Who doesn’t love a good blockbuster? Big budgets, thrilling action, and entertaining set pieces will continue to drive audiences to the movies, and for good reason. However, cinema art can also provide us with great moments that capture our curiosity and spark our imagination. In fact, some of the most critically acclaimed movies of all-time, and many Academy Award® winners, could be labeled as “cinema art.”
So, what is “cinema art?” Frequently produced and distributed outside the major studio system on a relatively small budget, cinema art movies typically handle serious matters in an artistic and often experimental way, geared towards more of a niche market rather than for a mass audience. In an artform where social realism takes precedence, on-location filming is favored over studio sets and sometimes amateur actors are even used.
Stretching back to the origin of movies, the genre has provided some of the most recognizable and talented filmmakers in cinema who have put their uncompromising visions onto the screen with a unique flare and style that is all their own. Foreign language movies are also included in this genre, recognizable by many of the same features with the addition of subtitles, although rarely referred to as “cinema art” in their respective countries. Instead, they are more commonly known as “auteur” or “national” cinema, the former originally coined in France to distinguish filmmakers of the French New Wave (a movement and form of European cinema art from the 1950s and 1960s).
Below are a few cinema art movies to keep an eye on this week as they debut in select Regal theatres nationwide:
IMAX: KANYE WEST’S, JESUS IS KING
Starring: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Ray Romulus
Directed By: Nick Knight
Kanye West holds his famed Sunday Service at the Roden Crater, artist James Turrell’s never-before-seen installation in Arizona’s Painted Desert. This IMAX experience features songs arranged by West in the gospel tradition along with new music from his upcoming album Jesus Is King.
American recording artist Kanye West reunites with director Nick Knight, who previously directed two video shorts for West in 2013, to present his Sunday Service in the immersive sound and stunning clarity of The IMAX Experience. West, a 21-time Grammy Award winner, started a gospel-rap group named Sunday Service in January 2019 and began holding music-themed events every Sunday. The group performs gospel iterations of his discography along with other songs from the choir group The Samples and frequent collaborators like Tony Williams, Francis and the Lights, and Ant Clemons. Their first public event was held at Coachella on Easter, April 21, 2019.
West’s new album Jesus Is King is set to release simultaneously with his IMAX experience on October 25th.
Cousins Brothers Productions
Genre: Suspense, Action
Runtime: 1hr 11min
Starring: Kealii Kanekoa, Anuhea La, Tim Boerger, Jesse Palen, Keaton Luis, Anastasia Siritsa
Directed By: Blake Cousins, Brent Cousins
Written By: Blake Cousins, Brent Cousins
A Hollywood reality television producer travels to Hawaii to document the existence of the supernatural Hawaiian warriors known as the Night Marchers.
20 years after releasing their original movie of the same name, identical twins and Hawaii Island filmmakers Blake and Brent Cousins bring their re-telling of the Night Marchers legend to the big screen once again. The Cousins Brothers developed the story for Night Marchers by studying reports of the deadly ghosts from law enforcement officials and local residents.