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Jim Jarmusch, Wes Anderson, and Wanda Sykes Want You to See These French Films Outdoors

Contempt (Le Mepris, 1963).

It’s always amusing to hear new transplants to New York speak excitedly of summer in the city. Those of us who have lived here longer know with grim certainty that the city will soon transform into a giant sauna filled with rotting garbage. Not quite a dystopian hell. But close.

However, there are some things to look forward to in the summer. One of them is Films on the Green. Cinema buffs – and francophiles – will want to mark their calendars for the popular outdoor film series, which returns June 2nd and runs through the 7th.

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La Haine

Head to Tompkins Square Park on Friday night for a couple of hours with classic French bad boy Vincent Cassel. Sound romantic? It won’t when you factor in Parisian riots, police brutality, macho retribution and its inevitable fallout. With this black and white 1995 drama directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, Films on the Green continues its exploration of French cinematic emblems of masculinity.

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Now Showing: Bicycle Film Fest, Al Fresco French Flicks and More

Now you’ve finally made it through OITNB, maybe you’re ready for some big-screen action?

Fed Up
If Super Size Me, Food, Inc., Hungry for Change and the collected works of Michael Pollan have yet to convince you of the evilness of Big Food, why not hit up Fed Up? The tagline is “Congress says pizza is a vegetable,” and it only gets better from there. Brought to you by Katie Couric, Stephanie Soechtig and Laurie David (the producer behind An Inconvenient Truth), this doc delves into America’s obesity epidemic and the creepy corporations behind it. Apparently guaranteed to “change the way you eat forever.” So if you treasure your customary diet, maybe skip it…
Thursday June 26, 11am, Village East Cinema (189 Second Ave), $7.50. LAST CHANCE!
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