We’re in the dog days of summer, and there’s a bunch of great cinema to experience in the Twin Cities.
First off, there are some excellent documentaries playing, such as the deep examination of talent and fame in Amy and the incredible story of vigilantes fighting drug cartels in Cartel Land.
On top of that, a film featuring Robin Williams’ final film performance is being released this week, the touching and tough iPhone-shot Tangerine is at the Lagoon, and the surreal-ly hilarious Barbarella is screening in Loring Park.
It’s a good time to be alive.
Oh, and don’t forget to vote for this year’s best internet cat video. Voting for the festival ends at the end of the month.
Monday, July 27: Barbarella (Loring Park)
Sort of like a Ziggy Stardust fever dream, Barbarella is a sci-fi fantasy pop extravaganza. It’s got a poetic madness like a film from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s imagination, but with a more upfront sense of humor. If you haven’t seen this cult classic with blind angels and vampire dolls, go watch it in Loring Park. After all, it’s free.
The screening starts at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29: Wings Of Desire (Walker Cinema)
Brought to us by the Walker Art Center’s excellent Summer Nights/Cool Cinema series is this classic out of Germany. The 1987 film is about an angel that watches over Berlin and falls in love with a trapeze artist. Themes of love and death pour out of the black-and-white gem as the protagonist is willing to give up immortality to follow his heart.
The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6.
Friday, July 31: Boulevard (Lagoon Cinema)
Robin Williams’ final film performance is as Nolan, a 60-year-old bank employee in an unhappy marriage who’s forced to face his own sexuality in the autumn of his life. However, he doesn’t pay a gay hustler for sex, but for company. The film looks to showcase a side of Williams that’s somewhat tough to watch in light of his recent passing. But while he was a comic genius, he also fought with the demons of loneliness and depression, which he channels here.
Boulevard is screening exclusively at the Lagoon.
All Week: Mad Max: Fury Road (Riverview Theater)
If you missed this tire-and-brimstone twisted metal rollercoaster, you should definitely try to catch it at the Riverview. Mad Max is one of those films that’ just made for a big screen and a proper sound system. Moreover, tickets to one of these Riverview screenings will likely be the best $2 you’ll spend all week.
Mad Max is screening at 9:25 p.m.