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 ne plus ultra of cop-versus-criminal movies is more than just a heist film or a primer on the cool blues and gunmetal grays of Los Angeles interiors. It also features the most anticipated big-name face-off since King Kong battled Godzilla: Robert De Niro versus Al Pacino.
We'd be surprised if everyone doesn't know the surprise ending of this dystopian sci-fi classic—that whole screaming revelation from our man Charlton Heston about what the titular food stuff is made of—but maybe your millennial friends are still innocent enough to be freaked out. Be sure to take them out for some fast food beforehand.
Italian art-house star Monica Vitti (L’Avventura) was never going to become a pinup on the scale of Brigitte Bardot. But this comics-based spy comedy—her lunge for wider appeal—has its modish charms. It’s in the same silly vein as Danger: Diabolik, also playing this week (see below).
Unlikable female protagonists are hard to come by. But if you’re looking for an exception, try French filmmaker Agnès Varda’s challenging yet compassionate drama. It’s a portrait of a drifter, Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire), whose body is found frozen in a vineyard at the start of the film. Varda then pieces together the final days of Mona’s tough life.
One of the best Hitchcock films that Hitchcock never made, this rousing comedy-adventure finds Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn teaming up to locate a hidden fortune in Paris. Walter Matthau and James Coburn provide hilarious support. These screenings honor the film’s recently departed fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, whose work became synonymous with Hepburn’s style.
Judy Garland and Gene Kelly are thoroughly charming in this minor musical, but film buffs will be most interested in the “Be a Clown” number, since Cole Porter’s tune sounds suspiciously like “Make ’Em Laugh,” which Arthur Freed supplied for Singin’ in the Rain.
How much you’ll enjoy this Raymond Chandler spoof depends largely upon how well you’re able to roll with Robert Altman’s wry deconstruction of the private-eye genre. It's very much a masterpiece; you can seen its shaggy influence on films such as The Big Lebowski and Inherent Vice. It screens with a sneak peak of Aaron Katz's forthcoming Hollywood noir, Gemini.
The title is misleading: James Nares’s No Wave spoof of the Hollywood epic was shot entirely on location in the East Village. Downtown scenestress Lydia Lunch chases David McDermott around with a whip, and there’s a re-creation of the Roman Empire as a lazy loft party. If that sentence doesn’t get your glands pumping, you don’t belong here.
If you’ve seen only the Beastie Boys’ “Body Movin’ ” video, which visually sampled this kitschy epic, you owe it to yourself to watch the whole film. It’s one of the most gloriously strange superhero movies ever made. That is to say, it was made by Italians.