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Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly 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.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
The release of Carol (our coverage can be found here) brings “Todd Haynes: The Other Side of Dreams,” which will pair the director’s work with his personal favorites. Safe and Imitation of Life show on Friday; on Saturday, see “Todd Haynes: Rarities” — which brings Dottie Gets Spanked, »
- Nick Newman
Newly restored HD versions of two classic Laurel and Hardy comedies relive all their petty, pratfall-based glories – and a streak of surreal mischief
Showing as part of the extended celebration of the 125th anniversary of Stan Laurel’s birth, this Laurel and Hardy double bill arrives in cinemas in high-definition, following an extensive restoration. While the duo’s petty, pratfall-based humour might not be as inventive as that of their contemporaries – Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd – there’s a glorious streak of surreal mischief displayed here.
In Way Out West, which sees the duo charged with delivering the deeds of a gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector, Stan repeatedly baffles Ollie by using his own thumb as a cigar lighter. In Towed in a Hole, in which the pair star as a couple of itinerant fish salesmen, Ollie boots a bucket at Stan’s head, only to have »
- Wendy Ide
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
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