Director Alex Garlands sci-fi think-piece, “Annihilation,” screens in wide release this week. (Photo: Contributed)

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.

Directed by Alex Garland and based on a series of novels by Jeff VanderMeer, “Annihilation” is a startlingly scary sci-fi film that will leave you speechless—and then later, once you’ve had time to process its images, it will call for some serious discussions with friends concerning its every twist and turn hours after the you’ve witnessed the movie. Starring Natalie Portman, “Annihilation” follows a group of military scientists as they embark on a journey through “The Shimmer,” a strange and mysterious place where the landscape has begun mutating and speeding up the evolution of the creatures within. The group is tasked with discovering as much about the area as possible as it seems to be growing and could threaten humanity.


When: Monday-Thursday, Feb. 26-March 1
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC Chattanooga 18, AMC Majestic 12, AMC Northgate 14, Cleveland UEC Theatres 14
Rating: R

Best Picture Showcase Two Day Event
Last week, AMC Theatres put together a 4-film Best Pictures nominees marathon that included “Phantom Thread,” “Lady Bird,” “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” and “The Shape Of Water.” This coming Saturday, they’ve created another lineup of films to finish out the 2018 Best Picture nominees. This week, you can watch “Dunkirk,” “Darkest Hour,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Post” and “Get Out.” The cost of a ticket is $35, which makes each film cost around $7. You’ll be spending around 11 and a half hours in the theater so plan snacking and bathroom breaks accordingly. There’s not a single undeserving film in this year’s race for the Best Picture Oscar so this will be a treat for all the film lovers out there.

When: Saturday, March 3
Where: AMC Chattanooga 18
Rating: PG-13, R

“Jane,” the new documentary from director Brett Morgen, is an in-depth and insightful look at the life of conservationist Jane Goodall. The film draws upon never-before-seen archives of National Geographic, which have been tucked away for over 50 years and offers a comprehensive exploration into Goodall’s attempts to protect the chimpanzees with whom she developed such a unique relationship. Scored by acclaimed composer Phillip Glass, the film sets out to illuminate her discoveries amid the male-dominated scientific field of her time. Unprecedented in its intimacy and scope, “Jane” seeks to bring the story of Jane Goodall to a new generation of people for whom her work might serve as both inspiration and warning.

When: Friday, March 2
Where: The Palace Theater
Rating: PG

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