The area’s alternative cinema lineup for the next seven days runs the gamut from extremely high-brow entertainment to extremely low-brow, which, as longtime readers of this column likely know, is just how I like it. A little something for everyone, as they say.

Ballet to wrestling

Let’s start things off with a quartet of unusual engagements from Fathom Events, which presents nationwide releases of classic and independent films plus high-def specialty programming (like concerts and theatrical performances) in a large swath of U.S. multiplexes.

At 7 p.m. July 5 and again at 12:55 p.m. July 7, they’ll show “Fireworks,” the new animated feature from acclaimed Japanese anime producer Genki Kawamura (the person behind 2016’s young adult hit “Your Name”). It’s a romantic, time-travel-oriented sci-fi fantasy flick aimed at teens. The venues? The Regal Stadium 10 behind the Savannah Mall and the Cinemark in nearby Bluffton, S.C. The evening show will be in spoken Japanese with English subtitles, while the matinee is dubbed into spoken English, for those who prefer such things. Admission prices to all our Film Scene listings can be found in the accompanying sidebar.

 

Two days later, July 9 at the same two venues, Fathom streams an encore presentation of the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet’s recent live production of the classic 1841 French ballet “Giselle.” Recorded in exquisite fidelity in Moscow, this supernatural tale of a woman who returns from the grave as a vengeful spirit remains one of the more eerie works of its kind, and has been performed regularly at the Bolshoi for 150 years. This performance runs almost two and a half hours, and screens at 7 p.m.

Then, two days after that, July 11, the Metropolitan Opera’s Live HD series continues at those venues with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s tragic tale of unrequited love, “Eugene Onegin.” This lyrical opera from 1879 is based closely on the novel-in-verse of the same name by iconic Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, and in fact takes some of its lyrics almost directly from that book. American soprano Renée Fleming is paired with Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky for this production, which is performed in Russian, with English subtitles, and runs close to three hours. Please note that in addition to 7 p.m. shows at both locations, Bluffton's Cinemark also adds a 1 p.m. matinee.

And finally, July 12 at the Regal Stadium 10 only, there will be a one-night-only premiere of the two-hour professional wrestling documentary “350 Days — Legends. Champions. Survivors.” It offers a behind-the-curtain glimpse of the difficult road life of touring wrestlers and the detriment that nonstop travel and physical abuse can cause to their bodies, minds and families. It features exclusive, candid interviews with such legendary figures as Bret Hart, Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff, Nikolai Volkoff, Abdullah The Butcher, George “The Animal” Steele and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, and is likely required viewing for anyone deep into this performance art/sport hybrid. Showtime is 7 p.m.

 

Mars has variety

Looking outside of the city to the greater Savannah area, the historic Mars Theatre in nearby Springfield will show the new adult-oriented romantic comedy “Book Club” from July 5-7. The slightly raunchy film, which is receiving mostly positive reviews, stars Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson and Mary Steenburgen as a group of older friends who find their romantic lives invigorated after reading the trashy BDSM bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey.” 7 p.m. showtime each night.

 

On July 10, the Mars’ series of Two for Tuesday kids’ features continues with “The Peanuts Movie,” the 2015 CGI animated take on Charles Schultz’s classic comic strip of the same name. Two shows that day, at 10 a.m and 2 p.m. And then on July 12, the Mars kicks off a three-night engagement of the well-reviewed new female-led heist comedy “Ocean's 8,” which stars Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna and Mindy Kaling. It’s a spin-off of the George Clooney-led “Ocean's 11” franchise, which was itself a reboot of the old Frank Sinatra flick of the same name. Dizzy yet? 7 p.m. shows each night from July 12-14.

'Chasing Coral' 

Moving out to lovely Tybee Island, the restored Tybee Post Theater shows the 2017 blockuster live-action superhero movie “Wonder Woman” at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 5.

Then at 7 p.m. July 6, this intimate, 200-seat venue will host a pretty big deal screening. It’s the buzzworthy nature doc “Chasing Coral,” which has earned a 100 percent rating on the influential website RottenTomatoes.com and taken home a half-dozen awards at respected film festivals, including the coveted Audience Award at the most recent Sundance Fest.

This controversial, investigative search for the causes for the unprecedented destruction of precious coral reefs worldwide was picked up by Netflix, and is one of only 15 documentaries currently shortlisted for 2018 Academy Award nominations. The Post is billing this as the first time “Chasing Coral” has ever been shown on the big screen outside of the somewhat insular film festival circuit, so don’t miss this chance to see a legitimate Oscar contender before anyone else. Admission is free, but the venue is suggesting folks make a voluntary $7 donation at the door to our local Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, which preserves and studies the coral reef just off our coastline. Reservations are encouraged as well, as this will likely sell out in advance.

