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
By Joshua Rothkopf and Time Out contributors |

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

Movies, Fantasy


They don’t call it Alien for nothing, and while we could talk about Sigourney Weaver in her undies for days, the nightmarish star of Ridley Scott’s 1979 landmark is mainly the vision of one man: Creature designer H.R. Giger’s obscenely phallic creation stalks a remarkably excellent cast (for a monster movie, anyway), one that includes the recently departed Harry Dean Stanton.

IFC Center, Greenwich Village ( Fri 16, Sat 17 midnight; $15.

SHOAH (1985)


To think of the Holocaust as somehow a thing of the past was, in documentarian Claude Lanzmann’s view, a “moral and artistic crime.” (Brooklyn Heights residents who recently woke to swastikas sprayed on a garage door know this only too well.) Devote Saturday to Lanzmann’s towering 1985 masterwork, its nine and a half hours to be shown in two halves, or “eras,” as the filmmaker called them. The experience is saturated with unforgettable details: Nazi memos referring to corpses as “pieces,” “dirt” or “figures,” and scholar Raul Hilberg revealing how Jews had to pay—via their own liquidated assets—for one-way tickets to Auschwitz.

Quad Cinema, Greenwich Village ( Sat 17 at 1pm; $30.

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Movies, Action and adventure

True Grit

After The Ladykillers, the very idea of the Coens remaking another classic had many pundits shaking their heads. But True Grit is more of a return to Charles Portis’ source novel than a reboot of the John Wayne oater. Jeff Bridges is in fine form as irascible U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn, but 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld steals the show as the vengeful orphan who hires him.

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria ( Sun 18 at 6:30pm; $15.

Movies, Action and adventure

Jason and the Argonauts

Chances are you saw this long ago as a child, or grew up watching this Saturday matinee mythology movie endlessly replayed on TV. In either case, you owe it to yourself to return this pleasantly cheesy retelling of the Greek legend. Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion effects are worth the price of admission alone: His skeleton army rises from the ground and wields swords against live-action warriors.

Film Forum, Greenwich Village ( Sat 17, Sun 18 at 11am; $9.

Movies, Drama


As subversive a studio movie as Hollywood ever made, David Fincher’s stunningly bleak serial-killer film equates the efforts of lawmen with institutionalized chaos. Seven has had a profound influence on a kind of “doom cinema,” a tribute to genius cinematographer Darius Khondji, currently being celebrated by Metrograph. He’ll be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

Metrograph, Lower East Side ( Tue 20 at 7:15pm; $15.

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