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Special screenings: M*A*S*H and Gifted at the Post

By Jim Reed/SMN

The  Tybee Post Theater offers up May 11, a one-show-only engagement of esteemed, idiosyncratic director Robert Altman’s 1970 counterculture dramedy “MASH,” starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould. The inspiration for the long-running network TV series of the same name starring Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers, this “MASH” is a far more grim and sardonic take on the Korean War than its television progeny (although that series pushed plenty of buttons and envelopes, for sure). This winner of the Cannes Film Fest’s Palme d’Or and the Oscar for Best Screenplay shows at 7 p.m., and $10 admission includes a piece of chocolate and, for those of age, a glass of wine.

Locally filmed ‘Gifted’

The following Thursday, May 18, the Post Theater kicks off a three-day run of the recently released family drama “Gifted,” starring Chris Evans (“Snowpiercer”), Tony Award-winner Lindsay Duncan (“Birdman”) and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer (“Fruitvale Station”).

“Gifted” was shot on Tybee Island and around the greater Savannah area, and locals will get a kick out of the handful of recognizable locations on display (Huc-A-Poo’s, anyone?) in this tale of a precocious and intellectually accelerated 7-year-old girl who’s caught in a bitter custody dispute between her down-to-earth widower father and her self-centered maternal grandmother.

A well-made (if fairly derivative) picture that tugs mightily at the heartstrings, it features standout performances by young Mckenna Grace as the gifted child and newcomer Hai Dang as one of her frustrated math tutors. 7 p.m. showtime each night, with a 3 p.m. matinee on May 20 only. $7 admission ($5 for kids, gifted or otherwise).

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