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.
This one might seem like a given, but there are a few reasons why “Black Panther” should be on your radar besides its inclusion in the extended Marvel cinematic universe. Directed by Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station,” “Creed”), the film looks to generate a different perspective to the MCU than we’ve ever seen before—and we’re not even talking about the fact that this is the first mainstream comic book movie to feature a predominantly black cast. Rather, “Black Panther” deals with tangible ideas of legacies, culture and the passing down of history from one generation to the next. It’s also a blockbuster Marvel movie, so expect lots of explosions and eye-popping visuals. With Chadwick Boseman playing T’Challa (AKA Black Panther) and Coogler regular Michael B. Jordan as his nemesis Erik Kilmonger, the film delivers an impressive clash between ideologies and indestructible claws.
When: Thursday–Thursday, Feb. 15–22
Where: AMC Classic Chattanooga 10, AMC Chattanooga 18, AMC Classic Battlefield 10, AMC Majestic 12, AMC Northgate 14, Regal Hamilton Place 8, Cleveland UEC Theatres 14
“The Philadelphia Story”
Directed by George Cukor (“My Fair Lady,” “The Women”), “The Philadelphia Story” is a tale of how wealth and society can influence our perception of love. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart, the film follows socialite Tracy Samantha Lord (Hepburn) as she attempts to marry her “new money” fiancé George Kittredge (played by John Howard). But her ex-husband (Grant) shows up with reporters from a gossip magazine and proceeds to blackmail her with threats about an article about her philandering father if she doesn’t allow his guests to cover her wedding. Misunderstandings and reconciliations are thrown in every direction, and the film plays wonderfully within its screwball comedy aesthetic.
When: Sunday, Feb. 18
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC Chattanooga 18
Rating: Not rated
“Sita Sings the Blues”
Loosely adapting the Sanskrit epic fable “The Ramayana,” “Sita Sings the Blues” tells the story of the love between Sita and Prince Rama, and the doubts that cloud that affection. Beautifully animated through a collection of various techniques, the movie takes a sympathetic view toward Sita and finds that Rama may not actually deserve the love and devotion that she so willingly gives. Tests of purity ensue, and the gulf between them widens because of mistrust and Rama’s inclination to question Sita’s fidelity. Director Nina Paley includes some scenes from her own life to provide a contemporary parallel, creating “a tale of truth, justice and a woman’s cry for equal treatment.” A mesmerizing and affecting film, “Sita Sings the Blues” is a wholly absorbing and moving work of art.
When: Thursday, Feb. 15
Where: Heritage House Arts & Civic Center
Rating: Not rated
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