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Zinema returns with 'The French Dispatch'

Wes Anderson film is the first to get regular screenings at the space that has been closed during the pandemic.

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"The French Dispatch" plays as Zinema 2 reopens to the public. Contributed / Searchlight Pictures
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Zinema 2 in Duluth is reopening to the vaccinated public, or those with a recent negative COVID-19 test, with a movie the New Yorker recently referred to as "perhaps (Wes) Anderson's best film to date."

"The French Dispatch" opens at 2 p.m. Friday and will play nine times through Nov. 13 at the movie theater that has had limited use during the pandemic. Local Marcus Theaters and the West Theatre have already opened.

The movie is described as bringing to life "a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th century French city."

A.O. Scott of the New York Times colorfully reviewed it as being "an herbarium of (Anderson's) preoccupations and enthusiasms, an anthology film laid out like a magazine, with a short front of the book piece and three meaty features, all decked out with editorial bric-a-brac and somber epilogue that might be the best part."

"The French Dispatch" stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.

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Zinema, 222 E. Superior St., has been open for events like Catalyst Content Festival and private rentals. Tickets are available at zeitgeistart.scom .

Christa Lawler is a features reporter at the News Tribune. She can be reached at clawler@duluthnews.com .

I am a 20-plus year employee of the Duluth News Tribune, first as a sports reporter, briefly as a copy editor and now as a features reporter with an emphasis on arts, entertainment and oddities. I enjoy trail running, paddle boarding, reading, yoga, cooking and things that are hilarious. I live in, and celebrate, West Duluth with my elementary school aged daughter, my longtime partner, and two pandemic pets. I can be reached at (218) 279-5536 or clawler@duluthnews.com
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