“The Avengers: Infinity War” will open in wide release this weekend with a special opening night fan event held at AMC Chattanooga 18 on Thursday. (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.

Avengers: Infinity WarOpening Night Fan Event
Over the past 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown exponentially, beginning with “Iron Man” back in 2008 and most recently continuing in this year’s critical and commercial blockbuster, “The Black Panther.” And now, “Infinity War” looks to far outpace all their previous efforts (and bringing together dozens of different characters from over a dozen different movies) in both scale and profit. As a treat for fans, AMC Chattanooga 18 is holding an opening night fan event where you can see the film an hour earlier than everyone else, snag some commemorative swag and garner some bragging rights. And of course, you’ll immediately take to Twitter and Facebook afterward to discuss who died. (But seriously don’t do that—some of us won’t have seen it yet.) And remember to stick around for the post-credit scenes; we all know there’s going to be a few.


When: Thursday, April 26
Where: AMC Chattanooga 18
Rating: PG-13

The Karate Kid” and “Cobra Kai
Returning to the big screen for one night, 1984’s “The Karate Kid” will provide all the crane-kicking, wax on-wax offing and ’80s hairstyles that you could possibly want in one evening. Directed by John G. Avildsen, the film follows Daniel LaRusso as he tries to find his way in California after moving with his mom from New Jersey. After running afoul of some bullies who train at the nearby Cobra Kai dojo, he enlists the help of Mr. Miyagi, the maintenance man who takes care of the apartment complex where he lives, to teach him the skills necessary to defend himself and defeat the bullies at Cobra Kai. Along with this film screening, you’ll be able to catch the first 2 episodes of “Cobra Kai,” a new series from YouTube Red that focuses on both Daniel and Johnny Lawrence (the final martial artist he fought in the first movie) from Cobra Kai in their later years and how they’ve developed as individuals.

When: Wednesday, April 25
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC Chattanooga 18
Rating: PG

The Metropolitan Opera: Cendrillon
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t include eye-popping explosions and alien armies, then you’re likely going to enjoy The Metropolitan Opera’s take on “Cendrillon,” a four-act opera by Jules Massenet set to a French libretto by Henri Caïn based on Perrault’s 1698 version of the Cinderella story. This is the first time that this particular story has been produced at The Met. Enthralling and sumptuous, it stars Joyce DiDonato in the title role with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother and Stephanie Blythe as Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s wildly imaginative production. The show will be broadcast live on April 28 but will have a taped encore screening on May 2.

When: Saturday, April 28
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.