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 One-Armed Swordsman
This revenge drama finds the title character (Wang Yu) seeking redress for the loss of his arm. Fortunately, he can do it with—well, not one arm tied behind his back, but close enough.
Strange that this film has been largely forgotten, since it won two major Oscars (for direction and screenplay) and was a Best Picture nominee. The story involves a hastily married couple who rue the impulse that led to their vows.
Like the frustrated screenwriter played by Vincent D’Onofrio in The Player, you may want to take a stab at regaining your faith in movies by having another look at this 1948 neorealist masterpiece.
The most influential movie of the past 30 years (see Pulp Fiction, The Sopranos, etc.), Scorsese’s monumental rise-and-fall chronicle of mob informer Henry Hill is the last word on the myth of criminal chic. “Funny how? Funny like a clown? I amuse you?” You’ll be quoting all of it.
The rebellious Isabelle Adjani plays Marguerite de Valois, the French monarch with a husband she hates, a lover she desires and a whole lotta unsatisfied peasants she rules over.
Unlikable female protagonists are rare. If you’re looking for a dynamite one, try this compassionate drama about a scrappy drifter.
Stanley Kubrick’s epic 1975 Napoleonic tragedy has a growing cult of superfans who see in its painterly facades the ultimate portrait of a social-climbing con artist (Ryan O’Neal), whose luck rises and falls over card games and duels.
A Fistful of Dollars
It’s impossible to dispute the importance of Sergio Leone’s twangy classic, the movie that popularized the spaghetti Western worldwide, launched the big-screen career of Clint Eastwood and inspired a wave of future filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino.
In this rarely revived haunted-house movie, George C. Scott’s grieving composer rents a mansion inhabited by a dead child’s ghost. Spooky doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Don’t put Baby in the corner, but if you must, at least serve us a watermelon margarita—a drink that comes with your admission.
What could possibly be better than returning to Tiffany Haddish’s breakout performance? See this master class of physical comedy and nosh on a feast of New Orleans cuisine, complete with crawfish pie, gumbo and plenty of alcoholic drinks.
The House by the Cemetery
Italian horror specialist Lucio Fulci so rarely gets screened, much less in 35 millimeter, that it’s almost worth recommending this babysitter slasher on principle alone.