30 for 30 lets loose on the Juice, Alamo sings along with Bowie, Ghostbusers gets rereleased, and more must-sees

Thursday 6.9
Since director Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight won Best Picture at the 2016 Oscars and Game of Thrones is all anyone wants to talk about these days, today is a good day to see McCarthy’s debut feature, which gave Peter Dinklage his first lead role. The Station Agent is an incisive 2003 comedy-drama about a lonely man with a chip on his shoulder who lives in an abandoned train station, and it co-stars Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale. It’s streaming on Amazon Prime and Hulu now.

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Friday 6.10
Tomorrow is a big day. Rest up.

Saturday 6.11
ESPN’s 30 for 30 series gets its first epic production tonight, and the early reviews for it are uncharacteristically effusive. O.J.: Made in America, a five-part documentary, premieres tonight on ABC, repeats Tuesday on ESPN, and runs four more episodes only on ESPN. A good part of its running time is devoted to Simpson’s murder trial, but it also traces the football player’s rise and his distancing himself from the turbulent racial climate of the ’60s and ’70s.

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A historical epic of the Western kind also premieres tonight on AMC. The American West, executive produced by Robert Redford, is an eight-episode doc that recounts post-Civil War stories of Western legends Jesse James, Crazy Horse and Billy the Kid, among others, with interviews from Hollywood actors. The American West directly follows tonight’s premiere of a new Hell on Wheels, which enters its final seven episodes.

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Sunday 6.12
This week in 1984, the term “ghostbusting” reached (and breached) mainstream culture when American audiences packed theaters during opening week to see Bill Murray get slimed by a glowing green turd-ghost. When I was a kid, that moment scared my little sis out of the theater! Today at 2 and 7 p.m. in multiple local theaters (and nationwide), Fathom Events presents Ivan Reitman’s original Ghostbusters. Sunday is perfect for experiencing a little mass-appeal nostalgia. Take the family.

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Monday 6.13
Quote-alongs and sing-alongs are the only events at the Alamo Drafthouse where it’s OK to talk (or sing) out loud. Tonight and Wednesday at 7, you can do the “Magic Dance” along with Jim Henson and David Bowie at the Labyrinth quote-along. Here, I’ll get you started: “Dance magic, dance! Put that baby spell on me. Jump magic, jump! Put that magic jump on me. Slap that baby, make him free!” OK, I’ll admit it loses a little bit on paper.

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Tuesday 6.14
David Michôd’s 2010 indie drama, Animal Kingdom (which garnered Jacki Weaver a surprise Oscar nomination), chronicled the backstabbing and manipulation within a low-level Australian crime family. With tonight’s two-hour premiere on TNT, it officially gets the serialized American treatment. Australia becomes a California beach town, and Weaver’s scheming matriarch is played by Ellen Barkin. It remains to be seen whether the TV version achieves the same gritty feel and tense atmosphere of the film, so maybe its best to set the DVR and save it for a rainy day.

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Wednesday 6.15
The strangely upbeat reincarnation rom-com Here Comes Mr. Jordan has been remade twice, more famously in 1978 by Warren Beatty, who played a quarterback for the Rams. Watching the new Criterion Collection Blu-ray of the 1941 classic, it’s the effortless charm of Robert Montgomery that shines through. He’s a boxer with championship aspirations who dies in a plane crash, and his wide-eyed, can-do spirit carries the movie through some bizarre situations (murder, bankruptcy, doomed romance) that would be pretty oppressive in any other film.
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Eric Melin is the editor of Scene-Stealers.com and president of the KC Film Critics Circle.

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