• The Village Voice’s Best of 2004 series at BAM Rose Cinemas offers you one last chance to catch the best films of 2004 on the big screen. Tonight at 7:00 PM is Lars von Trier’s Dogville, the controversial film shot on a single set with chalk outlines, starring Lauren Bacall, Paul Bettany, and Nicole Kidman as a woman on the run from the mob. Also worth checking out is Guy Maddin’s Cowards Bend the Knee, an artistic film which features “autobiographical, peep-show installation” chapters. 30 Lafayette Ave and Ashland, bklyn; $10
• Fans of Fassbinder might be interested in the Museum of Modern Art’s “Hanna Schygulla” film tribute, a retrospective for the iconic German actress and legendary Fassbinder muse who will discuss her long film career as well as perform a few numbers from her cabaret act. Tonight at 8:00 PM, 11 W. 53rd and Fifth Avenue.
• Also, tonight and tomorrow's shows of The World's Best Prom, a documentary chronicling the Midwest's rite of passage taken to the extreme with five decades of archival footage & interviews, have already sold out. But you can still buy tickets for Sunday's 3:30 PM showing @ Pioneer Theater, 155 E. 3rd; 212.591.0434.
If you're up for a musical, Grease plays tonight at 7:00 PM @ Clearview’s Chelsea Cinemas Classics, 260 West 23rd and Seventh Avenue; ONLY $6. We’re already humming “Summer Loving.”
The Brooklyn Underground Film Festival fundraiser and party features a re-screening of Brooklyn Underground’s 2005 Comedy Shorts Program with the filmmakers at 6:30–10:00 PM; $30 cover includes screenings & Brooklyn Brewery beer.
Fassbinder’s masterpiece I Only Want to Love You follows a hardworking German who just wants a little sympathy, craves appreciation from his parents, and struggles to support his wife. Stick around for I Don't Just Want You To Love Me, a documentary on the late, great Fassbinder, at 9:15 PM @ Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave at 2nd St.; $8.
FRIDAY, June 10th:
NEW MOVIES: Brangelina play a married couple with secret assassin lives (described as War of the Roses meets True Lies) in Mr. & Mrs. Smith; Francois Ozon’s (Swimming Pool) 5X2 deconstructs a failed marriage by going backwards – starting from the breakup and ending with the first encounter; Animation master Hayao Miyazaki - a Gothamist favorite - tells the tale of a young girl picked up by a powerful wizard (Christian Bale) and turned into an old woman (by Lauren Bacall) in Howl’s Moving Castle, which broke box office records when it opened in Japan last fall; Cedric the Entertainer and Gabrielle Union star in The Honeymooners, an updated version of the 50’s TV series; The Museum of the Moving Image offers a sneak peak of Jia Zhangke's The World, commenting on the cultural and emotional effects of globalization by following a young couple, set in a Beijing theme park.
Terry Gilliam’s critically acclaimed Brazil offers a bizarre 1984-esque look at the future, in which a computer error causes havoc for the protagonist. Sunshine at MIDNIGHT, Landmark Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston and First, $10
James Dean fans will be happy to know Elia Kazan's East of Eden plays for a week at The Film Forum, 209 W. Houston and Sixth Ave.; $10
German Actress Hannah Schygulla told the Village Voice that the success of The Marriage of Maria Braun, which played in NY for more than a year, made her “hot stuff for a while.” 8:15 PM at the Museum of Modern Art.
SATURDAY, June 11th:
Coen Brother’s cult favorite The Big Lebowski plays at 9:00 PM @ Makor, 35 West 67th St. at 62nd; $10.25.
Because you obviously haven't heard enough about Watergate in the news lately - the Redford/Hoffman classic All the President's Men plays for one night only at MIDNIGHT @ The Paris, 4 West 58th St.at Fifth Ave, $10.
The Museum of the Moving Image begins a month-long series devoted to “Asian City Films,” featuring Cafe Lumiere as well as Jia Zhangke's Unknown Pleasures at 1:30 PM, @ 35th Ave & 36th St, Astoria; $10.
Jazz legend Charles Mingus struggles to avoid eviction in the documentary Mingus 1968, at 2:00 PM @ Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave at 2nd, $8.
SUNDAY, June 12th:
To celebrate the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments , the JCC presents an all night celebration featuring religious cinematic interpretations. Highlights include: Woody Allen’s Crimes & Misdemeanors, a commentary on the fifth commandment, with Martin Landau as a NYC ophthalmologist debating how to manage and end his long-term affair with his mistress (Anjelica Houston), at 3:00 AM @ 334 Amsterdam and 75th; $10.
Wong Kar Wai’s classic Fallen Angels is a vivid and visually striking account of a hitman and the odd, lonesome characters he encounters in a surreal urban Hong Kong. 2:00 PM @ The Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Ave at 26th St, Astoria; $10