The Best Movie Releases and Film Festivals in Seattle: Summer 2019 – TheStranger.com

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Below, we’ve rounded up the biggest and best film openings and events you need to know about this season, like Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, Ari Aster’s Midsommar, the remake of The Lion King, and SIFF’s new series Dressed to the Nines: Cinema Style. Check out movie times and more film events on our Things To Do calendar, or check out the rest of our critics’ picks from Seattle Art and Performance.

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Film Series and Festivals



June 14–19
Faster Than Light Film Series
Summer: Time for clear night skies and contemplation of the heavens (forest fires allowing)! What better time to watch movies that glory in the wonder and terror of space? The films featured on Cinerama’s giant screen range from the classic (Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey) to the…less classic (Prometheus), from the fanciful (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) to the realistic (First Man).
Cinerama

Tues June 18
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
See environmental and adventure films at this festival that will benefit the Washington Water Trust.

June 20–Aug 17
Seattle Outdoor Cinema
First Tech Federal Credit Union’s outdoor movie series (beginning with The Matrix) will also feature a night market, yard games, and beer, and proceeds go to charity. You have to be over 21 to partake.
South Lake Union Discovery Center

June 22–26
Seattle Taiwanese American Film Festival
The festival will present seven Taiwanese and American features along with short films.
SIFF Cinema Uptown

July 10–Aug 28
Movies at Marymoor Park
Once again, BECU will present evenings of outdoor movies plus food trucks and entertainment, kicking off with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and continuing with Bohemian Rhapsody, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Top Gun, and other favorites.
Marymoor Park

July 11–Aug 15
Comedy Gold from the American Cinema
This summer, let the silver screen wash over you and enjoy old-school cool with comedic classics like The Thin Man, After the Thin Man, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the Hitchcock version).
Seattle Art Museum

July 12–14
Lumberjacks & Logrollers
The forum will screen a series of Scandinavian films devoted to the humble yet heroic lumberjack, including 1923 silent The Lumberjack’s Bride (with live music), the midcentury musical Ferryboat Romance, and the Russo-Finnish epic The Day the Earth Froze.
Northwest Film Forum

Sun July 14
48 Hour Film Festival
Dozens of teams of Seattle fly filmmakers had only 48 hours to make a film, and now you can watch the results on the big screen. Winning films will go on to Filmapalooza and Cannes 2020 Short Film Corner.
SIFF Cinema Uptown

July 20–Aug 24
Dressed to the Nines: Cinema Style
Singin’ in the Rain is the first film in SIFF’s upcoming summer series Dressed to the Nines: Cinema Style. The six-week-long showcase of fashion and costuming at the height of Old Hollywood’s studio system continues with Mildred Pierce (1945), 42nd Street (1933), Gilda (1946), The Women (1939), and Rear Window (1954). The series was thought up by Rosemarie and Vince Keenan. The Keenans have been involved with SIFF’s Noir City film festival since it began in 2007. “We couldn’t help noticing how interested those audiences were in the style of noir, not only the overall look of the film but the clothes themselves,” the Keenans said over e-mail. Said Nick Bruno, SIFF’s public cinema programs manager: “What I really appreciated about Rosemarie and Vince’s idea was that it chose to ignore film directors […] and chose instead to focus on an entirely different technician of sorts”—the costume designer. CHASE BURNS
SIFF Cinema Uptown

July 25–28
Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival
STIFF will spend a weekend celebrating digital storytelling, with a program exploring the cultural importance of technology and highlighting work created specifically for digital platforms—including features, video games, short films and music videos, and virtual reality.
The Factory Luxe

July 27–Aug 24
Movies at the Mural 2019
Stretch out on the lawn and enjoy classics like The Princess Bride and newer hits like Crazy Rich Asians and Bohemian Rhapsody, preceded by film shorts by Cornish students.
Mural Amphitheatre

Aug 3–24
Seattle Asian American Film Festival CID Summer Cinema
Watch Asian, Asian American, and Asian-starring films—namely Crazy Rich Asians, Iron Monkey, Mirai, and Up. Before the films start at sundown, enjoy live performances and fun activities for kids.
Hing Hay Park

August 15–18
North Bend Film Festival
The hometown of many Twin Peaks shoots celebrates its second year with a new raft of strange, Northwest-themed movies.
North Bend

