“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” will screen at a few local theaters in honor of its 35th 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.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-fi film “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year, and in honor of this milestone, theaters across the country will participate in a handful of limited screenings. As anyone who grew up in the ’80s will attest, this film conjures fond memories of Reese’s Pieces, evil government agents and an ugly little alien with a light-up finger. Following the adventures of a lonely young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas) and his mischievous sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore) as they attempt to help a stranded alien get back to his world, the movie was an instant success, becoming the highest-grossing film of the ’80s. In 1994, the movie was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”


When: Sunday, Sept. 17
Where: AMC Chattanooga 18, Regal Hamilton Place 8, UEC Theatres 14
Rating: PG

David Lynch Day
With the remarkable “Twin Peaks: The Return” having ended its television run recently, acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch has added yet another impressive notch to his already-considerable career. But for those who still need their Lynch fix this week, you can head over to The Palace Picture House for David Lynch Day, an event where you can watch “Mulholland Drive,” “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and “David Lynch: The Art Life.” Both individual tickets and three-film passes are being offered. Known for his inscrutable weirdness and reality-skewering narratives, Lynch has come to be one of the most revered and fascinating directors in recent years, a position secured by his wonderfully odd and devastatingly personal films.

When: Friday, Sept. 15
Where: The Palace Picture House
Rating: R

May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers
For those fond of North Carolina-based folk-rock band The Avett Brothers, the new documentary “May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers” may seem like necessary viewing. Directed by self-described longtime fans Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, the film follows the band as they collaborate with famed producer Rick Rubin on their 2016 Grammy-nominated record, “True Sadness.” Using these sessions as a way into the lives of these musicians, the movie peels back the layers of their collective histories and finds them working through the difficulties of marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness and the inherent challenges of a shifting musical landscape.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 12
Where: The Palace Picture House, Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC Northgate 14
Rating: Not rated

PBS at the Palace, “Poldark” season premiere
As part of the PBS at the Palace series, you can catch the season three premiere of “Poldark, ” as well as a 20-minute overview of Ken Burns’ upcoming “Vietnam” documentary mini-series, with friends and fellow series lovers ahead of its Oct. 1 television debut. Starring Aidan Turner (of “The Hobbit” movies) and based off the hit PBS TV series of the ’70s, the show chronicles the story of Capt. Ross Poldark as a redcoat returning home to Cornwall from the Revolutionary War. He finds that his father is dead, his lands have been ruined and his love is about to marry another man. The show follows him as he struggles to learn what has happened since he left and how to right the wrongs that have been laid at his feet.

When: Thursday, Sept. 14
Where: The Palace Picture House
Rating: Not rated

Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, “Mother!” stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a husband and wife whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious couple (played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer). Known for his eccentric, thoughtful and often-vicious portraits of human nature, Aronofsky takes the foundations inherent to religious masculinity and reworks them from a feminine perspective, with all the biblical imagery and apocalypse sewing that he can fit into each frame. It’s a wild and ferocious film, one not easily shaken from your mind.

When: Friday–Sunday, Sept. 15–17
Where: AMC Chattanooga 18, AMC Majestic 12, AMC Northgate 14, Regal Hamilton Place 8
Rating: R

Joshua Pickard covers local and national music, film and other aspects of pop culture. You can contact him on FacebookTwitter or by emailThe opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.