Weekends in June
At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected icon. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career.
An intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
Set in Lexington, KY, this thrilling heist film follows four misguided young men who attempt one of the most audacious art thefts in U.S. history, from a university’s special collections library.
Fri, Jun 22 at 7:15pm
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?: Intro from Dennis Scott, producer of Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers (7:15pm)
Fri, Jun 22, 7:15pm: Introduction from Dennis Scott, producer of the Grammy award-winning CD, Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Roger
Sat-Sun, Jun 23-24
Irascible petty criminal H.R. McMurtry pleads insanity to keep himself out of jail. Once institutionalized, he slowly stages mutiny against the oppressive Nurse Ratched. Based on the novel by Ken Kesey. —35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive
Sat, Jun 23 at 2:45pm
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?: Intro and post-screening discussion with Jakob Lewis, host of the Neighbors podcast (2:45pm)
Sat, Jun 23, 2:45pm: Introduction from Jakob Lewis, host of the Neighbors podcast. Lewis will also lead a post-screening discussion in the upstairs Jackson Education and Engagement Space (space is limited; seating is first-come, first-served)
Mon, Jun 25 at 7:30pm
Centered around the rock band Deer Tick’s 10th anniversary run in New York City, the film weaves in and out of a decade’s worth of footage from the group’s booze-drenched early days to the successful touring/recording band they are now.
Tuesdays, Jun 19, Jun 26 and Jul 3 | 6:30-9pm
Back by popular demand! This intermediate screenwriting seminar, taught by professors from Vanderbilt University’s cinema and media arts program, is a hands-on opportunity to sharpen your screenwriting skills in a collaborative environment.
Wed, Jun 27 at 2:30pm, 7:30pm
Part of Staff Picks, and programmed by Mae, who says: “Screening I AM CUBA within a contemporary ‘fake news’ media climate, amidst critical debates about information either serving as propaganda to one party or lies that incite hatred towards another, revives the timeless proverb: one man’s meat is another man’s poison.”
Thu-Sun, Jun 28-Jul 1
French master Bruno Dumont (SLACK BAY, HADEWIJCH), on an absurdist/comedic bent as of late, recreates the adolescence of the Maid of Orleans as a radical, electro-metal musical.
Fri, Jun 29 at Midnight
In this Roger Corman-produced JAWS parody directed by the inimitable Joe Dante and written by indie darling John Sayles, the bloodthirsty shark is subbed out for a swarm of military-grade flesh-eating piranhas.
Sat-Sun Jun 30-Jul 1
Director Miloš Forman weathered Jim Carrey’s obsessive resolve to both channel and honor artist/comedian Andy Kaufman, both digging their way into the heart of Kaufman’s underground realm of befuddling characters unwilling to conform to conventional roles, rules and tidy expectations.
Sat, June 30 at Midnight
In Spielberg’s phrase-coining “blockbuster,” the tension ratchets as a police chief (Roy Scheider), an oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) seek to destroy an insatiable great white shark that’s terrorizing the townspeople of fictional Amity Island.
Mondays in July
This July, we celebrate a unique group of films that represent a wide spectrum of approaches to entertainingly showing the socio-economic concerns of a generation of people of color that also happen to sport some of the greatest soundtracks of all time, featuring the talents of Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Roy Ayers, James Brown, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Mon, Jul 2 at 7:30pm
When the New York Mafia wants to take over the Harlem drug trade, they kidnap the daughter of a local crime lord who hires the one man tough enough to get his daughter back: Shaft. Score by Isaac Hayes.
Limited Engagement - Dates TBD
An infectious ode to the whimsy of world travel, Brazilian filmmaker Fellipe Barbosa’s bittersweet elegy recreates the last days of a wayward friend’s year abroad, culminating in a fateful journey to Mount Mulanje in Malawi.
Opens Fri, Jul 6
A loving take on the Western genre from the Zellner brothers (KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER), DAMSEL stars a hapless Robert Pattinson who, travelling with a miniature horse, ventures into the wilderness to reunite with a lost love (Mia Wasikowska).
Sun-Thu, Jul 8-12
Restored and remixed to 5.1 audio at Abbey Road, this Beatles classic returns to theaters in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.
As we program various repertory series of varying size and scope throughout the year, the ongoing work of preserving repertory cinema for the modern era continues unabated. Here below lies a small amalgamation of recent restorations that are currently making the rounds on repertory screens worldwide.
