Film Series in NYC This Week


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Leslie Cheung, left, and Maggie Cheung in Wong Kar-wai’s “Days of Being Wild,” showing on Dec. 10 at the Metrograph. See listing below.

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Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.

DARK HOPPER at Anthology Film Archives (through Dec. 11). The idea that Dennis Hopper lived on the edge as an actor and a director should hardly be a surprise at this point. “The Last Movie” (Dec. 10) — his 1971 borderline avant-garde feature, a reward for the success of “Easy Rider” — turns up increasingly often. But “The American Dreamer” (Dec. 10), Lawrence Schiller and L. M. Kit Carson’s profile of Mr. Hopper during that film’s making, is less well known. And Anthology Film Archives’ series is committed to exploring the extremes of Mr. Hopper’s filmography, whether that means showing “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” (Dec. 9) or “White Star” (Dec. 11), in which the actor gives what the theater promises is a “once-in-the-history-of-the-medium performance” as a concert promoter.
212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org

MAGGIE CHEUNG: CENTER STAGE at the Metrograph (through Dec. 31). A truly international movie star, Ms. Cheung has had a career that has encompassed the spectrum of the Hong Kong film industry — from action films like the Jackie Chan vehicle “Supercop” (showing as “Police Story 3: Supercop,” Dec. 11) to elliptical romances made with Wong Kar-wai (“As Tears Go By,” Dec. 9 and 11; “Days of Being Wild,” Dec. 10) — and taken her to Europe and North America. For Olivier Assayas, to whom she was once married, she played a recovering heroin addict in “Clean” (Dec. 16) and herself (preparing to play a cat burglar) in “Irma Vep” (Dec. 16).
212-660-0312, metrograph.com

‘PARADISE LOST: THE CHILD MURDERS AT ROBIN HOOD HILLS’ at Alamo Drafthouse (Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m.). It’s unusual to have a 20th-anniversary screening of a movie whose subjects spent most of the intervening years in prison, but that’s part of the extraordinary legacy of “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills.” This 1996 HBO documentary and its two sequels drew national attention to the West Memphis Three, who were convicted in the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, Ark. They were ultimately released in 2011, however, after entering what is known as an Alford guilty plea, in which they pleaded guilty while at the same time proclaiming their innocence. The documentary, which followed the original legal proceedings and the frenzy surrounding them, contributed to a now-widespread sense that the convictions were wrong. Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three, will appear in a Q. and A. with Joe Berlinger, who directed the trilogy with Bruce Sinofsky. (Mr. Sinofsky died in 2015.) The documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”) will moderate; the screening is sold out, but additional tickets may become available.
718-513-2547, drafthouse.com/nyc

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