Through Aug 29
Summer Outdoor Movie Series
You can bring your dogs and kids (though there are some R-ratings in the lineup) to the brewery’s cheery outdoor movie series, which will include The Goonies, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Point Break, Pitch Perfect, and other faves.
Peddler Brewing

Thurs Sept 12
Nocturnal Emissions: Night of the Creeps
Dark-minded burlesque maven Isabella L. Price and Clinton McClung of Cinebago Events will return with their cheeky, sexy, macabre series Nocturnal Emissions, which prefaces an unusual horror classic with “phantasmagoric” burlesque performances and other fun. They’ll open with Night of the Creeps (1986), in which college nerds in the ‘burbs take arms against “alien slugs, axe-slingin’ zombies, and a dude-bro named Bradster.” Ugh, Bradster.
Northwest Film Forum

Sept 13–14
Fuselage Dance Film Festival 2019
At the second edition of this festival, see dance films from artists based in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The opening party on September 13 will sport food, drink, multimedia, and performances.
Yaw Theater


Wide Releases


Opening Fri June 14
Late Night
It’s 2019, and there are still no female late-night television hosts. In many respects, this isn’t surprising. But thankfully we have writers like Mindy Kaling to flesh out a world in which there’s one who has existed for 20 years. In Late Night, Kaling plays Molly Patel, a “diversity hire” in the writers room of Emma Thompson’s intimidating (and secretly, delightful) Katherine Newbury, a legendary late-night host who’s on the verge of being fired unless she changes up her act. This R-rated comedy doesn’t break the mold, but it is still a fun and engaging watch. JASMYNE KEIMIG

Men in Black: International
F. Gary Gray, director of The Fate of the Furious and Straight Outta Compton, steers this resurrected franchise about secret agents who fight alien baddies and keep the very existence of extraterrestrials out of the news. Tessa Thompson stars as a new hire who teams up with Chris Hemsworth to take on the Hive, a particularly sinister (and body snatcher-y) alien threat. The trailer makes it seem as though it’s aimed at pre-teens, but should have charm enough for anyone who likes their blocks busted (cinematically speaking).

Shaft
Richard Roundtree (age 76), Samuel Jackson (70), and Jessie T. Usher (27) play three generations of Shafts in this comedic revival of the landmark crime drama series. Co-starring Regina Hall (48) as Jessie T. Usher’s mother.

Opening Fri June 21
Toy Story 4
Woody, Buzz, and the gang welcome a newcomer, a rather crude and fragile plastic assemblage named Forky, and go on a road trip. As usual, the animation will be superb, your heartstrings will be twanged, and you will love it. Will Toy Story 4 also address the single-use plastic crisis?

Opening Wed June 26
Annabelle Comes Home
The evil doll from The Conjuring franchise is back to cause more trouble.

Opening Fri June 28
Yesterday
Yesterday is about a musician, Jack, who, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, wakes up to a world where the Beatles never existed… but Ed Sheeran (who plays himself) does? Jack remembers the Fab Four, however, and finds rocketing fame and fortune (and a sense of dwindling creative self-worth) performing their songs as if they were his own. LEILANI POLK

Opening Wed July 3
Midsommar
If you share the widespread opinion that Ari Aster’s debut feature Hereditary is one of the most stressful, beautiful, cathartic horror movies ever made, then you’ve been waiting with bated breath for his follow-up. Midsommar is a brightly lit, flowery folk nightmare about a troubled American couple (Florence Pugh and Will Poulter) traveling to rural Sweden to take part in some sort of charming outdoor festival. The trailer makes it look like the 1970s Wicker Man with a dash of sexual jealousy and a gallon of hallucinatory terror. Please peer up from your slimy burrows, O gods of fright-night entertainment, and let Midsommar be as great as it looks. JOULE ZELMAN

Opening Fri July 5
Spider-Man: Far from Home
This live-action Spider-Man movie takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame and has Peter Parker (Tom Holland) just trying to enjoy a damn vacation. Things don’t turn out as planned.

Opening Fri July 12
Crawl
Climate change is bad enough without gigantic, bloodthirsty alligators lurking in the hurricane floodwaters, as Kaya Scodelario learns in this Sam Raimi-produced horror thriller.

