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The best movie screenings in NYC this week

Each week, our seasoned film critics bring you the very best of New York City's alternative movie screenings and events

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Every week, we round up the best movie events happening outside New York’s multiplexes, from major international film festivals (such as Sundance, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival) and revivals at Film Forum and BAM to one-off movie screenings and in-person Q&As with stars, filmmakers and experts. New York also has a thriving film scene in galleries and pop-up venues, and in the summer months, you’ll find a wealth of outdoor screenings in NYC parks and gardens across the city.

Movie screenings and events in NYC


Withnail & I

A huge cult classic in its native England, this acerbic comedy stars Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann as two unemployed actors in the late ’60s who embark on a disastrous holiday. Your ticket to this “booze-along” comes with four separate drink courses: cider, gin, Scotch and sherry. It’s definitely the right way to see this movie.

Videology. Fri 31 at 9:30 pm; $35.


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Mulholland Drive

The finest film of its decade, David Lynch’s terrifying comeback begins as a sordid Los Angeles noir; eventually, it punches its way to a cosmic cynicism rarely achieved in cinema. It’s meant to be seen with a freaked-out audience, so don’t miss this screening. Hard-core Lynch fans can stick around for a midnight double feature of either Eraserhead or Blue Velvet.

 IFC Center. Fri 31 at 9:20p; $10-$15.

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Punishment Park

This Vietnam War–era what-if drama imagines that President Nixon has the army round up all of the nation’s young radicals and offer them a choice: Go to prison or run through the desert while National Guardsmen shoot to kill. Cautionary, stirring and, at times, unintentionally hilarious, it’s a lost ’70s classic.

 Metrograph. Sat 1 at 4:30pm, Sun 2 at 4pm; $12-$15.

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Here’s the movie that made Michael Caine’s reputation. As the title character, a Cockney cock of the walk who only wants to know “what it’s all about,” he repeatedly breaks the fourth wall without becoming irritating. Sax god Sonny Rollins, meanwhile, never has to worry about becoming irritating: His score is groovy. Director Lewis Gilbert went on to make a few Bond films.

Film Forum. Sun 2 at 5:30pm; $8-$14.

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This first hit by future M director Fritz Lang is one of those films in which the same character appears in several different eras. In this case, a woman gets three chances to save her beloved’s life. Let’s hope he deserves it. Recently restored, the romance screens as part of the KINO!2017 series celebrating new (and old) German cinema. DJ Raphaël Marionneau spins a live score.

Landmark's Sunshine. Mon 3 at 8pm; $10-$12.

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In one of his finest performances, the recently departed John Hurt plays Big Brother–beleaguered everyman Winston Smith in this definitive adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopia. The novel is back on best-seller lists as a critical antidote to today’s fake news. Anthology donates a portion of its box-office receipts to the ACLU.

 Anthology Film Archives. Tue 4 at 7:30pm; $7-$11.

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I implore any cinefile to run out and see Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. Just magnificent.