THE DAILY RUNDOWN is a quick look at just a few of the cool screenings and film events happening around the U.S. every day. It is not intended to be an exhaustive, comprehensive list, but a sampling of the terrific genre cinema available to check out at your local art house, megaplex, film society, and repertory theaters.


THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017 (All show times are local)


The Music Box Theatre in Chicago is screening Mike Judge’s equally funny and depressing satire IDIOCRACY from a 35mm print at 7:00 pm. Judge will be on hand for a Q&A after the film. Tickets and info can be found here.



You never need a reason to watch BACK TO THE FUTURE. Seeing it on the big screen is just icing on the cake. It is playing at the Amherst Cinema in Amherst, MA at 7:00 pm. Tickets and info can be found here.



Snake Plissken, the Duke of New York, John Carpenter’s pulsing score, Harry Dean Stanton and Lee Van Cleef stealing scenes left and right, and Donald Pleasence as one of the most casually repellant and ineffectual presidents ever put to screen. There are so many great things I could list about ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, but I don’t have the space here to do so. Go see it at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX at 7:30 pm. Tickets and info can be found here.



It’s embarrassing to admit, but DUMB AND DUMBER still makes me laugh. If you’re in Portland, OR, you can see if it still has the ability to elicit belly laughs in you when it plays at the Academy Theater at 4:35 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets and info can be found here.



BLOW OUT might be one of those rare perfect movies. John Travolta was never better, Nancy Allen was never more charming, and Brian De Palma connected real heart and soul with his impressive style. It is playing at Doc Films on the University of Chicago campus at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. All info can be found here.



If you know of an under-the-radar theater or film society regularly putting together repertory screenings or special events, feel free to let me know on Twitter!

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