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.
Director James Mangold and actor Hugh Jackman have taken the concept of the superhero movie and turned it inside it. “Logan” isn’t an effects-laden blockbuster in the vein of “X-Men: Apocalypse” or “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” but a somber meditation on age and regret. It’s the sort of film that rarely gets made with the kind of studio backing that 20th Century Fox has given to Mangold and Jackman. It’s violent and occasionally nihilist but reaches a resolution that feels earned, and never forces the superhero angle down your throat. “Logan” is about survival and the passing on of experience, and deals with the idea of family in a way that feels refreshing and intimate. Yes, it’s a $100 million film, but “Logan” has more in common with the bleak Westerns of Sergio Leone than any modern movie franchise.
When: Monday-Friday, March 6-10
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 Met Live in HD: La Traviata“
In The Met’s upcoming version of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “La Traviata,” Sonya Yoncheva appears as Violetta Valéry opposite American tenor Michael Fabiano, who plays the part of her lover, Alfredo. Violetta and Alfredo find themselves thrust into a whirlwind of romance and sacrifice in Paris in the 1800s, resulting in tragic consequences as befits an opera. Conducted by San Francisco Opera music director Nicola Luisotti, this performance will feature behind-the-scenes clips and interviews during the opera’s intermission, which will shed some light on the effort and dedication it takes to bring this story to life.
When: Saturday, March 11
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, Carmike East Ridge 18 + IMAX
Rating: Not rated
Presented by National Geographic Entertainment, “Jerusalem 3-D” immerses its audience in the beauty and mystery of one of the most famous and beloved cities in the world. Following three Jerusalem natives and their families, all holding to their Jewish, Muslim and Christian ideologies, the film looks at the common history connecting these great faiths. Noted archaeologist Dr. Jodi Magness explores some of the most historically important sites at the crossroads of these three religions. Hoping to further an open dialogue, especially when communication seems to be lost in a muddied political world, “Jerusalem 3-D” seeks to brush away some of that noise and turbulence, and reconnect people with a history that includes celebrations and events relevant for the beliefs of all involved.
When:Monday-Friday, March 6-10
Where: Tennessee Aquarium IMAX
Rating: Not rated
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