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When Matthew Broderick Almost Started World War III: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List

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Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM
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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Friday, Sept. 6

Today kicks off the World 3-D Film Expo at the Egyptian, showing films made mostly from 1953 to 1954. See Amy Nicholson's preview of the event (in the Film section), which screens many rarities and oddities in its run through Sept. 15.

Meanwhile, at the IFS Screening Rooms at the Belle Varado Studios, the Independent Filmmakers Showcase will have a weekend full of screenings, starting with Horse Soldiers of 9/11 at 7:30 p.m. This documentary from war reporter Alex Quade, narrated by Gary Sinise, features the story of the Special Operations Forces servicemen who rode horseback into combat in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack. There will be a Q&A after the screening.

Then, get another visit from UFOs in Steven Spielberg's 1977 science fiction classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, as Cinefamily screens the 1998 director's cut. On Friday, the show starts at 9:20 p.m. with encore screenings Saturday at 10:15 p.m., Sunday at 7:15 p.m. and Tuesday at 9:50 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Remember the time that Matthew Broderick almost started World War III? In WarGames, high school teenager David Lightman (Broderick) accidentally hacks into a Pentagon supercomputer and starts a game of Global Thermonuclear War, not realizing that the simulation is causing very real consequences. Celebrates the film's 30th anniversary at the Regent, starting at 7:30 p.m., a part of the Landmark Theatres' Anniversary Classics Series. Director John Badham, writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter Parkes and star Dabney Coleman will be in attendance.

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