Welcome back, adventurous film fans!

Now that the SCAD Savannah Film Festival has wrapped, there’s a decidedly smaller number of noteworthy special and/or alternative cinema events taking place around Savannah over the next seven days. Don’t be fooled, however, as this upcoming week is quite literally packed with options for those who crave big-screen entertainment.

Let’s bear down on those options, shall we? Nov. 8 is a particularly busy night, with no less than four events scheduled at venues scattered throughout the area.

For the vets

First up is an extremely unique happening that was featured in last week’s issue (check out my full article on this show at dosavannah.com for all the details). It’s the annual Veterans Day screening at Service Brewing Co. presented by Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah. This event is designed to not only celebrate the work and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, but also to highlight the special ways in which our Armed Forces interact with the natural environment and how that can shape and inform both their wartime experiences and their civilian lives after dealing with such harsh and disturbing duties.

At 6:30 p.m. that evening, a trio of short, award-winning documentaries on these issues will be screened at this veteran-owned craft brewery, and audience members can meet and discuss the movies with some of the real-life soldiers featured, as well as some of the filmmakers. Admission is free to all veterans. Admission info to all our Film Scene events can be found in the accompanying sidebar listings.


Candidate of choice

At 7 p.m. the same night, Tybee Island’s Post Theater (a historic, restored venue that was originally used as a private movie theater for military folks based on the island) will screen the 1972 political dramedy “The Candidate,” which stars Robert Redford and took home the Oscar for Best Writing, and is now regarded as one of the most insightful and authentic looks at our U.S. electoral system ever made. Its message resonates even more strongly in today’s highly partisan political climate. Admission includes your choice of a drink (hard or soft) and a piece of chocolate.


Animated 'Grinch'

Moving out to nearby Springfield, the historic Mars Theatre presents the newly released version of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale “The Grinch,” which was drawn by a team of French animators and features the prodigious voice talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson and Angela Lansbury. 7 p.m. showtime each night from Nov. 8-10 and again Nov. 15.


Fathom it

Now, heading to our own Southside, the Regal Stadium 10 multiplex behind the Savannah Mall has a long-running relationship with Fathom Events, a company that distributes specialty programming nationwide via high-definition digital streaming to cinemas with the proper kind of projection and sound systems needed to reproduce such content. Fathom has tons of stuff coming up at the Regal over the next few months, and this next week is certainly no exception.

First up at that venue is “HYMN — Sarah Brightman in Concert,” which screens for one show only, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Shot live for the big screen in a Bavarian castle, this extravagantly staged performance film is a companion piece to the superstar soprano vocalist’s forthcoming album of the same name.

A couple of days later, on Nov. 10, the Regal offers up a live simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera House’s newest production, an English-language opera based on Winston Graham’s 1961 British novel “Marnie,” which was subsequently made into a well-regarded romantic suspense film by none other than Alfred Hitchcock.

Set in the 1950s, this tale of a young female grifter who swindles numerous employers until being discovered and blackmailed into marriage against her will has been reimagined for the stage by composer Nico Muhly, and this production’s orchestra is conducted by the legendary Robert Spano. It runs a little over three hours in length, and if you can’t make this live matinee performance at 12:55 p.m., an encore will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at this same venue.


Classic ballet

While we’re in a high art mode, at 12:55 p.m. Nov. 11, the Regal presents a live production of Moscow’s famed Bolshoi Ballet. This time, they’re performing “La Sylphide,” an 1836 Danish work that is one of the oldest surviving ballets known to exist.

The incredibly romantic tale of a young Scotsman, who risks most everything in his life to pursue an ethereal, supernatural woodland creature that has bewitched him, is a beloved ballet deserving of wider acclaim. Due to the extreme time differences between here and Russia, this performance will be streamed on the very same day it is filmed, but not actually simulcast in real time. It runs two hours.



Shifting gears, on Nov. 11 and 14, the Regal will screen the remastered version of Bruce Willis’ breakout big-screen blockbuster action flick, “Die Hard,” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release. Set in a skyscraper at Christmastime, this violent, white-knuckle hostage and heist flick spawned countless inferior knockoffs, and features one of the greatest (if not the all-time greatest) villain performances captured on film: that of the amoral terrorist mastermind Hans Gruber by the late, great Alan Rickman.

Shockingly, this was Rickman’s screen debut (he had previously only worked on the stage), but it has gone down as one of the most influential characterizations in movie history. These four showings will also feature bonus content from the hosts at Turner Classic Movies. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows on both dates.


