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Summer Guide: Bellflower's Muscle-Car Mayhem Shifts the Summer Into High Gear

Director Evan Glodell talks breakups and homemade bombs. Plus, summer film picks.

‘Page One: Inside the New York Times’
June 17
Whether you’re getting ink on your hands or currently experiencing digital eye strain, there’s something to be gleaned about the mutating world of journalism from Andrew Rossi’s delightful, fly-on-the-wall peek within the Gray Lady’s newsroom. Discussing 21st-century ethics and concerns as the WikiLeaks controversy unfolds in real time, the film is at its most entertaining when embedded with sandpaper-voiced veteran reporter David Carr, who approaches his beat with a sharp wit and uncompromising saltiness. Magnolia Pictures, in limited release, magpictures.com

New York Asian Film Festival
July 1–14
Celebrating a decade of bat-shit nutty thrills, Subway Cinema’s genre-busting extravaganza will host special guest Tsui Hark for “Wu Xia: Hong Kong’s Flying Swordsmen,” a sidebar featuring the directing legend’s kung-fu spectacular Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. Fresh from Cannes, Na Hong-jin’s The Yellow Sea headlines “Sea of Revenge: New Korean Thrillers,” and that’s just the beginning. Punk-rock Buddhist monks! Karate-fighting robots that transform into motorcycles! Egad! The Film Society of Lincoln Center, West 65th Street and Broadway, filmlinc.com

‘Tabloid’
July 15
After the sobering politics of Standard Operating Procedure and The Fog of War, Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris returns to his eccentric early roots with—no, not a counter-argument to Page One—but a hilariously bonkers saga that indeed made headlines. In the late ’70s, beauty queen Joyce McKinney flew to the U.K., kidnapped her former beau, and chained him to a bed to “deprogram” his Mormon beliefs of chastity. Crazy but charismatic, McKinney tells her rationalized side of a story whose twists are unthinkable. IFC Films, in limited release, ifcfilms.com

Essential Pre-Code
July 15–August 11
1930s Hollywood was at its most exhilarating before the Hays Code suppressed all the innuendo, raciness, and creative rebellion, which will titillate new generations in Film Forum’s four-week fête. Take in the uncensored version of Baby Face (starring Barbara Stanwyck as a corporate ladder–climbing prostitute) and new 35mm prints of Sailor's Luck, The Match King, Jewel Robbery, and Heat Lightning. Each Thursday salutes suave actor Warren William (“The Heel of Heels”), and Tuesdays offer triple features for one admission. Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, filmforum.org

‘The Future’
July 29
Following 2005’s Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July’s long-awaited second feature may theoretically seem too twee, since its self-questioning drama about a quixotic thirtysomething couple (July and Hamish Linklater) in existential crisis features YouTube dance projects and narration by a dying stray cat. However, this wonderfully whimsical examination into the fear of cosmic insignificance is so deeply touching and honest (think Ikiru starring Silver Lake hipsters) you just might need a stiff drink afterward. Roadside Attractions, in limited release, roadsideattractions.com

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