The Week in Film is a new 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.
"John Wick: Chapter 2"
Starring Keanu Reeves, "John Wick" was released in 2014 to little fanfare but quickly gained a reputation among cinephiles and critics alike for being one of the most intelligent and frenetic action films to come along in years. And with "John Wick: Chapter 2," the name of John Wick continues to defy expectations. Directed by Chad Stahleski and written by Derek Kolstad, "Chapter 2" finds Wick digging deeper into his past as an assassin and bringing us along as more of the shadowy underworld from the first film is brought into the light. Anchored by a great story, incredible choreography and some nimble gun-fu sequences, the film ups the ante on what people loved so much about the first film. One of the few mainstream movies to earn its accolades on the back of strong performances and writing rather than bland computer-generated landscapes, this film deserves its position as one of the most anticipated films of 2017.
When: Monday–Friday, Feb. 13–17
Where: Carmike Wynnsong 10, Regal Hamilton Place 8, Carmike Battlefield 10, Carmike East Ridge 18 + IMAX, Carmike Majestic 12, Carmike Northgate 14, Cleveland UEC Theatres 14
The film is directed by Garth Davis and stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman. "Lion" is the true story of a 5-year-old boy named Saroo who gets lost on a train, which takes him thousands of miles across India. He finds the strength to survive on his own in Kolkata before being adopted by a kind Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, he sets out on a trip with only vague memories and Google Earth to help him find the family he lost so many years prior. Nominated for multiple awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay at the forthcoming 2017 Oscars celebration, the film finds wonder and love in the hardships and experiences of everyday life.
When: Monday–Friday, Feb. 13–17
Where: Carmike Wynnsong 10, Carmike East Ridge 18 + IMAX, Carmike Battlefield 10, Carmike Majestic 12
"Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical!"
"Newsies," the Tony Award-winning musical, is set to make its global cinema debut in an exclusive multiday event this month. It brings back stage actor Jeremy Jordan to reprise his iconic role as Jack Kelly. Detailing the obstacles faced by newsboys (newsies) when papermen Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices, "Newsies" is a rebellious and earnest look at life in New York City at the turn of the century. Aided by many of the actors and actresses who made their roles famous when the play first hit Broadway, this performance will captivate and entertain with both its attention to detail and effortless cast chemistry.
When: Thursday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 18
Where: Carmike Majestic 12
"George Takei's Allegiance on Broadway"
With all the recent talk of governmental bans targeting certain demographics, it's a good time to brush up on the horrors that the United States inflicted on Japanese-Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Looking back on some of the darker aspects of our country may help shed some light on our future. With "Allegiance," actor George Takei brings to the stage the true story of the Kimura family in a tale of injustice, patriotism and protest. It will be presented in a single day showing Feb. 19, which is the Japanese-American Day of Remembrance—and the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which allowed for the U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
When: Sunday, Feb. 19
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8
Rating: Not rated
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