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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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By Joshua Rothkopf and Time Out contributors |
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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

1
Casino (1995)
Movies, Thriller

Casino

A retread of Martin Scorsese’s past glories, this is still an electrifying reminder that few filmmakers are better at pairing period pop songs with the perfect imagery. The scene scored to the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” ranks as a career high point. Critic Matt Zoller Seitz will have a discussion with co-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi afterward.

IFC Center, Greenwich Village (ifccenter.com). Thu 26 at 7pm; $16.

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Boyz n the Hood
Movies, Drama

Boyz n the Hood

Pay your respects to the recently departed South Central native and USC grad John Singleton—a director who BAM will be celebrating with a September series called “Purpose and Passion.” In his sobering coming-of-age classic Boyz n the Hood, Singleton gave his own soul-crushing update to the tame delinquency of white-bread classics like American Graffiti. Here, cruising doesn’t lead to pickups but to hit jobs, and getting into college isn’t as important as getting out of Compton.

BAM Film, Fort Greene (bam.org). Thu 19, Fri 20 at various times; $16.

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