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.
“I Am Not Your Negro“
Based on an unfinished book by American essayist, playwright, poet and social critic James Baldwin, “I Am Not Your Negro” is filmmaker Raoul Peck’s extrapolation of the 30 pages that Baldwin left incomplete at the time of his death in 1987. Initially envisioned by Baldwin as a personal retelling of the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., this narrative would have provided candid and revolutionary insight into the social upheaval surrounding these men, who also happened to be close friends with Baldwin. This film is stark in its depiction of a divided America and the differences that threatened to engulf us as a nation, and Peck pushes us to consider how our perspectives might be influenced by mass opinion and urges us to dig deeper into the reasons behind our beliefs.
When: Monday-Friday, Feb. 27-March 3
Where: Carmike East Ridge 18 + IMAX
“All About Eve“
Written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, “All About Eve” securely holds its place as one of the most cherished American films of all time. Led by luminous and scathing performances from Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders, the film highlights the lengths to which people will go for success, as actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) will do anything to insinuate herself into the life of her idol, Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Praised for its caustic view toward the embittered rivalry between Hollywood and Broadway, and the pervasive attitudes of ageism in regards to actresses, this film deftly maneuvers between these themes with a wit and understanding that still feels relevant today.
When: Sunday, March 5
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, Cleveland UEC Theatres 14
Comedy and horror often go hand in hand, but in director Jordan Peele’s debut film, “Get Out,” the darkness of the humor doesn’t provide a comfort so much as it provides a vicious contrast to the subtle horror elements that spring to life throughout the movie. Ostensibly about the first meeting between Rose (Allison Williams); her boyfriend, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya); and her parents (played by Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford), this film digs deep beneath the niceties and superficial acceptance that occurs when people of different racial backgrounds look for love and exposes the dark underbelly of racism (and a bit of supernatural malevolence) that waits just out of sight. It’s a serrated and fascinating look at social intolerance and skewed racial attitudes.
When: Monday-Friday, Feb. 27-March 3
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
Faith-based films tend to be lower-budget affairs with no-name actors and actresses furiously playing your heartstrings until the end credits roll, but with “The Shack,” director Stuart Hazeldine managed to snag Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell and Octavia Spencer in lead roles. Detailing the events of a tragedy following a family camping trip, this film finds Worthington questioning a lifetime of ideology when his young daughter is kidnapped and killed. Presented at Regal Hamilton Place 8, this special showing will include exclusive cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
When: Sunday, March 2
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8
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