Roadies rock on, Queen of the South rises, The Exorcist haunts the Alamo, the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival keeps reeling, and more must-sees

Thursday 6.23
Set your DVRs for the premiere of USA’s Queen of the South, and then let a couple episodes stack up in the coming weeks. Based on a favorite telenovela of El Chapo, this American series follows the rise of fictional drug lord Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga). The series is filmed in Mexico and Dallas and features lots of recognizable Spanish-speaking actors, although it’s filmed mostly in English. The next few weeks will tell whether it’s a serious drama or a guilty pleasure.

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Friday 6.24
The 17th annual Kansas City LGBT Film Festival is at Tivoli Cinemas this week, featuring more than 40 film premieres and special movie events. Tonight at 9 is a celebration of the upcoming release of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, which includes a screening of four lively short films. One of them, The Boy Next Door, was co-directed by Kansas City native John McCrite, who will be in attendance to introduce the film. For the full festival line-up, go to OutHereNow.com.

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Saturday 6.25
Mining similar creepy territory as the underrated Kubrick-Spielberg not-quite-collaboration A.I.:Artificial Intelligence, Season 1 of Humans creates a convincing world in which “synths” that look like human beings can be programmed to do everyday tasks in the home. When they gain consciousness, however, it opens up a slew of problems. Season 2 of this British production is filming now and will debut early next year on AMC. In the meantime, watch Season 1 on Amazon Prime.

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Sunday 6.26
Season 4 of the reliable Hollywood-fixer drama Ray Donovan (starring Liev Schreiber) starts on Showtime, followed by the series premiere of Roadies, a new dramedy from Cameron Crowe. Set around the musical passions and romances of a touring crew of a fictional arena-rock band, Roadies looks like typical Crowe fare (Almost Famous), but let’s hope it’s less Aloha and We Bought a Zoo, since it plays to his strengths. The first episode is already online for free.

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Monday 6.27
The sunny Greece-set noir The Two Faces of January flew mostly under the radar in late 2014 when it was released, and that’s too bad. Starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as a married couple in 1962 who run into a small-time con artist (Oscar Isaac), it’s adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel. A fragile love triangle eventually forms, but the real surprise is that the movie unexpectedly shifts into a different (and richer) gear in its last third. It’s new to Netflix this month.

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Tuesday 6.28
Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart are fantastic in Clouds of Sils Maria, which follows its critically acclaimed theatrical run by going straight into the Criterion Collection on Blu-ray today. The film is essentially a series of conversations between a famous actress and her personal assistant, but it’s compelling because writer-director Olivier Assayas zigzags between the fictional and real-life insecurities of its stars/characters/roles in brutally honest fashion, sometimes within the same scene.

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Wednesday 6.29
It doesn’t matter what age or background you are, there is probably a personal terror you can relate to in William Friedkin’s 1973 classic, The Exorcist. Anxiety of modern life? Fear of single motherhood? Being a bad parent? Facing your mortal sins? Fear of death and eternal damnation? Unexplained forces? Yeah, it’s all there and it’s — surprisingly — still scary as hell. Tonight’s your chance to see the story of demonic possession that shook the world on the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse.

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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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