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    A summer of midnight movies at Somerville Theatre

    “Hairspray” will screen in June at Somerville Theatre.
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    “Hairspray” will screen in June at Somerville Theatre.

    Camp, cult, and classic films take over the big screen at midnight on weekends at the Somerville Theatre this summer. From John Waters’s 1988 “Hairspray” (June 2) to Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” (June 16) to the ebullient “Car Wash” (June 29), the series recalls escapist summer movies of drive-in days. Somerville Theatre manager and programmer Ian Judge is particularly pleased with the eclectic lineup, especially the rarely shown “Matinee” (June 15), Joe Dante’s 1993 ode to low-budget moviemaking, starring John Goodman.

    “What movie theater guy doesn’t just love that era of over-the-top promotion? Like they used to say, ‘showmen, sell it hot!’ ” said Judge in an e-mail. “I am also thrilled about ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Streets of Fire’ and ‘Xanadu,’ because it just shows that as far as midnights go, we are all over the map from the sublime to the ridiculous. And tracking down these prints — all but ‘Tommy’ are on 35mm — is an adventure and a lot of work, but it is how they should be seen.”

    Other midnight screenings in this series include “The Garbage Pail Kids Movie” (June 23), “Good Burger” (July 6), “Summer Camp Nightmare” (July 7), “Jaws” (July 13-14), “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (July 20), “Thelma and Louise” (July 27), and “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar” (July 28).


    Then comes the “Play It Cool II” series, a reprise of the Somerville’s 2016 summer program. Julia Marchese, who programmed last year’s “Summer of Love” series that featured such iconic 1967 titles as “Valley of the Dolls” and “Riot on Sunset Strip,” worked with Judge, he says, “to broaden it beyond just male stars to include amazing women on screen.”

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    The double-bills are “Bullitt” and “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” (July 11), “Gilda” and “Robin and the Seven Hoods” (July 18), “The Legend of Billie Jean” and “Gator” (July 25), “The Outsiders” and “Foxes” (Aug. 1), “She Done Him Wrong” and “Go!” (Aug. 8), “Smokey and The Bandit” and “The Last Movie Star” (Aug. 15), and “The Big Sleep” and “The Long Goodbye” (Aug. 22).

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    Out and proud

    MFA Film celebrates Pride Week in fitting fashion, with screenings of two acclaimed LGBT films from 2017. Director Sebastián Lelio’s drama from Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” winner of this year’s best foreign-language film Oscar, features a star turn by Daniela Vega as Marina, a transgender woman. It screens June 3 at 3 p.m. Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” starring Oscar nominees Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer and featuring James Ivory’s Oscar-winning screenplay, will be shown June 8 at 8 p.m. Both films are co-presented with Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival.

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    Silent music

    The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) performs its new score for the New England premiere of “The Man Who Laughs” (1928) on June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Universal Pictures commissioned the BSFO to create the original score recording for the new restoration of director Paul Leni’s melodrama starring Conrad Veidt (“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”) as the disfigured Gwynplaine, who finds shelter in a traveling freak show and falls in love with a blind girl (Mary Philbin). According to the Coolidge, it’s the first time a Hollywood studio has ever engaged the students of a college or university to score one of its features. “The Man Who Laughs,” accompanied by the BSFO, also screens at the Cabot in Beverly on June 16 at 8 p.m.

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