Brattle Staff Picks for March & April

STAFF PICKWe’re back with another selection of picks from the Brattle staff! Check out what some of our coworkers think are the coolest movies on screen at the Brattle in March & April—details after the jump…

Pressed for time? See the complete list on our schedule page


  • THE LURE: Eastern European cinema is famous for its wild fantasies. Can’t wait to watch this on the big screen!
  • ARRIVAL and CONTACT: Love them for not featuring WOMEN scientists but women SCIENTISTS
  • THE ILLINOIS PARABLES: Come and get some alternative history (not fact). It is good for us.

Yangqiao Lu is the Brattle’s associate director.


Dave Leamon is is a member of our projection staff.


  • I’m super excited for all of the Sci-Fi coming up! GATTACA, ARRIVAL, and the 1984/FAHRENHEIT 451 double feature are all must-sees for me. We live in weird times – what is in store for the future of humanity? These films propose some interesting scenarios – eugenics, aliens, and Big Brother? Sweet.

Dana Pham is one of the Brattle’s house managers.


  • THE WOMEN! The last time I saw this was in Don Levine’s Avant Garde Film class at UMASS-Amherst and Bill Clinton was still in office. (That film class is the same one that inspired The Pixies’ Louis Bunuel-inspired indie rock classic “Debaser”, for those keeping score at home.) Levine showed THE WOMEN as the example of normative Hollywood film-making at its best. Which it is. Top notch, top to bottom.
  • BODY SLAM! There’s an argument to be made for wrasslin’ as America’s greatest indigenous art form. Embodying the best and worst of American culture, wrasslin’ is a window into our rowdy, irascible national identity. Which is all a fancy way of saying, I watched BODY SLAM a billion times when I was a kid and think it’s still really fun. Lots of classic WWFers, shiny clothes and regrettable song choices.
  • THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL! American science fiction at its most creative and bold, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is the archetypal alien encounter film. A stunningly sleek film that feels presciently  futuristic nearly seventy years after its release. It’s anti-nuke message and pleas for peace seem especially important in our current political climate. And the robot is wicked cool.

Sean Maloney is one of the Brattle’s house managers.