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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


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



The ne plus ultra of cop-versus-criminal movies is more than just a heist film or a primer on the cool blues and gunmetal grays of Los Angeles interiors. It also features the most anticipated big-name face-off since King Kong battled Godzilla: Robert De Niro versus Al Pacino.

Quad Cinema. Thu 22 at 8:45pm; $12–$15.

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Soylent Green

We'd be surprised if everyone doesn't know the surprise ending of this dystopian sci-fi classic—that whole screaming revelation from our man Charlton Heston about what the titular food stuff is made of—but maybe your millennial friends are still innocent enough to be freaked out. Be sure to take them out for some fast food beforehand.

IFC Center. Fri 23, Sat 24 midnight; $10–$15.

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Modesty Blaise

Italian art-house star Monica Vitti (L’Avventura) was never going to become a pinup on the scale of Brigitte Bardot. But this comics-based spy comedy—her lunge for wider appeal—has its modish charms. It’s in the same silly vein as Danger: Diabolik, also playing this week (see below).

Metrograph. Sat 24 at 9:45pm; $12–$15.

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Unlikable female protagonists are hard to come by. But if you’re looking for an exception, try French filmmaker Agnès Varda’s challenging yet compassionate drama. It’s a portrait of a drifter, Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire), whose body is found frozen in a vineyard at the start of the film. Varda then pieces together the final days of Mona’s tough life.

Museum of the Moving Image. Sat 24, Sun 25 at 3pm; free–$15.

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One of the best Hitchcock films that Hitchcock never made, this rousing comedy-adventure finds Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn teaming up to locate a hidden fortune in Paris. Walter Matthau and James Coburn provide hilarious support. These screenings honor the film’s recently departed fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, whose work became synonymous with Hepburn’s style.

Nitehawk Cinema. Sat 24, Sun 25 at 11:15am; $9–$12.

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The Long Goodbye

How much you’ll enjoy this Raymond Chandler spoof depends largely upon how well you’re able to roll with Robert Altman’s wry deconstruction of the private-eye genre. It's very much a masterpiece; you can seen its shaggy influence on films such as The Big Lebowski and Inherent Vice. It screens with a sneak peak of Aaron Katz's forthcoming Hollywood noir, Gemini.

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn. Sun 25 at 7:30pm; $20.

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Rome '78

Rome '78

The title is misleading: James Nares’s No Wave spoof of the Hollywood epic was shot entirely on location in the East Village. Downtown scenestress Lydia Lunch chases David McDermott around with a whip, and there’s a re-creation of the Roman Empire as a lazy loft party. If that sentence doesn’t get your glands pumping, you don’t belong here.

Museum of Modern Art. Mon 26 at 4:30pm; free–$12.


Danger: Diabolik

If you’ve seen only the Beastie Boys’ “Body Movin’ ” video, which visually sampled this kitschy epic, you owe it to yourself to watch the whole film. It’s one of the most gloriously strange superhero movies ever made. That is to say, it was made by Italians.

Film Forum. Tue 27 at 10pm; $9–$15.

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Chirag R

Nice list. Now I know what to watch. I also heard that Ghost in the Shell stirs a lot of criticism. I'll ask my friend about the plot of anime.

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Jarrod L

I recommend seeing the ultra rare screening of the counter culture masterpiece The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970) playing at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn, New York on April 26th, 2017 at 9:30pm. This film has not been screened in New York in nearly 50 years, and has never been released on home video in any format. This film is being screened on 35mm, with actress Linda Gillen in person for a Q&A with host Joe Bob Briggs. This is an event not to be missed.


Stan J

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