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Sink Your Teeth Into This Bushwick Vampire Comedy Featuring Alex Karpovsky

If you missed Summer of Blood when it played at the Tribeca Film Festival and then again at Northside Festival, here’s one more very festive chance to catch Bushwick filmmaker Onur Tukel’s hilarious, Halloweeny vampire comedy.
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Susan Sarandon at Rocky Horror, Revenge of Walrus Man, and Nazi Zombies Return

Hey! There’s tons of stuff happening this week in the moving-picture world.

New York Super Week
IFC is screening a smorgasbord of stuff this upcoming week in anticipation of NYC Comicon including “sneak previews of new movies and revivals of action, animated and genre classics, as well as special appearances by filmmakers and creators” — neat-o stuff for nerds, basically. Keep Reading »

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Kurt Russell Rocks An Eyepatch, Tommy Wiseau IRL, Get Freaky With Danish Vampyrs

It’s that time of the week again, y’all. Here’s a list of a moving pictures we’re excited to see.


Escape From New York
This is early ’80s sci-fi action at its finest. It’s the year 1997 and New York City is a police state (sounds familiar), but rather than shipping criminals to Rikers Island, the island of Manhattan has been converted into a maximum security prison where violence reigns. The probably named Snake Plissken (played by a mostly shirtless Kurt Russell) is not only working to bring back eyepatches, but he’s also on a reconnaissance mission to save the President after Air Force One crashes in the middle of Manhattan. Friday September 26th and Saturday September 27th at 12:20 am, IFC Center; tickets, $14
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Millennials Before The Millennium, A Master Of Forgery, and Murderous Tweens

The Zero Theorem
Terry Gilliam returns with another Dystopian Sci-Fi thriller, the third installment in a series that began with Brazil and followed with 12 Monkeys. Qohen Leth (Christropher Waltz) is an eccentric computer programmer who works for an ominous and shadowy entity known simply as Management, but finds himself in the midst of an existentialist crisis, trapped in a new world order that leaves no room for individual expression.
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Hamas Prince Betrays His Pops, Gary Has A Nervous Breakdown, and Teenage Girl Gangs

Check out our list of films we’re excited to see this week.


Bird People
French filmmaker Pascale Ferran hasn’t made a film in over a decade, but she returns with this strangely set movie. Bird People takes place entirely inside a Hilton Hotel next to the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. An unremarkable American businessman (aptly named Gary) checks in and embarks on a nervous breakdown-fueled series of disastrous F-ups. Instead of returning home to his wife, he stays in the hotel only to cross paths with Audrey, a French maid and hotel employee. We’re guessing love results, but whether that happens before or after the film spirals into surreal oblivion, we’re not so sure. Friday September 12th through Thursday September 18th at IFC Center, various showtimes; tickets $14
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Smell O' John Waters, No-Hitter On Acid, Anna Karina After Godard

Our list of the films worth seeing around town this week and beyond


How Anna Got Her Groove Back: Karina After Godard
Spectacle Theatre is hosting a month-long look at the lesser known work of French New Wave icon Anna Karina. The actress is best known for her roles in Godard films. But after her brief marriage to the filmmaker ended, she moved on to more varied roles and worked with legendary filmmakers such as Visconti and Fassbinder. Spectacle has chosen three films starring Karina: Anna (“a radiant pop musical”), Rendezvous a Bray (an erotic drama based on a short story by surrealist Julien Gracq), and The Time To Die (a sci-fi thriller). Starting Friday, September 5th and screening until September 30, various showtimes at Spectacle Theatre, 124 S 3rd Street in Williamsburg; tickets, $5 at the door 
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Anarchy In Utah, Free Beer At Shark Night, Cyborg Cops in 2029

Pony up to the films we’re excited to see this week.

Winners of Slamdance Film Festival 2014
Early next week IFC is screening the winners of the OG rebel film festival, Slamdance, created by a couple of filmmakers who were rejected from Sundance 20 years ago. Both I Play With The Phrase Each Other and Copenhagen will be screened back to back on Tuesday night.
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J Franks Is At It Again, East German Westerns, And ’60s Afronauts

Check out the flicks we’re Reel Psyched to see this week.


Kink
Oh boy, get ready for this one: Franco combines his passion for porn and documentary as the producer of Kink– which takes us behind the scenes at Kink.com, “the Internet’s largest producer of BDSM content.” Apparently the film does a good deal of cheerleading for Kink.com, which is a relatively open and “normal” operation compared to the rest of the fetish industry. J Franks himself will be on site and ready for an audience Q+A  after Friday’s 9:55 pm screening. Friday August 22nd through Tuesday August 26 at IFC Center, 323 6th avenue; tickets, $14
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You’ll Want to ‘Score’ Tix to These Live Soundtrack Performances

If you missed Alan Howarth performing his soundtrack to Halloween last Halloween, here are some more chances to catch modern maestros performing their film scores alongside the movies they soundtracked.
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Coconuts And Sunshine, Sick Ladies Of The Surf World, And Two Trips To Hell

The films and festivals we’re excited to check out this week.


Secrets of the Shadow World
Experimental sci-fi weirdness by prolific underground filmmaker George Kuchar. Light Industry, which describes this 1999 film as “the culmination of the filmmaker’s life-long fascination with paranormal phenomenon,” is hosting the screening to celebrate the release of The George Kuchar Reader. Tuesday, August 19th at Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street in Greenpoint; ; tickets, $7 available at the door only
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