Late-breaking news: On Thursday, Feb. 23 (after this issue of Connect had been on the street for more than 24 hours), CinemaSavannah announced a change in schedule.
The screening of Margaret has been moved to April 22. Shame will be screened on March 4 (with a $10 ticket price).
It’s always interesting to watch the Academy Awards show come and go (it’s on ABC this Sunday, Feb. 26). So many heavily praised films never come near Savannah. Many of the clips look absolutely great. I watch the Oscars and think “Couldn’t somebody have screened that one here, instead of keeping Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked or Twilight: Bottom of the Barrel around for three months?”
Well, of course, wishes ain’t horses, and these recent “prestige” movies lasted exactly one week in Savannah theaters: Carnage, Albert Nobbs and A Dangerous Method.
At least they did better than Martha Marcy May Marlene, Another Earth or We Need to Talk About Kevin, which —except for one measly Savannah Film Festival screening of the latter — never got booked here at all.
The multiplex, if you haven’t noticed, isn’t for movies that DON’T MAKE MONEY.
Connect justifiably heaps praise on the Psychotronic Film Society, which tries to help us keep up with its occasional program called “Movies Savannah Missed.” There are, of course, other organizations that fill in certain cinematic blanks.
Let us turn out attention, then, to CinemaSavannah, which has a strong series of one–nighters between now and May, all at the Victory Square theater.
Carnage began the series Feb. 19. Very nice after its token, blink-and-you’ll miss-it run on the Expenso-Screen last month.
On March 5 is Margaret, the acclaimed drama from director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, a wonderful film) starring Anna Paquin and Mark Ruffalo (he was in You Can Count on Me, with Laura Linney). It’s been on a lot of critics’ “Best of 2011” lists. (Psychotronic co–sponsors this one.)
Here’s the rest of the schedule. You may want to write these down.
March 18: Perfect Sense (UK/Denmark/Sweden), with Ewan McGregor.
March 25: Separation (Iran). Nominated for an Oscar this week.
April 15: In Darkness (Poland) Director Agnieszka Holland’s film is also nominated in the Best Foreign Language category.
April 22: Shame (UK). In last week’s Connect, our own Matt Brunson was absolutely raving about this NC–17 drama starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.
May 6: Kid with a Bike (Belgium/France). Cannes Grand Jury Prize Winner from the Dardenne Brothers.
All films at 7 p.m.; tickets are $8.