Here are the few movies we’re most excited about that are screening in New Orleans this week, including some highfalutin’ classy fare to welcome in the Fall.
Movies We Haven’t Seen (Yet)
The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920) – An early landmark in the German Expressionist genre (and in horror cinema at large), this Silent Era gem will be playing with live accompaniment from the Austin band The Invincible Czars. A one-time-only-event screening at Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge on Saturday 9/28.
The Princess and The Frog (2009) – Disney’s decade-old experiment with returning to traditional animation is a New Orleans-set fairy tale partly inspired by the Brothers Grimm and partly inspired by the recently deceased culinary legend Leah Chase. Playing for one week only in AMC theaters as part of their ongoing Dream Big Princess series.
Hustlers – A surprise critical-hit thriller about a crew of strippers who embezzle money from the Wall Street bozos who frequent their club. Features performances from pop music icons Lizzo, Cardi B, Keke Palmer, and Jennifer Lopez. Playing wide.
Movies We’ve Already Enjoyed
Bringing Up Baby (1938) – One of the greatest romcoms & screwball comedies of all time, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and an unruly pet panther. Hijinks include crossdressing, mistaken identities, multiple arrests, dinosaur bones, and two young fools falling in love. Screening Sunday 9/29 and Wednesday 10/2 as part of Prytania’s regular Classic Movies series.
The Shining (1980) – Stanley Kubrick’s chilling mutation of Stephen King’s novel has inspired almost as many symbolism-obsessive conspiracy theories as it has cold-sweat nightmares over the years. One of the most iconic, eternally effective horror movies ever made, seeing it on the big screen is the perfect way to kick off the Halloween season. Screening at The Prytania on Tuesday 10/1.
Downton Abbey –Plays like a two-episode arc of the television show with occasional flashes of melodrama & political intrigue, but first & foremost it’s a fan-pleasing Comedy (in which Violet & Molesley earned the biggest laughs, naturally). The real joy here is watching a soap that’s always been riotously funny in its own quiet, slyly written way land with proper guffaws in an appreciative crowd instead of alone on the couch. It’s also the subject of our next podcast episode! Playing wide.