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.
“The Princess Bride”
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” If those words don’t immediately conjure images of Wallace Shawn and Mandy Patinkin discussing the correct use of the word “inconceivable,” you’ve clearly been denied the experience of watching one of the greatest films of the late ’80s. Following the story of the love between Buttercup (Robin Wright) and Westley (Cary Elwes), “The Princess Bride” (directed by Rob Reiner) is a mishmash of fantasy, romance and swashbuckling tropes that manages to elevate all its various influences. It will be playing at a couple of local theaters Sunday in honor of its 30th anniversary. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch Andre the Giant rhyme “mean it” with “peanut.” Trust me, it’s worth it.
When: Sunday, Oct. 15
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC Chattanooga 18
“Better Watch Out”
Directed by Chris Peckover, “Better Watch Out” is an American-Australian horror-comedy that stars Olivia Dejonge, Levi Miller and Ed Oxenbould. When Ashley (Dejonge) agrees to babysit Luke (Miller), she never guesses that by the end of the night she’ll be fighting off a killer with a shotgun and using duct tape to bandage a neck wound. Dark wit and unexpected violence course through every minute of “Better Watch Out” (also known as “Safe Neighborhood”), with a finale as subversive and murky as any this year. An atypical horror film loaded with barbed humor, it’s the perfect antidote to the recent wave of homogeneous summer films vying for your attention and money.
When: Monday–Thursday, Oct. 9–12
Where: The Palace Picture House
PBS at the Palace presents “Swim Team”
October is National Disability Awareness Month, and WTCI has paired with the Chattanooga Autism Center to bring the documentary “Swim Team” to The Palace Picture House. Chronicling the creation of a competitive swim team of teens who fall on the autism spectrum, the film follows them as they train and are subjected to the same rigors and demands faced by any other athlete. The three swimmers strive for acceptance, inclusion and independence as they work together toward success and the confidence that comes from having a healthy self-worth. This screening is a co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media.
When: Thursday, Oct. 12
Where: The Palace Picture House
Rating: Not rated
“Brave” is a 3-D animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2012. Following the familial struggles of young Merida as she bristles under the expectations of her mother alongside the more laid-back attitudes of her father, the movie perfectly captures the first sparks of rebellion that creep up as teenagers begin to question their surroundings. But it’s also a Disney/Pixar film, so there’s obviously going to be a mischievous witch, some animal transformations and emotional reconciliation—although there’s not nearly enough of Billy Connolly as Merida’s father, King Fergus. Possessing the spirit of Miyazaki (although not quite reaching the highs of Studio Ghibli), “Brave” is a fine addition to Pixar’s ever-expanding filmography.
When: Friday–Sunday, Oct. 13–15
Where: AMC Chattanooga 18, AMC Northgate 14
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