Movie screenings and events in NYC
For the next month, our favorite Greenwich Village cinema commits itself to the best three-parters ever lensed. Make time to revisit Juliette Binoche’s grief-torn performance in Three Colors: Blue.
Are these not the most euphoric 12 opening minutes of any movie? Raiders may still be Steven Spielberg’s greatest triumph simply for unearthing the pleasure of the chase, extending the kinetic magic for a perfect two hours and then hiding away the Ark in a dusty warehouse as if to say: Go find your own adventure. Don’t pass up the chance to catch it on a huge screen, as it was intended.
John Waters may be known as trash-cinema royalty, but there’s a surprising layer of feminist empathy hidden under his work’s dark humor. This film places Divine at the center of a truly epic criminal tale; the fabulously brazen drag icon wins our sympathies in Waters’s Manson-inflected world.
Released a month after The Matrix, David Cronenberg’s surreal take on virtual reality and video games is roughly 10 times more sophisticated. It’s definitely worth seeing on a big screen, if only to soak up the domineering presence of “game-pod goddess” Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Arguably Akira Kurosawa’s most impressive film and inarguably his most beloved, this samurai Western has inspired everything from The Magnificent Seven to Pixar’s animated A Bug’s Life.
Say, what are the first and second rules of Fight Club again? Risking a punch to the face, we’ll say that David Fincher’s black comedy—his arrival as a major Hollywood voice—has only gotten more subversive 20 years later. Ow!
A budding criminal goes on a sex-and-thievery rampage after being released from juvenile hall. The movie is a high point of Japan’s radical New Wave of the late ’50s.