Director Armando Iannucci’s scathing and often darkly hilarious satire of Russia’s political machinations following the death of Joseph Stalin plays at AMC Majestic 12 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.

The Death of Stalin
If it weren’t for director Armando Iannucci, we might never have known how piercingly caustic and hilarious the events surrounding the death of Soviet revolutionary and politician Joseph Stalin actually were. Now, I’m being purposefully flippant here because his latest film is a pitch black satire on the transition of power in the aftermath of Stalin’s passing. Bitter and incredibly vicious in its humor, his new film, “The Death of Stalin,” follows the back-stabbings, double crosses and political maneuvering that accompanied this dramatic shift in the balance of power for the Soviet Union. Featuring remarkable performances from Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Paddy Considine and a handful of others, the film is a masterwork of ensemble cohesion. Brutal, bleak and utterly hysterical in parts, “The Death of Stalin” is a film that will have you rethinking the accepted boundaries of comedy.


When: Monday-Thursday, April 9-12
Where: AMC Majestic 12
Rating: R

PBS at The Palace: “Dolores”
Dolores Huerta was a passionate activist and unsung hero to many people. Along with Cesar Chavez, she founded the first farm worker’s union and holds a place as one of the most important voices for social change in the 20th century. A new documentary, appropriately titled “Dolores,” will screen at The Palace Theater this week, as part of their PBS at The Palace series of events. The film explores how Huerta fought for racial justice while campaigning for better labor laws and how she quickly became one of the leading feminist voices of the past 50 years. This will be a free screening and promises to shed some light on a person whose life and work deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated.

When: Thursday, April 12
Where: The Palace Theater
Rating: Not rated

The Walking Dead“/”Fear the Walking Dead
For all you zombie fans out there itching for more of “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead,” AMC has a sinister treat for you. At a couple of local theaters this Sunday, you’ll be able to catch “The Walking Dead” season 8 finale and the season 4 premiere of “Fear the Walking Dead” on the big screen back-to-back with no commercial interruptions. These two episodes will also feature the inclusion of fan-favorite Morgan Jones (played by Lennie James), as he moves from “The Walking Dead” to “Fear the Walking Dead.” Fans will be treated to a surprise gift as a way to commemorate their attendance. There will also be exclusive bonus content for die-hard fans of the shows to enjoy.

When: Sunday, April 15
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC Chattanooga 18
Rating: Not rated

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