From this week's Scene Critics' Pick by Lance Conzett:
The Belcourt has done an admirable job of rounding out its Kurosawa Centennial series with obscure early features and more esoteric titles — but you’ve just got to have the legendary Seven Samurai as the centerpiece. Even in an oeuvre full of classics, Seven Samurai’s story of seven unemployed mercenaries defending a small village — a primordial stew of now familiar cinema tropes, incorporated everywhere from The Dirty Dozen to A Bug’s Life — remains required viewing for film students, action-movie connoisseurs and pop-culture fans alike.
For just $25 ($20 to non-members), you can see one of the greatest movies ever made and fortify yourself beforehand with a sushi buffet from Zumi Sushi just across Belcourt Avenue. (Zumi’s also providing a snack of edamame during intermission.) Also, for the duration of the Kurosawa series, The Belcourt is making sake available at its liquor-stocked concession stand ... [but] the dinner is Monday night only. Maybe Seven Samurai’s epic runtime seems intimidating — but we guarantee that its three-and-a-half hours pass more quickly than any one hour of Transformers 2. Dinner 7 p.m. at Zumi Sushi, film 8:10 p.m. at The Belcourt