Since any New York City cinephile has an almost suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Deciding to keep Stanley Kubrick around for another weekend, IFC will, on Friday (4/5) and Saturday (4/6), continue midnight screenings of The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Both are perfectly serviceable movies of their own.
Making those films’ sense of narrative exploration look like a Merchant-Ivory production by comparison is House, the ‘70s Japanese cult horror classic. It, too, is coming Friday and Saturday, screening about 30 minutes after the Kubrick productions have started. Give that a shot, if you can.
Hayao Miyazaki comes to Brooklyn for BAM’s “Miyazaki” series, and this weekend along brings a genuine treasure trove of animated cinema. Friday (4/5) brings Castle in the Sky; on Saturday (4/6), one can attend presentations of My Neighbor Totoro and / or Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind; then end your weekend the American way, with a Sunday (4/8) screening of Princess Mononoke.
Nitehawk step up their so-called “game” over the next few days, starting with Friday (4/5) and Saturday (4/6) 35mm midnight showings of Easy Rider. It marks the commencement of an impressive series titled “The Works: Karen Black,” and you can acquire tickets by clicking the link.
A print of Sam Peckinpah’s well-regarded (but underseen) Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid screens late Saturday and Sunday (4/5) morning, thanks to the continuation of their “Country Brunchin’” line. (Which is to say, you get a movie, food, and live music beforehand.) If you seek one of Bob Dylan’s rare acting turns, consider the trip.
A mere half-hour after Pat Garrett comes baseball comedy classic The Bad News Bears, getting its placement within the lineup “April Brunch: Play Ball!” — making for another excuse to eat steak and eggs while enjoying 35mm showings of classic films. Details on those screenings are available at their site.
Museum of the Moving Image
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the online publication Reverse Shot have programmed an exciting series entitled, appropriately enough, “The Life of Film: Celebrating a Decade of Reverse Shot,” which examines some of contemporary cinema’s finest offerings since 2003.
Friday (4/5) actually brings an upcoming film: Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, though Saturday (4/6) takes us back a bit with Tabu director Miguel Gomes’ The Face You Deserve, as well as Lucrecia Martel’s The Headless Woman. On Sunday (4/6), one has an opportunity to see the experimental documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, followed by their roundtable discussion on the future of film criticism.
All features are presented on 35mm, and all are available on a first-come, first-served basis with admission to the museum. You can read more about the series by going here.
Perhaps Hal Ashby’s finest picture, The Last Detail, will come to Film Forum in a 4K restoration for one week, starting on Friday (4/5). Tickets can be purchased at the link.
On Sunday morning (4/7), take a unique repertory experience when the theater show a 3D print of André de Toth’s classic Vincent Price-starrer, House of Wax. Take a look at the details — if you dare, etc.
Of all the movies you can see at midnight on Friday (4/5) and Saturday (4/6) in New York City, Spice World presents itself. So little else needs to be stated, but tickets must be purchased.
The same goes for Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, which is either coming back because of a programming choice or, more possibly, some form of devilry. Saturday at midnight, when Lisa is sure to look hot.
Anthology Film Archive
Jean Vigo’s featurette Zero for Conduct is scheduled to play alongside the ‘30s German short Confirmation Day on Sunday afternoon (4/7). Both are on 35mm, but do not contain subtitles.
Admission is available at the door.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
George Cukor’s beloved My Fair Lady will come to midtown on Saturday (4/6) and Sunday (4/7) afternoon. Those looking for a fill of Audrey Hepburn should be sure to consider the details.
What are your weekend watching plans?