June is an exciting time for people who love movies, because it’s Miami Film Month. During the next four weeks, local arthouse theaters will offer $8 tickets (so have a good excuse to check out moderns and classics alike). They include all three of O Cinema’s locations, MDC’s Tower Theater, Bill Cosford Cinema, Coral Gables Art Cinema, and Miami Beach Cinematheque. Here's what these locations offer in terms of our favorite classics:
Miami Beach Cinematheque
MBCinema’s collaboration with the Wolfsonian-FIU, "Havana Nights: Exploring Cuba Through Art and Film," continues with a screening midmonth, Sunday, June 19. It's Carol Reed’s Our Man in Havana, starring Alec Guinness, Maureen O’Hara, and Burl Ives. The film will be introduced by Frank Luca, chief librarian and adjunct professor of history at the Wolfsonian. An optional guided tour of the museum exhibition "Promoting Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction" will be available prior to the screening, included in the admission price.
Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
The Miami Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU will present a five-part series featuring newly restored Warner Bros. classics beginning this month. Each movie will be shown one time only at the museum Sundays at 2 p.m. and is available to audiences for free with museum admission and for Jewish Film Society members. The series kicks off June 26 with the 45th-anniversary screening of Fiddler on the Roof.
Monday nights at Shirley's inside Gramps, Secret Celluloid Society will show two films this month. Up first, on June 6, is Half Baked, starring Dave Chappelle; and on June 20 is cult classic Revenge of the Nerds 2. Both showings cost only $6 at the door, and Gramps' full bar is right there.
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At O Cinema Miami Beach, Secret Celluloid Society has four films to present. Things kick off with Amy Heckerling’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High June 4, followed by Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs June 11. The late-night series continues with Airplane! on the 18th and Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop on the 25th. All will be shown on 35mm, as usual. Outside of the SCS lineup, there’ll be a June 16 screening of Bruno Barreto’s Four Days in September in collaboration with the Brazilian Film Fest of Miami.
At O Cinema Wynwood, Eiichi Yamamoto’s psychedelic anime from the early '70s, Belladonna of Sadness, finally hits Miami June 24 for a weeklong run. There’s also Popcorn Frights’ presentation of the essentially witchy The Craft on 4k June 17 for the 20th anniversary, as well as the presentation of From Dusk Til Dawn June 29 for another 20th anniversary. Also June 28, there will be a collaborative screening of Before Night Falls with Reading Queer.
It’s another full month at Gables Cinema. Things start off with the Spanish classic El Sur June 7 and continue with The Cat Returns June 11 through 12 and Blue Velvet June 17. From there, it's the After Hours schedule: Christopher Nolan’s Memento June 4, Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind June 11, Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy June 18, and Ninja Scroll June 25. The first three will be shown on 35mm, and Ninja Scroll will be on DCP.
Presented in part with the screening of Ninja Scroll, an anime fest will offer selections from various filmmakers. For three days, June 24 through June 26, three films will be shown: Akira and Tokyo Godfathers on 35mm and Grave of the Fireflies on DCP. The same weekend, there will be two 35mm showings of Whisper of the Heart. On the 27th and 28th, there’ll be 35mm screenings of Metropolis and digital screenings of Summer Wars. And closing the festival will be showings of Paprika and Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door on the 29th and 30th, both on 35mm.