Thanks very much to all the Film Scene readers who came out last week to Trustees Theater for the SCAD Cinema Circle’s rare presentation of the 1920 German Expressionist masterpiece “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” The 4K restoration looked and sounded stunning on the big screen. Now, on to the next seven days of noteworthy alternative cinema events taking place in and around the city.

'Patterns of Evidence'

We begin with a special three-day engagement of the brand-new Christian-themed feature “Patterns of Evidence - The Moses Controversy,” which will be shown at 6:30 p.m. March 14 and 19, and at 12:55 p.m. March 16 at the AMC Savannah 11 multiplex behind the Savannah Mall. This is the latest in an ever-growing number of cottage-industry “documentaries” which openly blur the line between legitimate investigative reporting and proselytizing religious propaganda. The picture deals with the search to uncover “actual scientific evidence” that Moses himself personally wrote the early books of the Bible.

The experts interviewed in the film include at least one questionable character, but these films are designed to — quite literally — preach to the choir, so that should not in any way harm its reception among the target audience.

 

Rebel rom-com

Heading out to Springfield, their restored historic Mars Theatre presents the feel-good date-night comedy “Isn’t It Romantic” on March 14 through 16. The reliably ingratiating Australian actress Rebel Wilson (“Bridesmaids,” “Grimsby”) as a brainy, clever architect who wakes up after a head injury to find that she appears to be living in an alternate reality that operates much like a cliched rom-com. No, seriously. Showtimes at 7 p.m. on all nights.

 

Best picture

Moving out to Tybee Island, the Tybee Post Theater, which is very similar in size and slightly similar in terms of programming to the Mars, continues to screen some of the most popular and/or acclaimed films of the past year, starting with the Oscar-winning “Green Book,” starring Mahershala Ali (Netflix’s “Luke Cage”) and Viggo Mortensen (“A History of Violence”) as a pair of severely mismatched men on a somewhat treacherous road-trip through the deeply segregated South of the early 1960s.

Much has been made about the relative veracity of this “based on a true story” adaptation from a writer and director primarily known for lowbrow romantic comedies (“Shallow Hal” and “Dumb and Dumber”). Since the film came, out a number of legitimate questions have arisen regarding how much of this uplifting tale of race relations was simply balderdash designed to facilitate the kind of movie that, well, you know, wins Oscars. Regardless, I am told the performances in the film are extremely compelling and there is no shortage of chemistry between both talented lead actors, so there’s something to be said for that. Showtimes 7 p.m. March 15 through 17.

 

For the kiddos

A couple of nights later, the Tybee Post kicks off a short burst of two different family-friendly box-office hits, geared toward giving public school-aged kids something to do while they are out of classes for the week. First up, on March 19 and 20 is the recently released CGI entry (the first ever) into the ever-growing Spider-Man theatrical franchise: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Touted as one of the most enjoyable and engaging animated movies of the past year, it just won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature (at least in part due to its unusual animation style which combines computer graphics with key elements of traditional hand-drawn comic book-style artwork). To date, it has grossed over $350 million worldwide. Showtimes are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both days.

 

Then, on March 21 and 22, the Tybee Post will screen “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” the third animated feature film, and reportedly the last, to be based on a 12-volume set of children’s books by Britain’s Cressida Cowell. It features A-List vocal talent, including Cate Blanchett and F. Murray Abraham, and has earned a most impressive 91 percent positive rating on Rottentomatoes.com. Showtimes for this picture are also 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both days.

 

PFS: Smart revenge

And, last but not least, another very special first-run screening takes place at the Sentient Bean Coffeehouse on March 20, as part of the Psychotronic Film Society’s long-running weekly series of underappreciated or downright obscure feature films from around the world. It’s a one-show-only engagement of the gritty, ultra-realistic crime thriller “Get My Gun,” the first narrative feature from indie NYC filmmaker Brian Darwas, who’s previously directed a handful of documentaries on fringe culture.

Despite nabbing top honors, including Best Feature Film, at a prestigious indie horror film fest, “Get My Gun” has only been shown publicly in less than 20 cities in the USA. However, wherever the film has been seen in front of an audience, it has wowed even jaded horror and suspense fans who might understandably not expect much from such an inexpensively made feature boasting no recognizable actors.

Something of a cross between a cinema verité mumblecore drama and an intense, white-knuckle stalker flick, it also manages to roll around in all sorts of scummy yet gloriously retro “grindhouse” exploitation tropes. You know, the kind that make Quentin Tarantino’s palms sweat. Smarter and more nuanced than your average revenge movie, it boasts taut and fairly terrific performances by a small cast that deserve major career boosts based on their work in this under-the-radar picture alone.

The plot? Let’s just say that young, single, underpaid working women cannot be counted on to sit back and simply take being mistreated by violently misogynistic men. But you knew that already, right? Fans of old-school exploitation movies from the 1960s through the 1980s will find much to like about “Get My Gun,” as should folks who just appreciate ambitious DIY filmmaking that’s not afraid to go for the throat. Showtime 8 p.m. for mature viewers only. Please note: Psychotronic discount passes cannot be accepted for this special engagement, but trust me, it’s worth the $10 admission.

 

Until next week, 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: “Patterns of Evidence - The Moses Controversy”

When: 6:30 p.m. March 14, 19; 12:55 p.m. March 16

Where: AMC Savannah 11, 1150 Shawnee St.

Cost: $13.38

Info: fathomevents.com

 

What: “Isn’t It Romatic”

When: 7 p.m. March 14, 15, 16

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

Cost: $7

Info: marstheatre.com

 

What: “Green Book”

When: 7 p.m. March 15-17

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave., Tybee Island

Cost: $8

Info: tybeeposttheater.org

 

What: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

When: 3 p.m., 7 p.m. March 19, 20

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave., Tybee Island

Cost: $5-$8

Info: tybeeposttheater.org

 

What: “Get My Gun”

When: 8 p.m. March 20

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

Cost: $10

Info: instagram.com/pfssav

 

What: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

When: 3 p.m., 7 p.m. Mar. 21, 22

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave., Tybee Island

Cost: $5-$8

Info: tybeeposttheater.org