Dir. Gus Van Sant (2008). Van Sant directs his Harvey Milk biopic so carefully, there might be a Ming vase balanced on his head. No less cautious, Sean Penn drops his habitual banty roosterism to play the martyred gay activist, with the concentration of an actor entrusted to portray the future subject of a U.S. postage stamp: Content trumps form as communal solidarity redeems individual sacrifice.
Fri., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., 2011