The Farewell
If you had a fatal disease, would you want to know? This question lies at the heart of a 2016 This American Life segment called “What You Don’t Know” by Lulu Wang. Her 80-year-old grandmother, known as Nai Nai, had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and given three months to live. Her family decided not to tell her she was sick at all. Now Wang has written and directed a film, The Farewell, based on her family’s experience. It features Awkwafina, the wonderful rapper and actor, in her first starring role. GILLIAN ANDERSON

Stuber
Kumail Nanjiani plays an unassuming Uber driver who’s dragged into a counterterrorism operation by a hard-boiled detective.

Opening Fri July 19
The Lion King
The 3D-animated adaptation of Disney’s beloved Hamlet-with-lions saga looks like it’ll be a much bigger success than the new Aladdin. Judging from the trailer, it seems to be a shot-for-shot remake of the original, but with vastly more realistic and beautiful animation, plus a prestigious voice cast including Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, John Oliver, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (from Us).

Opening Fri July 26
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
It’s another Quentin Tarantino bouquet of charismatic stars, with Leonardo DiCaprio playing an aging Hollywood hunk in the late 1960s and Brad Pitt as his double. Co-starring Damon Herriman as Charles Manson and Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, so you know it’s going somewhere dark. Also appearing: Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, and basically everyone else.

Opening Fri Aug 2
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw (Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham) face a genetically enhanced supervillain, played by Idris Elba.

Opening Fri Aug 9
The Art of Racing in the Rain
In this adaptation of Garth Stein’s novel, a dog named Enzo learns life lessons from his racecar-driving owner, Denny (played by Milo Ventimiglia).

The Kitchen
When three New York gangsters wind up in jail, their wives (Elizabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, and Tiffany Haddish) step in to run their businesses. This 1970s-set crime drama is the first film by Andrea Berloff, who co-wrote the screenplay for Straight Outta Compton.

Where’d You Go Bernadette?
Irreverent local author Maria Semple’s hilarious and highly readable novel has been made into a movie directed by Richard Linklater and starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, and newcomer Emma Nelson as Bee Branch, Bernadette’s 15-year-old daughter and the most sensible, and sane, person in the book. A true Seattle story, this one has it all: tech transplants, agoraphobic artists, private school, middling moms, and a hearty dose of both love and hate for the city in which it is set. KATIE HERZOG

Opening Wed Aug 14
Blinded by the Light
In Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice)’s corny but joyous tribute to the power of rock ‘n’ roll, a teenage boy in 1987 Britain weathers Thatcherian austerity through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Opening Fri Aug 16
Good Boys
This film may be about sixth-graders, but it’s meant for a decidedly adult audience. Three boys accidentally steal some drugs, try to evade teenage girls, and attempt to reach a great party across town.

Opening Fri Aug 23
Angel Has Fallen
A Secret Service agent played by a scowly Gerard Butler is framed for an attempted assassination of the president.

Opening Fri Sept 6
It: Chapter Two
Former Stranger critic Sean Nelson called 2017’s It: Chapter One “brilliantly designed, perfectly cast, surprisingly funny, interestingly observed, and rich in cinematic invention.” So we have high hopes for the sequel, which has James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, et al. taking over from the talented young actors. The trailer, with a sweet old lady doing scary flaily dances just out of Chastain’s view, certainly hints at a grotesque good time.

Opening Fri Sept 13
The Goldfinch
A teenage boy’s mother is killed in a bombing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the confusion, the boy, Theo, steals a small, valuable Dutch painting by a student of Rembrandt’s. Despite moving in with his friend’s wealthy family, Theo’s life begins to go off the rails. John Crowley (Brooklyn, True Detective) directs this adaptation of Donna Tartt’s much-lauded novel. With Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard, and Sarah Paulson.


