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 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 21 at 9 p.m.
ON ONE FIELD As part of the Mr. Rain’s Fun House summer film series, this documentary from Mauricio Osorio follows a group of refugees and immigrants as they connect on the soccer field. For one night only, catch the film outdoors on the restaurant’s balcony overlooking the American Visionary Art Museum’s garden. At Mr. Rain’s Fun House June 21 at dusk.
BRAVE Disney/Pixar’s latest is about an impetuous young princess determined to choose her own fate. When she makes a decision that brings danger to her kingdom, she must figure out how to undo the damage. Pixar caused a stir when it pulled its first female director, Brenda Chapman, from the project and replaced her with first-time feature director Mark Andrews. We’re curious to see if Brave holds on to its creators’ intention to create a strong, compelling role model for young girls. Opens June 22.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER The title probably says it all, right? Based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, this mashup of horror and history reimagines Honest Abe as an undercover assassin of bloodthirsty monsters. Opens June 22.
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED Apparently, this film started as a joke filler ad written by a senior editor over at Backwoods Home Magazine. In it, the author seeks a companion for a journey back in time. The film it sparked features deadpan comedy darling Aubrey Plaza as a magazine intern assigned the task of answering said ad. Opens June 22.
LOLA VERSUS Dumped just before her wedding, Lola (Greta Gerwig) sets out to figure out what the hell she’s doing with her life. We’re a little nervous that Gerwig (Damsels in Distress, Greenberg) was cast to lend a touch of credibility to a lifeless romcom, but perhaps we’ll be proven wrong. Opens June 22.
ALL ABOUT EVE This hit starring Bette Davis earned 14 Academy Award nominations. It follows the path of young starlet Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) and her ruthless pursuit of a career on Broadway. At Mountcastle Auditorium June 27 at 7:15 p.m.
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS Oh whoa, remember when Wes Anderson was emerging from the cocoon of Bottle Rocket and Rushmore and it felt like he was really hitting his stride with this one? Some say he’s been doing the same exact thing ever since, and if you’re of that ilk then you might enjoy this time warp back to an era when it all felt so fresh and new and exciting. At the Charles Theatre June 23, 25, and 28.