A double-fisted Raiders, vintage Marilyn, and getting Tickled underground are among your options this week

Thursday 6.30
In 1988 — after seven years of toil and without the aid of a VHS copy of the movie for reference — three teenagers finished their own scrappy, no-budget remake of their favorite film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Two decades later, they reunited to complete one scene that was missing (Indy fighting the giant Nazi under the Flying Wing). Tonight at Alamo Drafthouse, you can see a double feature: their film, with an advance screening of the new documentary Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made. Bonus: Two of the three kids, long since all grown up, will be there.

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Friday 7.1
A documentary equal parts fascinating and frustrating opens today at Glenwood Arts. Tickled is an investigative piece exploring a mysterious online video of a purported “endurance tickling contest.” Narrated by New Zealand reporter David Farrier, it’s one of those films with too much of the documentarian and not enough footage of anything else. Still, the story behind the video is as bizarre as promised. If you liked Catfish, pull up a feather for Tickled.

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Saturday 7.2
Back in 2009, Rian Johnson, best known now as the director of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, made the misunderstood flop The Brothers Bloom, starring Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz. A sophisticated con-artist tale at heart, it’s also a surprisingly involved love story that plays off familiar genre tropes to do something that con artist films never do — create a sincere emotional connection. It’s new on Amazon Prime now.

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Sunday 7.3
“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” from 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, is one of the most iconic songs in movie history. Now’s your chance to watch it in context. Witness a then-relatively unknown Marilyn Monroe become a star right before your eyes. See Jane Russell proposition an entire Olympic team in song. This provocative Howard Hawks film exudes sexual confidence and has aged pretty well. It’s new on Netflix.

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Monday 7.4
Growing up, I was thrilled by the stop-motion skeletons of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and terrified by the snake-headed Medusa of 1981’s Clash of the Titans. They were tactile yet otherworldly, and they stoked my imagination, convincing me that movies were true portals into another world. Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan is a great doc that pays tribute to the master who created these and other sequences. It’s been on Netflix now for awhile, but its new on Blu-ray with scores of outtakes, deleted scenes, Q&As and an audio commentary.

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Tuesday 7.5
Maybe you heard that the NBC TV series Hannibal was great but have been waiting to try it until the entire thing was available to stream. Wait no more! As of today, Amazon is streaming all three delectably decadent seasons free for Prime members. One word of warning: The all-consuming measured pace and moody artistry of the show (which made it unlike anything else on TV) may alter you, leaving you in a dissociative fugue state similar to that of haunted serial-killer hunter Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).

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Wednesday 7.6
Director Adam McKay’s Oscar-winning screenplay (adapted from Michael Lewis’ acclaimed nonfiction book) is the backbone of The Big Short, one of the most electrifying films of last year. It’s a sharp, angry social satire about the 2007-08 economic collapse, and it may leave you screaming at your screen. Netflix has not been doing a great job of securing near-new theatrical releases lately, so it’s kind of a big deal that one of last year’s most talked-about films starts streaming today.

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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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