Art House and Indie Theaters


Central Cinema

Through June 11
The Terminator
The best science-fiction films are found in the last three decades of the 20th century. The best decade of that period is without question the 1980s. And one of the highest achievements of 1980s-era sci-fi cinema is The Terminator, James Cameron’s film about a robot that’s sent from the future to kill the mother of a human rebel leader. True, the plot makes no sense. If the robot succeeds in killing the rebel leader’s mother, it will not just be the death of the rebellion but also the creation of a completely different temporal trajectory that begins at the point that the rebel leader’s mother’s life is terminated. And how that path unfolds is completely unknown. Though its philosophy of time is weak, the motor that drives the film’s story is powerful. There is not one dull moment in The Terminator, which made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name. CHARLES MUDEDE

June 12–19
The Matrix Trilogy
Set at the end of the second century of the current millennium, the Matrix trilogy (which is screening on back-to-back Wednesdays at the alcohol-and-eats-serving Central Cinema) is about a world that humans believe is real, but that is, in fact, a gigantic simulation operated by malevolent machines. The real world is an environmental nightmare (scorched sky, rubble everywhere, polluted water); the virtual world is an affluent capitalist city (great restaurants and shops, nightclubs, an autotopian infrastructure). Some humans, however, are not happy with the virtual world (called the Matrix). These individuals wake up in the real one, learn the truth, and become rebels. The leader of the resistance against the machines and their powerful, soul-sucking simulation is Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), and the only hope he and his rebels have of defeating the machines is a 21st-century messiah named Neo (Keanu Reeves). CHARLES MUDEDE
The remaining films are The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

June 21–25
The Big Lebowski
If pressed to name my single favorite moment in my single favorite Coen brothers movie, The Big Lebowski, it would be a three-way tie between Jeff “the Dude” Lebowski’s dumpster-bumping car crash, the sheriff’s assault on the Dude with a coffee mug, and the Raymond Chandler–esque discovery of Jackie Treehorn’s hard-on doodle. BRADLEY STEINBACHER

June 28–July 2
Mad Max: Fury Road
When this film came out in May of 2015, I called it the greatest film of its kind ever made. The only thing time has done to alter that assessment is make me wonder if maybe “of its kind” was unnecessarily equivocal. Now, George Miller’s mega-masterpiece of style as substance is presented in a black-and-white print (which Miller says is how he truly envisioned the film) that promises a whole new way of seeing the miracle of its kineticism. SEAN NELSON

July 19–24
Mandy
The basic plot of Mandy is nothing you haven’t seen before: Contented middle-aged man (Nicholas Cage) witnesses a hideous act of violence against his beloved; very discontented man employs an overabundance of esoteric weapons to wreak awful revenge. The bad dudes (and ladies) in this film are way more entertaining than usual: a drugged-out, dysfunctional hippie cult headed by a failed psych-rock star and the Cenobite-like bikers he summons from darkness. But what really distinguishes Mandy is its art-film slowness as it gently builds a world around Andrea Riseborough and Cage. The art direction is joyously unfettered by subtlety—the whole movie mimics a series of vintage metal album covers, and heavy filters, slo-mo, motion blur, trippy superimpositions, and animated sequences abound. JOULE ZELMAN

Grand Illusion

Through June 13
General Magic
If you scan the past, everywhere you’ll find ideas that were once very pregnant with the future but for some reason or another miscarried. General Magic, a 1990s Silicon Valley start-up that spun off from Apple, had an idea that suffered this kind of misfortune. Its freethinking commie founders envisioned a technology that’s easily recognizable to the inhabitants of the second decade of the 21st century as a smartphone, which is based on Apple’s iPhone, which entered the market in 2007. This kind of phone, which General Magic called a Pocket Crystal, is now universal. This documentary shows why we do not associate smartphones with General Magic but with Apple. CHARLES MUDEDE

June 14–20
Leto
This may be one of the best films of 2018, at least if the prestigious French journal Cahiers du Cinéma, as well as countless other film journals and papers, can be trusted. A young fellow in 1980s Leningrad sets out to become a punk rock star, with the help of his mentor and mentor’s wife. Directed by rebellious filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov (The Student).

June 21–27
Knife + Heart
The French pop star Vanessa Paradis plays a low-rent gay porn producer whose actors start being picked off by a possible serial killer wielding a deadly sex toy. Yann Gonzalez’s queer giallo homage, set in Paris and scored by M83, sounds like a lush treat for fans of ’70s horror (as well as twisted kink enthusiasts, two categories that probably overlap).

