July 5th


Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (1991, 123 mins; in English)

The quintessential surf-crime-action film Point Break (Dir. Kathryn Bigelow, 1991). Rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) is assigned to investigate the “Ex-Presidents” - bank robbers who are infamous for donning Reagan, Nixon, LBJ, and Carter masks. Utah infiltrates a group of surfers who he believes to be the criminals, but his undercover assignment becomes much more complex as he falls prey to the charms of their magnetic leader, Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). What is summer if not surfing, skydiving, bank-robbing, and an epic foot chase through Santa Monica?


July 12th


Directed by Wes Anderson  (2012, 95 mins; in English)

Wes Anderson’s coming-of-age gem Moonrise Kingdom (2012). Although the film has an all-star ensemble cast (including Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwarzman, Harvey Keitel….should we go on?), its heart lies in the central romance between two pre-teens, Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) and Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward). After becoming pen pal lovers, Suzy departs her oppressive home and Sam escapes his lonely scouting camp with fervent angst, and the two set up camp on a remote beach. Vivid storytelling, intelligent dialogue, visual symmetry, clever color palettes, and punchy music all set in a vibrant ‘60s backdrop are at their best in Anderson’s beautiful story of young love. 


July 19th


Directed by Gregory Nava (1997, 127 mins; in English)

The smash hit musical-biopic of the famous Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in Jennifer Lopez’s breakout film Selena (1997). Director Gregory Nava, of Mexican and Basque descent, captures the spirit and talent of Selena just as much as he devises a story about American immigrant dreams. Encouraged by her father (Edward James Olmos), who himself had been rebuffed by the majorly white music industry, Selena rockets from a young, singing prodigy to a full-blown world star with a level of confidence that, well, only the electric J-Lo could so perfectly embody. 

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