The Week in Film is a column dedicated to bringing awareness to award-winning films, special movie screenings, rereleases, limited-distribution runs and avant cinema that should be seen in theaters to be properly appreciated.
“Deadpool’s Double Feature”
Who would have thought that the first “Deadpool” would have been such a huge critical and financial success? But in the wake of its staggering returns, Ryan Reynolds is back in the red suit in “Deadpool 2” to fight alongside Domino (Zazie Beetz) and a host of other mutants in an effort to stop Cable (Josh Brolin) from killing a young mutant. You can expect time travel, dozens of 4th-wall-breaking jokes, over the top violence and the creation of the mutant group X-Force. If you were a fan of the first film, then you’re no doubt going to love the wisecracking shenanigans of the sequel. And if you want a bit of a refresher course (or if you haven’t seen the first one yet), some local theaters have got you covered. You’ll be able to watch both movies back-to-back on Thursday and have the chance to get both a free poster and a collectible figure if you happen to see it at an AMC theater that offers the film in Dolby Cinema, IMAX, BigD or PRIME. The screening times are slightly different for the shows so make sure that you check in advance.
When: Thursday, May 17
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC Classic Majestic 12, Cleveland UEC Theatres 14
From Studio Ghibli, the iconic animation studio that brought you “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke,” and legendary director Hayao Miyazaki, “Porco Rosso” comes to fill your hearts with images of a flying ace-turned-bounty-hunter, the curse that transforms him into a pig and the resulting adventure that involves an aspiring airplane designer named Fio and a lounge singer named Gina. Beautifully animated by hand, this film is a treasure of high-flying excitement and fully realized characters. Miyazaki’s movies are often regarded as some of the greatest animated films ever created, and “Porco Rosso” is no exception. Set high above the coastal towns of the Adriatic Sea, the film boasts gorgeous visuals and a clever story that will bombard your mind with outrageous situations and heartwarming sentiment.
When: Sunday, May 20
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC Chattanooga 18
Now more than ever, the situations and issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have become topics for global discussion. And as a way of trying to get to the heart of these difficult ideas, writer-actor Aaron Davidman, along with filmmaker Dylan Kussman, adapts his acclaimed one-man show,”Wrestling Jerusalem,” into a film that finds him taking on the roles of 17 different characters as he susses out the motives, desires, sadness and confusion that surrounds this brutal dispute. Using minimal backdrops and locations, Davidman and Kussman create a bridge between the stage and cinema and use its fluid constructs to heighten the emotional complexity of their story. Using a subtle theatricality, they explore religious motivations, politics and issues of social identity to shine a light on this turbulent landscape.
When: Saturday, May 19
Where: The Palace Theater
Rating: Not rated
“Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the World”
Directed by Renée Silverman and Peter Miller, “Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the World” is a documentary that follows a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from some truly desperate conditions in various war-torn parts of the world. This is their story of overcoming hardships and violence while trying to find a home in the United States. By humanizing the politics and governmental complexities that threaten to engulf the lives of these children, the film shows us that, even when we think we are separated by circumstance and geography, we are all still trying to find a place to call our own.
Accompanying this screening at the Heritage House Arts & Civic Center will be “The Cummington Story,” a selection of the “Projections of America/The American Scene” film series which was a propaganda effort by the United States to sell the idea of life in the US to foreign countries affected by World War II. “The Cummington Story” is the 14th film of the collection (out of 26) and shows the transition of a group of refugees as they set up a life in a small Massachusetts town at the end of the war.
When: Thursday, May 17
Where: Heritage House Arts & Civic Center
Rating: Not rated
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