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Movie Watch: Amarillo film options for March 1 to 8, including 'Red Sparrow,' Oscar marathons, more
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Jennifer Lawrence stars in "Red Sparrow."
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

In Amarillo theaters this week: Jennifer Lawrence and Bruce Willis take aim on the box office, and it's your last chance to see Oscar-nominated films before Sunday's ceremony.


Oscar Watch

We're down to the wire for those hoping to catch up before March 4's Oscars broadcast.

You can still catch The Greatest Showman — nominated for Best Song ("This Is Me") — in several screenings per day at the Amarillo Star 14. Here's my review.

The Regal Best Picture Film Festival at United Artists Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd., opens Friday, offering several screenings of each of the nine films nominated for Best Picture in the 90th Academy Awards. Festival pass is $35 through the Regal app, and individual tickets also will be sold. Here's the full schedule (and click the links below for my original reviews):


Plus, Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive, continues its Oscar Movie Week with additional screenings of each best picture nominee. Festival pass is $35, and individual tickets are on sale, too. Here's the full schedule, culminating in block screenings of the Oscar-nominated live-action and animated short films Friday through Sunday. Click the movie titles for my reviews:


New in theaters

Death Wish

Bruce Willis stars in this Eli Roth-directed remake of the Charles Bronson revenge flick about a surgeon who takes the law into his own hands after brutal attacks on his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and daughter (Camila Morrone). No reviews have yet been released for this film, which was scheduled to hit theaters last fall. (R for strong bloody violence, and language throughout; click here for showtimes at Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16)


Red Sparrow

Jennifer Lawrence stars as a ballerina-turned-Russian-spy in this thriller from director Francis Lawrence (no relation, but he directed her in the last three Hunger Games). After a brutal training regimen, her target is a CIA agent played by Joel Edgerton who's determined to turn her. Reviews are mostly mixed: "This is a more old-fashioned potboiler, with lots of walking, sit-down meetings, and smoking cigarettes by windows. It’s still trashy, with scenes of naked shower combat, naked and semi-naked torture, horrific violence, attempted rape, and attempted rape that ends in horrific violence, but sometimes, somehow, it doesn’t seem quite trashy enough," writes The A.V. Club's Jesse Hassenger. (R for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity; click here for showtimes at Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16)


Special engagements

Kirk Cameron: Connect

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The actor-turned-evangelist discusses social media and children in this Christian-themed parenting guide screening at 7 p.m. Thursday at both Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16. (NR)


The Dark Crystal

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The epic puppet fantasy that was director Jim Henson's passion project returns to theaters for several screenings in the next two weeks. A Gelfling orphan named Jen tries to find the missing shard of the titular crystal in an effort to restore balance and free his world from the rule of the hideous Skeksis. It'll screen at 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Amarillo Star 14. (PG)




March 9: Advance tickets are on sale for fantasy film A Wrinkle in TimeGringoThe Hurricane Heist and The Strangers: Prey at Night also are all scheduled to open wide, but advance tickets are not yet on sale. Dates are subject to change.

March 10: The Met: Live in HD series screens Semiramide, a lesser-known Rossini opera starring Angela Meade as murderous Queen of Babylon, at the Hollywood 16. 

March 11: A digitally remastered version of 2004's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie returns to Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16 for screenings on March 11 and 12.

March 16: Advance tickets are on sale now for Christian biopic I Can Only Imagine, which tells the story of MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard; gay teen romance Love, Simon; and action-adventure remake Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander.

March 18 and 21: TCM's Big Screen Classics series will continue a 60th anniversary screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. It'll screen at 2 and 7 p.m. both days at both Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16.

March 19: Faith-based nature documentary The Riot and the Dance will screen at both Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16.

March 22: Amarillo Star 14 will screen the National Theatre Live's Julius Caesar starring David Calder, Game of Thrones' Michelle Fairley, Ben Whishaw and David Morrissey. Many NTL screenings aren't picked up by Amarillo theaters, so this is a rare opportunity.

March 23: Advance tickets are on sale for Pacific Rim Uprising at the Hollywood 16; Amarillo Star 14 is likely to follow. Midnight SunSherlock GnomesUnsane and Paul, Apostle of Christ are all scheduled to open wide, but advance tickets are not yet on sale. Dates are subject to change.

March 24: Animated fantasy Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies will screen at Amarillo Star 14 on March 24 and 26.

March 25: The Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 kicks off with the heartwarming adventure Ponyo at both the Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16. An English-dubbed version will screen March 25 and 28, with a subtitled version screening March 26. The nine-film series also will include The Cat Returns on April 22 to 25, Porco Rosso on May 20 to 23, Pom Poko on June 17 to 20, Princess Mononoke on July 22 to 25, Grave of the Fireflies on Aug. 12 to 15, My Neighbor Totoro on Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, Spirited Away on Oct. 28 to 30, and Castle in the Sky on Nov. 18 to 20.

March 30The Room's Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero re-team for Best F(r)iends, a two-film comedy about a drifter (Sestero) who befriends a mortician (Wiseau), then betrays him and runs away. Part 1 will screen March 30 and April 2, with Part 2 to follow on June 1 and 4. Advance tickets are on sale now at Amarillo Star 14.


Listings at a glance

Click on titles for my reviews and on theaters for showtimes. (As I reported previously, Premiere Cinemas Westgate Mall 6 is undergoing some renovations and will be closed for a couple of weeks.)

Annihilation (AS-14, H-16); Black Panther (AS-14, H-16); Death Wish (AS-14, H-16); Every Day (AS-14, H-16); The 15:17 to Paris (H-16); Fifty Shades Freed (AS-14, H-16); Game Night (AS-14, H-16); The Greatest Showman (AS-14); Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (AS-14, H-16); Lady Bird (AS-14); Peter Rabbit (AS-14, H-16); Red Sparrow (AS-14, H-16); Samson (H-16); and The Shape of Water (AS-14). 



Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.