Here are the few movies we’re excited about that are screening in New Orleans this week, including plenty of genre trash to help you party through the summer.
Movies We Haven’t Seen (Yet)
42nd Street (1933) – A pre-Code Hollywood adaptation of a backstage Broadway musical about a love triangle that develops during the Great Depression. Nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and featuring choreography from the legendary Busby Berkeley. Screening Sunday 6/16 and Wednesday 6/19 as part of The Prytania’s Classic Movies series.
The Dead Don’t Die – Jim Jarmusch’s latest is disguised as a goofball horror comedy about a zombie invasion but is reported in its early reviews to be yet another low-key, meandering indie dramedy from a director who’s built an entire career off just that. There’s no telling whether Jarmusch’s low-stakes, low-effort schtick will be charming here (as it was in Down by Law) or painfully pointless (as it was in Coffee and Cigarettes), but it’s also impossible to deny the appeal of a zomcom with a cast this stacked: Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, Carol Kane, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, the RZA, Selena Gomez, etc.. etc., etc.
Movies We’ve Already Enjoyed
Godzilla (1954) – Before Godzilla was a campy punchline and a hero to children everywhere, he was a deeply sad expression of grief & anxiety from a country that was nearly destroyed by nuclear war. If you weren’t totally satisfied by the (totally adequate) Michael Dougherty film Godzilla: King of the Monsters that’s currently in theaters, here’s your chance to revisit the powerful original on the big screen to restore you faith in the divine creature. Playing only at the Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge in Arabi.
Ma – The director of The Help teams up with the cult horror geniuses at Blumhouse to deliver a mainstream psychobiddy revival, featuring Octavia Spencer in the over-the-top role of a lifetime. Spencer dances, slashes, tortures, and winks her way through one of the most delightfully trashy horror films we’ve seen all year, but the real draw is watching her mutter the lyrics to Debbie Deb’s “Look Out Weekend” while maniacally scrapbooking. It’s a wonder to behold.