Once upon a summer at... the movies

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      Summer at the movies requires some nimble footwork. Despite destroying itself twice already, the Marvel universe will continue to drop turds great and small—like dog poop on a hot sidewalk—amid a schedule otherwise littered with blue-skinned genies, upgraded Simbas, and Toy Stories numbering beyond infinity. Fortunately, the Mouse House doesn’t have a complete lock on the picture show. Here are a few upcoming titles and other screen events that will surely keep the grownups coming back to the old movie palace. Dates are subject to change.

      Rupture 2019
      For cultheads and gorehounds, Rupture returns to the Vancity Theatre with a killer lineup featuring Peter sStrickland’s In Fabric, Guto Parente’s The Cannibal Club, and a preview of Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die. (June 6 to 9)

      Claire Denis: Trouble Every Day
      For its screenings through June, the Cinematheque has scored 35mm prints for five of the eight titles in this, its most extensive retrospective yet of the French filmmaker’s frequently polarizing works. (June 6 to 25)

      Mike Leigh’s furious period epic about the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 might be the Brit filmmaker’s masterpiece. Rory Kinnear and Maxine Peake star. (tba)

      Democracy is crushed in Mike Leigh's Peterloo.

      Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
      The Mighty Zim slaps on the face paint, hires Mick Ronson, and rocks the fuck out in this Netflix doc about Dylan’s woolly mid-’70s tour. Almost certainly better than Renaldo and Clara. (June 12)

      Italian Contemporary Film Festival
      Among the highlights: Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini performs a live soundtrack to L’Inferno, at the Rio Theatre on June 16. (June 7 to 23)

      The Dead Don’t Die
      …and neither does the art house. Jim Jarmusch actually delivers the icon-studded (Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, RZA, Tom Waits) zom-com that, two months ago, everyone thought was an April Fool’s joke. (June 14)

      Hamish Patel is a one man Beatles in Yesterday.

      A violent, unexplained event scrubs the Beatles from world history, leaving Himesh Patel to restore everyone’s memory—and steal all the credit. Danny Boyle directs from a Richard Curtis script. And yes, we’re also wondering how they got the rights to the catalogue. (June 28)

      Following his exploration into Goetic ritual in Hereditary, writer-director Ari Aster sends unhappy couple Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor to Sweden for a full-on descent into pastoral, pagan folk horror. Wicker Man fans, a libation! (July 3)

      The Farewell
      A Mandarin-speaking Awkwafina travels to China to visit her dying grandmother in this festival rave. Meditation Park’s Tzi Ma costars in writer-
      director Lulu Wang’s talked-up second feature. (July 19)

      Awkwafina heads to China in The Farewell

      Vita & Virginia 

      The future arrives ahead of schedule when Virginia Woolf hooks up with socialite Vita Sackville-West. Elizabeth Debicki and Gemma Arterton scandalize the Bloomsbury set in Chanya Button’s film. (July 19)

      Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood
      Quentin Tarantino’s latest experiment in testing your moral fortitude has already earned the opprobrium of Roman Polanski’s wife, Emmanuelle Seigner. As Sharon Tate, meanwhile, Margot Robbie mingles with Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen, various Mansonites, and TV actors played by Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in a love letter to ’60s Tinseltown that, at the very least, had Cannes convinced. (July 26)

      David Crosby: Remember My Name
      Easy! It comes before… “Stills, Nash & Young”! To his credit, the most routinely annoying member of the Byrds (among other bands) admits to a “big ego, no brains” in the trailer for this sure-to-be-lively confessional. (August 2)

      The Nightingale
      An Irish convict hunts down her family’s killer in Jennifer Kent’s period gothic, said to be a suitably disturbing follow-up to her debut, The Babadook. (August 2)

      Babadook director Jennifer Kent returns with The Nightingale.

      Mike Wallace Is Here
      It remains to be seen where Avi Belkin’s doc falls on its view of the legendary broadcaster whose aggressive reputation obscured a deeper loyalty to his establishment masters. (August 9)

      Cold Case Hammarskjöld
      The 1961 death of UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld in a suspicious plane crash has long been a strange attractor for assassination researchers. If anyone could take on the endlessly provocative story, which includes the weaponization of AIDS, it’s fearless Danish documentary bad boy Mads Brügger. (August 16)

      Good Boys
      From the Seth Rogen–Evan Goldberg hit factory, here’s a filthy-minded middle-school Superbad. Young Jacob Tremblay escapes the Room to complete the Vancouver connection. (August 16)

      Where’d You Go, Bernadette
      Maria Semple’s postmodern bestseller becomes a feature film courtesy of the one guy who might actually pull it off: Richard Linklater. Cate Blanchett stars alongside Billy Crudup and Kristen Wiig. (August 16)