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DreamWorks Pictures

Nothing to lose

Kevin Spacey is Lester Burnham and Mena Suvari is Angela Hayes in American Beauty, which won the Academy Award for best picture in 2000. The film is part of the Cinemark’s Classic Series, which screens a best picture winner each Wednesday through April 10. The drama starring Spacey and Annette Bening examines the dysfunction of a suburban family. The Burnhams’ life is set to collide with the Fitts, the troubled family next door. While Lester awakens from existential ennui thanks to an infatuation with his daughter’s friend, Angela, his daughter, Jane (Thora Birch) forges a friendship with Ricky Fitts, the boy next door. Meanwhile, Carolyn is both distracted by and devoted to the illusion of perfection. Both a farce and a tragedy, American Beauty is an unflinching look at the poverty of intimacy and imagination that hounds American material prosperity. Rated R, 122 minutes. Thefilm will screen at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Denton’s Cinemark 14, 2825 Wind River Lane. Tickets cost $6.50 for the matinee screening, and $8.50 for the twilight screening. For reservations, visit . On the bill for April 3: Casablanca.