Giant CGI robots and talking emojis might save the world at the multiplex, but Athens Ciné is the real superhero in town, and it’s here to rescue your eyes and ears from franchise blockbuster burnout. Now celebrating a decade of operation, the always reliable downtown theatre kicks off its summer 2017 movie series with an expertly curated selection of classic and award-winning films that spans multiple decades and genres, including an impressive lineup of family-friendly offerings.
THE NAKED SPUR (6/29-7/2)
Jimmy Stewart and Janet Leigh co-star in this Technicolor western about a bounty hunter (Stewart) who reluctantly enlists the help of an old prospector (Millard Mitchell) and a discharged Union soldier (Ralph Meeker) in tracking a murderer (Robert Ryan). Directed by Anthony Mann. 1953. 1 hr. 31; NR.
THE SANDLOT (6/29-7/2)
Set in the summer of 1962, this ‘90s kiddie cult gem concerns a group of baseball-playing children who welcome Smalls (Tom Guiry), a new neighbor determined to prove himself by retrieving lost balls from a nearby yard occupied by a terrifying English Mastiff known as “The Beast.” 1993. 1 hr. 41; PG.
HIGH FIDELITY (7/6-9)
John Cusack and Jack Black play opinionated and hilarious record store employees in this adaptation of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel from director Stephen Frears (“The Grifters”). The outstanding supporting cast includes Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, and Joan Cusack. 2000. 1 hr. 53; R.
BILLY ELLIOT (7/6-9)
Before it was a Broadway musical, the enduring story of an 11-year-old boy (Jamie Bell) who becomes a professional ballet dancer began as a film directed by Stephen Daldry, adapted for the screen by playwright Lee Hall. The comedic drama went on to be nominated for three Oscars. 2000. 1 hr. 50; R.
Cher won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in this romantic comedy as a widow who has a change of heart about her fiancé (Danny Aiello) after meeting his eccentric younger brother (Nicolas Cage). Co-starring Vincent Gardenia and Olympia Dukakis. Directed by Norman Jewison. 1987. 1 hr. 42; PG.
This late career triumph for Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki was inspired by the original “Little Mermaid” fairy tale, but took it in a much different direction than the Disney version. The U.S. voice cast includes Tina Fey, Noah Cyrus, Frankie Jonas, Lily Tomlin and Liam Neeson. 2008. 1 hr. 41; G.
MIAMI CONNECTION (7/13-16)
Lost for decades and hiding in obscurity after bombing in the ’80s, this wild and stylish martial arts indie about a band called Dragon Sound that battles motorcycle ninjas was restored and given a proper release by Drafthouse Films in 2012. Produced, co-directed by and starring Y.K. Kim. 1987. 1 hr. 23; NR.
STOP MAKING SENSE (7/19-23)
Regarded as one of the greatest concert films ever made, this elaborately-constructed performance by Talking Heads was shot at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater over the course of three nights while the band was touring for its “Speaking In Tongues” album. Directed by Jonathan Demme. 1984. 1 hr. 28; NR.
SOMETHING WILD (7/20-23)
We lost Demme back in April at age 73, and “Something Wild” is one of his greatest and least celebrated works. This fun rom-com that spirals into a violent thriller about a shy banker (Jeff Daniels) who helps a stranger (Melanie Griffith) escape her psychotic ex-husband (Ray Liotta). 1986. 1 hr. 54; R.
THE DARK CRYSTAL (7/20-23)
Unmatched in sheer scope and ambition, Jim Henson’s masterpiece of fantasy and puppetry presented a new world of creatures and was achieved without the use of computer-generated imagery. Co-directed by Muppet performer Frank Oz and based on the art of Brian Froud. 1982. 1 hr. 33; PG.
TO SLEEP WITH ANGER (7/27-30)
Charles Burnett (“The Glass Shield”) wrote and directed this powerful drama starring Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon”) as an old family friend whose visit puts their household into chaos. Ciné will feature a live video Q&A with Burnett at one of the screenings. 1990. 1 hr. 42; PG.
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES (7/27-30)
Featuring a massive ensemble cast that includes Kathy Bates, Cicely Tyson, Jessica Tandy and Mary-Louise Parker, author Fanny Flagg’s screen adaptation of her novel recounts the story of Whistle Stop, a rural Alabama town with a rich history full of funny and tragic characters. 1991. 2 hr. 10; PG-13.
THE STING (8/3-6)
This Depression-era caper flick re-teams director George Roy Hill with his “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as con men who set out to scam a mob boss (Robert Shaw). The film won 7 out of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture. 1973. 2 hr. 9; PG.
FANTASTIC MR. FOX (8/3-6)
Combining the auteur sensibilities of Wes Anderson with the eccentric genius of children’s author Roald Dahl in stop motion animation form resulted in this unique comedy about a thieving fox (voiced by George Clooney) who continually outwits the farmers that try to capture him. 2009. 1 hr. 27; PG.
CAPE FEAR (8/10-13)
Originally planned as a Hitchcock project, this adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s dark thriller “The Executioners” stars Robert Mitchum as a criminal who stalks the family of lawyer who sent him to prison (Gregory Peck) upon his release. The film was remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese. 1962. 1 hr. 45; NR.
CHICKEN RUN (8/10-13)
The first full-length feature film from “Wallace And Gromit” creator Nick Park and animator Peter Lord earned universal acclaim by critics and became the top-grossing stop motion film of all time. The story pits a group of chickens against the farm owners who want to make pies out of them. 2000. 1 hr. 24; G.
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