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
In the beginning, the Lord gave us Charlie Ahearn’s seminal portrait of old-school tagging and emceeing in the South Bronx, and lo, it was good. Hip-hop cinema starts here. Legends including Grandmaster Flash and Rock Steady Crew supply the beats.
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.
After falsely hinting at premature retirement like a rock star (which he essentially is, in Japan), animator Hayao Miyazaki got to work on this fantasy—about a boy, a girl and a giant floating edifice. This remains one of his most epic and lushly animated works.
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.
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.
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.
More than half a century after Stanley Kubrick unleashed his most perverse provocation (about a bombing run no one can stop), it’s amazing that we’re even here to see it. By a whopping margin, this is Kubrick’s most radical film and greatest dramatic gamble.