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AI Threats and Undersung 2023 Films Hit the Big Screen This Week

Pretty much every movie you can see in Twin Cities theaters and parks this week.

11:01 AM CDT on August 31, 2023

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Scenes from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and ‘Joyland’

Here's a neat thing The Lagoon is doing this fall: They're bringing back some well-received but slightly under-the-radar films from this year back to the screen, beginning with Blackberry and Joyland this month. And here's a neat thing that Showplace ICON Is doing this fall: a series of AI-gone-wrong flicks chosen by an actual AI, beginning with perhaps the wrongest AI of all in 2001: A Space Odyssey. By my count, that's two neat things.

Thursday, August 31

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
The Heights
Michael Caine and Sean Connery are crooked British soldiers seeking money and power in India in John Huston's wild Kipling adaptation. $12. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (2022)
JD Rivers Children's Garden
Did not even realize this was based on Blazing Saddles. (In my defense, I haven't seen it.) Free. 8 p.m. More info here.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Parkway Theater
KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!! $9/$12. Pre-show trivia: 7:30 p.m. Movie: 8 p.m. More info here.

Megalodon: The Frenzy (2023)
Emma Roberts's dad battles five sharks. $6. 5 p.m. More info here

Friday, September 1

Blackberry (2023)
Lagoon Cinema
A cautionary tale about how the pace of the industry dooms creative upstarts—not that many who followed in Blackberry’s wake have been more cautious. All week. $5. More info and showtimes here.

Joyland (2023)
Lagoon Cinema
A meek, unemployable Pakistani man who lands an unlikely job as a backup dancer at a disreputable theater, where he falls for the stately trans star of the show. All week. $5. More info and showtimes here.

DC League of Super-Pets (2022)
Lake Hiawatha Park
The pets have powers. Free. 8 p.m. More info here.

Scream It Off Screen
Parkway Theater
Vote for your favorite local short films by screaming. You will not believe how fun this is. $13/$19. 7 p.m. More info here.

Witness (1985)
Tough Philly cop Harrison Ford goes undercover among the Amish. $8. Friday-Saturday 7 & 9:15 p.m. Sunday 3 & 5:15 p.m. More info here.

Saturday, September 2

Clue (1985)
Alamo Drafthouse
And you claim to hate movies based on existing IP. $15.04. 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
Bryant Square Park
RIP Chadwick Boseman. Free. 8 p.m. More info here.

The Goonies (1985)
Emagine Willow Creek
Your childhood was a lie. Through Wednesday. $10.75. 3:30 & 6:20 p.m. More info here.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
The Main
Paul Rudd looks so young here. $10. 10 p.m. More info here.

Sunday, September 3

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Alamo Drafthouse
If I remember right, this is the one with the Order of the Phoenix. $10. 6:30 p.m. More info here.

They Live (1988)
AMC Rosedale/AMC Southdale 16/B&B Bloomington 13
John Carpenter's subtle satire of American culture. Also Tuesday. $16.20. 4 & 7 p.m. More info here.

The Girls (1968)
The lives of three Swedish actresses are changed by a production of Lysistrata. $8. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday 7 & 9 p.m. More info here.

Monday, September 4

Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Alamo Drafthouse
There were so many movies about the Vietnam War in the '80s. $10. 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)
Emagine Willow Creek
Always good to make a new start. I hope everything works out this time. $6. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Tuesday, September 5

They Live (1988)
Alamo Drafthouse
In case you missed it on Sunday. $7. 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Wednesday, September 6

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Alamo Drafthouse/Showplace ICON
The opening sequence is a total Barbie ripoff. Alamo: $10. 6:30 p.m. More info here. ICON: $7. 7 p.m. More info here.

Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Grandview 1&2
The blueprint for so much '90s film, good and bad. $12. 9:15 p.m. More info here.

Pretty in Pink (1986)
Parkway Theater
Ah, the problematic '80s. $10/$12. With music from Annie and the Bang Bang at 7 p.m. Movie at 8 p.m. More info here.

Tape Freaks September
Who knows what analog treats the Freaks have in store for you? $5. 7 p.m. More info here.

Opening This Week

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Queer virgins start a school fight club to get laid.

The Equalizer 3
I think I speak for us all when I say, "THREE???"

The Incredibles
Brad Bird's Ayn Randian take on superheroes returns to theaters.

An army guy and a Kashmiri girl fall in love.

Ongoing in Local Theaters

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Barbie (read our review here)

Blue Beetle



Gran Turismo

Haunted Mansion

The Hill

Lakota Nation vs. United States

Meg 2: The Trench

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One (read our review here)

Oppenheimer (read our review here)



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