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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Police Story,’ Jarmusch, ‘Paris Is Burning’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of the Moving Image

A particularly outstanding weekend for “See It Big! Action” includes Die Hard on Friday, Big Trouble in Little China and Face/Off on Saturday, and Police Story this Sunday.

A series showcasing Diana Ross runs this weekend.

A spotlight on Mexico’s queer scene is underway.

Metrograph

A Jim Jarmusch series continues.
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Tom Cruise and ‘The Mummy’: Why This May Be the Weirdest Movie Choice of His Career

Tom Cruise and ‘The Mummy’: Why This May Be the Weirdest Movie Choice of His Career
In August 1983, Ronald Reagan was president, “Every Breath You Take” by The Police was in the middle of an eight-week run as the #1 single, Ivanka Trump wasn’t quite two years old, and few people were aware of the Church of Scientology. And “Risky Business,” the first movie to star Tom Cruise, became a surprise hit.

34 years later, Cruise is at a different kind of crossroads at the box office. He’s been charged with rebooting Universal’s Mummy franchise, which will launch the studio’s “Dark Universe” story world. And while “The Mummy” has already opened strongly in its first date (South Korea), projections here are considerably less kind. Reviews have ranged from disappointing to incendiary, and “Wonder Woman” is expected to soundly beat the film in its opening weekend.

Read More: Review: ‘The Mummy’ Is The Worst Tom Cruise Movie Ever

While “The Mummy” won’t be a career highlight,
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Daily | Maureen O’Hara, 1920 – 2015

"Maureen O’Hara, the Irish beauty whose striking red hair, crystal-green eyes and porcelain skin was so dazzling on the silver screen that she was dubbed 'The Queen of Technicolor,' has died." She was 95. The Hollywood Reporter's Mike Barnes and Duane Byrge note that she "played the feisty wife to onscreen husband John Wayne in five films—three of them directed by John Ford." Along with her role in The Quiet Man, she "may be best remembered as the cynical working mother to a young Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street," notes Adam Bernstein in the Washington Post. "Ms. O’Hara continued to play strong spouse roles opposite major leading men of the day, including James Stewart (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, 1962) and Henry Fonda (Spencer’s Mountain, 1963)." We're collecting remembrances. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Maureen O’Hara, 1920 – 2015

"Maureen O’Hara, the Irish beauty whose striking red hair, crystal-green eyes and porcelain skin was so dazzling on the silver screen that she was dubbed 'The Queen of Technicolor,' has died." She was 95. The Hollywood Reporter's Mike Barnes and Duane Byrge note that she "played the feisty wife to onscreen husband John Wayne in five films—three of them directed by John Ford." Along with her role in The Quiet Man, she "may be best remembered as the cynical working mother to a young Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street," notes Adam Bernstein in the Washington Post. "Ms. O’Hara continued to play strong spouse roles opposite major leading men of the day, including James Stewart (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, 1962) and Henry Fonda (Spencer’s Mountain, 1963)." We're collecting remembrances. » - David Hudson
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Review: "Fraulein" (1958) Starring Mel Ferrer And Dana Wynter; Fox Cinema Archives Release

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By Doug Oswald

Fraulein” begins with a close-up shot of the spires of a Gothic cathedral, organ music playing on the soundtrack and air-raid sirens blaring as a statement appears on screen: “Cologne on the Rhine during the last weeks of World War II.” The scene moves down to street level as German civilians and soldiers run for bomb shelters as destruction rains down on them. An American prisoner of war makes his escape during the chaos and he stumbles upon the home of a college professor and his daughter.

Mel Ferrer plays the American Pow, Captain Foster MacLain. He meets the Fraulein of the movie, Erika Angermann, played by Dana Wynter. She helps him evade capture during a search of her father’s home. We learn about a fiancé she has not seen in over two years. She learns later from a letter that he has been wounded and is in a hospital.
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Blu-ray Release: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 2, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $19.99

Studio: Sony

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, one of the crown jewels in the Columbia Pictures catalog, celebrates its 75th anniversary with its Blu-ray debut.

