There are two essential bits of cinema screening tonight, essential for completely different reasons at two different theaters.
Tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. at Paramount, check out the brilliant Hitchcock movie “Shadow of a Doubt.” Starring Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright, “Doubt” follows a mysterious man name Charles Oakley, who may or may not have a deadly secret in his past. He arrives in Santa Rosa, Calif., the sort of prototypical small town screenwriter Thornton Wilder loved to write about, to stay for spell with his older sister’s family, including his namesake Charlotte “Charlie” Newton (Wright). The nature of evil, the end of innocence, duality, an implied incest subplot that remains incredibly disturbing and an almost Shakespearean – level of comic relief from the great Hume Cronyn: it’s all there. Just stellar.
Then at 10 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Weird Wednesday presents Diane Lane, Laura Dern and Ray Winstone in Lou Adler’s singular 1982 movie “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains!” one of the all-time great punk rock movies. Look for vintage footage of the Looters and Black Randy & The Metrosquad and the Stains themselves, an obvious precursor for all things Riot Grrl. Also essential.