“Weird Al” goes Bang! Bang!, Red Bird alights on Amazon Prime, and Boulevard joins Fight Club

Thursday 6.2
Screenland Armour is known almost as much for its wide-ranging selection of craft beers as it is for special movie events. Tonight at 7:30, you can rail against consumer culture while consuming copious crafts from Boulevard, which is presenting a special showing of David Fincher’s cult classic Fight Club. Raise a glass. His name is Robert Paulson.

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Friday 6.3
The fifth season of IFC’s loopy, rule-breaking, often sublime sketch-comedy-talk-show series Comedy Bang! Bang! is here. Creator and host Scott Aukerman has a new co-star and bandleader this time — none other than “Weird Al” Yankovic. The first two episodes air back to back on IFC tonight.

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Saturday 6.4
Watching the 1990 neo-noirish thriller Bad Influence, directed by a pre–L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson, is like stepping into an alternate universe. James Spader (these days a criminal mastermind on The Blacklist and the apocalyptic Ultron in the newest Avengers movie) plays passive wallflower to Rob Lowe’s drug-fueled miscreant (far from the slapstick comedy he’s known for now) in this brisk, wildly entertaining genre tale, new on Blu-ray. Sure, it has that polished, late-’80s sheen, but that’s part of the fun. The other part is watching these pretty people get down and dirty.

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Sunday 6.5
Tonight’s premiere of the Bronx-set drama Feed the Beast kicks off AMC’s latest test of Scandinavian TV’s U.S. viability. Following past American remakes The Killing and The Bridge, David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess star as brothers who open a restaurant in this remake of the Danish show Bankerot. It’s produced by Clyde Phillips (Dexter, Nurse Jackie), so hopes are high, but maybe it’s best to store up some episodes and wait for buzz to either build or evaporate before you commit to an entire season.

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Monday 6.6
The Season 2 premiere of Lifetime’s critically acclaimed (new territory for the network) reality-TV satire-drama UnREAL begins tonight, as manipulative executive producer Quinn (Constance Zimmer) gears up for a new season of her dating show, focusing this time on a football player (B.J. Britt). What’s that? You haven’t caught up with UnREAL Season 1 yet? Good thing you can stream the entire thing on Hulu. DVR the new shows and use the next couple of weeks to catch up.

Tuesday 6.7
Prince was offered the role of gender-bending media personality Ruby Rhod in Luc Besson’s eye-popping 1997 sci-fi spectacle, The Fifth Element, before Chris Tucker was eventually cast. Tucker’s flamboyant performance polarized fans of the otherwise macho action movie, which is showing tonight at 7 at the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet as part of the theater’s Tough Guy Cinema series. Sure, Bruce Willis is the lead, but if you ask me, a little Ruby goes a long way, making a lot of half-asleep Willis a whole lot easier to swallow.

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Wednesday 6.8
Today is a great day to stream Red Bird, a Western action series with a feminist slant from Lawrence director Misti Boland. It’s a fast-moving, modern action tale with lots of gunplay and twists, and is at least partly inspired by the Kansas-Missouri Border War of the 1850s. Originally conceived as a series of mini webisodes, the entire story can be streamed in about 25 minutes on Amazon Prime

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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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