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Still from TURANDOT

 

We are now deep into summer, and whether you’re a kid on summer break, an adult longing for a few hours in air conditioning, or a senior looking for some thought-provoking entertainment, there is a screening here for you. For entertainment under the stars, check out Spree's July outdoor screenings calendar.

 

Cultivate Cinema Circle—Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides: Who would’ve guessed, when The Virgin Suicides was released in 1999, that director Sofia Coppola would wind up as one of cinema’s most unique, insightful, and important voices? Her adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s novel about five doomed sisters living in 1970s Michigan is one of the strongest debuts in film history. It’s also one of the most memorable studies of suburban ennui. The screening will be introduced by Andrea Mancuso, the curator of Nichols High School’s Classic Movie Night series. (7 p.m. on July 19 at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave.; cultivatecinemacircle.com)

 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail at the Screening Room: You can never go wrong with a screening of 1975 cult classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It is especially fun to see this parody of the Arthurian legend with a crowd. This was a cinematic high point for the Python crew of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam. Holy Grail is set for July 6, 7, 10, 13, and 14; check screeningroom.net for times. Also scheduled this month (on July 27) is the hilariously awful, Beatles-inspired Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring the Bee Gees. (The Screening Room, 880 Alberta Dr., Amherst; screeningroom.net)

 

Noir Essentials—Ace in the Hole: The Noir Essentials series brings its latest season to a close with a real treat from director Billy Wilder. Kirk Douglas stars as a down-on-his-luck reporter in a dark drama that was way ahead of its time. (7:30 p.m. on July 18 at the Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema, 4545 Transit Rd., Williamsville; dipsontheatres.com)

 

Regal Summer Movie Express: The annual Summer Movie Express from Regal Cinemas offers kids two movies for just $1. This month’s two-day double-bills (both films play both days, starting at 10 a.m.) are The Lego Movie and Alvin and the Chipmunks on July 3 and 4, Sing and The Peanuts Movie on July 11 and 11, The Lego Ninjago Movie and Ferdinand on July 17 and 18, The Secret Life of Pets and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel on July 24 and 25, and The Lego Batman Movie and Trolls on July 31 and August 1. (10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July and August at Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express)

 

TCM Big Screen Classics—Big: It is easy to forget that there was a time when Tom Hanks was not a sure-thing. In fact, this 1988 comic fantasy about a twelve-year-old who makes a wish to be big and then ages overnight helped turn the star of Splash and Bachelor Party into a household name. It’s been thirty years since the release of Penny Marshall’s hit, and it still stands out for its genuine sweetness. (2 and 7 p.m. on July 15 and 18  at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)

 

Studio Ghibli Fest—Princess Mononoke: Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 epic, Princess Mononoke, was a blockbuster in the director’s native Japan. It also helped cement his status as one of the most important animator’s in the world. It’s the story of a young warrior raised by wolves who must save her home from destruction. The latest Studio Ghibli Fest selection will screen in both subtitled and dubbed versions; the dubbed version includes voice work from Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton. (Dubbed version: 12:55 p.m. on July 22 and 7 p.m. on July 25; subtitled version: 7 p.m. on July 23; at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)

 

Fathom Events presents The Met: Live in HD: Two summer encores are the next installments in the ongoing “live in HD” series from The Met. First, soprano Renée Fleming stars in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s opera adaptation of Eugene Onegin. Next is Puccini’s Turandot, starring soprano Nina Stemme. (Eugene Onegin: 7 p.m. on July 11; Turandot: 7 p.m. on July 18; at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)

 

The Royal Ballet presents Swan Lake: The Dipson Amherst Theatre presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet. (11 a.m. on July 15 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main. St.; dipsontheatres.com)

 

Free Family Films courtesy of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library: The most fun film series name for the month comes from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, with its “Thors”-day Film Series. Running on Thursdays all July long at the Central Library, the series will feature movies about Thor, the Norse God of Thunder. The best family film of 2018, Paddington 2, screens on July 11 at the Lancaster Library. And a Saturday matinee of Singin’ in the Rain is set for July 14 at the Elma Public Library. (“Thors”-day Film Series: 5 p.m. on July 5, 12, 19, and 26 at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Central Branch, 1 Lafayette Square; Paddington 2: 1 p.m. on July 11 at the Lancaster Library, 5466 Broadway, Lancaster; Singin’ in the Rain: 1:30 p.m. on July 14 at the Elma Public Library, 1860 Bowen Rd., Elma; buffalolib.org)

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert: The second Harry Potter film screens in high-definition, accompanied by an orchestra performing the John Williams score. (8:15 p.m. on July 28 at Chautauqua Institution, One Ames Ave., Chautauqua; chq.org)
 

Yellow Submarine: It has been fifty years since the Beatles’ animated classic, Yellow Submarine, arrived in theaters. To commemorate the anniversary, the Fab Four’s journey to Pepperland will screen at the Dipson Amherst Theatre and the Fredonia Opera House. (7 p.m. on July 8 and 11 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main. St.; dipsontheatres.com; 7:30 p.m. on July 14 and 17 at the Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St., Fredonia; fredopera.org)

 

Goodfellas at the Riviera: A screening of Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic, Goodfellas, is always noteworthy. What makes this Riviera Theatre presentation even more exciting is the presence of actor Chris Serrone, who plays young Henry Hill in the film. He’ll conduct a Q-and-A and a meet-and-greet. (6 p.m. on July 14 at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., N. Tonawanda; rivieratheatre.org)
 

Fireworks and Sailor Moon: Genki Kawamura, producer of the anime hit Your Name, returns to cinemas with Fireworks. It’s the story of two high school friends and the classmate they both love. And the mega-popular Sailor Moon anime series comes to Regal Cinemas this month with two features. (Fireworks: subtitled version: 7 p.m. on July 3 and 5; dubbed version: 12:55 p.m. on July 7; Sailor Moon R and Sailor Moon S: dubbed version: 12:55 p.m. on July 28; subtitled version: 7 p.m. on July 30; at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)


Newsies: The Broadway Musical: This Tony-winner set in turn-of-the-century New York City is a past Fathom Events presentation. It’s based on the early-90s Disney film. (7 p.m. on July 26 and 12:55 p.m. on July 28 at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)

 

Flix Free Family Film Series: The popular free summer series features raffle prizes each week. The month includes The Angry Birds Movie on July 7, Goosebumps on July 14, Wonder on July 21, and The My Little Pony Movie on July 28. (10 a.m. at Flix Stadium 10, 4901 Transit Rd., Lancaster; dipsontheatres.com)

 

Summer Family Film Series at the Aurora Theatre: Free family films are presented at the Aurora twice each week through Aug. 25. July includes Captain Underpants on July 3 and 7, Trolls on July 11 and 14, The Secret Life of Pets on July 18 and 21, and Minions on July 25 and 28. (11 a.m. at the Aurora Theatre, 673 Main St., East Aurora; theauroratheatre.com)

 

350 Days: A behind-the-scenes look at the world of professional wrestling, 350 features interviews (with the likes of Bret Hart) and rare footage. (7 p.m. on July 12 at the Regal Elmwood Center, 2001 Elmwood Ave., and Regal Transit Center, 6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville; fathomevents.com)

 

Christopher Schobert is a film critic whose worked has appeared in the Buffalo News and numerous other outlets.

 

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