is one of the all-time greats on the big screen or small (May 22).

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