A rundown of select films playing in theaters this week
Ken Russell's 1971 historical religious horror film got slapped with an X-rating and has been effectively banned until it recently emerged on the streaming service Shudder. The Gateway Film Center gives you a chance to see it on the big screen this week.
The cult sci-fi film based on the French comic and starring Jane Fonda also comes to the GFC as part of its ongoing Cult 101 series.
This French squirmer about a young vegetarian who is transformed by a veterinarian school hazing ritual crosses nicely between gore and art. Highly recommended if you've got the stomach for it. (4 stars)
It's been 20 years, but the gang's all here in a strangely effective sequel that continues the wild tale of young Scottish heroin addicts who are (mostly) all grown up. 4 stars
Also in theaters:
“Ghost in the Shell”
The acclaimed Japanese anime based on the acclaimed Japanese manga gets the live-action treatment with Scarlett Johansson starring as a cyber-enhanced soldier trying to discover the truth about her past.
“Going In Style”
This comedy about three retirees who decide on drastic measures when their 401K goes under boasts three Oscar winners in Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. Oh, and it's directed by Zach Braff of “Garden State,” so, um.
The trailer for this throwback horror flick has me intrigued. Let's hope it stays true to the '80s roots it evokes. (Gateway Film Center)
This World War II drama centers on a young German woman who is still reeling from the death of her fiance when she meets a mysterious Frenchman who is also in mourning. (Drexel Theatre)