Everyone expected “The Avengers” to be a hit, but no one expected it to be gargantuan.
The film shattered box office records to have the best opening weekend ever, raking in $200.3 million domestically (after already making a superheroic haul overseas first).
It’s massive success signals a few things. Here’s a look:The superhero genre isn’t dead.
And this could be the ultimate year of the superhero — we still have Spider-Man and Batman on the way.
The Tallgrass Film Association will present “Headhunters” as this month’s Third Thursday offering.
The Norweigian film (shown with English subtitles) follows Roger, a business headhunter who lives way past his means in an expensive apartment and pours lavish gifts on his wife so she won’t leave him.
To subsidize his posh life, Roger steals art. And when his wife introduces him to Clas, a former mercenary, Roger discovers the man has a valuable painting he must get his hands on. But Clas has other plans.
The film — a twisty, taut thriller — has a tone that reminded me at times of “Blood Simple” (I give it * * * ). It will screen at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wichita Art Museum. Tickets are $10; $8 for students, teachers, seniors, military and Tallgrass association members. For more information, go to www.tallgrassfilmfest.com.
The Murdock Theatre’s independent film series continues with “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” (* * * ) an endearing, inspiring documentary that’s a fascinating portrait of 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, a renowned chef in Japan.
The film is beautifully photographed, and the world of sushi has never been so enthralling. Foodies will absolutely love it. The film made me want sushi — and I eat it about as often as I drink motor oil.
It will screen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:25 p.m. Saturday at the Murdock, 536 N. Broadway. Tickets are $8. For more information, go to www.murdocktheatre.com.