Shark fans have very few requirements for a good movie. One, make sure the title of the film gives some sense of the shark's role in the proceedings. Two, give us lots of sharks. Not just gratuitous footage of sharks swimming, swarming and eating, but many varieties of sharks doing these things. That's it, just two requirements. How well does Jean-Michel Cousteau's new film meet these criteria? Um, it's called Sharks— simple, elegant, efficient, just like sharks themselves — and it was filmed off the coasts of Mexico, South Africa and French Polynesia, so many species are present. Also, Cousteau stresses that there is no "dive-preparation" footage — it's all undersea, all the time. And most impressive of all, it's an OMNIMAX movie, so this is a surround-shark experience. Catch the educational and conservation-minded film Sharks at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. on Monday, November 3, at the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4424 or www.slsc.org). The movie continues through Thursday, March 5, and tickets are $7 to $8.
Nov. 3-March 5, 2008