Welcome In A New Kind of Tension with American Idiot at the Winspear.

The record-breaking release of Marvel's The Avengers officially signaled the beginning of the big summer blockbuster season. If you're one of the dozen or so folks left in America who still hasn't seen the movie, think about checking it out. It is literally playing everywhere. Otherwise, there are plenty of other cool films to enjoy tonight. All week, entrants to this year's 24-Hour Video Race are being screened over at The Angelika. Then, of course, the Texas Theatre has yet another strong offering as part of their Tuesday Night Trash series. And as always The Magnolia will be showing another of our all time favorites in Midnight Cowboy.

Tuesday Night Trash: Intrepidos Punks at Texas Theatre
This cheap thrills flick features a colorfully-costumed biker gang raping, pillaging and otherwise embarking on a town-to-town terror spree. The best part, though? The film's all in Spanish. And there are no subtitles. It's OK. We hear they're not really necessary anyway.

American Idiot at Winspear Opera House
For as influential as they were on pop-punk back when they were releasing seminal albums like 1994's Dookie, Green Day has been warding off cries of sellout since nearly the very beginning. Releasing successive rock operas haven't helped their case, even when one of them has been turned into a hit Broadway musical.

Daniel Hart at Bread Winner's Cafe
The Dinner Plan is House of Plates and Bread Winner's idea of a fancy midweek dinner party, complete with fancy dress, fine cuisine and, of course, top-notch entertainment courtesy of local go-to violinist Daniel Hart (Sarah Jaffe, St. Vincent, Broken Social Scene). Gift packages will be awarded to those with the best dinner party style.

The Big Movie: Midnight Cowboy at The Magnolia
Nine times out of 10, when anyone breaks into an impromptu impression of a stereotypical New Yorker, they'll invariably yell out “Hey, I'm walking here!” in the most over-the-top Brooklyn accent. The line was first uttered in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy — the only X-rated film to win a Best Picture Oscar.

24-Hour Video Race screening at The Angelika
While most of us were spending Saturday sporting derby hats and sombreros, sipping mint juleps and margaritas, several teams of would-be filmmakers were scrambling around, competing in this year's 24-hour video race. Teams had one day to write, produce and edit five-minute films incorporating the theme “going green,” while using a closet, a fortune cookie and the line “I don't know, what do you think?” somewhere in the dialog. Entrants will be screened all this week at the Angelika Film Center.

Photo by Kevin Mazur.

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