Long before Natasha Lyonne appeared on Netflix’s ultra-popular “Orange Is the New Black,” the actress gave the best performance of her career in 1999’s underrated “But I’m a Cheerleader.” Funny, satirical and featuring a wild cast in supporting roles — RuPaul, Mink Stole, Bud Cort — director Jamie Babbit’s film screens at Hallwalls at 7:30 p.m. July 11 as part of its “Reel Party: A Queer Film Party for Anyone Who Likes Film and Fun” series.
The story of a high schooler whose parents send her to a conversion therapy camp to “cure” her lesbianism, “But I’m a Cheerleader” was greeted with mostly negative reviews upon release. But in the years since, the film has deservedly achieved cult status. And even the late-’90s haters admitted that Lyonne and costar Clea DuVall gave note-perfect performances.
See www.hallwalls.org for more information on the screening, and the series.
In other screening news, the Hubbard Film Society’s July 13 selection is one not to miss. Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria” was one of 2013’s best, a profoundly involving, often very funny drama centered on divorcee in her late 50s (Paulina Garcia) who falls for the older Rodolfo (Sergio Hernández). Garcia was unjustly ignored by the Oscars for her stunning performance. “Gloria” screens at 4 p.m. July 13 at the Parkdale School on Girard Avenue in East Aurora.
Regal’s Summer Movie Express continues at the Quaker Crossing and Transit theater’s with “Arthur Christmas” on July 15 and “Despicable Me 2” on July 16. Both films start at 10 a.m.
The Riviera Theatre’s summer film series continues with “42nd Street” on July 17. Showtime is 7 p.m., with organ music at 6:30.
The North Park’s summer family matinee series features one of my least-favorite ‘80s flicks, “The Neverending Story,” at 11:30 a.m. on July 12 and 13. Note that I’m in the minority among 1980s kids on that one.
The Transit Drive-In’s “Retro Movie Tuesdays” serves two comedy classics from Mel Brooks on July 15: “Spaceballs” at 9:15 and “Blazing Saddles” at 11:15 p.m.
Meanwhile, Bacchus goes John Hughes-y with “The Breakfast Club,” and then gets dangerous Katharine Heigl-y on July 17 with “27 Dresses.”
And this week’s UB summer series selection is an interesting one, the recent Johnny Depp flop “Transcendence.” If, like me, you missed it in theaters, here is a chance to see if the bad buzz had this one pegged correctly. It screens at the North Campus on July 15 and 18, and at the South Campus on July 16. (“Grand Budapest Hotel” screens on July 11 at Baird Point.)