Entertainment

‘Rough Night’

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell

Directed by: Lucia Aniello

Rated: R

 

My sister and I have an ongoing debate about the role of movies that revolves around art vs. entertainment. I fall into the latter fold because I have hard time seeing movies like “Booty Call” as art. But sis, a graduate of Cal Arts, holds that movies must teach us something in order to have succeeded. We rarely agree — until now.

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Considered one of the greatest films of all time, 2001: A Space Odyssey will be shown at Classic Movie Night on Friday, June 23, at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Directed by the brilliant Stanley Kubrick, the film was released in 1968 and stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. The story follows a voyage to Jupiter with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000 and deals with human evolution, artificial intelligence, existentialism, and alien life. The movie is 2 hours and 29 minutes and is Rated G. For more information, view beaumontcityevents.com or call (409) 838-3435.

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What I hoped would be a yummy art house feature to relieve a long, hot summer fell far short of my expectations. Allow me to save you a needless trip to a Houston cinema to see “My Cousin Rachel” when you can just wait for cable pay-per-view. I’ll wager it will be available by August.

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The Foreign Cinema Series continues Monday, June 19, with the 2006 Spanish drama Volver at the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish film stars Penélope Cruz as Raimunda, a working-class woman in Madrid along with her husband and 14-year-old daughter. The parents of Raimunda and her sister Paula perished in a fire years ago. After a murder and a family tragedy, Raimunda’s mother’s spirit materializes to help comfort them.

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Hurricane Pro Wrestling returns to the Beaumont Civic Center on Saturday, June 17, at 7 p.m. Headlining the show will be Hurricane Pro’s longest reigning heavyweight champion, “Sexy” Steve DeMarco, against one of the biggest and baddest indy wrestlers in the sport, “Ruthless” Ryan Davidson.

Hambone and “Bulldog” Justin Walker are the current HPW tag team champions and face challengers Avarice and Germany’s own Heinz Emmerich for the titles.

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Alex Reymundo

In times of illegal wiretaps, repeal and replace, sexual equality, Russia, building walls, immigration, division and fake news, what’s the answer? Comedy.

Presented by Number Juan Tequila, the Fine Tex-Mex Comedy tour starring “Cowboy Bill” William Lee Martin and Alex Reymundo will perform at the Jefferson Theatre on Friday, June 16, at 8 p.m.

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Wonder Woman

‘Wonder Woman’

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Rated: PG-13

 

As superheroes go, I was never very fond of Wonder Woman. As imagined in the old TV show starring Lynda Carter, the costume was a skimpy, satin, patriotic, sexist invention. And her superpowers were a couple of cuffs, a shield and a lasso? What’s so special about that?

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Hosted by the Orange Chamber of Commerce, the massive weekend coming up full of fishing, fun and live music during the Orange County River Festival will feature the two-day Bassmaster Central Open Tournament as well two days of live music, food vendors, and plenty of activities for children beginning Thursday, June 15, and running through Saturday, June 17, at the City of Orange Boat Ramp (1000 Simmons Drive). The big event is free to attend.

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Shooter Jennings

The Great Americana Music Fest is music, market, food and beer, all wrapped into one. This is a first for the city of Beaumont, as it brings an incredible lineup of national and local Americana musicians, a market featuring unique goods from local vendors, the ultimate craft beer experience, pro wrestling, food and fun for the entire family. 

The festival will take place outside at the Great Lawn near the Event Centre in downtown in Beaumont (700 Crockett St.) beginning at high noon.

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Two movie events will take place at the historic Jefferson Theatre beginning with Purple Rain during Classic Movie Night on Friday, June 9, and the Foreign Cinema Series showing of La Dolce Vita on Monday, June 12. 

Directed by Albert Magnoli, the 1984 rock musical drama Purple Rain stars the late Prince as “The Kid,” who reveals an abusive situation at home, then rivals with a singer and finds love. The movie won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. The film is Rated R and is 1 hour and 51 minutes.

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