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This week in art-house cinema: Gilda Radner, King Lear, Joan Jett and James Dean movies

September 20, 2018

Documentaries about Joan Jett, Gilda Radner and public education — along with throwbacks to James Dean and animated 1980s “Transformers” — are highlights of this week in specialty cinema in Tulsa.

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“Farenheit 11/9”: The new Michael Moore documentary can best be summed up with a look at the movie poster: The words “Tyrant. Liar. Racist. A hole in one.” are placed above a fake image of President Trump golfing on the White House lawn.

“Love Gilda”: A new documentary about the beloved “Saturday Night Live” performer.

“Life Itself”: From the creator of “This is Us,” writer-director Dan Fogelman tells the story of a couple whose life decisions, as they move from college romance to marriage and childbirth, have surprising effects on others around the globe.

“We the Animals”: A hard-hitting indie coming-of-age drama, based on the acclaimed novel, that won awards at film festivals including Sundance. A Q-and-A session with producers Christina King (who’s originally from the Tulsa area) and Jeremy Yaches will follow screenings set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

“Backpack Full of Cash”: Promoted as “A film exploring the real cost of privatizing America’s public schools,” this new documentary is narrated by Matt Damon.

“Bad Reputation”: This new music documentary about rocker Joan Jett screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, only.

“NT Live: King Lear”: From the London stage and starring Ian McKellen, showing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 (with 5:45 p.m. pre-show with prizes).

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“Rebel Without a Cause”: The James Dean classic returns to the big screen, thanks to a Turner Classic Movies presentation. Showtimes are set for 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, and Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Cinemark Tulsa and Cinemark Broken Arrow.

“Lizzie”: Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart star in this psychological thriller that re-imagines the 1892 Lizzie Borden murders. Opens Friday, Sept. 21, at AMC Southroads 20.

“Transformers: The Movie”: The 1986 animated film screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Cinemark Tulsa and AMC Southroads 20.

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