Top five films: best of the big screen

GRAN TORINO (116 minutes) MA

One secret of Clint Eastwood's longevity as director and star has been his willingness to keep reinventing his irascible persona, as in this slow-burn 2008 drama, where he plays a racist old coot from the suburbs of Detroit who finds unexpected friendship with the Hmong family next door. 35mm print. Astor, Sunday, March 17, 7pm. Double feature with The Mule.

Clint Eastwood stars as Walt Kowalski in Gran Torino.Credit:Anthony Michael Rivetti

DEATH BECOMES HER (104 minutes) MA

Take the campy spirit of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, add some Looney Toons gags and a twist of body horror, and you have the formula for this over-the-top satire from Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future), with Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as divas who learn that eternal youth comes at a price. Digitally projected. Astor, Saturday, March 16, 7.30pm. Double feature with Mary Queen of Scots.

THE BOYS IN THE BAND (119 minutes) M

A birthday party leads to the baring of souls in this witty, harrowing 1970 portrait of American gay culture in the pre-Stonewall era observed from the inside by screenwriter Mart Crowley, adapting his own hit play. The direction by William Friedkin (The Exorcist) strikes a note of stylish hysteria. Presented by the Cinemaniacs film society, with introduction from film historian Lee Gambin. Digitally projected. Backlot Studios, Saturday, March 16, 8pm.

A FAITHFUL MAN (75 minutes) M

The second feature directed by star Louis Garrel (The Dreamers) casts him as a mopey fellow with a complicated love life, portrayed in a briskly analytical manner. But there are surprises in store, especially once the hero gets to know the young son (Joseph Engel) of his former lover (Laetitia Casta). Screens as part of the French Film Festival. Palace Westgarth, Saturday, March 16, 8.40pm, and Palace Kino, Sunday, March 17, 4pm.

SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD (98 minutes) Unrated 18+

If you have a weakness for old Hollywood gossip, don't miss this documentary on the sprightly Scotty Bowers, self-described pimp to the stars, now in his 90s and happy to spill the tea on Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and many other legends. Screens as part of the Queer Film Festival. ACMI, Saturday, March 16, 5pm.

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