The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Feb. 5 

Special Screenings

A Prairie Home Companion Encore With Garrison KeillorMaybe you've heard him sharing sharp tales of Lake Wobegon; now here's your chance to watch him in action. View Garrison Keillor and the gang during a live broadcast of their weekly show, recorded live from the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, Minn. Tue., Feb. 9, 6 p.m. $9.50 adult, $7 seniors, $6.75 children. Edwards Spectrum 22, 7701 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-1700, www.uatc.com.

Banff Mountain Film Festival—For 14 years, the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival has toured across the world, showcasing some of the globe's best outdoor films. With our proximity to and affinity for the great outdoors and majestic mountains, Boiseans highly anticipate this big screen event each year. With 17 films ranging in length from three to 63 minutes, see deep powder in Japan, deep water in the Atlantic, steep mountain ranges in Mongolia and extreme adventurers in Nova Scotia. Visit www.egyptiantheatre.net for a full list of films. Sunday, Feb. 7-Monday, Feb. 9., 7 p.m. Advanced tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. $20 general day of the show. $40 for a three-day pass. www.banffmountainfestivals.ca. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454.

The Metropolitan Opera: Simon Boccanegra—Giuseppe Verdi's tale of political resistance. Recorded live at the MET. Sat., Feb. 6, 1 p.m. $6.75 -$9.50. Edwards 22, 7701 W. Overland Road, 208-377-1700, www.uatc.com.

Opening

Crazy Heart—"I'm Bad Blake; my tombstone will have my real name on it. Until then I'm just gonna stay bad." Jeff Bridges, who received an Oscar nomination for this role, stars as Blake, a 57-year old alcoholic fading star of country music. When the sensitive yet cragged Blake meets young journalist Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal), he resolves to turn his life around. Scott Cooper directs a star-studded cast featuring Colin Farrell and Robert Duval in this film adaptation of Thomas Cobb's 1987 novel. In the same vein as The Wrestler, Crazy Heart champions the human spirit. (R) Flicks

Dear JohnNicholas Sparks brings yet another tearjerker to the big screen. Army man John (Channing Tatum, Public Enemies) meets Savannah (Amanda Seyfried, Big Love) during an annual leave. Their fairytale romance becomes torn apart by war when John is deployed overseas. Over the years, the two exchange letters but the distance creates an emotional rift between them. Acclaimed Swedish director of The Cider House Rules, Lasse Hallstrom once again breathes celluloid life into the printed word. (PG-13)

District 13: Ultimatum—Commonly misinterpreted as a sequel to 2009's alien romp District 9, director Patrick Alessandrin takes viewers into the heart of a crime and drug ridden sector of Paris. The sequel to 2004's Banlieue 13 finds streetwise Leito (David Belle) and undercover cop Damien (Cyril Raffaelli) joining forces once again to restore order to District 13. Belle and Raffaelli employ parkour (the French art of moving) to scale buildings and walls in their combat against ganglords. English dubbed. (R)

From Paris With LoveJohn Travolta attempts to make audiences forget clunkers Wild Hogs and Battlefield Earth with his turn as slick, bearded FBI agent Charlie Wax in this action film directed by Pierre Morel (Taken). When U.S. Ambassador employee James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is hired as Wax's assistant, he takes on more than his pencil mustache can handle. Explosions, wise cracks and good ole fashioned violence pepper Wax and Reese's endeavor to stop a terrorist from attacking the City of Love. (R)

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