Franco, My Dear

James Franco.

Now that we have your attention (if not, what are you even doing here?), here goes: Franco stars with Catherine Keener in Maladies, about a young actor in 1960s New York who visits the oceanside home of a friend to process some instability (of the identity and behavioral variety). Franco’s character here inspired his stint on General Hospital -- “James” was a soap star before he broke down.

Multimedia artist Carter created this, his second feature, influenced by films such as Grey Gardens, A Woman Under the Influence, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? “Maybe we should call the movie People in a House,” he says in the press release.

A mere week after its L.A. opening, Maladies occupies FilmBar, 815 North Second Street, through Thursday, April 3. Showtime Friday, March 28, is 5:45 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-over screenings are $9 at Take your chances with 602-595-9187 for more info.

Fri., March 28, 5:45 p.m.; Sat., March 29, 6 p.m.; Sun., March 30, 6:30 p.m.; Mon., March 31, 9:30 p.m.; Tue., April 1, 5:30 p.m.; Wed., April 2, 9:15 p.m.; Thu., April 3, 7:50 p.m., 2014