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SCREEN TIME: New friends and old ‘enemies’

The Blob, Lawrence, and Baby Jane, too

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YOU BET JURASSIC: Chris Pratt makes a new friend in ‘Jurassic World: Dominion.’

Wed., Jun. 1


RRRTwo revolutionaries take on the British Raj in this three-hour action epic that was a runaway hit in India. I haven’t seen it yet, but the word of mouth has been crazy – I know several people who’ve seen it in limited release, then saw it again the next weekend. It’s getting a special “encoRRRE” screening nationwide on June 1. — Curt Holman
$13. 7:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, 30306. plazaatlanta.com

Sat., Jun. 4


Silver Scream Spook Show: The Blob Atlanta’s live, burlesque tribute to classic TV horror hosts (featuring a kid-friendly matinee) returns with 1958’s effectively cheesy sci-fi flick The Blob, about a shapeless ooze that runs amok in a small town. Fun fact: when future screen icon Steve McQueen filmed his role as the teenage hero, he was in his late 20s. — Curt Holman
$10-$15. Sat., Jun. 4, 1:30 and 10 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, 30306. plazaatlanta.com

Fri., June 10


Jurassic World: Dominion Director Colin Trevorrow helmed the hugely successful Jurassic World in 2015 and returns for the third film of the sequel trilogy. This time the original film actors Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum join Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as dinosaurs roam the Earth. — Curt Holman
Opens June 10 at area theaters.

Lawrence of ArabiaSeize the chance to see probably the greatest of Hollywood’s midcentury epics on the big screen in 70 mm. Peter O’Toole plays British Army officer T.E. Lawrence who becomes involved in the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire in the 1910s. Some aspects David Lean’s 1962 classic have aged poorly (such as Alec Guinness in a brownface performance) but it’s a film that seems to advance a white savior narrative, then completely dismantles it after the intermission. — Curt Holman
$13. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, 30306. plazaatlanta.com

Neptune Frost Artist Saul Williams and playwright Anisia Uzeyman direct this Afrofuturist sci-fi musical set in a Rwandan village. — Curt Holman
Opens Fri., Jun. 10. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, 30306. plazaatlanta.com

Sun., Jun. 12 and -Wed., Jun. 15


What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? TCM’s monthly “Big Screen Classics” events, screened monthly in cinemas around the city (and the nation) celebrates the 60th anniversary of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? A deranged former child star (Bette Davis) torments her paraplegic sister (Joan Crawford) in this iconic psychological thriller. You may recall that Ryan Murphy’s 2017 miniseries “Feud” dramatized the making of Baby Jane, starring Susan Sarandon as Davis and Jessica Lange as Crawford. --Curt Holman
Sun., Jun. 12, 1 p.m. and Wed., Jun. 15, 7 p.m. Atlanta area theaters. fathomevents.com/series/tcm-big-screen-classics

Thu., Jun. 16-Sun., Jun. 19


American Youth Film Festival This festival includes a competition for middle school, high school and college-age filmmakers in multiple genre categories, as well as panel discussions and workshops. --Curt Holman
$10-$25 passes. Thu., Jun. 16-Sun., Jun. 19. Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta, 30303. filmfreeway.com/AmericanYouthFilmFestival

 

Wed., Jun. 22


George Michael Freedom Uncut A documentary portrait of the beloved singer traces his career from his early days with Wham! to his untimely death in 2016. — Curt Holman
$15. Wed., Jun. 22, 7 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, 30308. landmarktheatres.com/atlanta/midtown-art-cinema

Fri., Jun. 24


Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanThe best Star Trek movie gets a 35mm screening for its 40th anniversary. As Captain Kirk (William Shatner) wrestles with a midlife crisis, an old foe (Ricardo Montalban) seeks revenge in set pieces that play like a submarine movie in space. “Khaaannn!!!” — Curt Holman
$13. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, 30306. plazaatlanta.com

Sat., Jun. 25-Sun., Jun. 26


Atlanta ShortsFest Atlanta’s annual short film festival presents movies of 45 minutes or less from around the world, in categories such as comedy, horror, documentary, erotic and more. --Curt Holman
RoleCall Theater, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE Atlanta, 30308. docufest.com