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The latest releases and special screenings hitting Music City this week. For a complete list of upcoming releases, check out our 2024 Film Guide

Civil War  Alex Garland gets a lot of goodwill for directing Ex Machina and writing some of the early 2000s’ best films like 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go. But after 2022’s frustratingly one-note sexism fable, Men, there was plenty of reason to greet this allegory about a photojournalist (Kirsten Dunst) in the thick of a War Between the Red and Blue States with skepticism. Thankfully, Garland turns in his best movie yet. Read our review here. Now playing in theaters.

La Chimera Italian art-house “It Girl” Alice Rohrwacher’s confounding and gorgeous tale of antiquity thieves and a sadsack archeologist (Josh O’Connor) has things to say about myth and the past. It also has to be seen to be believed. Now playing at AMC Thoroughbred 20 and The Belcourt.

Arcadian Nicholas Cage’s hot streak continues with this glowingly reviewed post-apocalyptic tale of a father and his twin boys living the pastoral dream by day and fending off creatures out for blood at night. Now playing in theaters.

Nostalghia Andrei Tarkovsky’s arthouse delight about a Russian intellectual on sabbatical in Italy lusting after his translator and fending off the ramblings of a madman may not have the reputation of Stalker and Solaris, but this 4K restoration makes quite the case for its status as one of the director’s masterworks. Now playing at the Belcourt

Cemetery Man and The Fly @ Belcourt Midnights In the former, Rupert Everett plays a groundskeeper falling for a femme fatale and fending off corpses that won’t stay dead in a late great foray into Italian horror. In the latter, David Cronenberg offers his ingenious take on the 50s sci-classic with a melting, extreme arm-wrestling, baby-maggot makin’ Jeff Goldblum in all his glory.

Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead I don’t know how a movie that stars Nicole Richie and scrapes the bottom of the 90s nostalgia barrel has a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes, but I’m dying to find out. Now playing in theaters.

Sting This indie creature feature about a young girl’s pet spider mutating into a neighbor-gulping monster deserves a watch just for its reliance on practical effects. Now playing in theaters.

Indigo Girls: It’s Only Life After All Given the monolithic praise this doc about the alt-folk duo has received from the mainstream press, it’s probably closer to fine. Playing as part of the Belcourt’s Music City Mondays with an introduction by Jordan Brooke Hamlin, producer of the Indigo Girls' 2015 album One Lost Day and Amy Ray's 2018 album Holler.

The Long Game The casting director responsible for putting Jay Hernandez, Dennis Quaid, and Cheech Marin in a movie about a high-school superintendent who starts a golf club for Latino boys in Texas to combat 1950s country club elitism deserves an Arnold Palmer. Now playing in theaters.

Captain Avispa This animated effort from the Dominican Republic about the hero of Honey Kingdom protecting his homeland from the evil wasp Jacques Poison looks to be more inventive than the latest string of Hollywood cartoon franchise entries. Now playing at Regal Hollywood 27.

SUGA│Agust D TOUR 'D-DAY' THE MOVIE The BTS breakout rapper brings an encore of his world tour to the multiplex. Now playing in theaters.

The Latest in Bolly/Tolly/Kolly/Lollywood and Other Special Presentations of Asian and Middle Eastern Imports.

DeAr (Tamil) Newlyweds are put to the test when a snoring wife threatens her husband’s sleep. Now playing at Regal Hollywood 27.

Aavesham (Malayalam) After a beatdown, three engineering students hire a local mobster to exact revenge on some dude bros.  Now playing at Regal Hollywood 27.

Romeo (Tamil) Sparks don’t quite fly when the love of a man’s life marries him out of familial obligation. Now playing at Regal Hollywood 27.

Maidaan (Hindi) The story of Syed Abdul Rahim, the mastermind behind Indian football. Now playing at Regal Hollywood 27.

Varshangalkku Shesham (Malayalam) Two boys from Kerala share a lifelong friendship. Now playing at Regal Hollywood 27.

Geethanjali Malli Vachindi (Telugu) A crew shooting a horror movie gets quite the fright while on location at a haunted mansion. Now playing at Regal Hollywood 27.

Fasel Men El Lahazat El Lazeeza (Arabic) A bickering couple comes to terms with their relationship when they find a magical portal in the garage. Now playing at Regal Opry Mills 20.