3 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

3 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

December 21, 2018

Our guide to film series and special screenings happening this weekend and in the week ahead. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.

A CHER FOR ALL SEASONS at the Museum of the Moving Image (through Dec. 24). “The Cher Show,” now on Broadway, may be a “maddening mishmash of a new musical,” as Jesse Green wrote in The New York Times, but that’s all the more reason to the see the singer-actress herself in her Oscar-winning turn in “Moonstruck” (on Friday and Sunday). Also showing is “The Witches of Eastwick” (on Saturday), in which Cher, along with Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon, is seduced by a devilish (in every sense) Jack Nicholson.
718-784-0077, movingimage.us

IN THE YEAR OF THE GRIFTER at the Metrograph (through Jan. 2). There aren’t many good ways to get suckered — but in this sleek and wide-ranging series, there aren’t many bad ways, either. Hollywood’s classiest swindlers (from Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall in “Trouble in Paradise,” showing from Dec. 29 to 31, to Paul Newman in “The Color of Money,” on Jan. 1 and 2) take center stage alongside scammers in films that dare viewers to enjoy real-life amorality (“The Bling Ring,” on Friday, and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” on Friday and Saturday). David Mamet, who redefined the art of the con on screen, is present with “House of Games” and “The Spanish Prisoner” — both showing on Thursday and both featuring his friend and regular collaborator Ricky Jay, who died last month. And still another sleight of hand is the kind Vincente Minnelli pulls off in “Yolanda and the Thief” (on Dec. 29 and Jan. 1), transforming a musical without memorable songs into a wonder of Technicolor staging.
212-660-0312, metrograph.com

‘THE BAKER’S WIFE’ at Film Forum (Dec. 21-27). Raimu, who played the kindhearted bar owner in Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille trilogy, starred again under Pagnol’s direction as a baker new to a small French village in this feature (released in New York in 1940 and in France two years earlier). Mere days after his arrival, his wife runs off with a shepherd; reasoning that he can’t possibly be a baker and a cuckold at once, he stops making bread. A colossal screen presence, Raimu serves as the fulcrum of Pagnol’s expansive, knowing portrait of village life. The source of a musical in the 1970s, the movie is showing in a new digital version.
212-727-8110, filmforum.org

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