Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This Week At The Cinema: Love, Dance, and C.K. Dexter Haven

Posted By on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 1:13 PM

If you're looking to veer out of the mainstream this week, you've got plenty of options in Memphis movie theaters.
click to enlarge Eli Harboe gets high in Thelma.
  • Eli Harboe gets high in Thelma.
In director Joacim Trier's Thelma, a shy young woman's world is opened up when she leaves her small Norweigian town to attend a university. But at the same time she's finding herself, she's also manifesting strange new supernatural powers. It's a coming of age monster story reminiscent of Raw, 7 PM tonight at Malco Ridgeway, and you can buy tickets from the Indie Memphis website.

Across town at the Memphis Jewish Community Center's Belz Theater, the Morris and Mollye Folgelman International Jewish Film Festival continues with The Exception, a thriller set in the opening days of World War II starring Christopher Plummer as Kaiser Wilhelm.

On Wednesday, Indie Memphis celebrates Valentine's Day with a 20th anniversary screening of Love Jones at the intimate 652 Marshall film space.
On Thursday at the MJCC, a true story of love in the ruins of postwar Europe. Director Peter Garos adapted the story of his parents' pen pal romance in Fever At Dawn.

On Saturday on the Pink Palace IMAX screen, the new 3D film Dream Big will be sharing screen time with one of the first Disney live-action classics, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

Saturday night on Summer Avenue, it's a Soul Cinema Dance Party at the Time Warp Drive-In. The evening starts off with the timeless hip hop musical Breakin', which immortalized mid-80s street dance culture while singlehandedly launching an entire genre of hip hop and dance battle films (I'm looking at you, Bring It On franchise!)

The second movie on the program is another hip hop classic. Kid 'n Play brought their high altitude hairstyles and easy charm to House Party, which also features a young Martin Lawrence, fresh off his turn in Do The Right Thing. It's a high school party classic for the ages. 

Sunday afternoon at the Paradiso, one of the greatest casts in film history returns to the big screen. In 1940, director George Cukor's adaptation of the hit play The Philadelphia Story brought together Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart to swill cocktails and hurl witty insults in one of the most hilarious wedding party disasters of all time.

The International Jewish Film Festival will host the tastiest film event of the month happens on Sunday, Feb 18 at MJCC. Hummus: The Movie explores the history and present of everyone's favorite creamy bean treat. Then, Israeli chef Abe Haak will demonstrate good hummus technique at a post-show meal. The 72-minute film starts at 5 PM, with dinner afterwards.

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