I saw one movie in August, while I was in Manhattan, and I'm so glad I saw it there. There's nothing like seeing "Mad Hot Ballroom" in a theater near Union Square: from their reaction, many members of that audience had attended NYC public schools and shared my municipal pride. But you don't have to be a New Yorker or even an American to be uplifted by this extraordinary documentary. And you certainly don't have to watch it in a Manhattan theater, or even any theater: I'm sure the DVD will be out soon, if it isn't already. Admirers of the art of film editing will also enjoy this movie on a professional level.
The other movie I saw this past Thursday. It's also a fairly new documentary, and already available on DVD: "What the Bleep Do We Know?" There is a web site for the film and its subject, which is quantum physics and the meaning of consciousness. Admittedly there is a New Age-y cultish component to this site, what with conferences and workshops that you can pay somebody's hard-earned money to attend, but the movie has some really interesting science. I only wish they hadn't used New Age music, which doesn't work for/on me as intended...it makes me agitated and irritated, as does old-fashioned "elevator music." Anyhow, the bottom line of "What The Bleep" is: the brain can perceive lots more than you think, you have lots more influence over events in your life than you think, and everything is deeply intertwingled*. One could conclude that "The Power of Positive Thinking" might actually be old wine in old bottles...the best kind of wine, y'know.
*credit to Tom DeMarco, from many many years ago.