June 28-July 3
Pasolini
Abel Ferrara is the biopic-maker behind Welcome to New York, as well as well-known older films like Bad Lieutenant. He casts his frequent collaborator Willem Dafoe as the notorious gay Marxist Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, most famous for Mamma Roma, Medea, and the horrifying Saló. In Ferrara’s film, Pasolini nears the day of his untimely (and mysterious) death. Pasolini’s longtime lover and star Ninetto Davoli co-stars as Epifanio, while Riccardo Scamarcio plays Ninetto Davoli.

Northwest Film Forum

Sat June 15
Pr0n 4 Freakz
ScumTrust Productions and NWFF are partnering to bring you queer and trans smut every two months. Arrive early to hang out with freaky new friends and shop the “sexy witch market.” Stay on after the dirty movie for a Q&A on sex, pleasure, queerness, and gender. The final edition, on June 15, will feature a special appearance by Jiz Lee and Shine Louise Houston of Crashpad/Pink Label TV for the social hour and talkback.

June 15–19
The Raft
In an incredibly weird experiment, Chilean anthropologist Santiago Genovés recruited a group of sexy young people to cross the Atlantic in a specially designed raft. His goal was to study the outbreak of violence, which he was sure to be inevitable, given the sexual tension and lack of space and privacy (and the fact that he had put women in charge). Instead, the participants became close and began to resent the researcher’s intrusions more and more. Would Genovés get the sinister results he hoped for? This documentary by Marcus Lindeen reunites the rafters aboard a meticulous recreation of the boat and asks them to remember their bizarre experiences.

June 16–26
Police Story (1 & 2)
The Police Story films made Jackie Chan a star in America. In the first, he plays a cop, Chan Ka-Kui, who’s framed for murder by an escaped crime lord he helped apprehend. In the second, the criminal once again escapes, and Chan must once again face him. But you’re not here for the plots: You’re here for the amazing stunts, thrilling fight choreography, and furiously paced set-pieces.

June 23–28
Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community
Newly restored, this 1984 documentary looks back on queer life before the riots at Stonewall Inn helped launch the gay rights movement. It features narration by Rita Mae Brown and appearances by Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Gittings, Dr. Evelyn Hooker, Audre Lorde, and many others.

July 12–18
Too Late to Die Young
In this ’90s-set Chilean drama, two teens and one child come of age in a beautiful village at the base of the Andes mountain range. The dictatorship of Pinochet has just ended, and an era of freedom is beginning—but there are still dangers. Dominga Sotomayor’s widely praised drama captures a specific time in Chile’s history and the cyclical conflicts of adolescence.

July 19–Aug 1
Instant Dreams
Polaroids might seem like they should have gone the way of other analog media, and indeed, Polaroid itself sold its last working factory. But this facility was scooped up by a group of Polaroid lovers, so the snaps live on. Dutch filmmaker Willem Baptist sets out to tell the story of the Polaroid and delve into its unkillable appeal.

July 26–Aug 1
A Bigger Splash
This 1974 film stars the British painter David Hockney as himself! It was shot by Jack Hazan over three of Hockney’s most creatively successful years, and the result is, in the words of filmmaker Martin Schwartz, a “document of glamor, love, sex, and creativity in early-1970s London and New York.”

SIFF

Opening Fri June 14
The Dead Don’t Die
The cast list alone says The Dead Don’t Die could be a winner: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, RZA, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, and Rosie Perez, among others. Also, it’s a Jim Jarmusch film, and whether or not you dig his recent work (that fine Stooges doc, Gimme Danger; Paterson, about a poet bus driver and his country-music-star-aspiring wife; vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive), you gotta admit, dude knows how to tell a story. While the zombie genre might seem exhausted, I bet his take on a zom-com will be a good one. It starts in a small Podunk town where a police “force” (led by Murray and backed up by Driver and Sevigny) is forced to combat a sudden zombie invasion. I’m in it for Swinton as a coroner with Samurai-sword-wielding chops. LEILANI POLK

Non-fiction
Starring Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet, Non-Fiction tells the story of a Parisian writer who blurs the line between fact and fiction by drawing on his real-life love affairs in his incendiary new novel, setting off a chain reaction in his social circle. This flirty, chatty, smart comedy is French and bohemian as hell: Everyone is cheating on each other, having a midlife crisis, expounding on the nature of romantic relationships, and voicing loud opinions about technology. But Non-Fiction feels like breezy, seductive, European fun. So much so, you’ll need a cigarette afterward. JASMYNE KEIMIG

Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation
Catch up with some of those who participated in this milestone of musical and artistic hippie culture as they try to assess its lasting significance.

