Looking for a thrill

Cinemareno premieres two neo-noir thrillers this Saturday at the Reno Hilton. Chaos (Kaosu in its native Japan) was directed by Hideo Nakata, who also directed the supernatural horror film Ringu, which was later made into The Ring. In Chaos, a successful Japanese businessman receives sadistic and taunting ransom demands after his wife is kidnapped. But things aren’t as they appear, and the situation grows more macabre and bizarre as the true nature of the kidnapping unfolds. The Village Voice called Chaos “a well-tumbled jade of thriller triple-crosses and noirish iconography.” The other feature film is The Salton Sea. Val Kilmer stars as a musician who probes the strange underworld of Southern California’s drug culture, a world where things also aren’t as they appear. Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert gave this movie a thumbs up for being “endlessly, grotesquely inventive.” Chaos, which isn’t rated but contains adult subject matter and situations, can be seen at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Salton Sea (rated R) shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Both films run Sept. 20 at the Sierra Room inside the Reno Hilton, 2500 E. Second St. Tickets are $7 for one movie or $10 for both. Visit www.cinemareno.org.