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This Week: Animation Block Party, Drug Lords and Ryan Gosling’s Abs

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Last year’s Animation Block Party. (Photo: Flickr)

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Animation Block Party. The animated-film festival kicks off Thursday at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with Adam Green & Binki Shapiro, Hooray for Earth, Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav, and animations by Nickelodeon, Pixar and the Cartoon Network. This year’s edition features a screening of  ‘90s cult hit “Beavis and Butt-head Do America,” a day of children’s cartoons, a night of graphic design and music videos, and a tenth anniversary party at BAM with ping pong, a photo booth, a DJ, food, booze and carnival games.

Here are the festival screenings we’re reel psyched about, and other films on our to-see list.
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Relive the Tompkins Square Park Riots In Their Bloody Entirety, 25 Years Later

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Southerners have their Civil War reenactments but what do East Villagers have when it comes to reliving their defining battle? Just the annual Tompkins Square Park Riot reunion shows. But this year, on the 25th anniversary of that tumultuous night when cops went gonzo on a group protesting the park curfew (resulting in over 100 complaints of brutality), they’re getting much, much more.
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Roll Up For the ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ Get ‘Dazed and Confused’

These upcoming screenings, q&as, and open cereal bars have us Reel Psyched.

It was on this day 45 years ago that the Beatles moved into the Apple Records headquarters in London, where a huge chunk of “Let It Be” was recorded and where their last-ever rooftop performance was held.

So why not celebrate like a true fan and head on over to Boulevard Tavern for a screening of their debut film “The Magical Mystery Tour”? We know the film has no direct connection to the Apple headquarters (other then it being the Beatles), but maybe you wanted an excuse to drink $6 martinis, indulge in a $5 all-you-can-eat BBQ and watch a free Beatles movie at 11 p.m. on a Monday. Now you have one.
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Rocks Off Film Festival Docks in EV, SummerScreen Comes to McCarren

These upcoming flicks, films and festivals have us Reel Psyched.

Rocks Off is best known for taking sex, drugs and rock n’ roll to the water via their concert cruises; now they present the first ever Rocks Off Film Festival, focusing on (you guessed it) rock n’ roll.
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Celebrate Independence Day With Some Indie Flicks — Or Not!

These upcoming screenings have us Reel Psyched.

The year 2000 marked the first time Brits elected a Mayor of London (not to be confused with the Lord Mayor of the City of London). In the running was Malcolm McLaren, best known as the manager and oft-disputed mastermind behind the Sex Pistols (he also managed the New York Dolls, Bow Wow Wow, had a solo career, and was on a couple of reality shows).

In “Malcolm McLaren: Not For Sale” — featured in Wednesday’s “New Filmmakers: Films About Music” program at Anthology –Nancy Cohen and Andy Lee attempt to track down and interview McLaren about his run for mayor. He misses a few meetings with the film crew but they catch up with him eventually.
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