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The Weekly Film Rundown: September 16-22, 2022

The latest releases and special screenings hitting Music City this weekend.

Can’t Miss Melodrama Masterpiece

Pearl A secretly shot prequel to last March’s 70s horror throwback, X, this slow-burn Mia Goth vehicle trades porn skeeziness for Technicolor gloss as genre maestro Ti West revels in the titular character’s descent into madness during the lead up to WWI.

Now playing in theatres and as a double feature with X at The Belcourt all weekend.

90s Nostalgia Buster

Clerks III Die-hard Jay and Silent Bob fans may want to experience the latest installment of the quintessential slacker franchise when director Kevin Smith rents out the Belcourt in late October for a special roadshow screening, but those who can’t wait to see the original indie classic’s convenience store jockeys meditate on aging and unfulfilled dreams amid a slew of hilariously profane zingers can do so this weekend during a limited engagement.

Now playing at all local Regal locations.

Artsy Neo-Western

God’s Country Thandiwe Newton stars as a college professor in a rural town who starts a turf war with the local rednecks in a film for people whose knowledge of the West and its citizens is limited to Park City, Utah. Adapted from a James Lee Burke short story.

Now playing in theatres.

Worth a Shot. No, Seriously.

The Woman King What looks like a woke disaster pandering to certain corners of Twitter (It’s Viola Davis! Playing an African warrior! OMG she’s slaughtering white male colonizers! Slay, Woman King, slay!) will almost certainly transcend its on-the-nose marketing thanks to the sheer talent of director Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights) and her knack for complex genre subversion.

Now playing in theatres.

Anglophile Afternoon

See How They Run Taking up the mantle from the 80s  cult classic Clue, this zany mystery finds a prestige cast including Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell, Harris Dickinson, and Adrien Brody solving a murder at London’s West End while displaying some classy comedic chops.

Now playing in theatres.

Indie Oddity

The Silent Twins Featuring Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and newcomer Tamara Lawrance as Welsh twins who refuse to communicate with anyone but each other, this biopic promises a compelling glimpse into a story that baffled the medical establishment.

Now playing at AMC Thoroughbred 20.

Space Oddity

Moonage Daydream A visual essay charting David Bowie’s creative evolution with the blessing of his estate, this gorgeous IMAX spectacle promises to sate lifelong fans and introduce new generations to The White Duke’s oeuvre.

Now playing at AMC Thoroughbred 20.