Director Carol Reed’s masterpiece, “The Third Man,” starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten, is screening at The Heritage House Arts & Civic Center today. (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 Third Man
As one of the greatest film noirs of all time, “The Third Man,” basically perfected the genre, with its skewed camera angles, gritty environment and downbeat narrative. It’s also built around Orson Welles’ greatest performance that isn’t Charles Foster Kane. Known for its stark black and white cinematography as much as it is for its wildly inventive zither score, the film has been universally lauded by critics and film-goers alike. A film that truly deserves its reputation, “The Third Man” is a wonder of suspense, direction and brutal honesty in the face of human corruption. If you’ve never seen this film, now’s the time to acquaint yourself with its twisting character motivations and beautifully realized portrait of post-war Vienna. And with its recent 4K restoration, there’s now no better way to immerse yourself in its visual luxury.

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When: Monday, July 16
Where: The Heritage House Arts & Civic Center
Rating: Not rated

Princess Mononoke
Legendary animator/director Hayao Miyazaki has been stunning audiences for well over half a century, creating memorable characters and beautifully drawn films well past the time when most of his peers have shifted to the use of CGI. With films iconic films such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” littering his filmography, he certainly had nothing to prove with any future releases. And then he created “Princess Mononoke,” a film about the clash between nature and humanity’s need for technological development, and it reaffirmed his dedication to the art of animation. Possessing absolutely stunning visuals and a story that resonates well after the last images have faded into the credits, the movie is a testament to Miyazaki’s ability to weave a host of narrative complexities into a single extended tale. Featuring giant forest gods, massive armies and a young girl raised by enormous wolves who will do anything to protect her family, it will linger in your memory for days.

When: Sunday, July 22
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC Chattanooga 18
Rating: PG-13

The Sandlot
Directed, co-written and narrated by David Mickey Evans, “The Sandlot” is a story of friendship, baseball and one really big dog. Following the character of Scotty Smalls as he moves into the San Fernando Valley during the summer of 1962 and befriends a group of kids, the film rides high on nostalgia but also paints a loving tribute to endless summer days and impromptu baseball games in makeshift lots. In honor of its 25th anniversary, the film will once again find itself on the big screen, ready to bring back memories and nightmares of “The Beast.” The screening will also include exclusive content regarding an upcoming documentary revolving around the filming and history of “The Sandlot.”

When: Sunday, July 22
Where: Regal Hamilton Place 8, AMC Chattanooga 18
Rating: PG

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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