Dinner and a movie: Cold in July, Accident, The Dance of Reality

We've got your date night planned, with three perfect dinner-and-a-movie pairings

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  • 1. Cold in July + Smokeline

    The film
    The books of Texas-born crime writer Joe R. Lansdale are lean, grimly comical and packed with the kind of crackling dialogue that Hollywood producers claim to love. But they've been rarely adapted—until now. Cold in July is Lansdale in excelsis: a relentless tale of small-town treachery spiraling into bloody vengeance. It's one of the year’s best thrillers. It's being screened at IFC Center.

    The food
    After the screening, follow the wafting smell of Dan Delaney’s superlative Texas-style brisket down the High Line to Smokeline, his alfresco BrisketTown spin-off. Share a smorgasboard of ’cue, like pulled-pork sandwiches piled high with pickled okra and chili sauce or smoked chicken with black-eyed-pea salad and cole slaw.

  • 2. Accident + Whitehall

    The film
    Sometimes, you just can't beat a classic British thriller. Director Joseph Losey, collaborating with playwright Harold Pinter, cooked up a doozy in this 1967 brain melter, as adventurous in its own way as was Antonioni’s Blow-Up a year prior (or The Usual Suspects, come to think of it). Head to Film Forum for this special screening.

    The food
    Take a stroll down Sixth Avenue to London-inspired tavern Whitehall for upmarket twists on classic Brit plates. Across-the-pond grub includes English pea soup with harissa croutons, pan-roasted monkfish with bubble and squeak, and Guinness-braised short ribs with beetroot mash. And like any good British gin palace, there’s a hefty assortment of juniper spirits to toast a night well spent, mate.

  • 3. The Dance of Reality + Rayuela

    The film
    In the early ’70s, Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky was king of the midnight circuit, unleashing hypnotic stunners like El Topo and The Holy Mountain. His return to filmmaking after 28 years of financial frustration explodes with great ideas. It's a full-bodied and mischievous autobiography in the spirit of Federico Fellini’s Amarcord. Check it out at Landmark's Sunshine.

    The food
    Pair the flick with an equally inventive meal at nearby pan-Latin crowd-pleaser Rayuela. Delve into seductive South American tapas like oysters Santiago with rocoto passion-fruit sauce, yucca croquettes with tetilla cheese and creamy goat-cheese polenta.

1. Cold in July + Smokeline

The film
The books of Texas-born crime writer Joe R. Lansdale are lean, grimly comical and packed with the kind of crackling dialogue that Hollywood producers claim to love. But they've been rarely adapted—until now. Cold in July is Lansdale in excelsis: a relentless tale of small-town treachery spiraling into bloody vengeance. It's one of the year’s best thrillers. It's being screened at IFC Center.

The food
After the screening, follow the wafting smell of Dan Delaney’s superlative Texas-style brisket down the High Line to Smokeline, his alfresco BrisketTown spin-off. Share a smorgasboard of ’cue, like pulled-pork sandwiches piled high with pickled okra and chili sauce or smoked chicken with black-eyed-pea salad and cole slaw.

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