‘A Walk in the Woods’ and ‘Z for Zachariah’ on Local Screens (Tues., 9/8/15)

1) A Walk in the WoodsRobert Redford stars as a famous travel writer who, having spent the last 20 years in England, returns to America with plans to retire. But before he settles into that rocking chair, he’s got one more adventure up his sleeve; a hike along, the 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Understandably everyone around him declines his offer to join the trek … which forces him to reconnect with an old friend from his school days; a pack of trouble played by Nick Nolte who agrees to accompany him for reasons not entirely to do with enjoying the great outdoors. Nolte’s bad news from the get-go and the walk takes many unexpected twists and turns. Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Kristen Schaal and Nick Offerman also star. Check Fandango for screens and times.


2) Z for Zachariah – Here’s a little independent film that’s been generating a lot of positive buzz. Adapted by Nissar Modi from a novel by Robert C. O’Brien and directed by Craig Zobel, Z is set at the end of civilization. The only two people left are Ann and Loomis, played by Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Originally strangers to one another, they’ve managed to find their way into a tenuous, delicate relationship as they wait for the end together. Trouble shows up in the form of Caleb, played by a charmingly manipulative Chris Pine. The film, among other things, is a parable about the Garden of Eden … and Pine is the snake. Z focuses less on the sci-fi elements of the story and delves instead into the unstable triangle formed by three very human characters. Check Fandango for screens and times.

3) Getaway to the tropics with a trip to Brillobox for Tropical Tuesdays. There you’ll feel the trade winds (breeze from the AC) soothing your overdue vacation bones. Here’s a sampling of their specials: $3 select craft cans, $4 frozen drinks, $10 California bubble bath, $10 Eva Peron, $7 Fernet con cola, and $6 Coronita Margaveza. You can also sop up the island drinks with $7 pineapple soy-glazed chicken or tofu skewers served with Caribbean sweet potato salad. Shoes and shirt required. 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.

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