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The Best Classic Movies Showing in Miami in August


In stark contrast to the last few months, Miami in August isn't quite as packed with classic cinema as one might have hoped. But, as the summer cools down, so do the good old movies. That doesn't mean there aren't a fair share of 'em this month and, as usual, it's time to chat it up about what exactly they are.


After Hours at Gables Cinema
There isn't a month where we don't mention Secret Celluloid Society and the folks over at Gables Cinema doing the beautiful near-midnight stuff they do on a weekly basis because their selection is just so damn good. Every Saturday night, and always on 35mm (or at least for the summer it is), After Hours kills it by providing a great atmosphere, lots of fun moments during screenings — like shooting liquid nitrogen at the audience when the Stay Puft ghost explodes in Ghostbusters — and, best of all, cheap tickets. This month, the line-up is probably the best. For those who missed Taxi Driver last weekend, there's still Beetlejuice on the 8th, Raiders of the Lost Ark on the 15th, 2001: A Space Odyssey on the 22nd, and The Holy Mountain on the 29th. 


More from the Secret Celluloid Society at Shirley's

Did we mention we're fans of the stuff that Secret Celluloid Society do? Rounding out their summer programming is the other films they're showing this month over at Shirley's at Gramps. And it's '80s month at the bar/theater with Three Amigos kicking off the month, followed by Coming to America on the 12th, The Blues Brothers on the 19th, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on the 26th. 

Gables Essentials and More
Coral Gables Art Cinema isn't just hopping at night; their Essentials programming offers up matinee movies at matinee prices for everyone to check out. But before we get to that, let's not forget their Family Days — this month on the 8th and 9th — featuring Heidi, the delightful Shirley Temple flick from the '30s. On that very weekend, there's also a 35mm screening of a rather different choice for the month: the black-and-white 1968 Cuban film, Memories of Underdevelopment. And later in the month, starting on the 21st, is Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows, followed by his Le jour se lève on the 28th. Additionally, in partnership with Books & Books, there will be a free screening of John Ford's Grapes of Wrath on the 26th. 


Sinister Saturdays and More at O Cinema
This month, O Cinema has offerings for its audiences at two different locations. Over at Wynwood, there's "Sinister Saturdays", which features a weird little selection of modern horror films at $8 per showing. They're all post-2000, but two of the three deserve special mention in this section as modern classics. The first is The Ring — Gore Verbinski's remake — on the 8th, and still holds up over a decade later. The second is Tomas Alfredson's brilliant horror-romance-drama-whatever you want to describe it as, Let the Right One In, showing on the 15th.

Other than that, over at O Cinema Miami Beach, the stellar Carol Reed film, The Third Man, will be opening on the 21st. To say it's one of both Welles and Cotten's best performances isn't any stretch of the imagination and it's goddamn gorgeous with a great looking restoration so don't miss out. And back at Wynwood, closing out the month, is Rocky IV for its 30th Anniversary on the 25th. 

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Juan Antonio Barquin is a Miami-based writer who programs the queer film series Flaming Classics and serves as co-editor of Dim the House Lights. Barquin aspires to be Bridget Jones.