Mon, Jul 9
After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the black community and some disillusioned Hells Angels in this low-budget independent film written, directed, produced, edited, and starring Melvin Van Peebles (who also composed the score performed by Earth, Wind & Fire).
Tue, Jul 10
Hailed by The Guardian as “the most terrifying and honest portrayal of nuclear war ever filmed,” THREADS bleakly portrays the effects of a nuclear attack on the working-class city of Sheffield, England as the fabric of society unravels one thread at a time.
Thu, Jul 12 | 7-9pm
This seminar is presented in conjunction with Music City Mondays: Blaxploitation, Mondays in July. (Seminar ticket and movie tickets sold separately.) Presented by Frank Dobson, associate dean of students, Social Justice and Identity Center, at Vanderbilt University.
Opens Fri, Jul 13
Fearlessly ambitious, scathingly funny and thoroughly original, this satirical tale of a telemarketer in alternate-present Oakland loudly heralds the arrival of a fresh filmmaking talent in writer-director-musician Boots Riley.
Fri, Jul 13 at Midnight
While on summer vacation with her family in the Catskills, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) has the time of her life thanks to dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).
Sat-Sun, Jul 14-15
Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in her iconic role as Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello. Directed by Luis Buñuel. 4K DCP Restoration.
Sat, Jul 14 at Midnight
Professional bouncer Dalton (Patrick Swayze) butts heads with local business magnate Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara) when he’s hired to clean up The Double Deuce bar in Jasper, Missouri.
Mon, Jul 16
A nurse takes to the streets to exact revenge on the inner-city dealers who got her younger sister hooked on drugs. Come for Pam Grier’s excellent performance as the righteous vigilante; stay for Roy Ayers’s exceptionally funky soundtrack.
Wed-Thu, Jul 18-19
Drawing from his own youthful experiences, this early work from Olivier Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, telling the story of teenage lovers whose open rebellion against family and society threatens to tear them apart.
If you want the full effect and unfiltered surprise of this jaw-droppingly improbable and delightful documentary—and trust us enough to take our word for it—please stop reading now, avoid the trailer, and make a solid plan to catch this when it opens. You won’t regret the decision.
Sat-Sun, Jul 21-22
Agnès Varda’s enchanting ode to female friendship and liberation is part blissed-out bohemian musical, part revolutionary cri de cœur. New DCP Restoration.
Mon, Jul 23
This story of a Harlem youth's rise and fall in New York City's criminal underworld marks the first soundtrack work by the Godfather of Soul himself, Mr. James Brown.
Opens Fri, Jul 27
In comic Bo Burnham’s keenly-observed directorial debut, 13-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of her seemingly disastrous eighth grade year.
Fri, Jul 27 at Midnight
When Earth passes through the tail of a comet, the planet’s machines become sentient with only one goal: the elimination of mankind. A group of survivors holes up in a truck stop to fight off killer vehicles in Stephen King’s only directorial outing.
Sat-Sun, Jul 28-29
THE WATERMELON WOMAN is the story of Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye), a twenty-something black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930s black film actress popularly known as “The Watermelon Woman.”
Sat, Jul 28 at Midnight
John Carpenter takes on Stephen King’s classic novel about a sentient, evil automobile and the psychological effects it has on its new owner, a mild-mannered, nerdy teen.
Mon, Jul 30
Priest (Ron O’Neal), a coke dealer who wants to get out of the game, decides to make one last big score before calling it quits in Gordon Parks Jr.’s sensational depiction of the day-to-day life of a career criminal. Curtis Mayfield’s unparalleled score makes this an absolute must-see in the theater.
Tue, Jul 31
Part of Staff Picks, and programmed by Bob, who says: “2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT is one of my favorite sci-fi films of all time. A beautiful piece of classic science-fiction, the oft-overlooked and underappreciated sequel to 2001 features a top-notch cast and astounding practical special-effects to tell a story that's a heady blend of equal parts geo-political drama, suspense-thriller, atmospheric ghost story, and meditation on humanity's role in the universe. It's truly something wonderful.”
Thu, Aug 23 at 7:00pm
For the first time in this or any other galaxy, the RiffTrax crew is delighted to take on the sci-fi fantasy classic KRULL. Live from the Belcourt Theatre!
Wed-Thu, Nov 7-8 at 7:30pm
An annual tour of the world's greatest climbing films.