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PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE Some more crap your kids will eat up with a goddamn spoon.

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE Some more crap your kids will eat up with a goddamn spoon.

recommended Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Sam Peckinpah's 1974 western starring Warren motherfucking Oates. Laurelhurst Theater.

recommended Cave of Forgotten Dreams
There's a scene in Werner Herzog's 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams when his guide through the Chauvet Caves instructs the touring party to stand still, be silent, and listen to the pure sound of life deep beneath the Earth. The silence is supposed to be so profound, a man can hear his own heartbeat. The moment ends up being profound for the viewer, as well. Check yourself. I bet you're holding your breath. JAMIE S. RICH Fifth Avenue Cinema.

Citizen Koch
Citizen Koch's titular villains—the oil-piping, timber-harvesting masterminds behind Koch Industries and the Tea Party-fueling Americans for Prosperity—seem to have their sticky billionaire hands in any nefarious conservative scheme you'd care to point to. The bulk of America, meanwhile, has no idea who the two are. More sunlight can only be a good thing. But this documentary casts a narrow beam, busying itself with the more obvious narratives that have emerged around the Kochs in recent years and failing to offer much new illumination. DIRK VANDERHART Cinema 21, Kiggins Theatre.

recommended The Dance of Reality
See Film, this issue. Hollywood Theatre.

recommended Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Bare minimum—minimumDawn of the Planet of the Apes is a movie that features monkeys firing machine guns while riding on horses. By any reasonable measure, that fact alone makes Dawn a very special film—but director Matt Reeves and writers Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Mark Bomback have gone a step further. They've gone and made an outstanding war movie. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.

recommended Demons
A group of hardbodies gets stuck in a monster-filled movie theater in the 1985 Dario Argento/Lamberto Bavo horror flick. Splattery fun. Courtney ferguson Fifth Avenue Cinema.

Drive-in at Zidell Yards
You know that place under the Ross Island Bridge where no one ever goes? Well, the NW Film Center is showing some movies down there! Park your car, bring a chair or a blanket, and pay in cash to see a double feature of Purple Rain and Mean Streets (Fri July 18), a double feature of Dirty Dancing and Enter the Dragon (Sat July 19), or a single, lonely feature of Stand By Me (Sun July 20). Zidell Yards.

recommended El Topo
See Film, this issue. Hollywood Theatre.

The Endless Summer
A digital restoration of 1966's surfing film. Cinema 21.

Flight of the Navigator
In this 1986 Disney flick, a 12-year-old kid falls into a ravine. When he wakes up, everyone is eight years older. Could it be that he was abducted by aliens? ...Or is he the alien? (Answer: No, he's not.) It's E.T. combined with Back to the Future, and I remember liking this movie just fine when I saw it as a kid, but revisiting it as a (relatively) grown-up person, it's pretty witless. NED LANNAMANN Academy Theater.

recommended Grindhouse Film Festival
1983's The Deadly Spawn, about pesky worms from outer space that're hiding in your basement. Hollywood Theatre.

Hecklevision
The Hollywood's series, in which heckle-worthy movies are shown on the big screen—and you can text your smartass remarks from your phone, than giggle as they scroll by. Providing the fuel for your fire this time: Mac & Me. Hollywood Theatre.

Planes: Fire & Rescue
The Planes franchise remains just as creepily preoccupied with failure and limitations—and the sighing, zen-style acceptance of such—in a force-fed, unnecessary sequel designed around the dynamics of aerial firefighting. The first movie saw cropduster-cum-racer Dusty Crophopper (voiced by the inimitable Dane Cook) struggle with caste and destiny. Now we see him confront the reality of a failing body—life being ripped away from him—and the pain of contemplating a second act right when he ought to be strutting around in his prime. This all might have been fine, if it made my kid smile. Like the first one. But this one didn't. Dusty seemed like he's on a suicide track. The whole thing feels leaden and sad and obvious, starting from its first moments, with a placard praising firefighters preceding any of the action. Public servants are brave, fancy people are fancy and stupid, and duty hurts. The hillbillies this movie seems to be addressing are encouraged to take comfort in all of this. DENIS C. THERIAULT Various Theaters.

recommended The Purge: Anarchy
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

recommended Re-run Theater
This time, the television time-warp takes you back to those halcyon days of cable cartoons, when Beavis and Butt-head ruled your TV, Aeon Flux blew your mind, and the Aqua Teens made absurdity as tasty as a Happy Meal. Hollywood Theatre.

Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare
Not even Canada could escape the '80s, and this hair-metal horror schlock is the proof: A rock band leads the battle between heaven and hell from the front lines of their haunted recording studio. Hollywood Theatre.

Sex Tape
See review this issue. Various Theaters.

A Summer's Tale
Eric Rohmer's 1996 film in which a math nerd on vacation with a girl he would like to be his girlfriend is introduced by that girl to a different girl who would like him to be her girlfriend. Beautiful awkwardness ensues. Whitsell Auditorium.

They Came Together
See review this issue. On Demand, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video.

Top Down: Rooftop Cinema
The NW Film Center's rooftop screening series, taking place on top of the Hotel deLuxe's parking garage. This week: Hitchcock's Notorious, with pre-show music by St. Even. Hotel deLuxe.

recommended Venus in Fur
See review this issue. Living Room Theaters.

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