“Smokey and the Bandit” returns to theaters for two days to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

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.

Smokey and the Bandit
Directed by Hal Needham and starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason, “Smokey and the Bandit” is one of the greatest car chase films you’re likely to see. Centering around the illegal transport of Coors beer from Texas to Georgia, the film acts as a suitable platform for Reynolds’ sizable charisma and Fields’ knowing innocence-the bluster and frustration of Gleason’s character is another of the main reasons to watch this movie. Filled with explosive action, quirky characters and Reynolds’ legendary mustache in all its ’70s glory, this film will leave you smiling from ear to ear as you leave the theater. It’s being presented by Turner Classic Movies on its 40th anniversary.

When: Sunday, May 21
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC East Ridge 18
Rating: PG

Stalker
Released in 1979, “Stalker”-a film by acclaimed Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky-is a look into the not-so-distant future and how it has been shaped by neglect, war and restricted access to a room within “The Zone,” a place where your deepest desires can be fulfilled. A professional guide known as a “stalker” conducts people through the hazards and treacherous landscapes surrounding “The Zone” in an effort to reach this elusive room, but the desires it satisfies are not necessarily the ones that are then vocalized-they are the ones you hold deep within your heart, whether for good or evil. Beautifully stark and nuanced in its presentation and cinematography, the film is a wonder of mysterious images and philosophical ruminations. This is a film that challenges our notions of self, materialism and love.

When: Friday-Sunday, May 19-21
Where: The Palace Picture House
Rating: Not rated

Buster’s Mal Heart
Paranoia and grand delusional visions sink deeply into the core of director Sarah Adina Smith’s new film, “Buster’s Mal Heart,” a film starring “Mr. Robot” actor Rami Malek. Following the titular Buster, the film chronicles the history of an eccentric loner who calls into various radio talk shows and espouses his views on an upcoming catastrophic event called “The Inversion.” The film flashes back through his life to the point where he first became aware of this impending doom, how it affected his family at the time and how it led to his exit from normal society. Or does it? Smith’s direction constantly has us searching for solid ground, leaving little in the way of concrete information. We’re given brief glimpses into what may be, and by the end, we’re left with head-scratching revelations and a sense that there are far more questions to be answered. A curious and ingenious film, “Buster’s Mal Heart” will tease the nerve centers in your brain while leaving you open to the possibility of adjusting your own assumptions about the world around you.

When: Friday-Sunday, May 19-21
Where: The Palace Picture House
Rating: Not rated

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