Opening Fri June 21
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
First things first: Mike Epps is a great comedian. If you do not know his work, I recommend you visit IMDb and take a journey through his contributions to American comedy. That said, Epps is a star in The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a film that made a big splash at Sundance 2019 and is, of course, about the death of a once-amazing city. And what killed San Francisco? The same thing that is killing Seattle right now—what the obscure mid-century urban sociologist Ruth Glass identified as gentrification. This film explores the racial and psychological trauma that seemingly unstoppable process leaves in its wake. CHARLES MUDEDE

Opening Fri June 28
3 Faces
Dissident director Jafar Panahi has been persecuted and jailed in Iran, and banned from making films or traveling abroad. Since then, he has produced several unauthorized films, sometimes having to smuggle them out of the country. In 3 Faces, he stars with actress Behnaz Jafari, each playing a version of themselves in this fictional story that finds them lured to a rural village after receiving a disturbing video from a young woman. The film is shot in Panahi’s neorealist style, with long, meditative scenes of everyday interactions and naturalist dialogue. But throughout, the themes of how Iranian culture sees “entertainers,” the subjugation and harassment of women, and the hardships and persistence of the old ways of thinking are revealed. The film won an award for best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. GILLIAN ANDERSON

The Quiet One
This documentary is a portrait of Bill Wyman, the bassist of the Rolling Stones.

Opening Fri July 5
Meeting Gorbachev
“Mikhail Sergeyevich, please allow me to explain myself,” says Werner Herzog. “I am a German, and the first German that you probably met wanted to kill you.” So begins Herzog’s affecting documentary about Mikhail Gorbachev, built chiefly around three conversations with the former leader of the Soviet Union—a once-titanic figure who, at age 87, Herzog now describes as “a deeply lonesome man.” Particularly given America’s current relations with Russia, Meeting Gorbachev feels disarmingly affectionate—”Everything about Gorbachev was genuine,” Herzog reflects—but the director never loses his usual clear-eyed gaze. Meeting Gorbachev also offers plenty of historical context, examining events that shaped not only the Soviet Union, but the world: Chernobyl, nuclear disarmament, perestroika and glasnost, an attempted coup, the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. (Since this is a Herzog film, there’s also a sequence in which the director tells viewers how to kill garden slugs with open jars of beer.) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Thurs July 11
The Cure—Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park
Watch the Cure blast out 40 years’ worth of music in Hyde Park in this concert film.

Opening Fri July 12
The Silence of Others
When the dictatorship of Franco ended in Spain in 1977, there was no real public reckoning—war criminals were legally allowed to go free in a blanket amnesty. This Goya-winning documentary by Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo follows several victims of Franco’s butchers who are trying to use the international courts to obtain justice.

Opening Fri July 19
For All Mankind
Brian Eno scored this 1989 documentary about NASA’s Apollo missions, featuring footage shot by astronauts and unseen by the public until the release of this film. It’ll be a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.

Opening Fri July 26
The Sword of Trust
Shelton is probably best known for 2009’s Humpday, starring Mark Duplass, or 2014’s Laggies with Kiera Knightley and Sam Rockwell—both films set in the city of Seattle. Her latest, Sword of Trust, starring Marc Maron (whom Shelton has directed on the Netflix show Glow), is her first set outside Washington State. She shot it in Birmingham, Alabama, in a mere two weeks. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE

The Third Wife
A young girl is wed to a rich landowner—his third bride—in Ash Mayfair’s portrait of feminine sexuality in patriarchal 18th-century Vietnam.

Aug 8–9
National Cat Day Celebration Featuring ‘Kedi’
Celebrate National Cat Day with a screening of Ceyda Torun’s Kedi, a documentary about the multitude of cats that roam the streets of Istanbul. Stranger contributor Kathy Fennessy writes: “Enchanting! Kedi works triple time as a nature documentary, a travelogue, and a meditation on the human-animal bond.”

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