New York City's hottest temperatures of the year couldn't have come at a better time! This weekend the Film Society of Lincoln Center has terrific lineup of new and old movies, not to mention a top-notch air conditioning system.
At our new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 W. 65th St) we're opening Mike Cahill's acclaimed Sundance Film Festival hit, Another Earth while adding special screenings of John Turturro's Passione.
Meanwhile, across the street, some of Sidney Lumet's best films, classic American cinema, are on tap all weekend at the Walter Reade Theater (165 W. 65th St), from 12 Angry Men and Network today (Friday) to Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico and even The Wiz tomorrow (Saturday). The full schedule is available here on FilmLinc.com.
When he died earlier this year, Lumet was remembered by The New York Times as, "A director who preferred the streets of New York to the backlots of Hollywood and whose stories of conscience -- 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict, Network -- became modern American film classics." All those films (and more) will screen over the next two days at the Film Society. The series continues through Monday. [Buy tickets]
John Turturro's film about Italy was praised by A.O. Scott as a must-see documentary. The NY Times critic called it, "A vibrant, impressionistic tour of the musical traditions of Naples, Italy. We've added multiple special screenings, at a lower price, daily inside our comfortable new amphitheater at the Film Center. [Buy tickets]
Finally, Another Earth, which is gaining a lot of attention as the breakthrough movie for a talented new American actress and writer, Brit Marling, has showtimes starting every hour all weekend at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Director Mike Cahill will be at the Film Center for Q & As on Friday and Saturday night. [Buy tickets]
In today's New York Times, Manohla Dargis described the film as, "A story about second chances, parallel lives (on and nearly off the grid) and making the creative most from a modest production budget and low-res digital cinematography."
Topping off the screenings of new and old films, we're also hosting a free Q & A and screening with iconic indie producer Christine Vachon featuring a conversation presented by NewFest and indieWIRE, as well as a special showing of surprise movie.