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The Ten Best Film Events in Denver in July

A Ghost Story is one of July's coolest film offerings.
A Ghost Story is one of July's coolest film offerings. A24

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click to enlarge Cherry Pop is one of a dozen films screening at Cinema Q - ASSAAD YACOUB
Cherry Pop is one of a dozen films screening at Cinema Q
Assaad Yacoub
Cinema Q Film Festival
July 19-23
Sie Film Center

For its ninth go-round as Denver’s biggest celebration of LGBTQ film, Cinema Q returns with films examining the diverse corners of the queer experience and beyond. Kicking things off is Rebels On Pointe, a new documentary examining Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — the all-male, drag ballet company founded over forty years ago on the heels of New York's Stonewall riots. For its second night, Cinema Q heads to Red Rocks for a giant gay party and screening of the Australian drag classic, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, complete with a pre-film dance party on the Rocks courtesy of DJs Markie and Stone Cox. This full drag show before the film, starring local greats Kai Lee Mykels, Jessica L’Whor, Khrys’taaal, Felony Misdemeanor, and Yvie Oddly, will be a first for the venue. Back at the Sie, the five day festival will host screenings of films about Marsha P. Johnson, Tom of Finland, Allen Carr, Armistead Maupin and Todrick Hall. Colorfully mixed in are narrative features and a bevy of short films. Grab a festival badge or just a handful of tickets at and watch a trailer for Rebels On Pointe here.

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The Zodiac Killer
The Zodiac Killer
July 19, 7:30 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake

In 1971, schlock director Tom Hanson was obsessed, like many, with the Zodiac Killer ravaging California. He wrote a movie detailing the awful exploits and planned an event at the movie's premiere to lure and catch the infamous murderer. His hard work came with no victorious payoff, but the first film created to capture a serial killer was recently re-discovered by the American Genre Film Archive, which lovingly restored the movie for a Blu-Ray release this month. When the Alamo Drafthouse screens the newly restored film, maybe Hanson’s dream will come true and this re-release will finally shake loose the real killer? Stranger things have happened.
Reserve your seats at and watch a trailer for The Zodiac Killer here.

click to enlarge Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - STX
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Opens July 21
Denver Area Theaters

Twenty years ago, filmmaker Luc Besson released The Fifth Element, and a new science fiction cult hit was born. Sadly, Besson couldn’t deliver another out-of-this world blockbuster to top that success. Advanced word on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, based on a popular comic book by Pierre Cristin and Jean-Claude Mézières, brings back the Besson magic audiences assumed would follow The Fifth Element. Dean DeHann and Clara Delevingne star as Valerian and Laureline, two space operatives tasked with protecting Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Find showtimes and theaters at and watch a trailer for Valerian here.

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A Ghost Story
A Ghost Story
Opens July 21
Landmark’s Mayan Theater

Director David Lowery is known for directing soft, sumptuous tales with big hearts and small budgets. From his big-little debuts, St. Nick and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Lowery’s sensibilities are set to intimate fables with an eye for lush cinematography. His new film, A Ghost Story fits happily on the shelf with the rest of his thoughtful work. This new film follows a haunt, complete in a generic white sheet with two eye holes, returning to the home he once lived in and examining his life from beginning to end to afterlife. Casey Affleck plays the ghost, while Rooney Mara plays his widow. Like Terrence Malick, Lowry’s films can meander into quite a few wild places. Get tickets at and watch a trailer for A Ghost Story here.

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Blade II
New Line Cinema
Blade II, With Wesley Snipes in Person
Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake

Guillermo Del Toro’s juicy vampire sequel will follow famed actor Wesley Snipes (New Jack City, To Wong Foo) who will be talking about his book debut, Talon Of God, a dark fantasy tome he co-wrote with friend Ray Norman. Like the world of Blade, his novel walks in scary waters with the story of a holy warrior fighting to keep an evil demon from turning our reality into hell on Earth. Following the reading, Snipes will introduce Blade II and talk about what it was like to land the beloved role of a vampire killer who is a vampire himself. Special ticket prices include a copy of Talon of God and a seat for the screening. Reserve your seat at, and watch a trailer for Blade II here.

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