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Nic Cage and John Travolta in Face/Off
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures|

Travolta beats the shit out of Cage. Or vice versa.

Good week for fans of makeshift robots, bad golfing, merchandise backstories, the French, bar mitzvahs, and elaborate Black sci-fi.

Special Screenings This Week

Thursday, June 16

The Land Before Time (1988)
Alamo Drafthouse
“Is it time yet?” “Not yet!” $5. 3 p.m. More info here.

Macross Frontier: The False Songstress (2022)
AMC Rosedale Southdale Willow Creek
Not even gonna pretend I can follow the plot summary of this anime. $16.13. 7 p.m. More info here.

School Daze (1988)
Emagine Willow Creek
IMDB user Volker Boehm summarized Spike Lee’s satirical musical about a historically Black college thus: “In the South of the United States are taking place confrontations between two groups of students who have different ideas and are not able to accept the one of the opponent.” Which is, uh, not technically incorrect. $5. 2 p.m. More info here.

Trolls World Tour (2020)
Emagine Willow Creek
What kind of sicko makes a fuckin’ troll movie about poptimism?. $3. 10 a.m. More info here.

Summer Stock (1950)
The Heights
That Gene Kelly can fuckin’ dance. $12. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Lyndale Farmstead Park
Three Spiders-Men is too many, imo. Free. Dusk. More info here.

Canción de barrio (Song of the Street) (2014)
The Main
Cuban folk singer Silvio Rodríguez tours the poorest neighborhoods of his country. Part of the Cuban Film Festival. $6-$9. 7 p.m. More info here.

Almost Famous (2000) 
Parkway Theater
From the director of We Bought a Zoo. With pre-show music from Cindy Lawson. $9/$12. 7 p.m. music. 8 p.m. screening. More info here.

16mm Dystopian Sci-Fi Show
If this selection of ’60s and ’70s shorts offers half as many prize obscurities as the Cult Film Collective’s 16mm animation show in March—and I’m sure it will—it’ll be a can’t miss. $10. 7 p.m. More info here.

Friday, June 17

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021)
Alamo Drafthouse
There’s an upside to not having kids. $5. 3 p.m. Also Monday & Wednesday. More info here.

Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
AMC Southdale 16
Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield square off as Black Panther Fred Hampton and FBI informant Bill O'Neal. 3:45 & 7:45 p.m. More info here.

Summer of Soul (2017)
Creekview Park
A killer (if overly chatty) look at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. Stevie Wonder drums like a motherfucker. Free. Dusk. More info here.

Coming 2 America (2021)
Emagine Willow Creek 
Ugh, the sequel. $5. 8:20 p.m. More info here.

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Emagine Willow Creek
For entertainment purposes only. Please contact a professional if you have actual questions about how to train your dragon. $3. 10:50 a.m. Also Saturday. Sunday 11 a.m. More info here.

Uncle Drew (2018)
Emagine Willow Creek
They made a whole movie out of Kyrie Irving’s Pepsi commercials. $5. 4:30 p.m. all week. More info here.

True Stories (1986)
David Byrne tries his hand at filmmaking and takes a look at the new weird America, with help from John Goodman and his band. (Byrne’s band, not Goodman’s.) $8. Friday-Saturday 7 & 9 p.m. Sunday 3 & 5 p.m. More info here.

Saturday, June 18

The Birdcage (1996)
Alamo Drafthouse
Can the gays outwit Gene Hackman? $10. Noon.  More info here.

The Greatest Showman (2017)
Parkway Theater
They say there’s a new fan of this movie born every minute. $5-$10. 1 p.m. More info here

Sunday, June 19

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Alamo Drafthouse
Is Julian Glover’s American accent as bad as I remember it? $10. 11:45 a.m. More info here.

The Thing (1982)
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Emagine Willow Creek
You’re going to have to be more specific, Mr. Carpenter. What kind of "thing"? $16.13. 3 & 7 p.m. Also Wednesday 7 p.m. More info here.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Emagine Willow Creek
An archaeologist battles snakes, Nazis… and himself. Well, snakes and Nazis, at least. $10.25 12:30 & 5:30 p.m. More info here.

Moonlight (2016)
Emagine Willow Creek
Barry Jenkins’s poetic look at the complexities of gay Black love. $6. 7 p.m. More info here.

Face/Off (1997)
You watch two great hams square off in imitation of each other like this and you think, we didn’t know how good we had it in the ’90s. $8. 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday 7 & 9:45 p.m. More info here.

Monday, June 20

Tales from the Hood (1995)
Emagine Willow Creek
Clarence Williams III is a creepy mortician who tries to scare some local dealers straight. $10. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

A Child Is Waiting (1963)
The Heights
Judy Garland is a music teacher at a children’s mental hospital. $11. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Jackson Square Park 
Get that comic-book money, Tony Leung. Free. Dusk. More info here.

Tuesday, June 21

Jungle Cruise (2021)
Fuller Park
Oh well, maybe the weather will be nice at least. Free. Dusk. More info here.

Wednesday, June 22

Twilight (2008)
The Commons
At least Rob and Kristen have put their vampire money to good use. Free. Dusk. More info here.

Ismyrna (2016)  / The Lost Film (2003)
A pair of shorter films from Lebanese filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. $10. 7 p.m .More info here.

Opening This Week

Brian and Charles
A lonely Welsh inventor builds himself a robot friend. 

Cha Cha Real Smooth
Why is it called that? Why?

A toy’s origin story. 

Lost Illusions
Based on a book by a guy named… Ball Sack? Wait, that can’t be right.

Neptune Frost
Rapper/poet Saul Williams’s dazzling Afrofuturist musical. 

The Phantom of the Open
Andrew Lloyd Webber is really running out of ideas, huh?

Ongoing in Local Theaters

The Bad Guys

The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Crimes of the Future (read our review here)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Downton Abbey: A New Era

Everything Everywhere All at Once


Jurassic World: Dominion

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Top Gun: Maverick (read our review here)


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