Joel and Ethan Coen gave the world a magnificent gift when they released their modern noir bowling adventure, The Big Lebowski -- and the world failed to accept it, at least at first. Denser and yet more wide-open in structure than its predecessor, Fargo, Lebowski is the sort of film that goes right over your head the first time you see it. The more times you watch it, the more you glean. This mystery about a kidnapped woman whose husband is the insanely wealthy Jeffrey Lebowski turns on the fact that the kidnappers approach Jeff "Dude" Lebowski for the ransom; and the Dude is a hard-core, Zen-hippie, bowling guru. The Big Lebowski is eminently re-watchable, which makes it an ideal midnight movie. See it again tonight at 11:55 p.m. at MX Movies (681 Washington Avenue; 314-222-2994 or www.mxstlmovies.com). Tickets are $8.
Fri., Aug. 9, 2013