Take From Dusk Till Dawn and National Lampoon’s Vacation; subtract Chevy Chase, John Candy, Quentin Tarantino and bloodthirsty vampires; add Jennifer Aniston as a stripper and Dodgeball director Marshall Rawson Thurber, and you’ve got We’re The Millers.
It’s the story of a small-time drug dealer (SNL’s Jason Sudeikis) who decides the least suspicious way to move a truckload of weed across the US-Mexican border is by having a “family” with him. Hence two misfit teens and a stripper. What could go wrong?
Sudeikis and Aniston are joined by The Office’s Ed Helms and Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman (fresh off of pissing everywhere in Fidlar’s new video). Catch the opening this Wednesday at Village East Cinema, along with some of the other flicks we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
Clayton Patterson’s “Tompkins Square Park Police Riot August 1988”: 25th Anniversary Screening
Exactly 25 years ago Clayton Patterson filmed the Tompkins Square Park police riot that led to the filing of over 100 complaints of police brutality and over $2 million dollars paid by the city to those injured. Patterson was arrested for not turning over the tapes to authorities. See those tapes tonight.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave., East Village; 7 p.m.; $10
Speed + Performances by Hubble and GDFX
Keep the bus above 50 mph or she’s gonna blow! Keanu Reeves stars in this ‘90s action thriller that you’ve seen a million times but can’t wait to see again. Hubble features members of The Men, Zs and Pygmy Shrews; GDFX features members of Liturgy, Man Forever and Guardian Alien.
McCarren Park, Corner of Bedford and N. 12th, Williamsburg; 6 p.m.; free
Twelve O’Clock Boys + Q&A with director Lofty Nathan
The Twelve O’Clock Boys are a gang of dirt bike riders who weave in and out of traffic, pop wheelies and do dangerous stunts that understandably annoy their Baltimore neighbors. But to the 13-year-old Pug, they’re as cool as it gets. Catch a glimpse of the group through Pug’s eyes and see why he idolizes them so much.
Greenpoint High School for Engineering and Automotive Technology, 50 Bedford Ave., Greenpoint; 8 p.m.; $13
What does it mean to be Jewish in the 21st century? Discover a world you may not have known existed, with the lead singer of Hasidic hardcore punk rock band Moshiach Oi!, and others who embrace their culture in unconventional ways.
The Museum of Tolerance, 226 E 42nd St., Midtown East; 7 p.m.; $10
Coney Island is losing its charm to real estate opportunists and chain restaurants. The Zipper is a 38-year-old ride run by Eddie Miranda, who is caught in the crossfire of a war waged by those who want to hold on to history and authenticity, and those who want to make a few dollars.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., West Village
FRIDAY – SATURDAY
Legendary Italian director Lucio Fulci’s “sequel” to George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (released as Zombi in Italy) brings the brain starved, slow-moving undead to Manhattan. Highlight: There is a zombie who takes on a shark in this movie. Shark Week, anyone?
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg; midnight; $11
The first rule of Fight Club is you get your ass on down to the theater to see Fight Club, and you know the rest. Based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel about people who want to escape the monotony of everyday life in a secret club where they can let off some steam.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E. Houston St., Lower East Side; midnight; $10
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie + Q&A with director Daniel Miller
“Zip It!” Sounds a bit dated now but before all the shock jocks, reality TV shows and Jerry Springers of the world, there was Morton Downey, Jr. The singer-songwriter turned television madman made an impression on the TV world that still resonates.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 7:00 p.m.; $5
Lightning Bolt: The Power of Salad + Q&A with director Peter Glantz, hosted by Noisey editor Ben Shapiro
In 2001 filmmakers Peter Glantz and Nick Noe decided to tag along and document the noise band Lightning Bolt for 19 shows. Lightning Bolt is a loud 2-piece from Rhode Island, who play on the floor more often than the stage. They’re known for their wild shows and antics, like setting up sidewalk shows and performing in parking lots.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg; Noon; $11