The short run of “City of Life and Death” isn’t due to bad reviews – its garnered critical acclaim – but because it’s the first in a new Tuesday-only series of films at the Grand.
Despite the Grand’s addition of a fourth screen at the theater in December 2009 director Philip Cowan said he still doesn’t have enough theaters to show all the films he’d like to.
“Give me another screen and I’d still find more movies I want to play,” Cowan said.
The movies Cowan is choosing for the series reflect quality films but wouldn’t necessarily support a week’s worth of audiences. They also offer a new movie to Grand regulars who may have seen everything the theater has to offer in any given week.
“I can guarantee you on a Tuesday a chance to see something you haven’t seen,” Cowan said.
The films are new releases but the theater plans to show some classic 35mm prints from time to time, Cowan said.
The Grand continues to be Pierce County’s only regular movie house for independent, non-mainstream films. “City of Life and Death” is no exception. The film follows the 1937 Imperial Japanese Army siege to the Chinese capital of Nanjing which killed as many as 300,000 citizens. “The Rape of Nanking,” as it’s often called, is still an open wound in China and the Japanese movie caused controversy there.
Other upcoming films range from romantic comedies to a documentary on the Earth Liberation Front.
There will be two opportunities to see the films on Tuesdays: a matinee at 2 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Due to the varying length of films those times may vary slightly from week to week.
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