Here are the few movies we’re most excited about that are screening in New Orleans this week, including a couple verified classics and some brand new genre trash.
Movies We Haven’t Seen (Yet)
Child’s Play (2019) – I’m not entirely sold on the new CG design for Chucky himself and there’s almost no chance it’ll compare to the best of its franchise (1990’s Child’s Play 2, obviously), but this big-budget remake at least tries something new in updating the evil doll by connecting him to automated future-tech like drones & home security systems. Plus, Audrey Plaza’s there so it can’t be all bad.
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
Rear Window (1954) – An intense, perversely funny Hitchcock thriller about a disabled man (Jimmy Stewart) who can only watch in horror as he pieces together the mysterious murder of a neighbor by her traveling salesman husband. Screening as part of The Prytania’s Classic Movies series on Sunday 6/23 and Wednesday 6/26.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) – A Tennessee Williams stage adaptation (featuring performances from Paul Newman & Elizabeth Taylor) just boiling over with alcoholic fury, repressed homosexuality, and intense Mississippi heat. Enjoy it out in the authentic Southern humidity on the roof of the Catahoula Hotel Wednesday 6/26.