Every movie worth seeing this week is heavy on the secrecy, mystery, and intrigue. So swoop in and revel in the darkness.
Here’s your chance to see Jim Jarmusch’s brooding black-and-white Acid Western on the big screen. Neil Young apparently wrote the soundtrack for this film in one sitting. Jarmusch scooped up pre-Tim-Burton Johnny Depp for the lead role in this one. Iggy Pop also makes an appearance. Friday July 25 and Saturday July 26 Midnight at Nitehawk, 136 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg; tickets, $11
A Most Wanted Man
Remember when Philip Seymour Hoffman died? Remember all those super dark tweets “RIP PSH,” etc.? If not, good, but if you’re anything like me and can’t get those flippant death laments out of your head, then you need something else to remember Hoffman by. The late actor stars as a German intelligence officer who’s fresh home from a failed mission in Beirut. A Most Wanted Man is another novel turned cinema spy thriller by John le Carré, author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Apparently Hoffman is a scene stealer in this one. Even le Carré pointed out to Hoffman’s odd-ball German accent, which makes his character stand out like a sore thumb– all the better for his role as a man on the edge. Friday July 25 thru Thursday July 31 at Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston, Lower East Side; tickets, $13.50
Kiss Me Deadly and The Killing
Oh hey, it’s a doubleheader! Head to Film Forum to scoop up these back-to-back ’50s crime thrillers, a part of the theater’s Femme Noire series happening this summer. Thousand-mile stares by pouting babes in really cool outfits guaranteed. First up is Robert Aldrich’s class noire film, Kiss Me Deadly. You can’t go wrong with this one– Kiss Me features a private eye named Mike Hammer and what Film Forum calls “the ultimate apocalyptic ending.” Then sit tight for The Killing, one of Kubrick’s early pulp films. Saturday July 26, multiple screenings at Film Forum, 209 West Houston; tickets, $13
Closed Curtain is a work of surrealist drama by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who’s been banned from making movies in his home country. The movie was filmed in secret on Panahi’s beachfront property on the Caspian Sea. This one’s got some serious awardage under its belt, and Cinema Village East calls it a “masterpiece” that surpasses his earlier work. Friday July 25 multiple show times at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street; tickets, $11