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Parenting Tip: Take Your Kids to See ‘Blue Velvet’ Instead of ‘Sing 2’ This Week

Pretty much every movie you can see in the Twin Cities area this weekend.

Your children are never too young to learn about the dark underside of suburban life.
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They’re gonna have nightmares anyway. Make ’em good ones at least.

Disclaimer: I am not a parent.

Thursday, July 21

Sing 2 (2021)
Alamo Drafthouse
Jesus, is this movie ever not showing somewhere? $5. 2:45 p.m. More info here.

NT Live: Prima Facie
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Showplace Icon
Jodie Comer in a one-woman play. $12.50. 7 p.m. More info here.

Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Emagine Willow Creek
I like when a movie title tells me exactly what I’m in for. $3. 11 a.m. More info here.

Blue Velvet (1986)
The Heights
The suburbs sure freaked people out in the ’80s. $12. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Escape from New York (1981)
Parkway Theater
It’s 1997, and Manhattan has become as dangerous as your aunt out in Lakeville thinks Uptown is now. $9/$12. 7:30 p.m. trivia, 8 p.m. screening. More info here.

The Muppet Movie (1979)
Riverview Theater
All your kids’ favorite stars have cameos in this one: Charles Durning, Edgar Bergen, and, of course, Orson Welles. $1. 10:30 a.m. More info here.

Friday, July 22

The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021)
Alamo Drafthouse
A baby who’s a boss? This I gotta see. $5. 3 p.m. Also Tuesday-Wednesday 1 p.m. More info here.

Pom Poko (1995)
Alamo Drafthouse 
Urban development threatens the tanuki’s way of life. Not cool! $10. 11:30 a.m. Also Monday 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Abominable (2019)
Emagine Willow Creek
*Tom Hanks voice* Da znowmahn! $3. 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday ; 11 a.m. Monday-Wednesday. More info here.

Sante Sangre (1989)
Trylon
A circus escapee joins his manipulative one-armed mom in a mental hospital in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surreal horror classic. $8. 7 & 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 & 5 p.m. Sunday. More info here

Saturday, July 23

Ponyo (2008)
Parkway Theater
A G-rated The Shape of Water? $5-$10. 1 p.m. More info here.

Sunday, July 24

One Piece Film: Gold (2017)
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Emagine Willow Creek
The Straw Hat Pirates strike again! (I don’t know what that means either.) $13.44. 7 p.m. Also Tuesday. More info here.

Goodfellas (1990)
Emagine Willow Creek
Lemme tell you, there’s a reason they didn’t call it Badfellas. (Because it’s good.) $7.95. 12:30 & 5:30 p.m. Also Wednesday. More info here.

Jeff Show Jeff (2022)
A Korean-American restaurant manager in Minneapolis starts dating his staff, and things get out of hand. 4 p.m. $5-$20. More info here.

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Trylon
Nic Cage at his most “I am a grown-up award-worthy actor now.” $8. 8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday 7 & 9:15 p.m. More info here.

Monday, July 25

Demon Wind (1990)
Emagine Willow Creek
A demon wind? Well that can’t be good. $6. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Wednesday, July 27

Madama Butterfly (2009)
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16
They had opera back then? $19.35. 1 & 6:30 p.m. More info here.

A Perfect Day (2005)/Ramad (2003)
Trylon
The Mizna film series continues its summer-long look at the work of Lebanese filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. $10. 7 p.m. More info here.

Opening This Week

Both Sides of the Blade
I truly admire the unsentimental commitment with which Claire Denis and Juliette Binoche continue to explore late-middle-aged female horniness, but I think maybe there’s just something too French going on here for me to pick up on.

My Donkey, My Lover & I
How you live your personal life is none of my business…

Nope
I am still sorting through how I felt about this.

Shamshera
A new Bollywood period action flick. That’s all I got.

Ongoing in Local Theaters

The Black Phone

Elvis (read our review here)

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Gray Man

Jurassic World: Dominion

Lightyear

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (read our review here)

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Thor: Love and Thunder (read our review here)

Top Gun: Maverick (read our review here)

Where the Crawdads Sing (read our review here)