James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Directed by Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life) and starring James Stewart (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation), the classic drana concerns an idealistic, newly-appointed senator (Stewart) who heads to Washington, where he single-handedly battles ruthless politicians out to destroy him. And although his plans promptly collide with political corruption, he doesn’t back down.

Originally released in 1939, the film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning one for Best Writing (Original Story).

The Blu-ray, digitally restored & mastered in 4K, is presented in collectible Digibook packaging, featuring photos and a new essay by film historian Jeremy Arnold. Bonus content includes commentary by Frank Capra Jr., the original theatrical trailer, a rare international
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Blu-ray Release: The Man From Laramie

Blu-ray Release Date: June 10, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

James Stewart is The Man from Laramie.

Thanks to Twilight Time, the well-respected 1955 western The Man From Laramie is on Blu-ray.

Directed by Anthony Mann (Strangers in the Night), the movie stars James Stewart (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation) in the last of his five-film collaboration with Mann. Here, Stewart is a man with an agenda, determined to avenge the death of his brother and stumbling into a hornet’s nest of family dysfunction when he encounters the troubled Waggoman clan, New Mexico ranchers who make the tale of King Lear look like a children’s story.

Written by Philip Yordan and Frank Burt and photographed by Charles Lang, The Man from Laramie comes to Blu-ray with a new 4k transfer, remastered from the original negative, presenting the film in a magnificent 2.55 widescreen image for the first time since its initial release in theaters.
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Blu-ray Release: Two Rode Together

Blu-ray Release Date: May 13, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Richard Widmark (l.) and James Stewart in Two Rode Together

The 1961 Western Two Rode Together directed by John Ford (Drums Along the Mohawk) and starring James Stewart (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation) and Richard Widmark (Twilight’s Last Gleaming) makes its Blu-ray debut from Twilight Time next month!

Two Rode Together offers the great Stewart’s first appearance in a film from the legendary Ford (the pair would later go on to the likes of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance). The result is a tough revisionist Western about a cynical frontier marshal (Stewart) who teams with a cavalry officer (Widmark) to rescue a group of long-held white captives from a band of redoubtable Comanche.

Featuring a score by George Duning, the movie also stars Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal and Andy Devine.

As Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title,
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Blu-ray Release: Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

Blu-ray Release Date: April 8, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara go on holiday in Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation.

James Stewart (It’s a Wonderful Life), Maureen O’Hara (Miracle on 34th Street), John Saxon and Fabian star in the 1962 family comedy film Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation.

Initially a seemingly light-hearted comedy, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation reveals an intriguing darker side in its tale of a family get-together gone awry. Little kids are monstrous, older kids suffer from self-esteem problems, grown-up kids have marital difficulties of distressingly diverse natures—and all are presided over by a decidedly grumpy (if great) James Stewart, waging the familial wars with more idealistic helpmate O’Hara at his side.

Directed and written by a pair of Hollywood veterans (Henry Koster and Nunnally Johnson, respectively), the quirky movie features a standout score by the superb Henry Mancini, available on
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We’re the Millers | Review

Mill on the Doss: Thurber’s Arbitrary Comedy Rests on Laurels of Cast Charm

Filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber, whose directorial debut was the Ben Stiller goof-fest Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) returns to the broad humor of star studded formulaic mainstream comedy with We’re the Millers, which, to be fair, has more funny moments than it’s unappealing marketing campaign would lead you to believe. But even with a handful of chuckles, Thurber, who swerved into indie territory with a stagnant 2008 adaptation of Michael Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, along with his four screenwriters, creates yet another strained, contrived cinematic entry, with an ever increasingly ludicrous premise bludgeoned mercilessly into the requisite formula of Hollywood comedy.

Small time Denver drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) lives the carefree life of a bachelor until an unlucky scenario outside his apartment complex sees him getting robbed of all his goods and hard cash.
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