Area moviegoers who've done The King's Speech and The Adjustment Bureau and have no interest in Mars Needs Moms or Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (3D or no) have plenty of options this week.
On Thursday, ArtsMemphis and Indie Memphis are teaming up for a screening of The American Astronaut. This comedy, which was shown at the Indie Memphis film festival in 2009, is set in the future and in space and is populated with out-of-this-world oddballs. The free screening is at 7:15 p.m. at the Malco Summer Drive-in. Attendees are also invited to a pre-screening get-together at Taqueria la Guadalupana on Summer at 6 p.m.
Also on Thursday, it's the debut of Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin'. This documentary, an offshoot of the book Sputnik, Masked Men, & Midgets, covers the history of Memphis wrestling from Sputnik Monroe to Jerry Lawler and beyond. Screenings are at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Paradiso. For more on the film, go to page 44.
On Tuesday, the University of Memphis' Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities and the Department of Foreign Language and Literature kicks off The Italian Film Festival. The first film is Basilicata coast to coast, a road movie of sorts (on foot!) following four musicians on their way to a music festival. Other festival screenings include Happy Family on March 31st and 18 anni dopo on April 5th. All screenings are at 7 p.m. at the University Center Theater. Admission is free. For more information, go to memphis.edu/moch.
On Wednesday, St. Peter Catholic Church continues its Lenten film series with a screening of One Came Home by local filmmaker Willy Bearden. The film, set just after World War II in Mississippi, revolves around the Hodges family, who are heartbroken over the loss of a loved one in the war, and the sudden appearance of a man who claims to have served with the fallen soldier. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. prayer service, followed by a light supper and a screening of the film.