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Would You Rather Watch Aragorn Grow New Bodily Organs or a Brooklyn Pizzeria Get Firebombed?

This week you can do either, both, or neither in local movie theaters.

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I like to use this space to spotlight local independent theaters, but let’s talk about Emagine Willow Creek for a sec. A little out of the way for us city folk, yes, but with special screenings worth keeping an eye out for: All this week you can see either Do the Right Thing (a must on the big screen) or Guess Who's Coming to Dinner for $5. They show '70s and '80s horror flicks on Monday nights. They even screened Tsai Ming-liang's Goodbye, Dragon Inn earlier this year, which is just plain weird.

Oh, also, the Minneapolis Park Board's annual Movies in the Park series kicked off this week, so you'll find those listings here all summer, or you can peep the full schedule here.

Special Screenings This Week

Thursday, June 2

The Sandlot (1993)
Audubon Park
Sorry, I was an adult when this came out. Your childhood memories mean nothing to me. Free. Dusk. More info here.

Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Emagine Willow Creek
Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin’. $13.44. 7 p.m. More info here.

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
The Heights
A month-long celebration of Judy Garland begins with the only movie to treat the idea of moving to New York with the right amount of horror and dread. $12. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Volverán los abrazos (I'll Hug You Again) (2021)
The Main
A documentary look at Cuban healthcare workers treating COVID. Part of the Cuban Film Festival. $6-$9. 7 p.m. More info here.

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) 
Parkway Theater
The Parkway’s “Music Movie Month” kicks off with a little bluegrass and a little Coens. With pre-show music from the Trashy Trio. $9/$12. 7 p.m. music. 8 p.m. screening. More info here.

Friday, June 3

Space Jam (1996)
Alamo Drafthouse
The rabbit has boobs in this one. You happy, pervs? $5. 12 p.m. Also Tuesday 4:45 p.m. More info here.

Back to the Future (1985)
Armatage Park
A white kid travels back in time to invent rock 'n' roll and cockblock his dad. Free, Dusk. More info here

Do the Right Thing (1989)
Emagine Willow Creek
A beautifully filmed look at the dynamics of neighborhood life, right up to its explosive ending. $5. 6:40 p.m. Also Saturday 7:50 p.m., Sunday & Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Monday-Tuesday 5:40 p.m. More info here.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Emagine Willow Creek
Look, I told you I hate this game. Just tell me! $5. Friday & Sunday 3:40 p.m. Also Saturday noon. Sunday 3:40 p.m. Monday-Wednesday 2:40 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. $10/$12. 8 p.m. More info here.

Hangover Square (1945)
I have read the plot summary of this noir like five times and I still have no idea what the hell it’s about. So you know it’s good. $8. Friday-Saturday 7 & 8:45 p.m. Also Sunday 3 & 4:45 p.m. More info here.

Saturday, June 4

Pitch Perfect (2012)
Alamo Drafthouse
More like ugh cappella. $15. 7:05 p.m. More info here.

The Metropolitan Opera: Hamlet
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Showplace ICON
Hamlet with singing. Just like in that Gilligan’s Island episode. $25. 11:55 a.m. Encore screening Wednesday 1 & 6 p.m. More info here.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Lake Harriet
Whether you’re a fan of Harry Potter or just magical stones in general, this is certainly a movie that has both. Free. Dusk. More info here.

Grease (1978)
Parkway Theater
A nice Australian girl is inspired by a friend’s pregnancy scare to slut it up for a local hoodlum. A singalong, so be prepared to explain dirty ’50s slang to your kiddos, $5-$10. 1 p.m. More info here

Undergrads (2022)
College is coming to an end. Friends are re-evaluating their relationships. You know the drill. $7. 4 p.m. Also Sunday 12 p.m. More info here.

Sunday, June 5

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
Alamo Drafthouse
Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes as drag queens. Happy Pride, I guess! $12.50. 12:25 p.m. More info here.

The Clock (1945)
Alamo Drafthouse
Secretary Judy Garland and soldier Robert Walker fall for each other while he’s on 24-hour leave in New York. $12.50. 3:20 p.m. More info here.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Emagine Willow Creek/Showplace ICON
Cannot be overstated how strange yet perfect Judy Garland’s stylized, keyed-up performance is in this freaky movie. $16.13. 3 & 7 p.m. Also Monday. More info here.

Laurel and Hardy Comedy Festival
The Heights
“Laurel AND Hardy? In this ec—” A furious crowd tackles me and pins me to the ground. $12. 1 p.m. More info here.

Moonstruck (1987)
Nic Cage ain’t no freakin’ monument to justice. He. Lost. His. Hand. $8. 6:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday 7 & 9:15 p.m. More info here.

Monday, June 6

Graduation Day (1981)
Emagine Willow Creek
A good ol’ ’80s teen slayfest. $10. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

The Harvey Girls (1946)
The Heights
The first song on the soundtrack to this Judy Garland musical is called “Judy Gets the Meat.” Don’t believe me? Look it up. $12. 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Tuesday, June 7

Forever Golden! A Celebration of the Golden Girls
AMC Rosedale 14/AMC Southdale 16/Showplace ICON
Golden Girls episodes in a movie theater? Eh, why not? $10. 7 p.m. More info here.

Asian Movie Night
Minnehaha Park
Seriously, that’s all it says. Free. Dusk. More info here.

The Return of Trailer-o-Rama: The Revengening Part 2
Parkway Theater
Over an hour of campy, cringey, and odd trailers, with pre-show trivia. $10/$13. 7:30 p.m. trivia. 8 p.m. screening. More info here.

Wednesday, June 8

Halloween (1978)
Alamo Drafthouse
This just in: Load and Reload are two of John Carpenter's three most favorite Metallica albums. $10. 8:30 p.m. More info here.

Tom and Jerry: The Movie (2021)
Alamo Drafthouse
Tom AND Jerry? In thi— [ED NOTE: No, really, cut it the fuck out.] $5. 2:05 p.m. More info here.

The Princess Bride (1987)
The Commons
I know, y’all love this one, so I'll just keep quiet. Free. Dusk. More info here.

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva (2021)
Parkway Theater
Shiva is a leader in the ecological food movement. Sponsored by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, this film will be introduced by ethnobotanist and food sovereignty activist Linda Black Elk followed by a Zoom Q&A with director Jim Beket. $10-$15. 7 p.m. More info here.

Rude Boy (1980)
A movie about a (fictional) roadie for the (real) Clash. $12. 7 p.m. More info here.

Opening This Week

I was ambivalent about Terence Davies’s biopic of WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon but still I keep turning it over in my head.

Crimes of the Future
David Cronenberg gets back to his fucked up roots.

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
Anime about a mother and daughter in a coastal Japanese town.

Guess they couldn’t afford “and Flow” in this ec—ow, stop hitting me!

Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story
All titles should be this self-explanatory.

An Indian period piece with some epic battle scenes, looks like.

Decent, stylish little thriller about an American woman in Romania who is convinced her neighbor is stalking her.

Ongoing in Local Theaters

The Bad Guys
The Bob’s Burgers Movie
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Downton Abbey: A New Era
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
Hit the Road
The Lost City (read our review here)
Morbius (read our review here) (how the hell is this still in theaters?)
The Northman
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Top Gun: Maverick (read our review here)
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

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