Saturday & Monday: "The Lusty Men"

Dec. 17, Dec. 19

A gorgeous-looking, greying little movie about the rodeo circuit from director Nicholas Ray. Best known to most for "Rebel Without A Cause," Ray's filmography is full of taut and sad movies such as the bitter Hollywood expose "In A Lonely Place," ragged feminist Western "Johnny Guitar," doomed romantic noir "They Live By Night," and pill-addiction melodrama, "Bigger Than Life,"—and "The Lusty Men," about an aged rodeo veteran (Robert Mitchum) who begins working with an aspiring rodeo-er but then things get all fucked up and dangerous and at times romantically complicated (not between the dudes, despite its porn-ish title—though homoeroticism does reign). Too see a Ray movie is to be with one of Hollywood's biggest personalities. "Ray was lionized by many, considered a social undesirable by many others, and himself actively sought and relished the role of outlaw and maverick," film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote. "He carved out a rather outsized profile during his final years that perhaps no film of his, finished or otherwise, could have expressed or contained." Dec. 17,11:30 a.m.; Dec. 19, 7 p.m., The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, the, $9.50. (Brandon Soderberg)

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