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Screen: Special Showings

Mad Max: Fury Road

When: Sat., Feb. 20, 2:30 p.m. 2016

SATURDAY, FEB. 20 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

I'd read all the think pieces and raves before I saw 2015's Mad Max reboot, but I still wondered, "Could a film where corpulent mutants use lissome young women as baby farms really be feminist?" It turned out it really could, with an undeniably badass Charlize Theron leading a rebellion where the women seldom stray from being the heroes of their story. Meanwhile, Tom Hardy grunts and glares on the sidelines, doing some good work but never snapping into focus as the dude who singlehandedly saves the day. Beyond that refreshing change of pace for an action film, there is also Fury Road's uncanny kinetic energy—bodies and giant, rigged-up vehicles zoom and collide in a sandstorm-smeared palette of red and orange. It hums like a Rothko painting, zings like a Warner Bros. cartoon. It's a film that offers the rare pleasure of real, chaotic choreography in physical space, in an age of digital perfection without stakes. You can see it for free on Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill's "Movies @ the Library" series. —Brian Howe

CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY, CHAPEL HILL 2:30 p.m., free, www.chapelhillpubliclibrary.org

Price: free

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