In Cinemas: March 24, 2017 — Call of the Forest, ChiPs, Life, Power Rangers, Wilson

Carbon Arc is back after Spring Break, starting with Call of the Forest, a documentary that “investigates our profound biological and spiritual connection to forests.” It screens Friday night at the Museum of Natural History. Go here for more details and for information on forthcoming screenings.

Just when you figured the idea of turning largely forgotten TV properties into movies had run its course, here comes CHiPs, an adaptation of the late-70s cops-on-motorcycles show.  Sigh.

Nope, this isn’t the James Dean biopic. I like Reynolds and Gyllenhaal, but Life looks to me like a remake of Alien… or maybe PrometheusThe horror in space movie will always earn a curious glance from me, mind you.

Speaking of franchises that lived and died on TV and we haven’t missed them, here’s Power Rangers. 

I wasn’t surprised to learn that Wilson was written by cartoonist and famous curmudgeon Daniel Clowes, creator of Ghost World and Art School Confidential. There’s something similar in this picture’s look, and especially in Woody Harrelson’s charming misanthropy.

This week is also the 40th Anniversary of the release of Saturday Night Fever, which you’ll be able to find at Cineplex’s Event Screen.

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Carsten Knox is a massive, cheese-eating nerd. In the day he works as a journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At night he stares out at the rain-slick streets, watches movies, and writes about what he's seeing.