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The week’s openings: marking two anniversaries

We're facing an unusual coming week of movie releases, especially considering we're in the midst of holiday-season openings. Nothing on the national-release schedule is listed as opening wide except for a re-release of "Schindler's List," Steven Spielberg's 1993 film that won seven Academy Awards.

There is, however, at least one local premiere:

"Maria by Callas": Maria Callas was one of the great operatic divas of the 20th century. This documentary, directed by Tom Volf, was originally released in 2017 to mark the 40th anniversary of Callas' death. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, it tells the soprano's story mostly in her own words. The film will screen at the Magic Lantern.

As for "Schindler's List," its re-release marks another anniversary: the 25th year since its premiere. Among the many awards given to Spielberg's film were Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

As usual, I'll update when the local theaters finalize their bookings.