Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre’s weekly Big Movie New Classic Series, sponsored by Dallas Voice, screens a different classic film each Tuesday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The schedule lets movie buffs plan their Tuesdays all the way from now through the end of July. Here is this quarter’s lineup:.
May 24: Grey Gardens. The original documentary by Albert and David Maysles, a Grand Guignol horror comedy about real-life American socialites living in squalor in a Long Island mansion. Essential cinema.
May 31: Hair. Milos Forman’s film adaptation of the hippie musical… about a decade too late.
June 7: Aliens. The first sequel to the 1979 original, this James Cameron film made Sigourney Weaver into an action star.
June 14: How to Marry a Millionaire. Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall go on the hunt for rich husbands.
June 21: Bonnie & Clyde. Shot in Dallas, and based on the real-life Dallas outlaws, this was one of the films that helped redefine modern cinema in the post-studio era.
June 28: Bullitt. Super-cool Steve McQueen has a big hit in this action drama, famous for a car chase through the hilly streets of San Francisco.
July 5: Blazing Saddles. One of the seminal comedies of the 1970s, this spoof of Westerns explored racial unease with side-splitting laughs. Co-written and directed by Mel Brooks.
July 12: The Band Wagon. One of the most overlooked of the Freed Unit MGM musicals, it’s often overshadowed by Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris and Gigi, but is up there with all of them in terms of tunefulness and style. Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse make a great pair.
July 19: The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3. An amazing real-time cat-and-mouse thriller about terrorists hijacking a NYC subway about a generation before 24.
July 26: Five Easy Pieces. Jack Nicholson in his breakout dramatic role about a talented young pianist who struggles with disenfranchisement.
Aug. 2: 9 to 5. The powerhouse teaming of Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda makes this the definitive workplace revenge comedy.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 13, 2016.