“Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like,” a tribute to the legendary children’s television host, will air at The Palace Theater 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.

Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like
“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was a beloved children’s program that ran from 1968 to 2001 and was hugely influential in the development of television programming aimed at younger kids. His devotion to the education, both mentally and emotionally, of children was evident in every episode of his show. He even saved PBS for goodness sake. And in the new tribute, “Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like,” celebrities and people who worked with Rogers on the show reveal personal anecdotes about their time spent with him and how his gentle teachings inspired them in their later lives. Interviewees include  Judd Apatow, Joyce DiDonato, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma (and son Nicholas Ma), Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding and Caroll Spinney. Joe Negri (“Handyman Negri”), David Newell (“Mr. McFeely”) and Joanne Rogers, Fred’s widow, will also share stories about their time with him. A collection of past musical performances will also be shown.

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When: Thursday, March 8
Where: The Palace Theater
Rating: Not rated

Thoroughbreds
Written and directed by Cory Finley, “Thoroughbreds” stars Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch,” “Split”) and Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) in a story about bad influences and nefarious motivations. Childhood friends Lily and Amanda have grown apart after spending their younger years together, and each finds that their lives have taken drastically different paths. However, after coming back together, they begin to bristle under a social normalcy and start to uncover each other’s destructive tendencies. And with the help of local conman Tim (the late Anton Yelchin), the girls look to violently rearrange the world around them. Buoyed by phenomenal performances from Taylor-Joy and Cooke, the film hearkens back to Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” but with a stylish and barbed new facade.

When: Thursday-Thursday, March 8-15
Where: AMC Majestic 12
Rating: Not rated

Hamlet
Back in 2015, Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s “Sherlock,” “The Imitation Game”) took on the role of Hamlet for director Lyndsey Turner’s National Theatre production of the acclaimed story of the Danish prince. One of the performances was filmed live and broadcast all over the world, with over 750,000 people tuning in. In an encore screening, the production will once again find its way back into theaters for a single showing this week. If you happened to miss it the first time, this is your chance to catch the drama and theatricality as only Shakespeare and Cumberbatch can offer.

When: Thursday, March 8
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC Chattanooga 18
Rating: Not rated

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.

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