Popular wisdom maintains The Godfather Part II is the only sequel in the history of Hollywood that outshines the original. Francis Ford Coppola's second tragic opera is actually a prequel/sequel: Immigrant Vito Corleone (Robert DeNiro, mostly silent) kills guys and has children in old tenement New York, and mid-century Michael Corleone (Al Pacino, all controlled screams) loses his kids and builds a Transamerican crime empire from Tahoe. Plus, John Cazale teaches you how to catch a fish. Seriously, though, all parties involved are at the height of their powers; this is a definitive new Hollywood saga, Oscars all around, not to be missed — you can't refuse. The Godfather Part II screens at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday (January 14 through 16) at Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Tickets are $5 to $6.
Jan. 14-16, 2011