 

Zombie laughs

Heading back downtown, on July 7 at SCAD’s Trustees Theater, the art school’s Cinema Circle organization concludes its series of beloved films about the zombie apocalypse with the 2004 British-made cult classic horror-comedy “Shaun of the Dead,” written and directed by Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver,” “Ant-Man”), and starring Simon Pegg (“Star Trek,” “Mission Impossible”) as a depressed underachiever who finds an unexpected calling as a hero of sorts during a takeover of England by bloodthirsty reanimated corpses.

Wry, clever and packed with inside references to British comedy shows and films as well as to filmmaker George A. Romero’s inspirational zombie film canon, noted horror author Stephen King called it “a ‘10’ on the fun meter,” and writer-director Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction,” “Inglourious Basterds”) deemed it one of his Top 20 films made since 1992. I’ll be on hand as host to both introduce the film and lead an audience discussion on its merits and legacy after the show. Please come join us if you can. Showtime is 7 p.m., with free admission to anyone with valid SCAD ID.

 

Will Ferrell Wednesday

On July 11, around the corner from Trustees at the Lucas Theatre, their second installment of Will Ferrell Wednesdays will be the almost intolerably funny NASCAR spoof “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” This 2006 parody of both Southeastern culture and motorsports stars Ferrell as a famed American stock-car racer whose career takes a downturn after he is rattled by a flamboyant French Formula One champion. Ferrell co-wrote the film with director Adam McKay (“The Big Short,” HBO’s “Succession”), and leads a pitch-perfect ensemble cast that includes John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jane Lynch, Gary Cole, Michael Clarke Duncan and Amy Adams. Easily my favorite of Ferrell’s comedies, it has my highest recommendation, even if you have no interest or knowledge of NASCAR. 7 p.m. showtime.

 

Get macho

And last but not least, the same night the Lucas shows “Talladega Nights,” the Psychotronic Film Society’s ongoing weekly series of underappreciated or marginalized features from around the world continues at The Sentient Bean. July 11, they’ll screen the unintentionally funny 1985 German-made action-crime flick “Macho Man,” starring real-life European Boxing Champion René Weller as a boxer who joins forces with a respected karate champ to clean up the city of Nuremburg, Germany, by destroying its underground drug trade.

Packed with fight scenes that alternate between legitimately impressive and laugh-out-loud unrealistic and a script and acting that can charitably be described as “amateurish,” this well-intentioned dud should appeal to anyone who appreciates “best worst movies.” Never released anywhere other than West Germany and Greece, it is completely unknown in the U.S. The PFS will screen a rare, fully uncut version with English subtitles. Come prepared to laugh. 8 p.m. showtime, with discounts on organic wine and craft beer during the show.

Until next issue, see you at the movies, be kind to those around you and don’t forget to turn off that cell phone.

 

Jim Reed directs the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah.

 

IF YOU GO

What: “Fireworks”

When: 7 p.m. July 5; 12:55 p.m. July 7

Where: Regal Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St.; and Cinemark (Bluffton)

Cost: $13.38

Info: fathomevents.com

 

What: “Book Club”

When: 7 p.m. July 5-7

Where: Mars Theatre, 106 S. Laurel St., Springfield

Cost: $7

Info: marstheatre.com

 

What: “Wonder Woman”

When: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 5

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Cost: $5-$7

Info: tybeeposttheater.org

 

What: “Chasing Coral”

When: 7 p.m. July 6

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Cost: Free ($7 suggested donation for Gray's Reef)

Info: tybeeposttheater.org

 

What: “Shaun of the Dead”

When: 7 p.m. July 7

Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.

Cost: $5-$8 (free with SCAD ID)

Info: trusteestheater.com

 

What: “Bolshoi Ballet Live: Giselle”

When: 7 p.m. July 9

Where: Regal Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St.; and Cinemark (Bluffton)

Cost: $13.38

Info: fathomevents.com

 

What: “The Peanuts Movie”

When: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 10

Where: Mars Theatre, 106 S. Laurel St., Springfield

Cost: $2

Info: marstheatre.com

 

What: “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”

When: 7 p.m. July 11

Where: Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.

Cost: $8

Info: lucastheatre.com

 

What: The Met Live "Eugene Onegin”

When: 7 p.m. July 11

Where: Regal Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St.; and Cinemark (Bluffton)

Cost: $13.38

Info: fathomevents.com

 

What: “Macho Man”

When: 8 p.m. July 11

Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.

Cost: $7

Info: instagram.com/pfssav

 

What: “350 Days — Legends. Champions. Survivors.”

When: 7 p.m. July 12

Where: Regal Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St.

Cost: $13.38

Info: fathomevents.com

 

What: “Ocean's 8”

When: 7 p.m. July 12-14

Where: Mars Theatre, 106 S. Laurel St., Springfield

Cost: $7

Info: marstheatre.com