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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

Dazed and Confused

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

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Dazed and Confused

The cast—entirely unknown at the time—of this terrific comedy about the last day of school in 1976 reads in retrospect like a who’s who of hot young actors: Parker Posey, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger and Milla Jovovich. Videology throws a kegger to go along with the screening: Your ticket comes with a Solo cup and three refills of Sixpoint Puff.

Videology. Fri 26 at 9:30pm; $22.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

It may be time to stop calling Nicolas Roeg’s sexed-up sci-fi film that vaguely demeaning term—a cult classic—and start addressing it as what it is: the most intellectually provocative genre film of the 1970s. The allure of its perfectly cast star, David Bowie (emaciated and still months from going clean), overshadowed the content of the script in its day.

Quad Cinema. Sat 27 ay 2pm; $12-$15. 

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Enjoying David Lynch’s latest additions to his Twin Peaks saga? Catch up with the one movie he’s called his all-time favorite. Dream sequences, sexy distractions, mysterious hallways—here’s where that all begins.

Film Society of Lincoln Center. Sat 27 at 4pm; $11-$14.

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The Yards

Before he made ambitious epics like the current The Lost City of Z, James Gray directed this no-less-striking family drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron. All of the elements that would come to define Gray’s style—particularly a strong sense of location—are here in abundance. It plays as a part of Moving Image’s brilliantly titled Caan Film Festival, in salute of actor James Caan.

Museum of Mooving Image. Sat at 7pm; free-$15.

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Jarrod L
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.


https://drafthouse.com/nyc/show/the-magic-garden-of-stanley-sweetheart

Stan J
Stan J

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Susan
Susan

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