LESSONS LEARNED This psychological thriller from local filmmaker Kalima Young tells the story of a young journalist searching for the killer behind a rash of murders in the gay community. But as his grip on reality begins to decay, he’s left wondering if he’s actually the killer or the next to die. At Mr. Rain’s Fun House June 14 at dusk.
ROCK OF AGES In this film adaptation of the Broadway musical by the same name, a bizarrely cast Tom Cruise plays a rock star with a sick back tat, Alec Baldwin sports a wig and a full dungaree ensemble (though, honestly, we might have just imagined the latter when we caught sight of the hair), and Catherine Zeta-Jones is upset about something. Opens June 15.
A STAR IS BORN Part of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions’ Shooting Star/Falling Star Film Series, the June 13 screening of A Star Is Born offers modern-day audiences the chance to see Judy Garland’s landmark performance as starlet Vicki Lester. At Mountcastle Auditorium June 13 at 7:15 p.m.
SUNSET BOULEVARD In this Billy Wilder classic, former silent-film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) hopes a young screenwriter (William Holden) can pull her out of the abyss of obscurity and back into the spotlight. This film gave birth to the oft-quoted line, “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup.” At Mountcastle Auditorium June 20 at 7:15 p.m.
THE CIRCUS We’re not gonna lie, at the height of our film-snob days, we went through a serious fuck-Chaplin-Keaton’s-way-cooler phase (which soon gave way to the worship of Jacques Tati for a wild couple of weeks), but the man deserves tons of cred. While Keaton rules in his own right and the fact that he died broke (like Tati) makes him a tragic hero, Chaplin’s skill at physical comedy and precision-perfect timing can’t be denied. For three days, see him as the iconic Tramp trying to make it as a clown. He can make circus-goers howl with laughter—but only when he isn’t trying. At the Charles Theatre June 14.
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP Though initially this film from the creative team the Archers (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger) was received poorly, it has since been lauded as a masterpiece of British cinema. At the Charles Theatre June 16, 18, and 21.