In the exhausting South Florida summer heat, the cool interior of a cinema is the only place to be. You could take your pick of any blockbuster feature hitting the screens this year, or you could take a trip back into a different era with any number of classics showing all over Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Here's what you can check out this month on a big screen near you.
Bill Cosford Cinema. Flaming Classics, a queer film series that pairs classics and drag performances, continues its Florida Focus series with the Florida Humanities Council at the Bill Cosford Cinema this summer. On July 8th, the series screens Mary Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page with a live performance by New Times' Best Drag Queen 2018 Miss Toto. Closing the series is a screening of the silent film A Florida Enchantment on July 22, with a live performance by Jupiter Velvet. Both screenings are free to attend.
Coral Gables Art Cinema. If you've never seen Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey on the big screen, Gables Cinema has the perfect opportunity for you, screening the new unrestored 70mm print from July 6 through 12. This is paired with a free panel about the film on July 11, featuring Miami Herald writer Rene Rodriguez, Frost Science Museum curator Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego, and Independent Ethos critic and New Times contributor Hans Morgenstern in conversation with Gables Cinema associate director Javier Chavez.
The cinema's After Hours series, screening films late night on Saturdays, continues with four films this month. On July 7, Steven Spielberg's famous shark movie Jaws will screen, followed by a screening of Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous on 35mm on July 15. Featuring an introduction by Miami Film Festival programmer Lauren Cohen and featuring a performance by FKA Twink, Mean Girls will be screening on July 21, in partnership with Flaming Classics. The month closes on July 28 with a 35mm screening of Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future.
A double dose of foreign cinema comes in the form of two different special events. The first is a screening of Humberto Solás' Lucía. The 4K restoration of this Cuban film will feature a conversation with Nelson Rodriguez, editor and co-writer of the film. The second is a series of ten films, all directed by Pedro Almodóvar. All of the movies will show in both July and August, and the series includes What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Matador, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Law of Desire, Volver, Broken Embraces, Live Flesh, and Bad Education.
Gables Cinema will also be screening the Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn comedy, Woman of the Year, on July 24, as well as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as part of their Family Day at Aragon series on both July 14 and 15.
Miami Beach Cinematheque. The Miami Beach Cinematheque continues its ongoing Highlights of World Cinema retrospective, tied to its Interactive Archive Project. July kicked off with a 4K restoration of The Bride of Frankenstein on July 1 and continues later this month on July 24 with a 4K restoration of René Clair's French classic À nous la liberté (Freedom for Us), alongside a 1924 short by Clair titled Entr'acte (Intermission).
In collaboration with the Wolfsonian FIU and its exhibition "Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters," the cinema also continues its Red in Black & White series, which focuses on Russian cinema. On July 8, there will be a screening of Abram Room's Bed and Sofa, which includes a guided tour of the exhibition at the Wolfsonian before the film.
Nite Owl Theater. After screenings of Clash of the Titans, Conan the Barbarian, Jason and the Argonauts, The Dungeon Master, and The Beast Master last weekend, Nite Owl Theater has a lot going on. This month starts with the following sci-fi features: Robinson Crusoe on Mars on July 5th; Forbidden Planet on July 5 and 8; a 4K restoration of The Thing each day from July 6 through 9; Mars Attacks on 35mm on July 6, 7, and 9; and Darkstar on 35mm on July 6 and 8.
The next week brings creature features to the screen with a 4K restoration of Creature from the Black Lagoon on July 12 and 15, Piranha on July 12 and 14, a 4K restoration of Jurassic Park from July 13 through 16, a 4K restoration of Godzilla from July 13 through 15, and Jaws 2 on July 13 and 16.
Following that is a collection of horror movies: The Wolfman on July 19, 22, and 23; Werewolves on Wheels on July 19 and 22; Teen Wolf on the July 20, 21, and 23; Howling 2 on the July 20 and 21; and a 4K restoration of An American Werewolf in London from July 20 through 22.
Closing out the month is a collection of monsters and people with It on July 26 and 29; The Invisible Man on July 27 and 29; Ed Wood projected on 35mm on the July 27, 28, and 30; Freaked on 35mm on July 28 and 30; special 35mm midnight screenings of Rocky Horror Picture Show on July 27; and Cannibal Holocaust on July 28. The screening of Cannibal Holocaust will kick off a new series called Nite Owl Grindhouse.
O Cinema Miami Beach. The 50th anniversary of a venue is no small deal, and O Cinema Miami Beach is presenting a 50-year-old film to celebrate the Byron-Carlyle Theater's golden jubilee. That film is none other than the animated musical fantasy Yellow Submarine, starring the Beatles. The 4K restoration will be screening for a week beginning on July 20.
O Cinema Wynwood. Over in Wynwood, O Cinema's ongoing late-night classics series Bizzro, which shows films on the last Friday of the month, continues with one of the best of the giallo genre: Dario Argento's Profondo Rosso. The film screens on July 27.
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Savor Cinema. Popcorn Frights will offer up their usual monthly horror film over at Savor Cinema in anticipation of its festival in August. This month, Renny Harlin's A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master will be presented for its 30th anniversary on July 13. The screening will feature a Q&A with production designer Mick Strawn.
Tower Theater. The Tower Theater Miami brings one of Noah Baumbach's earlier gems to the big screen this month. The Squid and the Whale screens on July 17.