Top-shelf animation

Nov. 12 finds the Regal offering another anniversary revival. This time it’s the animated Batman feature “Mask of the Phantasm,” which is turning 25 years old. Ranked by some critics as one of the Top 25 Animated Films Ever Made, it was well-received when initially released, but has enjoyed a growing cult status ever since, as many fans of the Batman saga find this film to be a more true representation of the original comic books than most of the live action films of the franchise. It boasts a fairly amazing voice cast, including Dana Delaney, Stacy Keach, Abe Vigoda, Dick Miller and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, as The Joker. In addition to the remastered version of this highly stylized feature, a short Looney Tunes cartoon will be shown as well. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. showtimes.


Religious kicks

Then on Nov. 13, the Regal will screen the world premiere of the Christian-themed documentary “Restoring Tomorrow,” which links the physical act of a community joining forces to restoring a crumbling church to young filmmaker Aaron Wolf’s personal journey to reconnect with his own faith in God. After the film screens, there will be a live simulcast discussion featuring the director and a variety of Christian and community leaders. 7 p.m. showtime.


Jaw-dropping stunts

That same night at the same time, in another auditorium at the Regal, the world-famous Cirque du Soleil troupe will present its latest filmed performance, “KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities.” Described as a jaw-dropping, larger-then-life perspective on Cirque du Soleil’s death-defying displays of human endurance, skill, agility and gracefulness, it’s a high-concept circus show based around the notion of an ambitious inventor whose curio cabinet houses the secrets of bending the laws of time, space and dimension to reinvent and control everything around him. Sound perplexing? It is.

The spectacular cinematography and unorthodox camera angles and vantage points utilized allow viewers to experience this iconic troupe of illusionists and acrobats from immersive perspectives never before available to the general public.


Jack and Aunt Bee

And finally, back downtown at The Sentient Bean coffeehouse on the southern end of Forsyth Park, the Psychotronic Film Society’s award-winning Wednesday night series of underappreciated or downright obscure feature films from around the globe continues into its 16th year with a special memorial tribute to leading man and character actor Jack Palance, to mark the 12th anniversary of his death.

On Nov. 14, the PFS will screen one of Palance’s forgotten gems: the 1953 B&W thriller “Man in the Attic.” It was the fourth motion picture adaptation to be made of British author Marie Belloc Lowndes’ 1913 novel “The Lodger” (the most famous of which had been made in 1927 by a young Alfred Hitchcock under that same title), which fictionalizes the true story of England’s infamous “Jack the Ripper” killing spree of the 1880s. Palance is perfectly cast as a mysterious research pathologist who rents the upstairs room in a family home during that same string of murders, drawing the suspicion of his landlords.

Shot in the USA, it’s a taut shocker that is also notable for starring Frances Bavier as the British landlady. That’s right — Aunt Bee from “The Andy Griffith Show.” This is a rare opportunity to see one of the least-known films of this sub-genre on the big screen. 8 p.m. showtime, with discounts on craft beer and organic wine 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.



What: MountainFilm on Tour Savannah Veterans Day screening

When: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8

Where: Service Brewing Co., 574 Indian St.

Cost: $15; free to all veterans

Info: mountainfilmsav.org


What: “The Candidate”

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 8

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Cost: $10

Info: tybeeposttheater.org


What: “The Grinch”

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 8, 10, 15

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

Cost: $7

Info: marstheatre.com


What: “HYMN — Sarah Brightman in Concert”

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8

Where: Regal Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St.

Cost: $13.38

Info: fathomevents.com


What: The Met Live in HD "Marnie”

When: 12:55 p.m. Nov. 10; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14

Where: Regal Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St.

Cost: $13.38

Info: fathomevents.com


What: Bolshoi Ballet "La Sylphide”

When: 12:55 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: Regal Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St.

Cost: $19.26

Info: fathomevents.com


What: “Die Hard”

When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 11, 14

Where: Regal Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St.

Cost: $13.38

Info: fathomevents.com


What: “Batman — Mask of the Phantasm" 25th anniversary

When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 12

Where: Regal Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St.

Cost: $13.38

Info: fathomevents.com


What: “Restoring Tomorrow”

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 13

Where: Regal Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St.

Cost: $13.38

Info: fathomevents.com


What: Cirque du Soleil "KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities”

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 13

Where: Regal Stadium 10, 1132 Shawnee St.

Cost: $16.05

Info: fathomevents.com


What: “Man in the Attic”

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 14

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

Cost: $8

Info: instagram.com/pfssav