4 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend | Modern Society of USA

4 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

4 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Our guide to film series and special screenings happening this weekend and in the week ahead. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.

CURATORS’ CHOICE 2018 at the Museum of the Moving Image (Dec. 28-Jan. 6). Aiming to highlight the variety and innovation of the movies released over the past 12 months, this annual series opens on Friday with “Minding the Gap,” one of the four documentaries chosen by A. O. Scott in a tie for the best film of 2018. (Two of the others, “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” and “Bisbee ’17,” will screen on Jan. 6.) Among the most original titles is Valeska Grisebach’s “Western” (on Sunday), a fiction feature about German interlopers working in a far-flung section of Bulgaria, an area they are ostensibly helping to modernize. The movie flirts with the conventions of the western genre to reflect on the economic and cultural rifts of contemporary Europe.
718-784-0077, movingimage.us

LAUREL AND HARDY IN ‘WAY OUT WEST’ at Film Forum (Dec. 29-30, 11 a.m.). On the heels of the release of “Stan & Ollie,” a new biopic that depicts Laurel and Hardy on a 1953 tour, Film Forum Jr., the theater’s weekend matinee series for children and families, closes out the year with this 1937 staple from the comic team. Sent to deliver the deed to a gold mine to a young woman who has inherited it from her father, Stan and Ollie are duped into handing over the document to the wrong person. Their pratfalls in recovering it — an attempted break-in finds Stan trying to raise Ollie to the second story of a building using a rope and a mule — are the source of much characteristic humor.
212-727-8110, filmforum.org

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