Howdy, adventurous movie lovers. Locals and visitors alike who appreciate classic, independent, foreign, documentary and cult cinema (or even concert films) in theatrical settings are heartily encouraged to attend at least one of the following special engagements over the next seven days. Admission prices to all events are now listed in the sidebar.
First up is the Lucas Theatre’s one-show-only digital simulcast of Part Two of revered playwright Tony Kushner’s award-winning 1992 work “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part Two: Perestroika” on July 27 (Part One was simulcast in that same historic, 1,200-seat movie palace last week). This newly produced stage production comes to the Lucas’ screen courtesy of the U.K.’s illustrious National Theatre, and is earning great praise from both critics and audiences alike.
This rumination on the early days of the AIDS crisis and its effect on mid-1980s New York City won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and, yes, the Tony for Best Play. You can watch Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield and the rest of the outstanding cast perform live from Great Britain in stunning high-def clarity at either the Lucas, the Regal Stadium 10 behind the Savannah Mall or the Cinemark in Bluffton, S.C. (Lucas tickets cost as much as 75 percent less than those corporate venues). Showtime at all venues is 7 p.m.
Then, on July 30, the Lucas’ newly launched summer matinee series of classic Disney animated features continues with a 3 p.m. showing of 1951’s glorious hand-drawn musical fantasy “Alice in Wonderland.” Based on Lewis Carroll’s mid-1800s works — Americanized and retooled to appeal to family audiences unfamiliar with those somewhat disturbing novels — the film was a financial and critical disappointment when first released (a handful of feuding directors and producers resulted in its rather uneven tone), but over the following decades has become a revered motion…